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Author Archive: grappler z

Should Getting Your Blue Belt Take Longer?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has a belt system that is longer and harder to get...

Can You Still Train BJJ With A Knee Injury?

Injuries will definitely take a toll on your body in any sport, but they can be debilitating in high-impact Jiu-Jitsu. For this reason, it’s important to differentiate what is considered high-risk...

Khabib Nurmagomedov & His Crew Play “Dagestani” Basketball

Khabib Nurmagomedov and his crew warm and cross train by playing what the call ‘Dagestani Basketball’ which is a mix basketball, rugby & grappling. Will Harris Productions spent time...

Easiest Way To Get Submissions At Tournaments

Ever notice when you roll it’s really hard to get a submission at the beginning and end of the match? This is common among BJJ practitioners, especially during tournaments. If the competition is...

Rib Injuries in BJJ: Can They Be Avoided & How To Treat Them?

So you’re working super hard at practice, feeling on top of the world as you conquer your partner. You think you’ve nailed the moves but then BAM!, you take a bad blow to the chest and you know...

How to do the Incredible Mongolian Uchi Mata

In Judo, Uchi mata is called “the King of Throws”. Uchi Mata is Ashi Waza or a foot technique, and known as one of the most difficult throws but also the most beautiful. Uchi Mata very often...

Roll Session: Rockstar & BJJ Black Belt Billy ‘Biohazard’

The guitarist and frontman of the Metal band Biohazard, Billy Graziadei is a BJJ black belt who has been training since as far back as 1993. His Jiu-Jitsu story is unique as he was training while on...

Underestimating Your Opponent: Why Does It Happen Over & Over Again?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. It is one thing to lose a fight or a match because the opponent is better...

Andre Galvao’s Pro Tip: How Often Should a BJJ Competitor Train?

In a typical BJJ academy, competitors will often make up fro 10 to 30% of the student body. Then from that small group of competitors, you have to distinguish the pro and regular competitors. Pro...

Should Women Train More Often with Women Than with Men?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Lets be honest, BJJ historically has been a man dominated art. Times are...

You Are Not a Belt. Separating Your Skill Level From Your Belt

Has the race for belts ruined martial arts? In explaining some of the fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts to people who know little about the subject, I invariably get responses that go...

How to Train BJJ Twice per Week and Get Better

Believe it or not, training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu two to three times a week has lots of advantages. Whether you have a busy work schedule, family matters to attend to, or your academy just doesn’t...

How to Know if Your BJJ Academy is Right for You

Sometimes BJJ practitioners may feel unhappy, unmotivated, or that their game isn’t progressing. It’s quite normal to have these feelings wash over you for a short period of time, but if it...

Dean Lister’s Best Heel Hook Escape

Heel hooks, calf slicers, are all deemed dangerous submissions and prohibited from competition by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), a non-profit that hosts some of the biggest...

Effective Ways To Balance Family Life, Work & Jiu-Jitsu

We know that time is limited during our lifetimes and there is only so much you can do during a day. You have to allocate time to your career, to your hobby or hobbies and to your family. In this...

Sometimes Technique is Not Your Problem – It’s a Physical Problem

You are able to execute a technique properly when training, but unable to set it up during randori (rolling) or during competition. What is the problem? Sometimes you have the technique down but...

How Working as a Bouncer Improved My Wrestling

It was yet another summer night in Lake Como, New Jersey. I was working as a bouncer at Bar Anticipation, affectionately known by its clientele as Bar A. This was a Tuesday night, the liveliest night...

Two Tweaks That Will Add to the Control and Viciousness of Your Triangle

The triangle choke is one of the most common and also one of the highest percentage submissions in Grappling. When executed perfectly, it is a powerful weapon which is very hard to escape. There are...

Ways for BJJ Practioners to Capitalize on Pure Wrestlers

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Lets start by saying that wrestlers are the hardest opponents to deal with....

John Danaher Wears Rash Guards Everywhere He Goes. His Reasons Will Surprise You!

John Danaher is an innovator and one of the most underrated coaches in the world of MMA and Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu. His Genius mind is partly responsible for the creation and huge success of his team,...

Why Do So Many People Quit at Blue Belt?

It’s not abnormal to see people easily come and go at many Jiu-Jitsu academies. The “blue belt blues” syndrome is extremely common among BJJ practitioners who receive their blue belt and then...

Does Your Wrestling Suck? Try This Guard Pull To Double Leg

When you train BJJ where most of the focus is on the ground, you won’t always have time to train Judo or Wrestling as much as you’d like. It’s about making a choice: do you want to...

Finding The Right Grappling Game For Your Body Type & Personality

A Grappler’s game starts to develop after around 4 years of training or around a purple belt in BJJ. However, that doesn’t stop a white or blue belt from experimenting with different things....

Wrestle Like a Pro: 5 Best Chain Takedown Sequences (Highest % Success Rate)

Do you want to wrestle like a pro? Then you need to chain wrestle. Here are five great chain takedown sequences Wrestling, BJJand judo can be like a chess game where you plan two to three steps ahead...