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Author Archive: grappler z

No BJJ Schools Nearby? Here is How You Can Still Train

So, you’ve decided to enter the “ossome” realm of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu… After reading countless articles about how BJJ positively impacts the mind by improving confidence, relieving stress...

Specialist or Well Rounded Approach to Grappling: Which Way To Go?

A really interesting topic when it comes to the development of your game is whether to be ultra specialized in something or be as versatile as possible. There are multiple pros and cons for each of...

Heavyweights, This is How You Should Train To Improve in BJJ

In Jiu Jitsu, we often hear stories of the smaller technical guy beating the bigger, stronger guy. This started in UFC 1 and will continue for probably however long grappling (and by default...

BJJ Black Belt/Navy Seal Jocko Willink Grapples with Journalist

From September of 1990 to 2010 Willink was a Navy SEAL Platoon Commander and Seal Task Unit Commander leading hundreds of operations in combat. He earned his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from...

Developing Leadership Skills Through Jiu-Jitsu Practice

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has already proven to be one of the best sports for an all-rounded, full body workout. But in some ways, it is far more important for building life-skills and strong leadership....

How Long Should We Focus On One Technique?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. One habit that almost all BJJ practitioners have, is the desire to move on...

Geo Martinez’s Advice For Struggling Blue Belts

When you are a BJJ blue belt, you have reached a respectable level where you are no longer a total beginner but you are somewhat in a strange place. The blue belt is usually the belt level where you...

Natural Home Remedies to Fight Off Ring Worm

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Hopefully you belong to a gym that mops and disinfects the mats daily....

Craig Jones’ Heavy Duty Side Smash Pass

Craig Jones is known in the grappling circles as the guy who came out of nowhere and submitted huge stars Leandro Lo, Murilo Santana and even the UFC’s Chael Sonnen at the 2017 ADCC. He...

Should Bottom Turtle Position Really Be Avoided At All Costs?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. We all know the natural human reaction when somebody is getting physically...

Where Did All the Takedowns Go in BJJ?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. I was recently at a major BJJ tournament in Las Vegas coaching our team...

These 5 Principles Helped Me To Become Sambo World Champion

Guest post by Ivan Vasylchuk, a world champion in Sambo from Ukraine. He is a Master of Sports, and Sambo World Champion, and gold medalist at the SportAccord World Combat Games. How to become world...

Geo Martinez Gives Advice For Struggling White Belts

When you are a BJJ white belt, you will often be on a emotional roller coaster ride. You have to deal with constantly getting smashed in training by everyone, and often find yourself wondering why do...

Pro Tip: Focus Less On Collecting Techniques & More On Combinations

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Less number of techniques and more combinations It’s Time to Use...

The Missing Details To The Controversial Arm-in Stack Pass That Confuses Newbies

The traditional beginner Gracie Jiu-Jitsu guard pass where you stack your opponent and put one hand in and one hand out and pass to the side is still being thought widely in BJJ academies. Now, many...

350lbs Powerlifting Champion Competes at BJJ Worlds

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu attracts all types of profiles from computer nerds to elite athletes from other sports. At this year’s BJJ world champion, it was quite surprising to see strength athlete...

Should You Master Both Sides Or Focus On The Dominant One?

Should you be drilling, or training the non-dominant side? Or should you focus entirely on the dominant one? Although many instructors have different opinions, this article explores a couple of...

Eddie Bravo Training Jiu-Jitsu with His 6yr old Son

There is no greater joy than to share your passion of Jiu-Jitsu with your children. Making them appreciate the gentle art is not an easy task though as many of them may not understand the intricacies...

How Many Techniques Should You Know?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. The amount of techniques a BJJ practitioner should know has always been...

Double Leg Takedown, Should a BJJ Guy Drop his Knee?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. There are a handful of techniques that crossover into countless martial...

Implementing Strategies & Tactics To Win Grappling Matches

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Photo: Miljan Zivkovic We as martial artists are accustomed to training...

Why Training in the Gi Gets More Appealing as We Age

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. “If You Want Longevity, Do Gi Jiu-Jitsu” Chris Haueter My first year...

Sometimes it’s Not Conditioning, it’s Pacing

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. So many scenes are played out in training and competition where matches are...

Using Timing To Overcome Speed

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. We all know that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gives an opportunity for the smaller,...