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Category Archive: Articles, Featured, Health, Health & Nutrition

How To Apply Rickson Gracie’s Breathing Tactics When Doing Jiu-JItsu

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 have ever stepped on mat to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you have most...

What Are the Benefits of CBD Oil for Athletes?

As an athlete, you want to take care of your body the best you can, because your body is a pretty major part of your job. Regardless of the sport you play or physical task you must do for your job or...

How To Successfully Return To Grappling After a Serious Back Injury

Hi readers, My name is Arizona, I’m a 26 year old BJJ black belt from Scotland and I train under the Gold Team affiliation. My coach is Arek Zienkiewicz; IBJJF British National Champion and first...

Back Pain From BJJ? Try Out These 3 Exercises to Improve Your Posture & Reduce Pain

Jiu-Jitsu puts a strain on the back of up to 80% of practitioners according to some incidence reports. Do you have an issue with your back? Are you in pain? Disc herniations are much more common than...

What Do Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Athletes Do To Protect Their Skin?

Athletes practicing all forms of sports that involve physical contact with fellow mates should consider stringent hygiene steps for preventing skin infections. However, in particular, the Brazilian...

Brain Supplements – Do They Really Work?

Everyone dreams of an easy way to improve their brain’s memory, enhance focus, and increase overall intelligence. However, most are skeptical when a new brain supplement enters the market. It just...

This is the Blueprint To Get You Back to BJJ After Injury

Unfortunately, for athletes, injuries are inevitabilities and this is true also for people training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. When a major injury like an Achilles Tendon Rupture strikes, it may mean...

Cool Down Stretches for Recovery After Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training

Stretching reduces Muscle Soreness It’s been scientifically proven that stretching after a practice reduces the level of discomfort and/or soreness on the next day twice as much as stretching just...

Doctor That Trains BJJ Answers Question: ‘Is Knee Reaping Dangerous?’

Leg/knee reaping when doing a foot lock is a very controversial topic in BJJ today. Some say that the act of reaping the leg is dangerous and can injure the knee, whilst others such as Ryan Hall say...

You’ve Been Doing It Wrong: Here’s a Brilliant Way Of Draining a Cauliflower Ear

Chances are that if you practice Brazilian jiu-jitsu, you know someone whose ears look like a tortellini. Cauliflower ear is caused when the ear receives a blow that shears away the ear’s cartilage...

What To Do When Someone Is Choked Out?

In Grappling arts, a choke-out is what happens when a chokehold causes a syncope, also known as a temporary loss of consciousness, at which point the choke is released. The most common...

How Do You Know if Your Mouthguard is Clean?

Regardless of the art, most martial arts have one piece of equipment in common – the mouthguard. Over the last twelve years I have trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga, Muay Thai and Karate....

How To Heelhook Proof Your Knees

Photo: Rafael Domingos at EBI. Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt. Follow him on instagram. How to...

6 Ways to Boost Testosterone Levels Naturally for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

© Piotr Pędziszewski/PitBullWestCoast https://www.facebook.com/PitBullWestCoast https://www.facebook.com/piotrpedziszewskiphotography Nowadays, the topic of increasing testosterone levels has...

Eating Clean: Nutrition Plan Guide for Grapplers

For grapplers that are looking to shred, lose fat, and just basically build a lean, muscular, aesthetic physique, you’ll no doubt already be well aware of just how much hard work, motivation, and...

The Ultimate Shoulder Stretch for BJJ Athletes

Stretching reduces Muscle Soreness It’s been scientifically proven that stretching after a practice reduces the level of discomfort and/or soreness on the next day twice as much as stretching...

Top 5 Superfoods to Power up Your Jiu Jitsu

Superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature. By definition they are calorie sparse and nutrient dense meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes. They...

What Happens When a BJJ Competitor Invests in a Professional Strength & Conditioning Program

Case study: Eiður Sigurðsson, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor and a purple belt under Gunnar Nelson. Eiður came to me a good year ago, for rehabilitation and strength conditioning. He had decided...

Effects of Preworkouts, Energy Drinks & Stimulants on Jiu-Jitsu Performance

Every one of us likes to gain the edge when it comes to Jiu Jitsu. Some people get this edge by consuming a pre workout supplement (either in the form of stimulants, caffeine such as energy drinks,...

The Infamous ‘Rebound’ After A Competition Diet

Guest post by Mathias Jardin, a BJJ Black belt BJJ competitor and instructor from GFTeam France. Article translated from French from Jits.fr. If you have already competed in BJJ, then you have...

Neck Bridging: Is it Safe?

Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt. Follow him on instagram. Neck bridging: Is it safe? The neck bridge has...

What Really Happens To Your Grappling Performance When Taking St*roids

St*roids can be good for some people. They can actually do wonders for them if they are used correctly. But that doesn’t happen in the case of everyone. That’s why you need to be very careful...

Best Type of Mattress If You Suffer from Back & Neck Pain

Athletic performance can’t be achieved without following a few lifestyle ground-rules, such as eating right and getting proper rest. But what can you do when chronic back and neck pain prevent you...

Tip: Showering with Dandruff Shampoo Helps Prevent Ringworm

  Due to constant skin-to-skin contact, infections of the skin are a common and unfortunate part of Jiu-Jitsu. The prevalence of such conditions has changed the way many people look at the...