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Category Archive: Articles, BJJ News, Strength & Conditioning

Roger Gracie Had To Change his Strength Training Method as It Negatively Affected His BJJ & Recovery

Roger Gracie widely recognized as the greatest BJJ practitioner of all time (GOAT). In fact Gracie is so dominant that last year he was able to submit 10x World Champion Marcos ‘Buchecha’...

4 Types of Strength That Matter for BJJ

Chad Wesley Smith, a former world champion powerlifter and now BJJ competitor, is a prominent figure in strength training for Jiu-Jitsu. Smith explores the intricate details of strength development...

This is How High Level Wrestlers Train Their Strength & Conditioning

If you want to model yourself on high level grapplers that combine technique, strength , speed, agility, conditioning then look at collegiate wrestlers. Here is the West Virginia University Tech...

Andrew Wiltse: “Rolling Isn’t Enough For Conditioning”

How good is your conditioning on the mats? Do you find yourself gassing out too quickly… Or do you think that you still haven’t reached your peak when it comes to cardio? If that’s...

Stop Jiu-Jitsu From Destroying Your Body

Written by Kieren Lefevre. Jiu Jitsu is destroying your body. You must pay a fee every time you step onto the mats. No, I’m not talking about your gym membership fees but the cost to your body....

This Type of Training Will Make You Freakishly Strong for BJJ

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes constantly seek ways to improve strength and performance. In a comprehensive guide, Grappler and strength coach Kieren Lefevre offers valuable insights into the benefits...

Can Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Get You Ripped? Understanding the Realities

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu BJJ is lauded for its numerous benefits – it improves health, fosters friendships, and serves as an excellent stress reliever. However, when it comes to physical transformation,...

Sports Science: Researchers Looks at Injury & Risk Patterns For Jiu-Jitsu Athletes

Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. Follow him on instagram. This was a great article by @athletesmd who...

How Much Strength is Enough for BJJ? Do you Even Need to Get Any Stronger or Just Focus on Technique?

Strength is often a topic of debate in BJJ circles. While some view it as a crucial component of grappling, others see it as secondary to technique. The question arises: How strong do you need to be...

What’s the Best Type of Strength Training as an Older Grappler?

As an older grappler, the best type of lifting focuses on promoting overall strength, joint health, and functional mobility, while minimizing the risk of injury. Here are some key lifting strategies...

The #1 Weight Training Mistake BJJ Athletes Make

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a demanding martial art that tests both your physical and mental strength. To complement their training and enhance performance, many BJJ athletes turn to weight training....

Get it Right Once & For All: The Facts on REAL Strength For Grapplers

When it comes to strength and conditioning, many Grapplers especially BJJ practitioners still train like amateurs. I have trained many fighters; many are weak and don’t want to make commitment to...

A Six-Week Training Plan for BJJ Competition: Crafting Yourself a Winning Strategy

Preparation is the key to success in any endeavor, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition is no exception. With its intricate techniques and strategic maneuvers, BJJ demands a meticulous approach to...

Olympic Lifting For MMA, BJJ, and Combat Sports

With the advent of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), combat sports have risen to a new level and nowadays, it is one of the most watched sporting events on television. Since it draws an...

Which are the Best Olympic Lifts for Grapplers & Wrestlers?

Everyone these days has an opinion on the Olympic lifts. Thanks to Crossfit and a resurgence of old-school functional training, the Snatch and Clean and Jerk are now programmed into even the average...

Keenan Cornelius Explains Why He Prefers Slow Lifting to Olympic Lifts For BJJ

Getting the most out of your BJJ workouts involves making some decisions. Problem is, when making decisions it’s very easy to choose the wrong path or maybe the longer path to where you want to be....

Nutritionist to UFC & BJJ Champions On The BEST Supplements for Jiu-Jitsu

Dr. Matteo Capodaglio, a renowned sports nutritionist discusses the most effective supplements for Jiu-Jitsu athletes. Dr. Matteo Capodaglio is a Sports Nutritionist and Doctor of Pharmacy who holds...

Why Don’t Jiu-Jitsu Athletes Run AS Much as Boxers or Muay Thai Fighters?

The training and conditioning requirements in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) differ significantly from those in striking-based martial arts like boxing and Muay Thai, which explains why running is less...

Firas Zahabi Explains How to Develop Insane Cardio for MMA & Jiu-Jitsu

In a detailed video posted on the Tristar Gym YouTube channel, renowned MMA coach Firas Zahabi shares his expert insights on developing exceptional cardio for mixed martial arts (MMA) and Jiu-Jitsu....

Olympic Judo Champion Satoshi Ishii Shares His Strength Training Routine

So you want to introduce strength training into your grappling routine? Fair enough – and good choice on your behalf, as becoming stronger will both turn you into a better grappler and make you...

Muscle Strength Vs. Muscle Endurance: Which Is More Beneficial For Grapplers

Guest post by Evolve MMA, Asia’s premier championship brand for martial arts. It has the most number of World Champions on the planet. Named as the #1 ranked martial arts organization in Asia by...

Joe Rogan: “Ice Bath BEFORE a Workout Majorly Increases Testosterone Levels”

Nowadays, the topic of increasing testosterone levels has become quite popular mainly because men tend to experience testosterone reduction as they age. This sex hormone is commonly present in males...

Modifying a Powerlifting Routine For Grapplers

Guest post by Evolve MMA, Asia’s premier championship brand for martial arts. It has the most number of World Champions on the planet. Named as the #1 ranked martial arts organization in Asia by...

Jiu-Jitsu Fitness Fallacy: “I Don’t Do Weights, I Think Training with my Bodyweight is Better”

Written By Simon Hayes, BJJ black belt and instructor at Carlson Gracie London, UK. “I don’t do weights, i think training with my bodyweight is better” Do you think your body knows...