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Category Archive: Articles, Health, Strength & Conditioning

Stretching Before a Workout or After? Benefits of Doing Both

Exercise and physical fitness in general should not be taken for granted and they most certainly should not be taken lightly either. Exercise, sports, fitness, and physical activity in general,...

Build Your Guard & Takedown Power: 6 Great Squat Variations

  Many athletes focus more on strengthening their upper body instead of focusing on their lower body. While strong shoulders, arms, chest and core are very important in Jiu-Jitsu, a strong base...

What Affects Endurance in Grappling Sports

Photo: by Nec Bezmma Nomen. Written for BJJEE by Vladimir Popovic, black belt judo, brown belt bjj, master degree in sport science and exercise. Strength and condition coach, specialty – martial...

The Most Important Factor For MMA Conditioning…It’s Not What You Think

  What is most important for getting in shape for MMA fights? It’s not what you think. Mark Lajhner, founder and chief instructor of Kaizen MMA Academy  and of mmacoach.net, talks about the...

Can You Become More Explosive + Sprinting VS Long Distance Running for Grappling/MMA

A right timed explosive burst in a fight can sometimes make a big difference between winning or losing. Can you become explosive like Tyrone Woodley or Anthony Johnson? And what is better for MMA,...

How To Develop Elbow-Snapping Strength & Power in your Armbars

Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt. Follow him on instagram. Armbars are a complex movement that utilizes the...

3 Ways to Develop Explosiveness for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    A right timed explosive burst in a fight can sometimes make a big difference between winning or losing. Almost anybody can be explosive. It really doesn’t take amazing...

2 Simple Ways To Kimura Proof Your Shoulders

Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt. Follow him on instagram.   The most common complaint I hear on the mat...

How Does An Increase In Bodyweight Affect Combat Conditioning?

    In order to become the best jiu-jiteiro you can be it’s not enough to just attend class day after day – you need to maximize strength, power, flexibility, balance and...

25 Best Kettlebell Exercises For Grapplers

Over the last 20 years we have seen so many fitness fads come and go, but the kettlebell has stood the test of time….and that’s because kettlebell training works. Over the years I have found that...

How Grapplers Can Strengthen Their Lower Backs & Never Have Problems Again

Guest post by Mark Lajhner, founder and chief instructor of Kaizen MMA Academy in Belgrade, Serbia. He is a Judo black belt (Serbian national team member), BJJ purple belt, MMA coach and undefeated...

5 Valuable Types of Powerful Deadlift Exercises

Guest post by Paul Vandyken, founder of RigorFitness.com There are many different types of deadlifts and I will be going over just a few of them. The purpose of this post is to share with you what I...

10 Best Bodyweight Exercises For Grapplers

  by Funk Roberts – FunkMMA.com There are benefits to all bodyweight exercises for fighters, yet some are more beneficial than others when it comes to developing the strength and conditioning...

A Grappler’s Guide to Losing Weight Without Losing (Too Much) Muscle

    This article will examine the smart way to go down in weight without it affecting your muscle mass. Losing fat without losing muscle is difficult to do but can be achieved if done...

4 Best Equipments for Quickly Building Strength for Grapplers

  Strength training is one of the most important parts of an overall health and fitness program. Building strength helps to enhance and preserve your bone and muscle mass, no matter your age....

New Scientific Evidence Points To Static Stretching Causing A Loss In Strength

    Much can be said about the benefits of stretching – there are at least a couple reasons to do it!  And sure there’s been scientific evidence that stretching reduces the level of...

So You’ve Decided To Get Stronger. What Now?

Guest post by Andrew Lewis of blackmetalbarbellstrength.com  After understanding why strength is important and understanding that becoming strong is desirable, there is a difficult next step:...

Old School Jiu-Jitsu Workout Routine

  There are benefits to all bodyweight exercises for fighters, yet some are more beneficial than others when it comes to developing the strength and conditioning attributes needed to be an all...

3 Simple Fixes To Improve Your Cardio For BJJ

    Endurance is the most important physical attribute you can possess, and there’s nothing worse than gassing out on the mat.  BJJ black belt Stephen Kesting of the excellent website...

Watch: Marcus Buchecha’s Bodyweight Workout

  Here’s the workout: 20 Seconds each exercise Forward/back squat Donkey kicks Low prisoner jacks (Repeat 4 rounds)  

Marcelo Garcia’s Tips: How to Improve in BJJ, Gi vs No Gi & Conditioning

Great advice from World BJJ and ADCC champ Marcelo Garcia on the best way to improve in BJJ, Gi vs No Gi, conditioning etc…Transcribed by royalgrapplingacademy from a youtube interview by Matt...

How To Strengthen Your Neck Like Rickson Gracie

  Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt. Follow him on instagram.   Having a strong neck is essential...

Strength Training: Five Things You’re Doing Wrong

  Guest post by Andrew Lewis of blackmetalbarbellstrength.com  If you’re doing any form of weight lifting to get stronger and more healthy, there’s a short list of things...

Scientitsts Measure How Body Fat % Increase Affects Athletic Performance

    In a sport like Jiu-Jitsu, it’s important to compete at the ideal weight and also with the ideal body fat percentage. In wrestling, Seven percent (7%) body fat has been...