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Why BJJ is the Best Martial Arts for Kids

Posted on January 22, 2023

You may have heard that martial arts for kids is a great extracurricular investment for your child, but does it matter which martial arts? Is there a difference between Jiu Jitsu for kids vs. Karate for kids? What about Taekwondo, Krav Maga, Boxing, Muay Thai, etc? It can get overwhelming. To help, here is a Continue Reading »

Why Start Jiu Jitsu in 2023?

Posted on January 9, 2023

If you’re looking for a one stop shop to meet all of your 2023 new year resolutions, look no further than starting your Jiu Jitsu Journey. Jiu Jitsu is not only one of the most effective martial arts for self-defense, it has also been proven to help with a variety of mental health conditions. In our Continue Reading »

Miranda Maverick shares MMA & Self Defense Knowledge

Posted on December 1, 2022

On November 18-19, Team Casarez hosted UFC Fighter Miranda Maverick for a collection of seminars. The seminars included women’s self-defense, striking for MMA, and grappling for MMA.  Miranda Maverick is a professional MMA fighter who has tested her skills in the most competitive MMA organization in the world, the UFC. She is currently ranked in Continue Reading »

Just Show Up

Posted on November 14, 2022

This past weekend, Professor Tony Casarez earned his second degree on his black belt. He visited the Lucas Lepri Headquarters in Charlotte, NC. He was awarded this achievement by his Head Professor, Lucas Lepri.  This achievement marks 6 years as a black belt for Professor Tony, and almost 17 years since he started training Jiu Continue Reading »

IBJJF Charleston & FUJI Raleigh

Posted on November 2, 2022

The weekend of October 29 & 30 was a busy one at Team Casarez!  IBJJF Charleston 5 students made their way to Charleston, South Carolina for the IBJJF Fall Championship. Professor Tony, Milo, Justin, Bryan and Catherine competed in their respective brackets. The results are as follows: Tony – 2nd No-Gi Black Belt Adult Light Continue Reading »

New to Jiu Jitsu?

Posted on October 19, 2022

If you’re reading this, browsing the website to see if Jiu Jitsu is something you want to do, this one is for you. First, let’s take a second to talk about you. What’s your motivation? What prompted you to look up Jiu Jitsu and start researching schools near you?  Are you looking to practice and Continue Reading »

Is Strength Important for Jiu Jitsu?

Posted on October 12, 2022

Have you ever heard someone say that strength doesn’t matter for Jiu Jitsu? It is a common misconception. The principle of  Jiu Jitsu is to allow a smaller, weaker opponent to overcome a stronger opponent through proper technique. Sometimes people misunderstand this principle to assume that strength is not important for Jiu Jitsu. This couldn’t Continue Reading »

IBJJF Charlotte Open 2022

Posted on October 4, 2022

On October 1, 2022, Team Casarez took a team of 8 students to compete at the annual IBJJF Charlotte open. Team Casarez has been taking students to this event for years, as it is the closest IBJJF tournament hosted near Raleigh, NC.  It is also where Alliance has won the past 5 years in a Continue Reading »

3 Ways to Get Out of a Jiu Jitsu Rut

Posted on September 27, 2022

Do you feel stuck in your training right now, like you hit a plateau? More often than not, this happens because the stresses of life are not allowing you to enjoy training. Maybe you are bringing stresses onto the mats from outside of Jiu Jitsu – family, work, money, etc. Or maybe you have allowed the Continue Reading »

Tap Cancer Out 2022

Posted on September 19, 2022

8 students competed at the Tap Cancer Out tournament in Raleigh on September 22. Tap Cancer Out is one of the best local tournaments to come to Raleigh. It is competitive, well organized, and raises money for the fight against cancer. Team Casarez a lone raised $4,294, and the tournament altogether raised almost $100,000. We Continue Reading »