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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 »

IBJJF Worlds 2022: Alliance Takes 1st Place

Posted on June 8, 2022

The IBJJF Worlds 2022 took place between June 2 and June 5. It is the largest and most prestigious tournament in the Jiu Jitsu world. Accomplished competitors from all over the world make their way to Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, CA in pursuit of a World Championship title. Some of the famous names that Continue Reading »

Back to Back Tournaments

Posted on April 25, 2022

This past weekend was a busy one! The team competed at two local back to back tournaments, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday. In total, 12 students competed this weekend. Newbreed Charlotte On Saturday, six students represented Team Casarez at the Newbreed Charlotte tournament in Concord, North Carolina. Newbreed comes to the area Continue Reading »

IBJJF Pan Ams 2022

Posted on April 19, 2022

One of the biggest international Jiu Jitsu competitions of the year, IBJJF Pan Ams,  took place in Kissimmee, Florida April 5-10. In years past, Professor Tony Casarez has traveled by himself or with one other student to compete. This year was the first time that Team Casarez sent a team of 5 competitors to the Continue Reading »

IBJJF Charleston Open 2022

Posted on March 30, 2022

On the weekend of March 26 and 27, IBJJF hosted the Charleston Open in South Carolina. We took a total of 4 competitors to this tournament, Professor Tony, Ferny, Riya, and Troy. There were also three students from the school who chose to travel to Charleston just to watch and support their teammates, Henry, Devin, Continue Reading »

Yoga for Jiu Jitsu Athletes

Posted on March 8, 2022

The human body is designed to adapt to the positions and activities that it encounters most often. In Jiu Jitsu, the body experiences a constant contraction and compression of muscles. Whether it’s knees to your chest or elbows to your side, we all know that keeping our limbs close to our centerline is the best Continue Reading »

Wrestling for Jiu Jitsu

Posted on February 21, 2022

On Saturday, we had the opportunity to learn from former D1 Wrestler and Head Coach, Joey Boardwine. Joey Boardwine, with Boardwine Grappling, is an instructor and professional head coach who has been grappling for 40 years. He started training Jiu Jitsu in 2015 with Team Casarez and earned his blue belt with Professor Tony in Continue Reading »

Taking Notes for Jiu Jitsu

Posted on February 15, 2022

I have always encouraged students to take notes during class. Why? Because I cover details that are directly linked to the belt exams that they are required to take (if they do not compete regularly) in order to get promoted. I also want students to get the most out of each training session. However, I Continue Reading »

Toro Cup 19 and FUJI Raleigh

Posted on February 8, 2022

    This weekend was a busy one for Jiu Jitsu in Raleigh! Between the Toro Cup 19 on Saturday and the FUJI Raleigh Winter Championship on Sunday, our students and coaches spent the whole weekend on or around the mats. We had four students compete in superfights for the Toro Cup 19. These superfights Continue Reading »