BJJ Mindset

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 »

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 »

3 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your Jiu Jitsu Goals for 2022

Posted on January 11, 2022

It’s a new year, which means new Jiu Jitsu goals for 2022! When creating your goals, make sure you are following these guidelines to ensure complete succes!

5 Rules for Cross-Training

Posted on December 13, 2021

The question is not necessarily whether cross-training in itself is good or bad, the question is moreso, how can I cross-train respectfully? There is nothing inherently wrong with cross-training. It can be beneficial to you as a student if you want to get to know other jiu jitsu students in the community and diversify your Continue Reading »

Advice to My White Belt Self

Posted on November 27, 2021

  It took me over 10 years to get my black belt in Jiu Jitsu. During that time, I learned a lot of lessons. In the hopes that it will help some of you on your journey, here is some advice I wish I had been given when I was a white belt: Consistency is Continue Reading »

Stop Trying to Fix Your Cardio & Do This Instead

Posted on November 17, 2021

The biggest misconception in the Jiu Jitsu community is that you need to improve your cardio in order to keep up with your opponent. The problem with this philosophy is: Training cardio outside of Jiu Jitsu makes you more tired and less recovered for your cardio training during Jiu Jitsu. Rolling in Jiu Jitsu is Continue Reading »

How to Create a Routine for Rest and Recovery in Jiu Jitsu

Posted on November 10, 2021

The truth is, most of us already know that we need to eat well after a training session, or that we need to make sure we are getting sufficient sleep in order to recover properly. And yet, we don’t always do it. It is easy to get distracted by other priorities, to get lazy in Continue Reading »

Jiu Jitsu Concepts: Gui Mendes Seminar

Posted on October 27, 2021

As Lucas Lepri affiliates, all of our students were invited to attend the seminar hosted by the Lepri Headquarters on October 16. The seminar featured Gui Mendes, a 4X World Champion and current professor at Art of Jiu Jitsu Academy in Costa Mesa, California. For the students who were not able to attend the seminar, Continue Reading »