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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »