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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

US Grappling Charlotte and NY Pro Winners

Posted on July 18, 2018

Very proud of my students who competed, won and medaled. We had 4 students travel and compete at the US Grappling in Charlotte and all came back with 8 medals while another student traveled to New York for the IBJJF New York Pro and won Gold. A total of 9 medals: 4 Gold and 5 Continue Reading »