Archive: April 2022

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

FUJI Raleigh Tournament October 2021

Posted on November 1, 2021

The FUJI Raleigh Jiu Jitsu tournament was hosted on October 24, 2020, and we had 13 students that competed and represented Team Casarez. For many of the students, it was the first time competing. It is always exciting watching students compete for the first time because there are a lot of emotions that come with 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 »

3 Takeaways from the Tap Cancer Out Tournament 2021

Posted on September 16, 2021

On September 11, we took 21 students to the Tap Cancer Out tournament. The event was full of exciting matches and team camaraderie. From the tournament, there are 3 clear takeaways that I want to discuss. 1. Fundamentals are Key! The first takeaway is that I noticed that our students had a different particular style Continue Reading »

What To Focus On As A New White Belt In BJJ

Posted on June 28, 2019

When you first start training Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the excitement is almost unbearable, but there are a few things to focus on as a new white belt In BJJ. Here at Casarez Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a Lucas Lepri Affiliate, in Cary, NC we have students of all kinds come and start the journey into the gentle Continue Reading »

Technique Of The Week #4

Posted on May 3, 2018

This fourth installment for the technique of the week breaks down what to do when an opponent is attempting place a rear choke from the standing position. For this to properly work it comes down to reaction time from the first moment the choke is attempted. You notice that the right when Tony recognizes he Continue Reading »