Advice to My White Belt Self

  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 […]

Stop Trying to Fix Your Cardio & Do This Instead

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 […]

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

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 […]

FUJI Raleigh Tournament October 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 […]

Jiu Jitsu Concepts: Gui Mendes Seminar

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, […]

IBJJF Charlotte International Open 2021

Alliance Team takes 1st Place in Gi and No Gi As Lucas Lepri affiliates, Team Casarez students competed under the Alliance association for the IBJJF Charlotte competition on October 2. Alliance has won 1st place in the previous four IBJJF Charlotte competitions, and secured a 5th title this year. Alliance is now 5X Charlotte Open […]

3 Takeaways from the Tap Cancer Out Tournament 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 […]

Students Learn from 9X Adult World Champion Lucas Lepri at Annual Seminar

Lucas Lepri and his three students, Dante, Kleber, and Marcelo, visited Team Casarez on May 8, 2021 for the annual Lucas Lepri seminar. Each year, the school invites Lucas to share his latest modern techniques, meet with the students, and lead the celebration for the annual belt ceremony. Lucas Lepri is a 9X Adult Black […]

Jiu Jitsu Team Helps Competitors Win at FUJI Tournament

Referring to Jiu Jitsu as an individual sport is accurate to an extent. After all, it is one-on-one grappling and competing. However, Jiu Jitsu is more of a team sport than a lot of us realize, and this was explicitly clear when Team Casarez competed in the FUJI tournament on April 25 in our hometown […]

A Note From Professor Casarez Regarding COVID-19

Dear Students, I hope you and your families are all doing well during this time. Thank you for your understanding and patience throughout this process and for supporting the school. I want to send you all on update on the status of the gym, details regarding payment and reimbursements for when the gym reopens, and […]