submission grappling

What’s your name and where are you from?   My name is Zana Nachawati. I am of Lebanese and Syrian descent – but a full blooded Texan.   When and why did you start training?   I started training in June of 2014. I was looking for something to do to get in better shape. […]

In this episode the GOONS discuss: whether fighting a bus is gangster, the best grappling match ever, and if wearing spats in practice is okay. Be sure to like, share, and subscribe on iTunes.

I need to find a way to beat people that don’t want to scrap and rather play it safe for the judges. It’s frustrating getting tied up or having somebody actively avoid engaging me. But it’s part of the game that I need to get over to get to the next level. I take full […]

In this episode the GOONS discuss: Future BJJ GOONS merchandise, best super villains (Killmonger not included), and whether strength and conditioning is necessary to be a world champion.  Be sure to like, share, and subscribe on iTunes.

This will be a recurring segment on the blog in which I post reflections on my training, competitive performance and the jiujitsu lifestyle: I’m going to stop complaining about people doing steroids. In the street nobody fights fair, so I shouldn’t be upset when my opponents don’t. There is money and legacy on the line […]

Rest is the most important and most overlooked aspect of training. I am guilty of overlooking rest. When you are passionate about something, you tend to go overboard. This is magnified in competitive athletics. Overtraining is a real thing, despite what so many meathead “experts” will tell you. It’s hard to justify taking a practice […]

Getting beat up in practice is part of the game. The journey from white to black belt is filled with training sessions so brutal that you second guess why you started. What separates a black belt from an average joe is their willingness to be physically dominated consistently over a long period of time. In […]

In the first official episode of the BJJ GOONS podcast DJ and Tim discuss: Culture vultures, The best 90’s tv shows and movies, fighting while hungover, and how they decided on their grappling style. Be sure to rate, like, share, and subscribe to us on iTunes.

At the lower belts, I would fantasize about fighting the legends of jiujitsu. Those fantasies motivated me to train hard and get my black belt so that I’d be able to fight those legends. Looking back, it was a toxic mindset. Instead of focusing on getting better just to get better, I was focused on […]

Jiu-Jitsu is a business. It’s no longer about who is better and who wins the most major titles. It’s about who is the best at marketing his/herself¬† and getting the fans behind them. I used to hate on it, but I’ve now embraced it. Online trash talk isn’t my thing anymore, but I understand it. […]


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