Jean “Dalua” Cartagena is a Black Belt from Puerto Rico who is a very active competitor and a respected instructor. He talks about the Jiu-jitsu scene in Puerto Rico, Gi vs No-Gi, using athleticism intelligently and conditioning for BJJ. Click “read more” for show notes! 

Show Notes:

  • His origins
  • The common lineages in Puerto Rico
  • Training for MMA withJorge Riviera
  • How speaking Spanish has helped him build his academy in Texas
  • His combination of styles
  • Gi vs No-Gi
  • Winning Pan Ams
  • leg Locks
  • His first competition
  • Jiu-Jitsu’s growth in Puerto Rico
  • Sponsorship in BJJ
  • Carlson Gracie Jr
  • His grappling style
  • Using athleticism intelligently
  • The Omoplata / Triangle combination
  • Conditioning for BJJ
  • The benefits of swimming / water training for Jiu-Jitsu
  • How he likes to teach
  • Learning from his students
  • How Jiu-Jitsu has helped him in life
  • Life as an academy owner
  • Fundamentals for beginners
  • The value of an instructor who competes or who competed before