I am very excited to introduce Allen A. Causevic. He is without doubt one of the prime rivals based mostly out of the Chicago space. A lot of you realize him, a few of you do not, however you will hear an increasing number of about him as time goes on.

Allen is exceptionally eloquent and considerate in his solutions. We talk about “fighters,” gi vs. nogi, Austrian Economics, being a giant man, his favourite grapplers, and his hair.

BJJinChicago: Allen, thanks for taking the time to do that interview. You at present practice with Jay Valko. How lengthy have you ever been coaching there and what do you want most in regards to the academy?

Allen Causevic: I have been with Mr. Jay Valko since Could of 2005. I had began at Carlson’s Academy Downtown and would primarily attend the afternoon class that Jay would train. After Jay went on his personal, I had adopted him over to his new college in 2007. Since then, the college has grown dramatically. I attribute the expansion to the identical the explanation why I like the academy. We’re very open about sharing information and the alternate of concepts. I’ve visited many faculties throughout the nation and plenty of instructors keep on with that pure jiu-jitsu sport. Sadly, this can be a detriment to the game. MMA is evolving. So is Jiu-Jitsu. With the addition of RJ Cohen and his world-class Judo abilities, together with Timothy Foley’s Division 1/All-American wrestling abilities, we’re evolving.

The transition from a prime stand-up sport to a prime floor sport is the long run. This takes the alternate of concepts and information I discussed earlier than, and for a lot of, a journey out of their consolation zone. Jay has completed an incredible job of making this advantageous atmosphere. This “concepts pleasant” atmosphere is finest seen through the Saturday open mat classes, that are free for all to attend. Consequently, we do see a big selection of individuals go to with completely different talent ranges. Being uncovered to completely different types from native, nationwide, and worldwide guests has made all of us higher grapplers. As the game evolves, I am excited to see the long run and our successes.

BJJiC: What are a few of your best match accomplishments thus far?

AC: I do not take a look at Jiu-Jitsu as a struggle. The mentality I observe is that it is a aggressive match. Having stated that, I at all times look to carry out effectively throughout any match. Having the ability to carry out underneath strain is what units champions aside and I work very onerous to keep up composure and work the methods that put the percentages to win in my favor. Consequently, my finest performances have been through the:

2011 NYC Worldwide Open Purple belt Tremendous Heavy: Gold

2010 Chicago Worldwide Open Purple belt Tremendous Heavy: Gold

2009 NYC Worldwide Open Blue Belt Tremendous Heavy: Gold

2009 Abu Dhabi Professional-Gi Qualifiers- Blue Belt-Heavy-Gold

BJJiC: What are a number of ideas for greater guys who’re simply starting jiu-jitsu?

AC: Do not be discouraged when the standard knowledge you have been following seems to be false. After I began coaching, I used to be 240 lbs., energy lifting, and constantly consuming a publish exercise meal consisting of a Whopper from Burger King and the unique Muscle Milk. Sure, that’s roughly 1700 energy. We’re led to consider that there’s a correlation between how a lot weight you throw round within the weight room to your preventing capacity. What number of occasions have you ever heard, “Wow, he is large! Do not mess with him!”? Properly in 2007, I used to be fed the purple tablet and my world was turned the other way up. I used to be destroyed by guys half my dimension. Tapping to a rear-naked choke to somebody who weighs 135 lbs. positively destroys ones ego. You quickly understand you have been following the improper path in life. It is devastating for some. My recommendation can be to work method as a lot as potential and to not get discouraged when shedding to smaller opponent. Lastly, work your guard as a lot as potential. Working your weaknesses and eradicating your self out of your consolation zone will repay in a while in your profession.

BJJiC: For those who may return in time…what would you say to your self as a white belt?

AC: Cease consuming Whoppers. Do not begin competing No-Gi till after you are promoted to blue belt. There’s a lengthy debate on the Gi vs No-Gi benefits. I am of the college that believes a very good Gi sport will trickle right down to a very good No-Gi sport. I’d attempt to knock some sense into my outdated self to begin working onerous on my Gi base, after which transfer to working No-Gi afterward.

BJJiC: Royal Rumble – Your hair, Jay’s beard, RJ’s hair, and Mike’s beard. Who wins?

AC: My hair arms down. I may very well be rolling in a jiu-jitsu class at night time, then having a Gray Goose on the rocks in a world-class nation membership proper afterward with my good hair half. It does not transfer regardless of how a lot I exert myself. It is the supply of my energy. Second place goes to Mike Cornille. His beard gives probably the most protecting shields identified to man.

BJJiC: Who’s the perfect particular person you may have ever rolled with?

AC: This award goes to Mr. Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu. I had visited his college in Miami, FL in December of 2010 and was humbled. I used to be amazed to really feel his talent degree in motion. The journey of Jiu-Jitsu is an extended one, and that have helped me understand that I used to be not on the degree I wish to be. Seeing the place I used to be has helped me practice otherwise and work tougher in many alternative elements. It is at all times good to take a step again and see the place you’re and resolve the place you need to go sooner or later.

BJJiC: Who’s the perfect particular person you may have ever competed towards?

AC: This title would go to Mr. Luke Costello of the UK. He’s my newest loss that occurred on the 2011 World Jiu-Jitsu Championships. After watching video, we’ve a really comparable sport however he was higher that day. He took me down with an incredible Uchi Mata, which has not occurred in a match setting to me in a very long time. I misplaced my composure and was submitted by way of bow and arrow choke. It is ironic; I used to be thrown with considered one of my favourite throws and choked out by my favourite submission. Consuming a style of my very own medication was not tasty. I sit up for a re-match sooner or later.

BJJiC: What number of occasions per week do you practice?

AC: Throughout down occasions I am normally there four to five days per week. If I am coaching for a match then I am within the health club 6 days per week. I’ve added energy and conditioning three to four days per week to my regiment as effectively. Hopefully this new mixture will result in new discovered success sooner or later.

BJJiC: What sorts of actions do you do exterior of jiu-jitsu?

AC: The love to do the next in no specific order:

1. Folks watching at Wholefoods.

2. Filmmaking and graphic design.

three. Enhancing my information of the Austrian Faculty of Economics.

four. Consuming meals that haven’t been processed or altered in any manner.

5. Volunteering at animal shelters.

6. Sharpening my culinary abilities.

BJJiC: Who’re a few of your favourite grapplers to observe (and why)?

AC: I like to observe Cyborg Abreu and Braga Neto. I am a much bigger man so in fact I like to observe the large canines. Watching their video games has helped me grow to be a greater grappler.

BJJiC: What are your plans for competing sooner or later?

AC: I am planning on competing within the 2011 Chicago Worldwide Summer season Open in fact. However the massive match on the finish of the 12 months I am taking a look at is the Melbourne Open in Australia. I’ve by no means been, so I wish to take the chance to compete at such a big worldwide occasion and see the sights afterward.

BJJiC: What else can we count on from you sooner or later?

AC: I need to enhance my Judo sport to the very best degree potential. I do see myself touring and competing on the excessive degree tournaments within the USA Judo scene sooner or later. Coaching with the perfect Judoka will take my Jiu-Jitsu sport to a brand new degree and I am excited to study the brand new methods.

BJJiC: Any final feedback?

AC: Sure. With the explosion in recognition MMA & Grappling has seen lately, the conduct and habits of the sub-culture that has risen in parallel is appalling. The insane graphic t-shirts to the complete sleeve/physique tattoos have considerably lowered the esteem of the game. All too usually I see these people in social settings bragging to folks on how they’re ”fighters.” This disillusioned mentality must cease. Athletes ought to carry themselves to the next diploma and try to be gents. Poor sentence construction and improper grammar just isn’t cool. This in fact is not any relation to SubCulture attire. They’ve completed an incredible job supporting native athletes and are very lively within the BJJ group. SubCulture is the one Gi I put on for competitions and coaching classes. I extremely advocate them.

Fast Hits

Favourite Takedown: Uchi Mata

Favourite Submission: Bow and Arrow Choke

Favourite Place: Knee on Stomach