Importance of Curriculums (posted 9/1/2019)
I’d like to share some thoughts on the importance of operating a jiu-jitsu program using standardized curriculums. At one time most all group classes were taught in what seemed to be a random fashion. I singled out group classes because I believe in the private class setting the instructor was able to keep better track of what they were teaching each student. I for one started out with private lessons with Royce and Royler Gracie for at least my first 6 months and recall learning in a logical sequence. But in the group class setting it’s much harder to control the logical progression of learning because you have a mixture of students with different experience levels, so it becomes easier for the instructor to teach classes randomly.
I remember almost 30 years ago the Gracie’s used to say there’s about 600 techniques in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Students would show up to a group class and learn whatever was taught that day, without a clear understanding of a logical path to follow. However, over time students would eventually repeat techniques and began to improve their proficiency.
Today Jiu-Jitsu has grown into the worlds most popular martial art, and I would conservatively say there are several thousand techniques being taught, however many of those were developed specific for sport competition. But still today many BJJ instructors are teaching without curriculums.
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Local Fire Department Learning Jiu-Jitsu (posted 3/24/2019)
Indianapolis Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt associate instructor and career firefighter Travis Hawkins recently trained the firefighters of the Noblesville Fire Department in survival tactics utilizing Jiu-Jitsu techniques. His Fire Department has 126 career firefighters operating out of 7 fire stations. Station personnel consist of three shifts, each of those shifts operating on a 24-hour schedule. Each shift consists of a Battalion Chief, 8 Officers, and 30 firefighters.
Travis is a lifelong martial artist and has been a career firefighter for 12 years. He feels that without a doubt Jiu-Jitsu is the best option for keeping himself, his crew members and the people in the community safe in the event of physical confrontation on emergency scenes. Fundamentally the oath a Public Servant commits to when wearing a badge is to help and care in the best way they know how while doing no harm. He finds that Jiu-Jitsu gives the best possible option if ever faced with the need to defends oneself or the life of another.
Photo: Travis with his Gracie Survival Tactics Instructors in October
In October of 2018 Travis spent a week participating in a 40 hour “train the trainer” program earning a Level 1 instructor certification in the Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) curriculum. Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) is a revolutionary defensive tactics system based on Gracie Jiu-... Read More
Benefits of Sparring (posted 2/26/2019)
At some point on your jiu jitsu journey it will be time for you to start participating in open mat or sparring sessions, often referred to as “rolling” in jiu-jitsu. Some schools don’t advise of it until a student has sufficient background, which may vary from just a couple months to several months of practice. In any case it’s an integral part of the learning process, and it will put you on the path to increasing your proficiency in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Initially your training may start with technique learning and repetition, but eventually your training should consist of these 3 basic parts: Technique learning, drilling, and sparring.
Some people might have the mindset that sparring is just for those who desire jiu-jitsu competition. That is far from the truth. Sparring has many benefits as I will share some with you, whether you’re intending to compete or not. Nothing else prepares you for a real fight, or competition as well as live sparring. It’s a great way to get and stay in shape as it is a high cardiovascular workout. Keeping your body in shape has all the health benefits, but more importantly if you are attacked on the street you’ll have the endurance to properly defend yourself and go the distance to achieve a successful outcome, likewise in competition.
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Year End Promotions (posted 12/19/2018)
We had over 40 students who were eligible for the December belt promotion ceremonies held this week. Their promotions highlight the hard work and dedication that everyone is putting into their practice and training. We had 3 new Blue Belts ( Jacob Clark, Jeff Ramkaransingh, and Will Courtney) who successfully completed a rigorous belt testing process and we are very proud of their accomplishments. We also celebrated these events with a pizza party and Holiday pitch in where we enjoyed sharing everyones favorite eats. We also enjoyed music from our student the one and only DJIllBehavior. Everyone had a great time and we look forward to getting back on the mats and keep doing what we do.