Why take Womens Self Defense Lessons? (posted 1/14/2020)
Welcome to Indianapolis Jiu-Jitsu. We have over 29 years experience in Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Here you will learn the most effective techniques to defend yourself. Some Jiu-Jitsu schools only teach sport or competition techniques, however we focus on teaching our students authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for Self Defense. I invite you to schedule an appointment and come check out what we have to offer. I Hope to see you soon. Professor Greg Eldred.
Let’s be real, the world we live in is not a safe place. There are bad people out there looking for victims to prey on. Therefore, you need to know how to protect yourself in case someone targets you for reasons of harassment, theft, rape, or to cause bodily harm. Not being prepared can result in serious consequences such as unwanted sexual proposals and action, serious injury or even death. You cannot control the desires and behavior of such bad people, but you can certainly take actions to minimize and prevent yourself from being the one chosen for the attack. And if you are attacked the use of self defense techniques and strategies can save your life.
Whether the attack is physical or sexual, the experience can leave both emotional and physical scars that can last a lifetime. You will never be the same. You will always replay the attack over in your mind wondering what you could have done differently to avoid or escape from the situation. You will question yourself as to why you never took a women’s self defense class.
There are three steps you must do to better protect yourself from would be attackers. 1.) You must have a greater awareness. You need to pay better attention to your surroundings, as this is your first line of defense. Attackers are looking for ea... Read More
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.
At our Academy we have curriculums fo... Read More
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.
Regular sparring als... Read More