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Picking a place to train (posted 7/1/2015)
With the growing popularity of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu more and more people are giving it a try. But how does one decide which academy is right for you? Where ever you train you need to plan on going to class at least 2 – 3 times per week. Going to a jiu-jitsu academy is not like belonging to a health club, where you show up, use the equipment and leave. It’s an educational and learning environment. So, first and foremost you need to look into the quality of instruction. You should look into the background of the head instructor. You can do some of that homework online. You should sit in on a class to see how a class is ran. Is it a structured class? Does the instructor communicate in an understanding and logical way? Do they have a beginners curriculum? Also, ask students in the class about their experiences there. Most academies have a trial period which is a great way for you get a better feel for the quality of the instruction. So definitely take advantage of a trial period.

Another big thing to consider is what the atmosphere is like. Is everyone friendly to one another? How are people treating each other? Are the students helpful to you and to others. Do the other students seem to be happy there? Is it a place where you seem to belong? You will be spending a lot of time there each week so you want to make sure you are comfortable there and you fit in. Many students make great friendships that extend beyond the walls of the school.

Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that requires a lot of physical contact. So there will be sweat and sometimes blood. Skin infections could occur if academies are not cleaning the mats each day, or if they are letting people train with skin conditions. Take note of the facilities cleanliness. Are they mopping the mats regularly? Are others training with exposed skins conditions? Also, students should be wearing clean uniforms each class. These are some things you should definitely observe when you take some trial classes. Most jiu-jitsu schools should have a hygiene policy.

And finally a word about price. Many people ask about the price before they even visit the school and look into the most important things which are covered in this article. As mentioned before a jiu-jitsu school is an educational institution, so expect pay at least $100 per month or more depending on the market you live in. It doesn’t matter what the price is, if the instruction is bad, the people are unfriendly, and the place is dirty.

If you want to get started on the right path in your search for a place to train consider these facets of a jiu jitsu school before you sign on the dotted line.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (posted 4/2/2015)
The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.  Nearly 1 in 5 women have been raped at some time in their lives and about every 2 minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted.  Get involved by educating yourself about the issue. There are many online resources and state and local groups and organizations that can provide help.  Also, no matter how well you are educated about the topic, nothing can compare to having the self defense training which gives you the skills to escape from an attacker. 

Stop the Bullying (posted 3/25/2015)

Bullying is becoming a serious problem in today’s society. Whether it’s mental, verbal, physical, or even cyber bullying, it needs to be stopped. Bullying is more common than we realize. Studies show that between 15 – 25% of all kids up through high school age are bullied, while many bullying incidents go unreported. That’s almost 1 out every 4 kids are bullied. It is estimated that each day 160,000 kids will miss school for fear of being bullied.

Many adults don’t even know that their child is being bullied because many kids are afraid to report it. It’s important to talk to your children and get to know how things are going at school, social events, in the neighborhood, or even sporting activities. Specifically ask your child how are they being treated by other kids. That will help open the dialog, and could expose potential problems your child may be having with others. Even if your child is not encountering bullying problems it’s good to educate them about the topic, and prepare them with the means to deal with it if it happens to them. There are many good resources online for parents and kids to learn about bullying and more importantly to learn about prevention and intervention strategies.

In many cases if our kids simply stand up to the bullying they can stop it. But many don’t stand up for themselves because they don’t know what to do, especially when the bullying gets physical. That’s where, as a last stand, we need to arm our kids with a physical means to defend themselves if they are attacked. Statistics show that almost half of all bullying incidents end up in physical violence. If at all possible we want to avoid physical means of self-defense by using other intervention strategies, but sometimes we have no choice. If a child is empowered with self-defense skills, that will give them the confidence to deal with a bully who is using physical aggression against them. More importantly the confidence they gain will help them in other aspects of their lives and increase their overall self-esteem. Generally when kids have higher confidence and self-esteem, they tend to be a lesser target for would be bullies. Don’t wait until it is too late, start empowering your kids today, before they become victimized by bullying.

Bully Prevention Month
October is Bully Prevention Awareness Month.  Unite with us to prevent and to stand up against bullying.  If your child is between the ages of 7 - 13, we are offering FREE Kids classes during the month of October.  Come check us out.  Contact Greg Eldred at 317-506-0973. 
Law Enforcement Ground Survival Class Nov 17th
Course will be held on Tuesday, Nov 17th from 2 - 4pm at IndyBJJ in Carmel.  This course is designed to give the officer the basic skills needed to survive, escape & get back to their feet during a confrontation that goes to the ground.  Officers attending this class WILL receive the state mandated 2 hours in-service training in physical tactics. The cost is $50.  To register or for inquiries contact Professor Greg Eldred at 317-506-0973 or Officer Jeff Riley at 317-379-4730.

JiuJitsu Promotions

Congratulations to the following Indianapolis Jiu Jitsu martial arts students who recently received promotions:

LAST UPDATED: June12, 2015

Brown Belt Promotion
Ryan Marques - 1st degree
Chris Santiago
Mike Swetz
Lucas Yeazel - 2nd degree
Purple Belt Promotion
Ahmad Hafez - 1st degree
Blue Belt Promotion
Monte Denehie
Ryan Lambert
Caleb Holtz
Bill Baugh - 1st degree
Rudy Guerrero - 4th degree
Clinton Johnson - 2nd degree
Don Hollenback - 1st degree
Jeff Riley - 4th degree
Lee Rabensteine - 3rd degree
Trent Hockersmith - 1st degree
White Belt Promotion
Jay Tuttle - 2nd degree
Marita Bower - 1st degree
Mike Harmon - 2nd degree
Peter Brown - 4th degree
Julia Lambert - 1st degree
Sina Semsarzadeh - 4th degree
Kids Belt Promotion
Jason Rooney - White 1st degree
Lauren Jai - White 4th degree
Jacob Hinds - Yellow/Orange 2nd degree
Bernice Mendoza - White 3rd degree
Aiden Denehie - White/Yellow
Ezekiel Guerrero - White/Yellow
Emma Sego - White/Yellow 3rd degree

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