Getting in shape before starting classes (posted 8/1/2021)
Welcome to Indianapolis Jiu-Jitsu. We have over 30 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.
We are accepting new students. However, we are Not accepting out of town visitors or drop ins at this time due to Covid safety concerns and the protection of our students. The process to get started is to contact us by the message box on our HOME page or on our CONTACT page. You'll find lots of information here on our website and we can answer any of your questions by email. At this time we are only making appointments at the academy for serious inquires only. If you are ready to take that step we'll make an appointment for you to come in to check out the academy to discuss things futher and to see a class in action.
Should you get in shape before starting Jiu Jitsu Lessons?
From time to time while meeting with a prospected student I hear they want to “get in shape” before they start training jiu-jitsu. I thought I’d share my thoughts on it.
What does getting in shape actually mean? There’s not really one definition. It can be everything to having muscular strength, to cardiovascular endurance, to having low body fat, or even having good flexibility. But it really depends on what your goals are. Due to the fact you’re visiting a jiu-jitsu school, I believe you desire to learn an effective martial art for self-defense. Maybe you have in your mind you may also want to one day compete in sport competition, or even MMA, and you can eventually work towards those goals too, but for now let’s just consider you’re starting at the beginning.
What I tell those who think they need to get in shape first is to consider this. If you want to improve your life stop making excuses or procrastinating about it, and dive right in. Participation in a jiu-jitsu program does not require strength, nor speed or quickness, nor tremendous flexibility, nor lean body fat, nor considerable cardiovascular endurance. It’s an art that uses principles of leverage, timing, efficiency, and control. But this does not mean that practicing jiu-jitsu won’t help or show improvements in any ... Read More
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (posted 4/2/2021)
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 Bullying (posted 11/2/2020)
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 wher... Read More
State Runner Up (posted 2/23/2020)
Congratulations to Carson Eldred for placing 2nd in the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals on Feb 22nd. Carson finished his senior year with a record of 42-3 with his 3 loses only to Zeke Seltzer who Carson wrestled “under the lights” at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a crowd of over 10,000 spectators for the 120 lb state title on Saturday night. Zeke was undefeated at 43-0, ranked #1 in the state and #13 in the nation. Carson was ranked #4 in the state.
It’s a huge accomplishment even making it to the state tournament, and even more astounding making it to the final. The state of Indiana and only California and New Jersey have one wrestling class which makes it extremely difficult to be a wrestling state finalist. Only 16 wrestlers from each weight class earn a trip to the state finals. After the first round on Friday night only 8 wrestlers move on to the 2nd and 3rd rounds to determine 1st through 8th placement on Saturday.
This was Carson’s 3rd trip to Bankers Life during his High School career. He placed 4th at 113 lbs as a sophomore, a state qualifier at 120 lbs as a junior, and state runner up his senior year. This season Carson also broke Westfield High Schools career fall (pin) record with 92 falls previously was 77 held by his brother Evan. He also came 1 match short of equaling the school career win record of 153 also held by Evan. Carson’s High School career record was 152 – 26.
Carson is not the first Eldred t... Read More