14th Annual Hoosier Open (posted 4/30/2017)
Indy BJJ and Caique Jiu Jitsu are proud to host each June the Hoosier Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament in the greater Indianapolis area. This June 3rd will be our 14th tournament in Indiana. The Hoosier Open is a double elimination GI only event. The tournament has Kids, Teens, Womens, and Mens divisions. The tournament usually attracts competitors from 8 - 10 states. Because of our reputation for putting on a well run event we have many competitors returning year after year. The final registration deadline for this years event is Tuesday, May 30th. We accept no registrations after that deadine. To learn more about this event visit our website at www.usbjjtournaments.com.
Getting in shape before starting classes (posted 1/12/2017)
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
New Womens Self Defense Class (posted 11/14/2016)
Indy BJJ is pleased to announce we’ve added a weekly women’s self-defense class to our curriculum. The one hour class will meet on Friday mornings at 9:30am. ANY woman, regardless of age, size or ethnic background can be the victim of a sexual assault. This 10 class course will prepare women to escape from potential threatening and possibly life threatening situations. Whether it’s unwanted contact, sexual assault or kidnapping this course offers a solution to many scenarios. We teach women elements of awareness, avoidance and self defense. Our program will enable women to perform simple effective escape techniques, and will remove ones feeling of helplessness. Our techniques provide women with the skills and knowledge to escape from an attacker, whether they are standing on their feet or lying on the ground. Unlike traditional women's self defense courses, our course does not solely depend on punching, kicking or biting, or using your strength to fight against a man’s strength. Striking based techniques are not effective against a bigger, stronger person, and are useless on the ground, which is where a woman may end up when being attacked. The escape moves are based on leverage, timing, and technique and do not require strength, speed or coordination. Come check us out on Friday morning. Your first class is free, and then only $15 per class.
Helio Gracie Day (posted 10/1/2016)
Grandmaster Helio Gracie would have been 103 today. He passed away, in 2009. Helio Gracie was born on October 1, 1913, in Belém do Pará, Brazil. He was a frail child growing up. As a teenager he lived with his older brothers who all taught Japanese Jiu Jitsu. Due to doctors orders Helio was not able to participate in training but could only watch. When he was 16 a student showed up for his private class, and Helios brother Carlos was not around, so Helio offered to begin the class with the student. When Carlos arrived, the student said he enjoyed the class with Helio and requested that he can continue learning from Helio instead. Carlos agreed and Helio became an instructor. Helio realized that even though he knew the techniques, they were hard to execute due to his frail body. Therefore he began adapting the techniques to accommodate his weak body, thus Gracie Jiu Jitsu was created.