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.
Caique Instructor Camp (posted 7/26/2016)
I just returned from a week long instructor camp hosted by Master Caique at his headquarters in southern California. This was the first time Master Caique gathered all of his instructors across the U.S. to meet and discuss topics related from business operations to class curriculums. It was a great experience not only being with the other instructors, but also it was great getting everyone on the same page with our class programs. We did a lot of review of the techniques in Master Caiques program, and certainly we all got some good ideas how to better align our programs more closely. The week finished off with a Legends seminar with some of the most respectable and notable names in the business. It was such an honor to be able to participate in such a rare event as this which included, Renzo Gracie, Charles Gracie, Fabio Santos, Jean Jacques Machado, and Carlos Caique Elias. We also had a surprise visit by Pedro Sauer and Ryron Gracie. The week was all about jiu-jitsu and how we can improve ourselves and our academies which ultimately is a great benefit to our students. It is great to be part of a team such as Master Caiques who has such great relationships with others and is able to bring us all together. This week will definitely be a highlight of my jiu-jitsu career. Keep training – Greg Eldred See photos