Exercises to help your Jiu Jitsu (posted 11/1/2017)
I often get asked by my students what can they be doing outside of the academy to help improve their conditioning for Jiu-Jitsu? The advice I give depends on the goals of the student, i.e. if they want to compete, or just want to improve upon their everyday training at the academy. For the sake of this article, I’m going to focus on the average student, one who is learning Jiu-Jitsu as a martial art, as a self-defense system, who attends class 2–3 times per week and is not looking to compete for the time being. For the student who is training to compete in the sport of Jiu-Jitsu I would have different recommendations.
The average student may come to class 2–3 times per week. They have a job, or maybe go to school, may be married and have a family, and most have activities and commitments outside of the academy. They certainly don’t have the time or even the desire to train and workout 6 days a week as a Jiu-Jitsu athlete may do. Therefore, as in an earlier article I wrote, I said that the best way to prepare your body for Jiu-Jitsu is by doing Jiu-Jitsu. But for those who ask what else can they do outside of the academy to help improve their body and performance here’s some recommendations.
1. If you already belong to a health club use the treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike a couple times a week for at least 30 minutes. If you don’t have access to any of those, then fast-pace walking or jogging or jumping rope at l... Read More
CPR and AED Certification (posted 9/1/2017)
In August, the academy hosted a CPR and AED certification course for our members. CPR, or cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, is an important skill that everyone should learn. You never know when you may need this skill to save someone’s life. Knowing CPR and the ability to use an AED empowers you to jump into action should the situation arise.
CPR and AED training consist of two different life-saving methods. CPR involves chest compressions and rescue breathing to sustain a victim until help arrives. Sudden cardiac arrest is something that occurs when an electrical rhythm problem occurs in a person’s heart which prevents it from being able to pump blood through the body. The longer your body goes without this blood, the lower your chances of survival become. Performing CPR will help the blood continue to flow through the body until an ambulance can arrive to assist. An AED is an automated external defibrillator: This device sends an electric shock to a victim to restore a heartbeat. If a victim’s heart stops beating, seconds are precious. Optimally, CPR or AED use should begin within three to five minutes of the person’s collapse. Emergency personnel won’t make it to the victim within this time, which is why trained bystanders are so important for saving lives.
Take the time to get certified and enjoy the peace of mind. Contact your local hospital, fire department, health department, or Red Cross for courses near you.
2017 Instructor Camp (posted 8/5/2017)
Teaching Jiu-Jitsu is a perishable skill that requires constant practice and study, and it’s great that once a year Master Caique gathers his instructors together from across the U.S. for a 1 week camp. I had a great time this past July at the Caique Jiu-Jitsu academy headquarters in southern California continuing to learn and grow in the art of jiu-jitsu. It was a spectacular week of collaborating and sharing ideas from Master Caique, his sons Pedro and Thomaz, and the other affiliates. Each year I learn new things on how to make our jiu-jitsu business and programs even better. Everything we do is for the benefit of our students. We want to provide our students with the very best possible learning experience, with the best instruction, and the best techniques. It was awesome for Master Caique to share teaching principals with us he learned directly from Grandmaster Helio Gracie, which will be so beneficial and invaluable for us instructors. We are all very proud and fortunate for our lineage, and the benefit that it brings to all of us. Something I’ve said for many years is that we do what we do, we know what we’re doing, we’re gonna keep doing what we do, and we keep getting better at it. We’ll see you on the mat. – Prof Greg Eldred
Should you take Womens Self Defense Lessons? (posted 6/10/2017)
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 easy victims who are not aware, as they are easy targets, because they have the element of surprise at their advantage. 2.) You must take measures to reduce your risks. This can be from ... Read More