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
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