Exercises to help your Jiu Jitsu (posted 12/1/2023)
Welcome to Indianapolis Jiu-Jitsu. We are Indy's first and oldest operating Jiu-Jitsu academy. We have over 33 years experience in Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Here you will learn the most effective techniques to defend yourself. Some Jiu-Jitsu schools only prepare their students for sport or tournament competitions, however, we focus on preparing our students for the street or self defense situations. We have highly trained and qualified instructors in which 5 of them are Black Belts. 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.
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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. One of the best ways 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 least twice a week would suffice.
2. Anoth... Read More
Stop the Bullying (posted 10/1/2023)
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 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 where, as... Read More
The Old Days Part 3 (posted 7/1/2023)
Many people ask me how I got started “teaching” Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, so I thought I’d share that here in part 3. It was actually Rorion Gracie’s idea. I was a student at the Gracie Academy for almost 3 years, and was about to relocate to Cincinnati, Ohio for a new job. In October 1993, I met with Rorion in his office a few weeks before moving, and he presented me with an idea he had about starting training clubs or associations across the United States, as this would be a good way to spread Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He said he first needed to get the UFC project off the ground, but would take on that task the following year. Meanwhile, he got me in touch with several martial arts schools in the Cincinnati area, (schools that were on his mailing list, or that had instructors that attended Gracie seminars), and he suggested I try to hook up with one of them and see if they would be interested to have me start something at their dojo. When I arrived in Cincinnati, I contacted a Tae Kwon Do school owner named Tom Federle, who he and a couple of his students were familiar with Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, by attending a seminar in the past, and they were very happy to have me train with them at their academy. Initially it was just a few of us training on Sundays, but over time it grew to about 30 people. Meanwhile we would also attend Royce Gracie seminars in the region, and as well, had him come to our place. Ad... Read More
The Old Days Part 2 (posted 3/10/2023)
This is a continuation of some of my memories and stories about the old days at the Gracie Academy back in the early 90’s. After exactly one year of training at the Gracie Academy, in January 1992 during one of my classes, Royce had us spar for several minutes near the end of the class. He didn’t do this all the time, but occasionally, I think to evaluate students. While we were sparring, Royce left the room for a brief moment, when he returned he presented me with my Blue Belt. They didn’t do belt testing back then, and it was generally known that you’d be a white belt for at least a year. I don’t know what ever happened to my original white belt, I probably lost it, but since then I’ve kept all my other belts. Back then there was no stripe system within each belt color. You wouldn’t know if someone had been a blue belt for 3 weeks or for 3 years, but the best indicator was how faded and frayed their belt was. Also, I only remember there being just a couple purple belt students around. The Gracie’s didn’t start using the stripe system until 1993 shortly before I moved away from southern California. In all the classes Royce began notifying the students to sew a black patch at the end of their belt. Slowly I started to see other students, including myself with black patches on the ends of their belts. Then it came down to my last class before I... Read More