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I've heard it said many times in the Martial arts World and especially Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that you either win or you learn in competition.
I have to whole heartedly disagree with that statement!
I know it goes against the status quo. I know people will have something to say and I'm ok with that.
Hear me out and come to your own decision.
In the movie Forrest Gump the lead character played by Tom Hanks said "Mama always said life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get."
How true is that statement?
In competition there is a winner and a loser.
You try your best but at the end of the day someone else's hand is raised in victory.
I do not agree with participation Trophies.
You win or you lose, you learn either way!
By winning you learned what it takes to succeed.
By losing you learned what didn't work and get back to the drawing board.
It's not failure, just what didn't work.
Often everything works in your favor and at the last moment 👊 it doesn't.
You are not a failure, that plan just didn't work or....
Your opponent had a great day when everything clicked.
You Win or you Lose!
As a School Owner and instructor I want to equip my students with real world skills.
I want to let my kids as young as 5 years old they can lose. But it's OK. I reassure them that they have learned what doesn't work and encourage them to try again.
Smiling faces every time 🤗
Life is hard. There are everyday battles. Traffic going to work. Workplace challenges, Traffic on the way home.
Life is hard! No disrespect to other Martial Arts but giving a Black Belt to a fourteen year old is a false sense of security.
I give credit when credit is due. Belts are earned, stripes arw earned.
There is no Win or Learn!
There is a Winner and a Loser,
You Learn Either Way 💯
Here's what to expect at your first intro class at Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
The first thing you will see is smiling faces.
Our friendly staff will help you complete a short waiver and get you fitted for your free loaner uniform.
Starting anything new is always challenging. Not knowing what to do and feeling awkward can be a terrible feeling.
That's where our Coaches and assistant come in and guide you through.
Starting something new can also be rewarding and fun. Overcoming the initial "That's not for me!" thought is critical in the process.
Here's a thought to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to start something new "If you want something you've never had, you're going to have to do something you've never done before.
Professor Robson Moura always says "If you want it bad enough you will find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse!"
Your only goal Your very first class should be to have fun. Don't try to remember the techniques or their names.
Classes start with a short warmup going at your own pace. Nobody to impress here. Just take it easy.
Patience and perseverance is key to learning new skills.
After a quick rehydration break we go into our technique of the day. This is where you will learn the details of a position or transition that the Instructor demonstrates.
You will then get with another student and practice the technique. Our Instructors will work with you one on one to give you help and advice.
After another water break we end the class with live sparring or grappling. This is where you put into practice what you have learned.
Don't panic! Grappling is never mandatory. You may continue to practice the days technique if you like.
New students are not allowed to do submissions or have them attempted to you should you choose to grapple.
After class you will hang your loaner uniform up where it will be the next time you come in.
That's it! You've just completed your very first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class.
We're sure you'll have questions that your friendly teammates and Coaches will be happy to answer.
In Jiu-Jitsu I have found so many friends that not only support me in my journey but challenge me to be a better person on and off the mats.
My only regret is not finding and starting Jiu-Jitsu sooner.
Everything will seem strange lol! That's OK. Anything new always does. The academy you choose can make all the difference.
You should not expect to be "Thrown to the wolves." You should however expect an introduction that explains basic positions and movements. The basics are essential for a solid foundation to build on.
A top notch academy like the Gator Family will have friendly Instructors and Teammates that will be happy to answer all of your questions and guide you along the way.
Jiu-Jitsu does not get easier. You just get better. A great Academy can help you do that.
Deland Martial Arts
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Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
127 E New York Ave
Deland, Florida. 32724
To most people even veteran Jiu-Jitsu practitioners, the word competition conjures up feelings and visions of extreme stress.
To some competition gets their blood moving in the right direction.
Some people live for their next fight.
The Gator Family always promotes and encourages competition but it is never mandatory.
On January 8th 2021, The Gator Family headed to Jacksonville, Fl. For the Newbreed New Years Open with competitors.
The hardest part of any competition is the waiting.
It was great catching up with all of our Teammates families outside of the school.
It really helps pass the time waiting on matches and takes everyone's minds off the anticipation.
I can imagine the stress on a parent of their child in competition.
It has to be excruciating!
As a coach I have to say I an excited but on the other hand I am losing my mind.
It's one thing to compete for yourself. It's an entirely, completely other thing to wish, to hope to well, not be in control of the outcome of the situation.
To be entirely honest, coaching is really tough.
The reality is someone wins and someone loses.
I hear it all the time. "You either win or you learn."
I disagree, you win or you lose!
Let's call it like it is!
In reality you learn if you win and you learn if you lose.
The key point is losing.
Yes, in competition you may lose.
That's the gamble. You have to wager something to gain something.
That's where most people stop.
They're not ready to expose themselves to the unknown.
Then there are those like Devin who shows up and says I'll take the challenge
Tournaments take forever thats for sure. It's the breaks that bring the Family together.
When the call for your up next comes,
Every one comes together and supports their teammates like no other.
And never ever forget about the underdog.
They're coming for you!
Join Camden on the podium to get started with our Competition Team.
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