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12 Reasons why families should train

Jiu Jitsu has given me many goals, a sense of purpose and the drive and discipline to go after those goals.

I believe there is no program out there that encompasses physical education and character development like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu does.

Below are a few reasons to consider Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for your Child or yourself over or in addition to Team Sports:

1. Self-Defense

This is the number one reason why most people decide to study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It teaches you the techniques to defend yourself, but also the way to think about defending yourself – anticipate and avoid potential dangers. Training also helps  build up the reflexes you need if you’re ever in a dangerous situation, and give you the confidence to stand up for yourself and fight back if needed – which brings us to our next topic…

2. Self-Confidence

As you become more proficient Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, your confidence gets a big-boost. You become more self-assured and confident. Your Professors  encouragement goes a long way to help you achieve this goal, but the confidence level will extend far beyond the Academy.

3. Belts and Ranking

Belts and rankings are a public recognition among peers for the student’s effort and progress. Martial Arts ranking system helps teach you to set goals and achieve them, to persevere and prioritize.

4. Discipline

Martial Arts training is a physical expression of ‘practice makes perfect’.  In a class a student may execute a single movement  or series of related movements, hundreds of times. This teaches the student that the progress that always happens during small improvements in technique and stamina, flexibility or power – will come through endless repetition.

Even during sparring, where the student shows how creatively he or she can apply their well-honed skills – there are still rules and protocols to be followed.  All of this teaches you to respect one another, their opponents and colleagues, and how to play games fair and square – lessons that follow you in your non-Martial Arts lives. It also teaches you to commit, to go to practice even when you don’t feel like it.

5.  Individual Achievement: No one sits on the Bench.

Although there are many lessons to be learned from team and individual varsity sports, the ‘make the team’ model often favors the more physically developed players while alienating the late bloomers.

Coaches have access to a endless supply of players that renews itself each year, the big and strong get picked and get to  play while the less physically developed watch from the bench, this leads to an even greater disparity in skill development as the season goes by.

At Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, our mats are packed while the benches are empty, all kids get equal ‘playing time’. Naturally some kids develop their skills and physical abilities earlier than others but we personally find that many kids who start out with underdeveloped athletic attributes such as strength, speed and size, end up blooming onto some of the finest technicians we have in all of our programs.

If  your child is an athletic wonder who is able to stay ahead of the game with his natural talents, athletics may very well bring out the best in him or her. But if want your child’s full potential to be nurtured through years of disciplined and diligent training look for a martial art school who offers a serious program taught by world-class accredited instructor.

6. Gender Equality

I am sure that while many parents would consider martial arts for their sons, not nearly as many would consider it for their daughters. However the martial arts are one of the few sports where both boys and girls can play together.

At Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we have a large amount of girls in our kids and adult programs, and in many classes they outnumber the boys. The girls are among the most technically proficient students we have and often dominate many of the local, regional and national competitions they enter.

Martial Artist also gives brothers and sisters an opportunity to practice together and learn from one another as well (not to mention the convenience of having all of your kids in one place at a time).

7. Weight Control

Childhood obesity is a global epidemic and rising trends in overweight and obesity are apparent in both developed and developing countries (CDC stats).

The typical  martial arts class will often be comprised of warm-up calisthenics, teaching and practicing of moves and possibly some sparring, as well as some active games. The warm up and practice comprise the bulk of the time, and for that time your child will be constantly on the go – stretching, crunches, takedowns, grappling, punches and kicks. The workout each child gets will not only assist in the natural development of his or her muscles but also help them build stronger Cardio-Vascular systems. Even in the most active of team sports such as Basketball or Soccer, children don’t get that much of a workout simply because they generally don’t play the whole game and even if they do, there are still breaks in the action.

8. You can do it with them

Most martial arts schools offer classes for both adults and children. While classes do not run  simultaneously, they are usually one right after the other. This means that you can watch your children workout, and then they can watch you.

If you have the proper space for it, you can practice with each other at home, and learn from one another. This will give you a special activity to use as a bonding tool with your kids. You can also become physically fit together.

At Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we have many families that come to class together and either take class simultaneously or watch each other's sessions.

9. The Never-Ending Season

Many team sports, especially those primarily played outdoors, or in specific weather (think Soccer, Baseball and even wrestling) are seasonal. In Martial Arts we have classes year round. This consistency and availability also helps build upon discipline, and allows children to progress at a much quicker pace in the Martial Arts than in Team Sports.

…and 3 more reasons that they should specifically learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Since I am, after all, a Jiu Jitsu Instructor, I would absolutely reinforce  and recommend Jiu Jitsu above all other Martial Arts:

10. Jiu Jitsu isn’t about brute force, it is about control

Grandmasters Carlos Gracie Sr and Helio Gracie, reinforced that Jiu Jitsu should be practiced with the mindset that your opponent will be bigger and stronger than you. That technique  and mental toughness should be pursued above all physical attributes.

11. Athletic Development

Jiu Jitsu’s main goal is technical prowess and perseverance but the training itself is a whole body workout – Grips, Feet, Hips and Head all need to move in fluid and exact timed motions to properly execute a throw or a fight ending submission. Many world class professional athletes such as  NFL players take up Martial Arts in order to improve their game skills.

12. Jiu Jitsu is Global

Jiu Jitsu has experienced a World Wide growth in the past 10 years unlike any other Martial Art. You can find a Jiu Jitsu school in any corner of the of any continent.

If a Karate practitioner travels to another city he or she might have a hard time finding a school to work out in that has the exact same style and philosophy as their home dojo.

In Jiu Jitsu, a student may travel to any school and they will still be practicing the same hip throw, arm lock or choke that are taught at his Academy. In fact I encourage all my students whose jobs involve traveling to always bring a Gi and visit other schools. Even when my students go away on vacation they tell me stories of training from the other side of the country to the other side of the world.


Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is part of the Robson Moura Association. We have affiliates worldwide.

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For the month of October 2019 our "Mat Chats" for the kids and teens class was on Confidence. I wanted to share a chapter of my book Unleash The Leader Within on the subject.


Self image (confidence)

Is the key


    Being able to see yourself as a leader or even being good at something can be a very hard thing to do. When I was a kid and still today I am generally the shortest person in the room. Does it bother me? Not at all. I guess when I was really young I just accepted it because in reality there's absolutely nothing I can do about it anyway. I could dwell on the fact that I’m short but the only person it would hurt would be myself. No one else seems to really care. Are there challenges? Well of course there are. Everyone has some sort of challenge in everyday life don't they? Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. Each one of us are unique in our own special way but it is our strengths, our talents that are the very essence of our personalities. We hide our weaknesses so that no one ever see’s that part of us. Why on earth do we do that? The reason of course is that we care too much about what other people think of us. How you see yourself, your self image is key. It must never be about someone else's opinion of you. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but as a matter of fact it is just that, an opinion. You know yourself better than anyone. Your opinion of yourself must be positive and rock solid if you want to unleash the leader within. Let's begin with your strengths. Your specific set of talents are what make you unique. There is a precise and direct connection between your talents and your accomplishments in your life so far. What characteristics or traits do you feel are your strongest? Can you make people laugh? Can you multitask? Are you persistent? Think of your success so far as a straight line. Up until this very point it has it has been on a slow gradual incline. Keep doing the same things and that line will still gradually go up over a long period of time. It may very well even level off. //////Make a list of what you feel are your strengths. Not what others may think but what you think are your best qualities. Take your time and really think about it. There may be certain things you are extremely good at but don't necessarily recognize right away because they are second nature.


    Now let's turn to your weaknesses. Your weaknesses are where the gold is. Wait, What? You may be asking yourself, “Did I just read that right”? Yes, you read correctly! There was no typo there. Your weaknesses are exactly where the leader within you is hiding. Your innate talents and learned abilities that you have right now have brought you to where you are right now. Keep doing the same thing and keep getting the same results right? In order to progress and get different, even better results we must look at the characteristics and traits that are not our strong suits. These are in fact the exact barriers that will keep you from where you want to be. Think about it this way. You have made it this far on all of your strengths. Your job, your career, your life has been built solidly on your strengths alone. Think of that gradual incline of success again. Working diligently on your weaknesses will make that line jump straight up exponentially. That's what we want.


    Learning something new and different can be challenging to say the least. I know, I’ve seen it time and time again. At my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy kids and adults come in and try to do basic drills, movements, and techniques. It’s very difficult at first because they have never done it before. All of the drills have weird names and feel really strange yet everyone else seems to be really proficient at them because they have put in the work to learn them making the new student feel out of place. There my friend is the secret. Did you see it? The secret to developing unstoppable confidence. The kind of self image that great leaders have!





  There it is again. That dirty little four letter word. Let me drive home the importance of working on your weaknesses. One day a young kid started Jiu-Jitsu at our Academy. He was very smart and intelligent. He had excellent manners and a supreme attitude. He had all of the building blocks of a leader. Something was missing. What he lacked was rock solid confidence. His self image was not up to par even though he had every other quality needed to be a great leader. He came to every class within the last year. At first he was shy about grappling with kids bigger than him. He didn't give up. He would get beat and come back for more. I watched as he focused on the techniques I would teach class after class. His grappling became better. He started to win a few more matches. As he began to win more his confidence grew. His self image was growing. What was his secret? What helped him grow his self image? He worked on his weaknesses. His new found confidence coupled with his already amazing talents catapulted him to new heights. I am proud to say he was awarded the 2016 Warrior Spirit Award for our Academy.


Unleash The Leader Within can be purchased at Amazon

Beginning Jiu-Jitsu

Beginning Jiu-Jitsu

Deland Jiu-Jitsu
Deland Jiu-Jitsu

Starting anything new is always challenging. Not knowing what to do and feeling awkward can turn you off almost immediately.


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 had enough you will find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse!"

Deland Martial Arts
Deland Martial Arts

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 amd off the mats.


My only regret is not finding and starting Jiu-Jitsu sooner.


Here are a few things you can expect in your first Jiu-Jitsu class.


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 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.


With that being said. You should not expect to learn everything your first class. 


Patience and perseverance is key to learning new skills.


Find an Academy near you and try a class. We would love for you to visit Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Deland Fl. 


Give us a call or text at 386-624-6739 to set up your Free Intro Class.

Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

127 E New York Ave 

Deland, Florida. 32724

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