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Martial Arts Deland
Martial Arts Deland

1760 S. Woodland Blvd. Deland, Fl

Inside Championship Martial Arts

Victoria Square Plaza

386-801-0877

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OUR CURRENT TRAINING SCHEDULE

TUESDAY AND THURSDAY

KIDS 5:30 to 6:30PM - Adults 6:30 to 8:00PM


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Deland Florida's Premier Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, A proud member of the Robson Moura Jiu Jitsu Association welcomes you to try a two week trial for only $19.99. JiuJitsu promotes that a smaller person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger person through leverage and technique. There is no kicking or striking in JiuJitsu. We are not an MMA gym. We provide comprehensive training to get you in the best shape of your life and or compete at the top level. 

  

     

 

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Adult Class for fun, fitness, Self Defense, and competition. No experience required. Our team will help you every step of the way. Warm up drills will build your cardio and help keep you flexible. Practicing the techniques demonstrated will get you ready to defend yourself in a self defense situation. While grappling you will gain hands on experience while learning self control, patience, respect, and confidence. Contact us to set up your two week trial just $19.99 and find out for yourself.


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Kids classes rock! Kids up to 13 years old learn Confidence, Self Control, Patience, Teamwork, and Self Defense techniques to defend themselves in the real world. NO BULLYING! Kids are welcome to participate in a Free class. We offer affordable rates with several options.  Contact us to schedule a two week trial for only $19.99.

 

Kids classes start with a 15 minute warm up of JiuJitsu related drills. The Instructor then demonstrates a single technique several times. Students are partnered up and drill the technique. Instructors work with all students to ensure any questions are answered. The final portion of class is where students put all of the techniques in action and have hands on grappling. All of our students understand that our number one training tool at our academy is our training partner. We always respect our partners and do not train out of control.


What our students are saying

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" My daughter loves this sport"

 

The instructor is very attentive to the kids. Just an overall great experience with everyone involved.
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"Jiu-Jitsu helps me in every day life"

 

It's pushed me to be healthier and more active. It's also helped me to "slow down" and strategize a little better, even in day to day challenges.     Lani Stover
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"Gator Family BJJ is a great place"

 

Whether you're looking at it for sport or self defense. Coach Wallace is very hands on, and is a coach that truly cares about making sure you understand the how's and why's of every move and every position. There are no ego's, everyone there is focused on learning. It's a very family friendly environment.     Casey M.

3 ways Ninja Warrior training can elevate your bjj game.

    I'm sure you have watched the popular show on TV, American Ninja Warrior. Men and women challenge themselves on an obstacle course and try to do it in the fastest time. These athletes train for this competition. As BJJ athletes we train for fun, fitness and competition. We all want to get better and improve. I've put together 3 ways that Ninja Warrior training can improve your BJJ game.

 

Flexibility

Doing the berimbolo or playing inverted guard comes easy for some people. For others it can be difficult or even painful. How about someone doing the double under guard pass and smashing you? Wouldn't being more flexible be an advantage? On the Ninja Warrior show I have noticed the competitors leaping from one obstacle to another. I see them swinging and reaching as far as they can. Sometimes they will just hang there. Be it jumping, reaching or swinging, all of the athletes are doing something in common. They are stretching and gaining more flexibility. Hanging allows the spine to stretch and adjust itself. Jumping builds strong leg tendons and muscles as well as stretching the groin muscles. Swinging and climbing helps keep the shoulder flexible and mobile. 

 

Eye-Hand Coordination

Ever go for a collar grip and miss it? It happens! Want to defend against collar grips? You can do grip training in class over and over. It will get boring after a while. Take your grips to the next level with Ninja Warrior training. Every obstacle is slightly different which requires different strategies. While flying through the air you will have to focus. The fear of falling is also in the mix adding some intensity. In the jumping elements, balance is key. Each obstacle requires your full attention. You can hone your eye-hand coordination as well as balance in Ninja Warrior training.

 

It's Freaking Fun

I've never seen anyone on the show that wasn't happy to be there. Your workouts should be fun not boring. Jumping, spinning, swinging, climbing, It's like your playing Spiderman. 

 

    Who knows, you could be the next American Ninja Warrior! A side benefit is that your Jiu-Jitsu game will be better from cross training. Find a training course near you and get started. I heard that one is opening soon in Deland, Fl. I can't wait!

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Choke Your Biggest Fear!

  If you really want to know happiness and realize your dreams, you have to be willing to take a leap of faith despite being afraid.

   All too often, we hold back and play it safe in order to avoid becoming successful, feeling embarrassed, being hurt, or possible failure. What if Bill Gates had been frozen by fear?

   We cling to fear from our childhood experiences and become like Linus, from the cartoon strip Peanuts, clinging to his security blanket.

   It’s our responsibility to acknowledge, face, and dissolve our fear.

   Are you willing to start now, to dig for the courage to do all the things you were meant to do, but haven’t yet started? If the answer is yes, then read on!

1. Get comfortable with fear.

   When you fear something, move toward it.  Feel it, and breathe through it. Imagine a 250 lb guy moving towards you thinking your someone else, and he’s really mad. Now imagine you have been training Jiu-Jitsu.

   Taking a big guy down and applying a choke hold will allow you the upper hand, while not having to actually hurt you or the aggressor. Contact sparring will help you gain the  confidence and techniques to defend yourself in that kind of situation.

2. Make your dominant thoughts positive.

   Fearful thoughts will attract more fear. Positive thoughts will attract success. Instead of expecting the very worst, try training your mind to expect the best. Make positive assumptions about your future. So many times we make things worse in our minds than the outcome really is.

3. Don’t give your time, attention, or energy to fear.

   Be innovative, take the initiative,  go the extra mile. If you don’t take action despite your fear, opportunity will pass you by. If you want to win a Gold Medal, you first have to register for the competition.

   Paying your money is a down payment on success. You can’t half way jump off a diving board. Remember, there is no losing in Jiu-Jitsu. You win, or you learn.

4. Revisit your victories.

   Strengthen your belief in yourself by reflecting on the last three years of your life and every success you’ve experienced.

   Close your eyes and feel the celebratory emotion of each one. Bring the same drive, persistence, and talent into now and allow it to inspire and motivate you.

5. Live vicariously through the victories of others.

   Use the success stories of others.
Read about the success of Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Steven Spielberg, and Oprah Winfrey. Take note of the courage they developed and follow their path to greatness.

6. Ask your family and friends for encouragement.

   My family see’s my strength when I forget it. They don’t hesitate to remind me of the trials and triumphs we have come through. They’re generous with praise and encouragement.  Ask your loved ones to do the same for you.

7. Plan to be great.

   Step into your power and dream big and follow it up with calculated risks and deliberate action steps. Have no doubt about your success. Your dreams are at stake here!

   You have the power to do whatever it takes to break through any obstacles that stand in the way of yourself, your dreams, and your happiness.

   Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has helped me overcome so many obstacles in my life. I would like to share it with you. In the Deland, Fl. Area, call me at 386-801-0877 or visit our website to reserve your spot!Gator Family BJJ

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Self Defense Starts before An Attack!

“Criminals only have to get it right once. You have to get it right every time.” Here are some tips to help stop an attack before it happens.

    Be aware of your surroundings.
As we go about our daily routines we often become complacent and set in a rhythm. Getting up, leaving for work, going to lunch, and returning home at the same time everyday.

     It is important to know that some “bad guys” use this to their advantage. It’s their job to learn your routine and strike when you are vulnerable using the element of surprise.

    Before entering or existing your vehicle, take a good look around. Take notice of things that look out of place or may seem suspicious. If things don’t look or feel right, Stop! Just a few moments can make a difference.

    Distractions like cell phones can take your attention away from someone following you or waiting to attack you. Social media is not more important than your safety. Make a point to be more aware of your surroundings.

    Staying in shape can also help defend an attack before it happens. Increased mental acuity, strength, and faster reaction times are benefits of being healthy. “bad guys” may think twice about attacking a person who walks with confidence.

    Taking a self defense class and arming yourself with techniques to defend yourself and your family is encouraged. While one class may be beneficial, joining a Martial Arts Academy can help in so many other ways.

    Some of the benefits of consistently training Martial Arts are confidence under pressure, better physical fitness, and a team that can help you reach your goals. Find an Academy near you and give it a try.

    In conclusion. Be aware of your surroundings. Put your phone down. Take a Self Defense class or join an Academy. Be safe out there.

CLICK HERE to schedule a private session or Self Defense Seminar for your group.

About the author;
        Wallace Bailey is the Owner/Instructor at Gator Family BJJ. A Robson Moura Jiu-Jitsu Association member. Wallace is a Purple belt under Master Robson Moura an 8x World Champion and Jiu-Jitsu Hall of Fame inductee

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FAQ'S About training at Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

FAQ’S ABOUT TRAINING AT GATOR FAMILY BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU

Where is your Academy? We are located at Victoria Square shopping center a few doors from Gators Dockside and the movie theater. 1760 S. Woodland Blvd. Deland, Fl.

What’s the best way to contact you? You can reach Coach Wallace directly by calling or texting 386-801-0877.

Do I have to be in shape to start training? No. Jiu-Jitsu is a great way lose weight, tone up, and increase cardio.

Do you offer trials? Yes, we welcome you to try a two week trial for $19.99

 What should I wear to try a free class?Comfortable shorts or sweatpants and a t-shirt.

 What age can my kids start Jiu-Jitsu? Our kids program for boys and girls starts at 6 years old.

Do you have any women in the Adult class?Absolutely, 1/3 of our adult class are ladies.

What days can I train? Our current schedule is Tuesday and Thursday. Kids at 5:30, Adults at 6:30. We also have open mats and field trips to train with Master Robson Moura.

Do I have to compete? No. We have an amazing competition team but there is no requirement to compete. Most students just train for fun, FITNESS, and self defense.

   Does your Academy have an affiliation? Gator Family BJJ is a proud member of the Robson Moura Jiu-Jitsu Association.

   How much are classes? Our rates are less than $20. per class.

   Do I have to sign an agreement? Our Coaches and staff are 100% committed to the success of your goals. As such we require 100% dedication on your part. We have yearly memberships programs.

For more info please contact Coach Wallace 386-801-0877 and be sure visit our website

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WHY JIU-JITSU?

    There are literally hundreds of ways to exercise. From very basic movements to extreme sports. From free push ups in your living room all the way to paying hundreds of dollars for a personal trainer.


   Finding the best way to exercise and something that is a good fit for you can be a daunting task at the least.


   Enter→ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu a Martial Art. The Martial Arts have been around for centuries. In recent years the words Martial Arts conjures up visions of Danielson at the All Valley Karate Championship and even the octagon of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


   The biggest difference in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and most other Martial Arts is the fact that there is no punching or kicking. The concept is based on leverage and technique rather than strength which makes Jiu-Jitsu appealing to more people.


   So why Jiu-Jitsu? Let's go over some great benefits! (Not necessarily in order)


FAMILY

   Having a supportive family greatly increases your chances of accomplishing anything you want to do in life. Jiu-Jitsu is a worldwide family with common goals to get better at Jiu-Jitsu and life. At Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Martial Arts Deland we feel so strongly about family we put it in our name.


JIU-JITSU HAS NO END

   As my Professor and friend Robson Moura so eloquently stated “Jiu-Jitsu has no end!” From the very young to the young at heart, Jiu-Jitsu is for everybody. It is ever evolving with practitioners developing new techniques everyday. With that said it is possible to be a lifelong student.


SELF DEFENSE

   Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the only Martial Art taught to US Military men and women for hand to hand combat. That's all I got to say about that.


CONFIDENCE

   Learning anything new is sometimes a scary proposition. Jiu-Jitsu incorporates submissions and chokes. The goal is to submit your opponent or training partner (not hurt them). When you learn techniques to defend against someone trying to choke you and actually implement them while grappling it is an amazing feeling. Jiu-Jitsu carries over into our everyday lives building rock solid confidence.


   Those are my top four reasons of why Jiu-Jitsu. If you train I would love to hear yours. Drop me a line 

wallace@gatorfamilybjj.com


   Find an Academy near you and check it out. If you are in the West Volusia and Deland, FL. area we would love for you to train with us.


Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Martial Arts Deland Robson Moura Nations United

386-801-0877

1760 S. Woodland Blvd. Deland, FL.

www.gatorfamilybjj.com
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Am I getting better at JiuJitsu?

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If you're just starting out and have been training Jiu-Jitsu for a few

months. You are probably asking yourself “am I getting any better?”

 

Here's a pop quiz to help you find out!

 

Am I training regularly?

 

Am I drilling the techniques my Instructor demonstrates with purpose?

 

Am I rolling with all my Teammates?

 

Am I giving Jiu-Jitsu 100%

 

If you answered”YES” to all four questions. You most definitely are getting

better at JiuJitsu.

 

The reason you may not see it is simple. Your Teammates are doing the same

thing. They are getting better too.

 

Sometimes you’re the hammer. Sometimes you're the nail. If you answered

”NO” to any of the questions in the pop quiz. Be prepared to be the nail

more often.

 

Be consistent in your training and you will see results. Sure, life gets in

the way. Missing class sometimes is unavoidable.

 

Hit an Open Mat. Take a Private Lesson. Come to class early. Stay late.

 

One day there will be new students in class. You will hit sweeps and

submissions like a pro. You will realize just how far you've come.

 

The only way to fail, is to give up!

 

Keep training! See you on the mats!

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I signed up for Jiu-Jitsu! Now What?

      I have a new student that recently joined our adult Jiu Jitsu program. After a class the other day, he asked me what he should be working on. I gave him some quick pointers trying not to overwhelm him and just keep it simple. I've been thinking a lot lately since our conversation. Trying to remember almost seven years ago when I first started, the things that would have helped me the most. Here are just a few tips if you have just started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

                                                                                                      Breathing

       The first thing that I notice when I grapple with a new student is their breathing. When you begin a grappling session by breathing hard right off the bat. It creates a domino effect. Your blood pressure starts to rise and the lactic acid starts building up in your muscles. This leads to exhaustion I get it! You want to do your best and you're trying real hard but it is very important to focus on your breathing Learning to stay calm under pressure is a huge benefit of jiu jitsu. Once you master your breathing, things will start to get a little easier. 

                                                                                                        Strength

   There is no doubt that strength plays a very important role in Jiu-Jitsu. Good technique usually dominates over strength. However, as a new student with only a few classes under your belt, you don't have much to go on. Instead of trying to muscle your way through. Try getting to a neutral position and get dominant grips. Relax! Using all of your energy reserves in the first minute will only leave you lying on your back.

                                                                                                                   Train

   The only way to get better at Jiu-Jitsu is to train jiu-jitsu. Your teammates are relying on you to show up. I know everyone has rough days, but trust me. You'll be glad you came to class. While videos are entertaining and can be helpful when learning new positions. They do not take the place of actual physical training. Do not expect to watch a video and then pull off the technique while in live training. Get to class! Help your teammates, and drill the techniques you are shown by your instructor.

Questions

   After demonstrating techniques your instructor should be asking the class if they have any questions. That is the perfect time to ask away. Even if you think your question is a little weird. Ask it! Somebody may be wondering the same thing but won't speak up either. Asking questions can tremendously improve your jiu jitsu. Your instructor and your teammates are there to help you improve. Ask the higher-ranking belts for suggestions or tips. They're more than likely going to give you excellent answers.

                                                                                                         Patience

    Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a marathon not a Sprint. Rome was not built in a day. You will not learn everything in your first month. As a matter of fact, jiu jitsu is ever evolving and there is no end. So relax! Be patient! Enjoy the journey.

About the author;

   Wallace Bailey is Owner/Instructor at Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Purple Belt under 8X World Champion, 6X Brazilian Champion, and Hall of Fame Inductee Robson Moura.

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12 Reasons why you and your child should start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

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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Why you should train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with your kids.

Here's the lowdown on why you should train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with your kids.

1. You and your child can enjoy a fun time away from the television. It’s  true; there is something that your family can participate in, other that TV time: martial arts classes. Your child will benefit from having a training partner at home that they can workout with, and you will gain the benefit of being able to pry your child away from the TV or their toys to practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


Martial arts practice at home, between a parent and their child, can easily become a new "family game night" in your household. And the best part of it? It won't only encourage your child to exercise, but it will encourage you to exercise, breaking the spell that TV has on your family (for at least a couple of hours a week.)

 


2. Your child can actually help you get in better physical shape! What is the best piece of exercise equipment you can have in your home? Is it a bench press? A punching bag? A tread mill? No, it is an energetic 6 year-old child with a desire to practice martial arts. It is no secret that if a child has a sincere interest in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, they will want to practice at home. And if they have a belt promotion test or a competition coming up, they will most likely want to practice more.

3. Your child actually has a higher chance of success in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu if you participate with them. There are lots of benefits that your child can gain from learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu right next to you. You will be better able to motivate your child to practice outside of class, your child will be able to use you as a reference for techniques they may have forgotten, and your child will actually be less likely to drop out of class if you are participating as well.


4. You can actually learn something (and have fun doing it, too)!  Most of the time, if you join a family based class, you will be doing the same drills as the children. The curriculum is broken down to a point that a child can learn, making it easier for you to learn a technique without needing to ask ton of questions, or worrying about looking like a fool. 

5. You can improve your flexibility and joint health. As I mentioned in my last article, most martial arts schools teach a set of stretches and warm-ups before every class. If these stretches can help improve the flexibility and joint health of your child, then it will be able to do the same for you. In our adult age, our flexibility greatly decreases even further over time (as most of us can attest to from personal experience).

It's probably too late for me to become more flexible. I have bad joints, so martial arts would hurt too much.

It is never too late for you to better yourself, in any way!

As far as flexibility goes, it may take a bit more time for you than your child to be able to do the splits, or kick over your head, but it is still possible with lots of work and practice. And as for joint problems, most martial art workouts are adaptable for individuals with a large range of health issues.


6. You can gain a great sense of achievement in your life. It is never too late to add something to the list of awesome things you've done in your life! Why not add "getting a black belt" to that list? Why not add "competing to competitions, and even winning a few trophies" to that list? Why not do more?

But, I have already had a lot of personal achievements in my life...

Why settle for good enough? Why not add "inspiring my children" to that list?

When you join a martial arts class with your child, you are not only acting as an inspiration to your own children, but you are also inspiring the other children in the class. You are setting a good example for your kids

 

The Gator Family Brazilian Ji-Jitsu Team in Deland Fl. Invites you to try a class for free. Give us a call at 386-801-0877

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Fight Club? No, what to expect at your first Jiu-Jitsu class

For the last several months my friend would come to work and all he wanted to talk about was this thing called Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I asked him last week isn't the first rule of Fight Club to not talk about Fight Club, He laughed out loud and when he finally finished wiping the tears from his eyes he explained to me that it was the best thing that had ever happened to him and once again invited me to a class.

 

I could tell my friend was having fun and I could see he had lost a couple pounds and was getting in shape even after a few short months. So I asked him what wear to jujitsu. He said that you wear a type of uniform but for my first free class I could just wear shorts and a t-shirt. I accepted the invitation and last Tuesday my first class went like this.

 

I showed up to the gym and walked inside. The person at the front desk was really friendly and explained all I had to do was fill out a short waiver. My friend waited for me. When I was done we walked over to the mats. He explained to me that we bow both on and off the mats in respect to the martial art, the instructors, and everyone that had come before us. There were big guys, little guys, and ladies too.

 

When the instructor walked on the mats he walked over to me, shook my hand, and said that he was very pleased to meet me and then if I had any questions whatsoever to ask him or any of the teammates that were there. He yelled lineup and everyone lined up in rank order. In Jiu-Jitsu the ranking goes by what color belt you wear. The instructor walked to the front of the class, had a few brief announcements and everyone bowed again.

 

The highest-ranking student took off running and everyone followed. We ran into a big circle for what seemed like forever and then we made several lines at one end of the mat. I tried to do the warm-ups everyone was doing but it seemed really weird. My friend came over to me halfway through the warm ups and explained it was normal to feel out of place but that after several classes I would become more comfortable and to just hang in there.

 

I was surprised to realize that I was really out of shape. Sure I worked out at the gym occasionally but this was a little beyond my normal exercises. Everyone especially the higher-ranking students seemed to do the warm ups with relative ease. After what seemed like an hour we wrapped up warm ups and the instructor said take a break and get a drink of water.

 

When we came back, everyone sat in a circle and the instructor got his highest-ranking student and explained that he was going to go over that night's technique. He did what he called a "sweep" where he was on his back and the person in front of him was on their knees and he flipped them over onto their back and ended up in a mounted position with his knees on each side of the guy's chest rather quickly.

 

He did it again pointing out every detail. Where to put your hands. Where to put your feet. How to move your hips. He showed it several times and asked if there were any questions and then he told everyone to partner up and start drilling the technique. I looked around and a more experienced person came over to me and said let's get to work. I got on my back and put my hands where I'd seen the instructor.

 

I started to move but it felt kind of weird. It was not the outcome I expected. The instructor saw I was having problems and came over and carefully placed my hands in a  slightly different position. I tried it again and to my amazement effortlessly flipped my partner over and landed in the mounted position. It was amazing. Like I had superpowers or something.

 

I tried it a few more times and then my partner tried it. After about 15 minutes the instructor asked if there were any questions anybody had. He told everyone get a drink of water, come back, and we would begin grappling. I asked my partner that I had been drilling with if this is when fight club starts. He laughed out loud and said yep.

 

When everyone had returned the instructor made an announcement. He said that if anything hurt that we should tap our partner and make it very clear that something hurt. The object of grappling was to control your partner or opponent and try to submit them. Make them tap. I felt really nervous and didn't know how this would go.

 

The instructor yelled slap hands, bump fists, and go! So me and my partner did just that. He quickly pushed my legs to the side. Held me down and straightened my arm out and applied pressure slowly. I tried to wiggle and squirm and push him off of me but it was no us. He kept applying pressure slowly and I tapped him on the back with my hand. I asked him how he did that and said keep coming to class.

 

He did the same thing several different ways a few more times and the instructor said time switch partners. I stood up looked around and a girl came over to me and asked if I wanted to roll. I looked at her with a weird look on my face. She explained that rolling meant grappling. I said sure let's do it.

 

I thought that I could do to her what my previous partner had done to me. Well, I was wrong. In a matter of seconds she had control of me and I had to tap. I asked her to explain what it was that she did and I got the same answer as before. Just keep coming to class she said with a smile.

 

I rolled with a few more people and the instructor said time, lineup. Everyone got back into formation and the instructor thanked everyone for being there. After we bowed out we thanked each of our partners. I had a really great time and a lot of people came up to me and invited me back again the next day.

 

At work my friend came over and asked me what I thought. I told him that I was really nervous at first and didn't know what to expect but after doing the warm-ups and learning a really cool technique. I thought I felt a lot more comfortable. The grappling portion of class really showed me how amazing Brazilian jiu-jitsu is.

 

Last night I went back and signed up. I got a really cool uniform and a brand new white belt, and so begins my journey in Brazilian jiu-jitsu! 

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When the going gets tough...

Whether you're a fresh white belt or a seasoned veteran. You will come across challenges in your Jiu-Jitsu career. It could be injuries, it could be scheduling conflicts. It could even be something between a student or your instructor but, the facts are, somewhere along the line the going is going to get tough. 

 

This is where the right mindset comes into play. Ask yourself why it is that you started in the first place. Was it just to get in shape? Was it to have someone push you just a little bit harder? Did you want to enter the competition scene and dominate? Don't forget whatever your why is.

 

Jiu Jitsu on one side is a one-person sport. You learn techniques for yourself. You challenge yourself. You better yourself. On the flip side, and in my opinion more importantly. Jiu-Jitsu is a team sport. 

When you register for classes you're not only investing in yourself, but you're investing in your team. Without training partners it's very hard to train. 

 

When the going gets tough, and it will. Your team will be there to help. It's important to make the best effort possible to get to class. If you are injured, sit on the sidelines supporting your team and take notes on the techniques presented. 

 

Of course life gets in the way, and there will be scheduling conflicts. Staying late at work because of a meeting is really out of your control. If you could make the last 20 minutes of a class it shows support to your teammates and you can still get a little training in.

 

If you are going to be out a few days or a few weeks let somebody know. Touch base with your instructor or at the least another student. When your teammates come to class and you're not there, they start asking what's going on, where's so and so. 

 

When your membership is up and you decide to move on or take a break from Jiu-Jitsu or even go to a different Academy. Talk with your instructor let them know as a courtesy.

 

Academy owners and instructors devote a large percentage of their time building an academy and helping people improve. maybe you just can't afford it anymore. It's important to touch base with your instructor one way or another. 

 

So when times get tough, as they always do. Remember your “WHY” and get to class not only for yourself but also for your team.

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Choke Your biggest fear!

  If you really want to know happiness and realize your dreams, you have to be willing to take a leap of faith despite being afraid.

   All too often, we hold back and play it safe in order to avoid becoming successful, feeling embarrassed, being hurt, or possible failure. What if Bill Gates had been frozen by fear?

   We cling to fear from our childhood experiences and become like Linus, from the cartoon strip Peanuts, clinging to his security blanket.

   It’s our responsibility to acknowledge, face, and dissolve our fear.

   Are you willing to start now, to dig for the courage to do all the things you were meant to do, but haven’t yet started? If the answer is yes, then read on!

1. Get comfortable with fear.

   When you fear something, move toward it.  Feel it, and breathe through it. Imagine a 250 lb guy moving towards you thinking your someone else, and he’s really mad. Now imagine you have been training Jiu-Jitsu.

   Taking a big guy down and applying a choke hold will allow you the upper hand, while not having to actually hurt you or the aggressor. Contact sparring will help you gain the  confidence and techniques to defend yourself in that kind of situation.

2. Make your dominant thoughts positive.

   Fearful thoughts will attract more fear. Positive thoughts will attract success. Instead of expecting the very worst, try training your mind to expect the best. Make positive assumptions about your future. So many times we make things worse in our minds than the outcome really is.

3. Don’t give your time, attention, or energy to fear.

   Be innovative, take the initiative,  go the extra mile. If you don’t take action despite your fear, opportunity will pass you by. If you want to win a Gold Medal, you first have to register for the competition.

   Paying your money is a down payment on success. You can’t half way jump off a diving board. Remember, there is no losing in Jiu-Jitsu. You win, or you learn.

4. Revisit your victories.

   Strengthen your belief in yourself by reflecting on the last three years of your life and every success you’ve experienced.

   Close your eyes and feel the celebratory emotion of each one. Bring the same drive, persistence, and talent into now and allow it to inspire and motivate you.

5. Live vicariously through the victories of others.

   Use the success stories of others.
Read about the success of Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Steven Spielberg, and Oprah Winfrey. Take note of the courage they developed and follow their path to greatness.

6. Ask your family and friends for encouragement.

   My family see’s my strength when I forget it. They don’t hesitate to remind me of the trials and triumphs we have come through. They’re generous with praise and encouragement.  Ask your loved ones to do the same for you.

7. Plan to be great.

   Step into your power and dream big and follow it up with calculated risks and deliberate action steps. Have no doubt about your success. Your dreams are at stake here!

   You have the power to do whatever it takes to break through any obstacles that stand in the way of yourself, your dreams, and your happiness.

   Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has helped me overcome so many obstacles in my life. I would like to share it with you. In the Deland, Fl. Area, call me at 386-801-0877 or visit our website to reserve your spot!Gator Family BJJ

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