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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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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:
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…
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.
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.
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For the last several months my friend would come to work and all he wanted to talk about was this thing called 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 Jiu-Jitsu. 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 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March promotions are happening tonight from 6-7:30 PM at Gator Family BJJ. We are Looking forward to seeing students and families for this this special occasion. Our students have been working hard on Self Defense this month and you sure don't want to miss our exciting demonstration.
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Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu invites you to join us for an open mat to celebrate our 5th year anniversary.
All Affiliations are welcome to join in the fun on Thursday February 15th from 5-7 PM.
It's an honor to serve and be a part of the West Volusia Community.
If you have ever wondered what Jiu-Jitsu is all about or considered trying a class this is the perfect opportunity.
We look forward to seeing you on the mats, oss
We are extremely excited to be celebrating our 5th year serving you our students and community!
When the original RMNU Deland closed we sprang into action to find a way to continue the legacy.
We started with one student and have been growing ever since!
We are honored to have been a part of your life.
As we continue to serve and improve we are reaching out to new students with an amazing opportunity to get started in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
New Students get 4 weeks of training and a starter uniform for only $49.
We look forward to having you join us in the upcoming year for fun, fitness, self defense and competition.
We are planning our 5th year anniversary Open Mat so stay tuned for that announcement.
Thanks so much for being a part of the Gator Family!
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If you have been interested or ever considered trying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Now is your opportunity!
For a Limited Time Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu West Volusia's Premier Jiu-Jitsu Academy is offering a New Student Special!
For only $49. You will get a Free starter uniform and training for 4 weeks.
This offer is open for our kids and adults program.
( Limited to new students only )
We invite you to meet our Family and tour our facility.
Our curriculum includes Self Defense techniques taught to the US Army for hand to hand combat.
We also promote sport Jiu-Jitsu.
No experience required. Beginners are welcome.
Stop in, 1760 S. Woodland Blvd Deland
Visit our website, www.gatorfamilybjj.com
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Happy Holidays from our family to yours. We have a modified schedule in the upcoming weeks.
Tuesday December 19th Regular Class
Wednesday December 20th
Demonstrations and end of year awards
Thursday December 21st No Classes
Tuesday December 26th No Classes
Thursday December 28th
Combined class 5:30-6:30
Tuesday January 2nd No Classes
Thursday January 4th
Combined class 5:30-6:30
Our friends at All-Star Fitness have welcomed us for more training opportunities during the Holidays. Please visit their facebook page All-Star Fitness Deland for more info.
Join us tonight from 5:30-7:30 as we welcome special guest Instructor Professor Bobby Hughes.
He has generously waived any fees to help you get better at Jiu-Jitsu.
Don't miss this exciting free event!
Open to kids and adults.
RMNU is honored to announce that special guest Instructor Professor Bob Hughes will be at our Academy on Thursday Dec. 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
Professor Bob is an Instructor at the world renowned BJJ Headquarters of IBJJF Hall Of Famer Robson Moura.
We look forward to having him share his knowledge.
Mark your calendars now so you won't miss this opportunity.
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