Student Training Manual
A Certified RMNU Jiu Jitsu Academy
The purpose of training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not for fighting, but to perfect techniques that will enhance your ability to defend yourself. With the recent popularity of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, often the philosophy and purpose of training are overlooked. At GFBJJ we balance the core philosophy and purpose (self-defense, mental growth and physical health) with the modern evolution of Sport Jiu Jitsu and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). We believe that everyone has the right to learn how to defend him or herself and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a proven method to do so.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Martial Art; inherently martial arts develop discipline, character, work ethic, sound mind and body. Practitioners soon realize enhancements in other aspects of their lives as a result of their martial arts training.
Few people make the effort to reach their highest potential, and in understanding that, we take a unique approach to our training methods. It is our promise to provide high quality instruction along with a safe and friendly environment to learn in. You have taken a life-changing step and we are honored to have you as a member of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu family.
The goal of our martial arts program is to build self-esteem, teach goal setting skills, create positive peer groups, provide the students with positive activities, and to eventually produce better-educated, contributing and productive members of our society. We feel that one of our strongest responsibilities is to empower our students with the confidence, persistence and self-discipline to succeed in school, in sports and in life.
Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Our philosophy is simply; Martial Arts has helped mold us into the individuals we are today. Through dedication, respect and an indomitable spirit we have succeeded not only in Martial Arts but also in life. We have grown not only physically but mentally as well. We strive to change lives through Martial Arts and pass on to others what it has given to us “Success”.
Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will be closed on various Holidays. Please visit our Calender HERE for updated schedule.
Occasionally it may be necessary to close the studio due to emergencies or construction.
Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
RMNU (Robson Moura Nations United)
127 E. New York Ave.
DeLand, Fl. 32720
We are a Robson Moura Nations United (RMNU) Jiu Jitsu Academy certified under Robson Moura and a proud member of the RMNU Jiu Jitsu Association.
Robson “Robinho” Moura is a 5th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a 8X World Champion. He is from Teresopolis (a small town in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and currently resides in Tampa, FL. where he established The Robson Moura Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy.
Robson has been competing in BJJ competitions since the age of 13. With an excellent martial philosophy, hard working style and love of the game, he is among the greatest of the world’s Jiu-Jitsu players.
Robson holds his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under world renowned Master Andre Pederneiras. Robson attained the rank of 1st degree black belt at the age of 18 under Andre!
Lead Instructor Wallace Bailey has trained with Professor Robson and has received every promotion from him. He earned his Brown Belt on Oct. 29th 2018 and won a World Championship at Master 4 Brown Belt in 2020. Coach Wallace started Gator Family BJJ in 2013 to carry on the Robson Moura Association in DeLand.
Philosophy and Purpose of Training
The ability to defend yourself and possessions are imperative. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu levels the playing field in many ways. With a heightened awareness of leverage, balance and technique your chances of walking away from a threat are greatly increased.
While Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be physically demanding, all students are encouraged to work within their own ability. Through regular and constant practice, you will realize increased stamina and usable body strength. You will also find cardiovascular benefits to your training as well. Equally important are the methods for releasing daily stress through practical application of these techniques. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has its own unique characteristics, which differentiates it from any other form of martial arts. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu allows its participants to train at 100% or more with out the risk of injury.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu History
Jiu-Jitsu, the oldest form of martial art, originated in India. It spread through China and eventually settled in Japan.
In 1914, Mitsuyo Maeda arrived in Brazil to help establish a Japanese immigration colony in that developing country. He was aided by Gastao Gracie, a Brazilian scholar and politician of Scottish decent. To show his gratitude, the oriental master taught the basic secrets of that ancient fighting style to Gastao's son, Carlos Gracie.
Carlos taught Maeda's techniques to his brothers: Oswaldo, Gastao, Jorge and Helio and in 1925 they opened the first jiu-jitsu Academy in Botafogo, a district of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Carlos also taught his son Carlson.
Helio, the youngest brother, who due to his frail health was forbidden from doing any kind of physical activity, got involved in this martial art at the age of 16 when he began substitute teaching for his brother Carlos. In spite of his small frame and weight of only 140 pounds, he became the mastermind behind the development of the style, creating an art that depended entirely upon technique, rather than strength and speed.
Helio went a step further than his teachers by introducing techniques that required less strength than the Japanese style. Led by him, the brothers were driven by a constant determination to find effective ways to deal with the very possible aspect of a real fight. Daring to break away from the traditional Japanese style, they began experimenting, modifying and perfecting simple techniques that would be effective regardless of stature. That is how the Gracie family developed this style of Jiu-Jitsu. Though this martial art descended from the ancient Japanese style, the differences are quite apparent. Many of the Japanese facets of the art which depended on physical prowess and stiff motion were tossed aside, leaving only pure technique.
It’s important to know your lineage. Anyone can claim to be a Black Belt. We are proud to be a verified Robson Moura School connected directly to the person responsible for Jiu-Jitsu, Mitsuyo Maeda.
Mitsuyo Maeda (Kodakan Judo Expert, over 2000 professional fights )
Carlos Gracie (One of Maeda’s first students)
Carlson Gracie (Carlos’s Son)
Andre Pedenieras (Co Founder of Nova Uniao, MMA Coach)
Robson Moura (5th Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, 8X World Champion, 6 Time Brazilian World Champion, IBJJF Hall Of Fame Inductee)
NO SHOES ON THE MATS
Protocol / Procedures
Directives and delegation will follow the same protocol. If the head instructor so chooses to remove himself/herself from their roll on the floor they must delegate their responsibility to the senior belt holder.
Asking a higher ranked student to roll is not permitted. When grappling you should be aware of your surroundings and yield the right of wat to higher ranked students.
Extreme importance should be attached to the salutation (Salute), which is an important part of training in the martial arts. Students should bow to their instructor and before stepping onto the mat. Students should not lose self-control, prudence, or composure before, during or after training or competition. The student should always show respect to their instructor or opponent by bowing or a handshake at the end of training or competition. Students should always present themselves before training or competition with a neat, clean and intact uniform.
Students will line up according to rank and seniority. The higher ranked students will be on the right. The instructor will take the position in the front of the class. Assistant instructors are to line up in front of the class.
When instruction is being given students should not be engaged in conversation. If you have a question, ask the instructor. Everyone should be participating in the warm-ups. If you are unable to perform an action you may substitute it with something else.
When a student comes to class late, he or she should quickly join the class. You will not be permitted to do your own thing while others are training.
In order to promote improvement in skill, one must learn the basic actions and practice them constantly until they are perfected. Concentration and persistence must also be expended by students to master the various positions. Through regularly spaced training sessions and a high volume of repetition, precise and accurate techniques will result.
As in the beginning of class, students line up according to rank. The instructor or senior student gives any closing remarks.
All students should take part in cleaning the academy since a high degree of cleanliness must be maintained. All water bottles, tape and other training aids must be removed and disposed of properly at the end of your training session.
Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not responsible for items left over night. Be sure to store your belongings neatly to prevent them from being lost or tampered with. The locker rooms will be cleaned nightly. To prevent your belongings from being thrown out we recommend you check your bag before you leave to make sure you have everything you came in with.
Private Instruction Fees: Minimum $50 / 1 Hour
Any instruction beyond 60 minutes shall be negotiated with the instructor directly.
Belts and Promotions
Kids promotions are on a monthly basis. Promotions are based on Attendance, Attitude and the ability to demonstrate the techniques covered during the month. If all the requirements are met the student receives a white stripe for four months, a red stripe the fifth month and is eligible for a Belt Promotion on the sixth month. No child under the age of eighteen will be awarded a Black Belt.
Adult promotions are based on Attitude, Attendance and the ability of demonstrating the techniques covered. Promotions are not based on athletic ability, competition success or how many people a student submits. When a student has attended at least twenty classes he or she is eligible to test for a stripe promotion. A twenty-technique demonstration is required and is typically performed at a seminar with an RMNU Black Belt.
The Robson Moura Association promotes adult students to Green Belt between White and Blue Belt. Professor Robson’s first teacher Ailson “Jucao” Brites practiced this promotion and Professor Robson carries on the tradition.