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Why Jiu-Jitsu Is a Better Self-Defense for Kids 06 Dec

Why Jiu-Jitsu Is a Better Self-Defense for Kids

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It’s unrealistic to expect a child who is fearful for their personal safety to stand up for themselves with confidence…  By giving the child the tools to defend themselves, they walk strong.

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GJJ vs BJJ 18 Oct

GJJ vs BJJ

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Having trained Jiu Jitsu in New York City since 2002 I’ve witnessed a microcosm of its evolution in NYC and its expanding community here.  Jiu Jitsu (by way of Gracie Jiu Jitsu) came on the map after UFC 1 - driving the message to all serious martial arts practitioners that they need to work on their ‘ground game.’  Simply knowing how to punch and kick wasn’t going to cut it.  Post-UFC 1 adopters were martial artists already proficient in some form of fighting and looking to supplement their skills with ground fighting.  Tough Jiu Jitsu training wasn’t such a high barrier of entry because these adopters were already experienced in the ‘sink or swim’ mentality during their years of hard training.

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The 32 Principles: Achieving Artistry (Part 3 of 3) 04 Oct

The 32 Principles: Achieving Artistry (Part 3 of 3)

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The 32 Principles represent different ways of achieving efficiency, which is the apex principle of Jiu-jitsu. The greatest Jiu-jitsu practitioners strive to expend as little energy as possible when on the mat. They know that conserving their energy, while letting their opponents waste theirs, will give them the best chances of survival.

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The 32 Principles of Jiu Jitsu: Making Deposits (Part 2 of 3) 28 Sep

The 32 Principles of Jiu Jitsu: Making Deposits (Part 2 of 3)

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In most jiu-jitsu classes, there is usually one student who excels at learning new moves, improvising new techniques, and figuring out how to escape from holds without explicit instruction. It doesn’t mean that they are the strongest or fastest or the most advanced fighter. In some cases, they may even be white belts. However, these students seem to just inherently understand things other students do not.

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The 32 Principles of Jiu Jitsu (Part 1 of 3) 21 Sep

The 32 Principles of Jiu Jitsu (Part 1 of 3)

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From an outsider’s perspective, jiu-jitsu may look like a lot of grappling and complicated chokeholds. To the white belt who may have spent just finished their first week of classes, they may not feel all that different. Performing certain moves can require more than a dozen steps and learning how to employ these techniques fluidly and effectively can take years of practice. As one gains a greater appreciation for the amount of dedication, knowledge, and skill that goes into becoming a great fighter, one is likely to gain a greater appreciation for why jiu-jitsu is called a martial art.

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Ego-less Sparring 22 Jun

Ego-less Sparring

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Gracie Combatives is a program designed for adults who are new to jiu-jitsu. It teaches the essential techniques of jiu-jitsu through careful instruction, allowing students to develop their reflexes and learn how to incorporate moves while in a real-world fight scenario. What may come as a surprise is that students often take classes for months or even up to a year before they begin sparring.

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Powerful Principles 14 Jun

Powerful Principles

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Learning to be a student of principles starts with reading between the lines when you’re learning moves and technique. It means that you’re not just following the steps for each move like you’re putting together a piece of furniture. 

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The Four Elements of Jiu Jitsu 07 Jun

The Four Elements of Jiu Jitsu

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The core objective of jiu-jitsu is survival. More than beating your opponent or learning proper technique, jiu-jitsu is a form of self-defense that teaches practitioners how to survive a fight, whether it is during an MMA match or a street fight.

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The Marietta Miracle 31 May

The Marietta Miracle

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There has been a lot of discussion about what kind of role police should play in society.

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The Self-defense Mindset 24 May

The Self-defense Mindset

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Women Empowered classes at the Gracie Academy emphasize eight fundamentals of self-defense. They are:

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How do Jiu Jitsu Belts Work? 05 May

How do Jiu Jitsu Belts Work?

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Even before starting jiu-jitsu, just about everyone has a general idea of how the belt system works. In the most basic terms, belts symbolize skill level and rank. White belts represent those who are new to jiu-jitsu. As they develop as fighters and demonstrate their increased skill level on the mat, they are awarded new belts.

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Women’s Self-defense courses: real help or false confidence? 27 Oct

Women’s Self-defense courses: real help or false confidence?

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With the explosive popularity of group fitness classes like Pilates, yoga and spinning, women in New York City have a wide variety of classes to choose from.  Pugilistic sports like Boxing and Kickboxing have crossed over into this fitness category, boasting the benefits of fitness training while learning self-defense. 

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Jiu Jitsu is a Language 19 Oct

Jiu Jitsu is a Language

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One of the more interesting ways to think about learning Jiu-Jitsu is to think of it as learning a language.

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The Gracie Approach to teaching Jiu Jitsu (PART 2 of 2): The Curriculum and a New Way of Sparring 17 Aug

The Gracie Approach to teaching Jiu Jitsu (PART 2 of 2): The Curriculum and a New Way of Sparring

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Most educational programs are made up of different levels or grades. You begin at a low level, demonstrate your knowledge of certain material, and then move up (or graduate) to the next level. Jiu-jitsu is no different.

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The Gracie Approach to teaching Jiu Jitsu (PART 1 of 2): ‘Sink or Swim’ vs. Gracie Training Philosophy 17 Aug

The Gracie Approach to teaching Jiu Jitsu (PART 1 of 2): ‘Sink or Swim’ vs. Gracie Training Philosophy

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Most people who go to their first jiu-jitsu class are nervous. It’s difficult to walk into any situation wearing your inexperience on your sleeve, especially when this inexperience concerns your ability to defend yourself physically.

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