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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

in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Ronin Athletics Team

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

in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Ronin Athletics Team

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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Kids Self-Defense: How the ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy helps Bullies 05 Jun

Kids Self-Defense: How the ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy helps Bullies

in Self-Defense by Ronin Athletics Team

Bullying is a major problem in the United States. It takes a massive toll on the physical and psychological wellbeing of kids from elementary school to high school and it can oftentimes lead to extremely violent and tragic events.

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Martial Arts for Adults 15 May

Martial Arts for Adults

in Mixed Martial Arts by Ronin Athletics Team

We typically think of martial arts training that is something incredibly beneficial for children – and rightfully so, but those benefits are not exclusive to children as adults often stand to gain for more from martial arts training than children actually.

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Why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Works 08 May

Why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Works

in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Ronin Athletics Team

There is no doubt that the growing popularity of jiu-jitsu, especially Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Apart from it becoming more common among mixed martial arts fighters, it’s also gaining a following among normal people who merely want to learn how to defend themselves.

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Sport Jiu Jitsu in a Street Fight (Part 2 of 2) 07 May

Sport Jiu Jitsu in a Street Fight (Part 2 of 2)

in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Ronin Athletics Team

On part 1 of this article we examined the two approaches to training Jiu Jitsu in NYC – the Sport focused and Street Self-defense focused approach.  It’s not a question of which approach is better, but more so a question of which suits the individual’s needs.

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Sport Jiu Jitsu in a Street Fight (Part 1 of 2) 07 May

Sport Jiu Jitsu in a Street Fight (Part 1 of 2)

in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Ronin Athletics Team

For people who are just starting to learn jiu-jitsu, it is important to recognize that not all gyms are the same. Though all jiu-jitsu classes will teach the principles of the fighting style, there are significant differences in how some gyms choose to convert these principles into practice. The distinction is especially important if your objective is to learn self-defense.

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The 5 Most Common Injuries in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 14 Apr

The 5 Most Common Injuries in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Ronin Athletics Team

We’ve taken a very informative 50-minute video where Rener Gracie and Alex Ueda explains the most common injuries when training in Jiu Jitsu and broke it down into two parts.

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Surviving the First 6 Months of Sparring 07 Apr

Surviving the First 6 Months of Sparring

in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Ronin Athletics Team

Sparring, also known as rolling, is what makes Jiu-Jitsu the most dynamic and effective martial art around the globe. Furthermore, it offers the opportunity for limitless growth. In other words, Jiu-Jitsu promotes constant sparring, which enhances one’s skills. Unfortunately, most people quit before they hit the 6-month mark in the academy because of sparring. 

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Why Jiu Jitsu is the BEST Self-Defense for Women 30 Mar

Why Jiu Jitsu is the BEST Self-Defense for Women

in Self-Defense by Ronin Athletics Team

Women who take self-defense classes typically aren’t training to be championship fighters. They take these classes because they want to be prepared to confront dangers in real-world scenarios.

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Is Kickboxing and Muay Thai the Same? 30 Mar

Is Kickboxing and Muay Thai the Same?

in Kickboxing by Ronin Athletics Team

Even though many people believe that Muay Thai and kickboxing are the same, they are quite different in many aspects including fighting styles and the techniques used. Yes, there are universal techniques shared between the two sports, however, the implementation of these techniques varies depending on an individual fighter and the sport.

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5 Reasons Every Woman Should Train In Self-Defense 30 Mar

5 Reasons Every Woman Should Train In Self-Defense

in Self-Defense by Ronin Athletics Team

Most Women consider self-defense an optional skillset that tend to be on the bottom of the list (if at all) of things to learn.  It’s like someone learning to shoot a gun, in case of war or a shoot-out. The probability doesn’t justify the effort – right?

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Jiu – Jitsu Over 40 (5 Rules to Roll till 95) 26 Mar

Jiu – Jitsu Over 40 (5 Rules to Roll till 95)

in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Ronin Athletics Team

Rener and Ryron Gracie have been head instructors at Gracie University since the age of 18 and 20, respectively.  Having managed all aspects of Jiu-Jitsu training and program development.  They have personally observed the rates at which people are quitting their Jiu-Jitsu journey especially, those above 40 years old tend to have a higher rate of quitting while those just approaching 40 are considering quitting soon.

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Getting the Most out of Your First MMA Class 08 Nov

Getting the Most out of Your First MMA Class

in Mixed Martial Arts by Ronin Athletics Team

You’ve watched the UFC. You’ve had friends telling you about how fun training is. Maybe you’ve even lurked in one of the many BJJ / MMA forums. And now you’ve finally decided to take your interest a little further and actually try out one of the best MMA gyms in NYC, namely ours, Ronin Athletics.

 

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MMA and Self-Defense 08 Nov

MMA and Self-Defense

in Mixed Martial Arts by Ronin Athletics Team

We live in New York City, with its reputation as a ‘tough’ place. You’d think that as an MMA school in NYC, we’d emphasize self-defense and fighting in ‘the streets’ more. Instead, we emphasize the fitness, the fun and the mental aspects of training. Why is that?

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