Embracing the Grind

Embracing the Grind | Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an odd sport; there is just no way around it. For many people who chose to train it we have just resigned to trying to explain to those around us what Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is. Even within the martial arts world BJJ stands out. 1
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an odd sport; there is just no way around it. For many people who chose to train it we have just resigned to trying to explain to those around us what Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is. Even within the martial arts world BJJ stands out. Typically it takes around 10-15 years for the average person to take the journey from white to black belt. That is 10-15 years of training hard and consistently for around 2-3 times a week. To put it bluntly it is a grind. BJJ is a marathon not a spr...
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Self-Defense Vs. Competition

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Fighting is ingrained in the DNA of all humans. It is one of the few things that transcends language, race, and culture. From the beginning of time Humans’ have been fighting to eat and survive. As time progressed and humans’ developed, so did the manner in which they fought. Cultures across the world were developing styles of fighting that suited them; whether it was Muay Thai in Thailand, Kung-Fu in China, or Wrestling in Greece, everybody was fighting. Primarily these arts were used in war, ...
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6 Questions You May Be Too Embarrassed to Ask

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Though Martial Arts have been prominent in our culture for the past 40-50 years, the specifics of all martial arts are something that many are unaware of. Mainstream sports such as Football, Basketball, and Hockey are so ingrained in our culture that, even if you are not interested, you will still absorb much of the knowledge. In our gym we teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. Many people will only be introduced to these sports through MMA or a friend that already trains. As a result of man...
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Controlling your Training

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In training for anything there is a certain amount of the outcome that is left up to fate or luck. You can train as hard as you possibly can and then make a small mistake in the moment, leading to a loss. However, ask any competitor and they will all say the same thing, “The harder you work, the luckier you get.” Recognizing what you can control is pivotal to training successfully and evolving your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu game. The most important aspects of training that you can control are your ph...
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Flow State Training

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Flow state optimization has become a hot topic in the world of physical and mental training over the past few years. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi defines flow state as when, “your skill level and the challenge at hand are equal.” To put it in layman's terms a “Flow State” is essentially being in the zone. When nothing exists except the task you are performing. The benefits of flow state training include; accelerating learning and skill development, stress release, improved productivity....
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Learning From Losing

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Regarded as one of the greatest American Football Coaches of all time, Vince Lombardi once said “If you can’t accept losing, you can’t win.” Losing is inevitable, it is how we react to the loss that lays the groundwork for how we will eventually win. Though this quote comes from one of the most successful NFL coaches of all time, it rings true in all walks of life, none more than those of us who chose to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an incredibly humbling sport by design...
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Business as Usual?

Business as Usual? | Classes are back! Here at Gentle Art Dojo we are finally emerging on the other side of the quarantine and stay-at-home fiasco of the past few months. 2
Classes are back! Here at Gentle Art Dojo we are finally emerging on the other side of the quarantine and stay-at-home fiasco of the past few months. We can not thank everybody enough for the kind words and support that they showed us through the closure of our school. The quarantine was long and boring at times but the fog is clearing and it is time to shake off the cobwebs and get back to business!  In accordance with the Massachusetts Phase 2 guidelines we have already started runnin...
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Get to Know Your Coaches!

Get to Know Your Coaches!
Raphael Raphael Carneiro is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Marco Antonio Barbosa and has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 17 years. Raphael has competed and still competes in most of the main IBJJF tournaments such as Worlds, Europeans and International Opens. His most recent win came as a double gold medal in the medium-heavy and open weight class black belt division of the Kansas City Open. He hopes to repeat this feat at the upcoming Pan-ams. He is also a remarkable ...
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Should I Compete in BJJ?

Should I Compete in BJJ?
Competition is something that is intrinsic to human beings. As long as history has been recorded there has been competition. From the ancient olympic games of Greece to the Highland Games of Scotland, physical competition is at our core. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is no exception to this. From the Vale Tudo matches and early UFC matches, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has always looked to prove its supremacy over the fight game. As a result, in BJJ there is a very rich culture of competition. This le...
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Getting Rid of I Can’t

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai are commitments. Signing up for either one is a commitment beyond yourself. You are committing to learning a new art, being a good training partner, and changing your life. Joining a gym like ours is completely different from joining your every day workout gym. Lives are changed through these sports every day. However, People tell themselves reasons why they can’t join. There is no “I can’t,” there is always a way.  “I can’t join, I don’t have t...
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