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

Gentle Art Dojo Academy
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 the mo...
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Working out and the Corona Virus

Working out and the Corona Virus
So by now we all know of the Corona virus that has been spreading recently. However we have good news, you do not have to avoid the gym! Much of the Coronavirus can be prevented using everyday hygiene routines.  This is the official response from the CDC regarding precautions to take during this time: Clean your hands oftenWash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezin...
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Taking your first class of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Taking your first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Class
The first class of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be more daunting than most. Walking into a padded room with odd smells and people in funny outfits, is an experience that many would not seek out willingly. Well I am here to tell you how quickly this padded room with odd smells and people in funny outfits can feel like home to you. However before this can happen you have to make it through your first day. Here are a few essential mindsets to have so that you can get through this first class with...
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KIDS BJJ 9 AND UP

KIDS BJJ 9-13
OUR KIDS BJJ 9 AND UP PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO HELP STUDENTS BUILD A STRONG FOUNDATION AND IMPROVE THEIR OVERALL UNDERSTANDING OF JIU JITSU. THE CURRICULUM FOR THIS PROGRAM INCLUDES BOTH BEGINNER AND FUNDAMENTAL TECHNIQUES, COORDINATION DRILLS, INTERACTIVE GAMES AS WELL AS EXPLORING CORE CONCEPTS AND IDEAS. PROGRAM GOALS: INCREASE GENERAL JIU JITSU UNDERSTANDINGLEARN SELF-DISCIPLINE & BUILD CONFIDENCERESPECT FOR INSTRUCTORS AND PEERSIMPROVE COORDINATION AND AGILITY ...
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“Do I Have to Get In Shape Before I Start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?” Crushing the Misconception

Do I Have to Get In Shape Before I Start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Crushing the Misconception
Define what shape you need to be in to do Jiu Jitsu. The only way you’ll reach the shape you need to do BJJ is by doing BJJ. Simple as that! Jiu Jitsu is the perfect way to get in shape by itself. It is a great full body cardio workout, and is much more engaging than the gym. Why would you get in shape to get in shape? The worry that you’ll be the person who can’t keep up is all in your head. Walk into any gym and ask anyone, white belt to black belt, how thei...
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Why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Great Way to Get In Shape

Why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Great Way to Get In Shape
BJJ is often overlooked for what it is: a kickass way to get in shape! Here’s how Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can improve your strength, conditioning, and mental fortitude: It’s a full body workout Jiu Jitsu works your body out in ways that you couldn’t achieve going solely to the gym. It is a fun full body group workout, making it engaging (and a little addicting)! BJJ is straight cardio, but doesn’t feel like it Working out isn’t as fun if you know you’re working out. BJJ is an intera...
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Why Every Woman Should Do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Self Defense

Why Every Woman Should Do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu- Self Defense
Everyone we talk to seems sick and tired of hearing that women should do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to learn self defense, and we don’t get it! As women who train, we think that every girl we know and every girl we don’t know need to get themselves enrolled into a Jiu Jitsu program ASAP, here’s why: -When you think self defense you think getting attacked in an alley at night, right? “Oh, that’ll never happen to me!” Now think of someone grabbing your wrist and not wanting to let...
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BJJ Goals You Might Want to Consider for Yourself

Do I Have to Get In Shape Before I Start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Crushing the Misconception
We have already discussed the importance of goal setting when it comes to training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As mentioned, the goals you set should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. But, what kinds of BJJ goals can benefit you the most? If you’re looking for clear ideas for your next big Jiu Jitsu goal and step forwards, the following suggestions can turn out to be rather helpful. Train more compared to before You don’t have to double the amount of Jiu Jitsu train...
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