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One could write their dissertation on this topic as there are numerous avenues to explore. For the sake of time and space I am only going to touch on the highlights. As a parent who trains jiu jitsu I can say from experience that it is great for “ALL” kids.
Kids have an endless supply of energy which needs to be channeled in meaningful directions which allows them the opportunity to have thoughtful play that keeps them entertained and out of trouble. Kids are like sponges and are able to soak up information easily since they have not established set biases. Working with kids at an early age is crucial in helping to establish their self esteem, cognitive skills and confidence.
So why jiu jitus you ask. Jiu jitsu is physical yet controlled, this allows the kids the opportunity to expel much of that adolescent energy as they build muscle coordination, flexibility, stamina, respect, humility, and self restraint in a safe and supervised environment. However, as physical as jiu jitsu might be it is as much mental if not more. Jiu jitsu is similar to solving a life size puzzle, technique requires mental practice and repetition, and as the child’s library of techniques expand so will the need to solve more complex puzzles. These puzzles I speak of is the ability to link multiple techniques together, respond with the proper counter to the opponents attack, and the development of a personal style and strategy. The cognitive skills used in training jiu jitsu are similar to that of a chess player. And we can not forget the self confidence that kids gain from such physical accomplishments, which can serve to keep them from being bullied in school and less inclined to be involved in school yard brawls.
Kids love to grapple, it comes natural to them to roll around on the ground and horse play, so I say why not get them into an environment which lends to this natural act. Kids classes are a great opportunity for your child to make many new friends and usually are right after school making it very conveient. Many academies have free trial periods where your child can test the waters so to speak, if you have the opportunity I encourage you to take advantage of the offer if available.
Guest Article: Blue Belt Arron Sparling
My dream is for people to understand that in the end Jiu-Jitsu is an art that helps people.”
- Carlos Gracie Jr.
As the end of 2010 winds to an end, we like to take some time to reflect on some of the accomplishments that have stood out. In a way each year holds new and exciting changes for everyone and 2010 was no exception. Let’s take a look at some of the changes we’ve all experienced.
* Promotions for the students in our adult Jiu-Jitsu classes. Blair Hedrick became our first women to achieve the yellow belt. Galen Grudnick earned the blue belt; Jess Vaughan earned his purple belt, and Instructors Nate and Zach Adamson were promoted to brown belt.
* Promotions for the students in our kids Jiu-Jitsu classes. Namely, Chance Giguere moved to Yellow Belt. Also, Duncan Fenison, Luke Verley, and Travis Jonsson were promoted to Orange Belt.
* The addition of the Alpha Strike Team kickboxing program.
* The all new Womens UltraFit Boot Camp program.
* Another awesome seminar with Assoc. Instructor Rafael Lovato Jr., as well as having our training partners and team mates from Eugene come to train with us.
* Rafael Lovato Jr. wins his first No-Gi Black Belt World Championship. Rafael and Justin Rader became the first instructor/student combination to win the No-Gi Worlds.
* Student Eric Gerdes is the first student from our academy to win the No-Gi World Championships.
* Instructor Zach Adamson becomes a two-time National finalist.
* The Inaugural Academy Christmas Party for our staff, students, members and friends.
* The launch of our new website (orbjj.com). The addition of an academy blog for students as well as our Womens UltraFit Bootcamp blog. We also added tons of new photos on Flickr, videos on YouTube, and a twitter feed to keep in better contact with our members.
We are very pleased with all the improvements we’ve been able to make this year. Although we are prouder of the goals and dreams our instructors, students and friends have been able to accomplish. This has been a monumental year for us and we’d like thank you all for being apart of it. As you read this hopefully you start to think of all the awesome things 2011 will bring. Happy Holidays family!
I’m constantly amazed by the steady progress at which jiu jitsu has been able to spread its influence across the world. I’ve seen and experienced this evolution first hand here in the Pacific Northwest. When I say the Pacific Northwest I’m primarily talking about Oregon and Washington. I’ve seen jiu jitsu spread its wings through the growth of academies, the promotion of more high-level black and brown belts, and the increase of local competitions in the Portland and Seattle areas.
When I first started training jiu jitsu in late 2002 I was fascinated by the way this type of martial art engulfed my interest, as well as many of my closest friends. And apparently I wasn’t the only one that felt this way. Shortly after I started, jiu jitsu had gone viral and was spreading like wild fire. I knew we were a part of something special, something that would eventually be mainstream. The lime light finally came for jiu jitsu in the form of UFC and its television show the Ultimate Fighter Series. This was the defining point when jiu jitsu was becoming a house hold name that people recognized. At that point and time I trained with a small academy in Astoria, Oregon, and I also attended NWMA in Eugene, while attending school at Lane Community College. When I started training at NWMA there was about 30-40 students including only a few purple and blue belts. Now fast forward to 2010 and their academy is in a new location with easily 100+ students with black and brown belts on the rise. The school I attended in Astoria is still there today but hasn’t seen the growth that most schools in the Northwest have. I’ve noticed rapid growth in the NW with competing teams: Gracie Barra, Marcelo Alonso Team, Impact, NWMA, Pedro Sauer Team, and of course our home academy in Seaside which has grown from a handful of students to over 70 members now.
Along with the abundance of academies that have popped up in the last few years, there has also been a huge influx of higher belts. There’s close to twenty black belts in Oregon alone, along with a slew of brown belts. Even though I believe we as a whole are behind the curve as far as the national competition scene, there’s been major gains in the last few years. Having access to so many black belts in the state is helping rapidly raise the technical level of jiu jitsu players in the NW. More advanced positions and training partners are contributing to build ultra tough guys who are starting to make a name for themselves locally, and at the national level. There’s been students from local academies winning the World Championships at the blue and purple belt levels and I don’t think the brown and black belts trail far behind. Along with the Worlds competition, local guys and all belts are medaling at the Pan Ams, Nationals, US Open, American Cup, Grapplers Quest and IBJJF International Open events. Its good to see the steady growth of the competitors coming from the Northwest. In the next few years I can guarantee some of the tough schools around here will produce even more champions.
Since I love to compete and have been frequently competing in tournaments since 2003 I’ve experienced the huge explosion of the competition scene first hand. When I competed in my first tournament in Hillsboro, OR in the summer of 2003 there was about 85 competitors all crammed on the top floor of an old gym with a room temperature hot enough to make you pass out by just standing there.
Since then tournaments like the Oregon Open have had close to 600 competitors, and The Revolution Tournament has above 500 competitors. We now have huge blue belt divisions and at least a few fights for the purple belts at all weight levels. There’s even starting to be brown belt divisions with a few competitors in each bracket.
Along with more colored belts competing, the level of the competitors is also almost on par with some of the smaller tournaments across the nation like Grapplers Quest and NAGA. With local tournaments busting at the seams it wont be very long until we have an event with over 1000+ competitors. All these combined factors are pushing the evolution of jiu jitsu at a rate this area of the world has never experienced. If your like me, you are excited for what the future will bring for this amazing martial art.
Article Written by: Zach Adamson, Seaside Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt
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Learning the art of Jiu-Jitsu is a lifelong endeavor. Not only is there a whole lot to learn, but new things keep coming up and as you progress in your knowledge you will find that there is even more that you don’t know. The Academy is a great place to build your foundation of knowledge because you are presented with a structured curriculum with teachers and training partners to drill with. However, don’t overlook the many resources available to you outside the Academy. There are books, DVDs, and online resources that are suitable for all levels of Jiu-Jitsu practitioners.
One book that every student should own is Saulo Ribeiro’s “Jiu-Jitsu University”. Not only is it put together very well for every level from white belt to black belt, but it fits well with the curriculum taught at the Seaside Jiu-Jitsu Academy. In fact, many of the moves we learn in class are identical to the ones described in the book.
DVDs are another good resource. It is helpful to see the moves demonstrated in action with the added benefit of instruction. Again, Saulo Ribeiro has a great series that complements the book as well as the curriculum we study at the Academy. There are two gi-based DVDs (Jiu-Jitsu Revolution and Jiu-Jitsu Revolution 2) and one no gi (Freestyle Revolution). I recommend beginning with instructional videos like Saulo’s that complement our curriculum, especially for newer students. There are many styles and variations that could be confusing and a bit overwhelming, but if you stick to a basic framework I think it will be easier to incorporate what you learn into your game.
In addition to books and videos, there is of course the Internet. The nice thing about the Internet is that it is usually free material, but sometimes you have to dig around to find what you want and you can end up with a lot of disjointed information, whereas books and DVDs are generally much more structured. The Internet includes such things as YouTube, blogs, online short courses, Jiu-Jitsu websites and paid subscription sites.
YouTube is probably the first thing that comes to mind when using the Internet to learn outside the Academy. The value of YouTube is that you can search on just about any topic of interest and find videos on that topic. YouTube videos are generally short and refer to a particular topic. For example, if you want to videos on the triangle choke, you can easily search on those words and find a whole host of videos. If you are interested in competing, then YouTube is an excellent resource because you can see so many matches in a short time at no cost. Just search on something like “bjj tournament” and start from there. If you find a particular YouTube source you like, you can subscribe to it. If you subscribe to a YouTube source you will be notified whenever new videos are added.
Blogs are another great online resource. They include words of wisdom (like these!) as well as short videos. It helps you to stay connected to the Jiu-Jitsu community while providing insights that are hard to find in other places. The Seaside Jiu Jitsu Academy blog and the Rafael Lovato Jr. Jiu Jitsu blog are great places to start.
In conclusion, don’t neglect using outside resources to augment your Jiu-Jitsu learning experience. From books to DVDs to the Internet, there is a wealth of content that you can use to speed up the progression of your game.
Curt Rogers – Seaside Jiu Jitsu Academy Blue Belt
Jiu-Jitsu University by Sualo Ribeiro
Jiu-Jitsu Revolution Series One and Two by Saulo Ribeiro
Freestyle Revolution by Saulo Ribeiro
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Is your training getting a little stale, are the other members of your academy shutting you down because they know your game, or are you having trouble matching up with guys in regards to size, strength and technique. A little over a year ago my response was an unequivocal “YES”.
I had been training at a small school with a small group of students for about nine months and like most new students I was addicted. However, I was having problems in my academy because I was not getting the instruction I needed to address my body size and necessary techniques to play the small guys game. So like many I turned to the Internet for help, and NO it was not YouTube, instead I started researching other academies in my state. During the process I stumbled upon a school located in the small coastal town of Seaside Oregon, “Seaside BJJ”.
I called and spoke with Zach Adamson who invited me to attend a Lovato seminar in July of 2009, which I did. I was immediately blown away by the level of instruction the academy was receiving from a world champion such as Rafael Lovato Jr and how Rafael had taken this small group of dedicated students and instructors under his wing. Both Zach and Nate made it a point to spend time with me during the seminar and checked in to make sure I was getting what I had expected and of course I did. From that moment on I was sold on the level of jiu Jitsu that Nate and Zach had brought to the Seaside academy and knew that I needed to find a way to cross train with them. After the seminar was over Zach and I were able to discuss some things and he and Nate were excited to have me come train as often as possible.
For nearly 9 months I drove 180 miles round trip from Portland to Seaside to spend my Wednesdays training at the academy. The first thing Zach did was have me roll with the other members of the school so he could asses my Jiu Jitsu and establish a baseline for my training, no one had ever done this before. Zach also addressed more efficient ways for me to train my strength and cardio for competition as well as different ways to maintain a solid and comfortable weight for competing.
After about a month of cross trianing with the Seaside academy my game began to rapidly evolve and change, I was able to see moves before they happened, I was able to attack when before all I did was survive and defend. And best of all I was able to try out these new skills at my home academy in Portland, which brought a new freshness to my training as my partners had not seen the techniques I was doing and I was able to roll with a stronger sense of purpose. Cross training with Seaside not only evolved my game but also opened up a whole new academy of training partners. Jesse Vaughn from the Seaside school always makes it a point to roll with me and is constantly helping my technique, I always leave a rolling session having learned a few new tricks and improvements to my game thanks to Jesse.
Even if you are perfectly happy where you are at presently in your academy I can not stress enough the power of cross training and the benefits it will make to your Jiu Jitsu, as well as the new life long friends you will make. I have changed local academies here in Portland and now train at Five Rings Jiu Jitsu as well as with the Seaside Academy. Both of these academies train together and participate in numerous gym exchanges as they understand the value of cross training. If your training is getting stale and your looking for a change or a new perspective give Zack or Nate a call or just drop bye the academy, the benefits of cross training with them will pay rapid dividends.
Guest Article Written By: Arron Sparling- Seaside Jiu Jitsu Academy Blue Belt (Currently living in Portland, Or.)