“Discipline and consistency. I owe these two factors all have attained in my life. Things have never happened overnight. Results have appeared as a consequence of decades long toil. It is necessary to persist.”

-Master Carlos Gracie 


“There is no losing in jiu jitsu. You either win or you learn.”

- Carlson Gracie, Sr.


”If you can not win, make the enemy pay a steep price for victory”

- Carlson Gracie, Sr. 


"A real jiu-jitsu fighter does not go around beating people down. Our defense is made to neutralize aggression. "
-Helio Gracie















Grand Master Carlos Gracie's
Twelve Commandments

Promise yourself…


To be so secure that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.


To speak to all of happiness, health and prosperity.


To let your friends know that you value them.


To look at the bright side and turn your optimism into your reality.


To think only the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best.


To be as fair and as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are of your own.


To forget about past mistakes, and focus your energy on the achievements of the future.


To always make those around you happy, and smile when someone is talking to you.


To spend most of your time on self-improvement, and no time criticizing others.


To be too complete to feel anxious, too noble to be angry, too happy to feel frustrated, and too strong to be fearful


To have a good opinion of yourself, and proclaim it to the world. Not with loud words, but with good works.


To strongly believe that the world is on your side, as long as you stay loyal to your best self.


Mat Chat 10 - Partner, Opponent, and Enemy

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Mat Chat 11 - Respect in the Martial Arts

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BJJ 101
Basic terms for Beginners

Armbar — a basic submission move. the opponent's arm is twisted towards their head to apply pressure to the shoulder joints. Sometimes called an Americana.


Breakfall, or rollover— Techinque for a safe fall to the mat or ground. 


Gi — sometimes called a kimono, this is the uniform we wear when training in BJJ.


Guard — The guard is a number of different defensive positions where the person on bottom is defending using their hands and legs against a person on top of them.


Pass — offensive technique is used to get out of the opponent's guard. You'll ofter hear your coach say "pass their guard". 


Mount — This offensive position is the most dominant one when grappling. This is where the person on top straddles the torso of the person on bottom.


No-Gi — exactly like it sounds! When you train without wearing your gi, usually wearing gym shorts and a T-shirt instead.


Shrimping —  a floor drill done to improve hip movement. Lying flat on one's back, you scoot backwards on the mat. Very important to many escapes and defensive techniques!


Side Control — Refers to several offensive and dominant grappling positions where the person on top pins their opponent by typically using chest-to-chest contact. It's also called a crossbody or side mount.


Sweep — A sweep is a defensive counter technique that is used typically from the guard position to change dominance. When one performs a successful sweep, their opponent usually ends up in the non-dominant position.


"Take the Back" — This is an offensive move when one gains a dominant position from the rear. Also called a rear mount, this position is usually used for choking an opponent out.


Upa — also called a bridge-and-roll, this technique is used as an escape method by lifting your hips off of the ground when when being mounted.



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Junior Belt Ranks
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