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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the Fastest Growing Martial Art and Sport in the World.

It's the #1 Martial Art to Learn if You Want Fitness and the Best in Self Defense.

The popularity of jiu-jitsu has grown incredibly since Royce Gracie of Brazil, introduced the world to it back in 1993. Since then, every mixed martial artist has added jiu jitsu to their training regimen. For those of you who are not familiar with Royce Gracie, he is a member of the largest sporting family in the world. There are hundreds of Gracies who train in jiu-jitsu. Royce Gracie, at just 6' and 175 lbs., was not even the best in the family and he won the first 3 UFC tournaments by defeating over 10 other martial artists, all larger than himself and as large as 6'4 and 260 lbs. And he shocked the world doing it with only choke-holds and arm-lock techniques.

Jiu Jitsu is more than self defense. It has now become more of a lifestyle for the tens of thousands who practice the Japanese martial art via Brazil. Like yoga and surfing, there is a therapeutic element to jiu-jitsu. BJJ as it's commonly known as among practitioners, is a full-body workout. It doesn't require great flexibility but many will develop and learn how to use flexibility to counter an opponent who is stronger and more powerful. Power and strength are not necessary components if you have technique. Technique and knowing how to use leverage can overcome the attacks of one who is stronger and aggressive.

It's an incredible workout. One will use every muscle in the body, especially the core, hands, arms, back, legs, and even your mind. There is a lot of strategy involved in utilizing technique to overcome and defeat your opponent. Many call jiu jitsu a physical chess match. It's a chess match that favors one that is calm, patient, fit and well trained. It also helps if you can manage your ego, because you will be defeated by smaller adversaries. But it's worth it! What you will learn are skills that may save your life. You will learn how to fight and protect yourself without having to beat someone to a bloody pulp. The self confidence you will gain is empowering, and this is something you just can not buy at your local Porsche dealer. It's something that can not be taken away from you, as long as you practice.

We are committed to teaching you the best jiu jitsu techniques for self defense and sport. With over 20 years of experience each, professors Mark Hopkins and Martin Figueroa have trained with the best and have also competed at the highest levels. Their knowledge runs deep. Both have also trained in wrestling, judo, boxing and kickboxing.

The best way to learn more about jiu-jitsu is to come by the academy and try a free class. Adults and children 4 years-old and up are all welcome to try it out.

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I was a competitive runner and cyclist in high school and college, and my jiu-jitsu journey started just after graduating high school back in the early 80s, before I even heard of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It started the day I saw my high school buddy dismantle a much larger and older bully that was messing with me. My buddy, Vince Silva, who went on to wrestle at wrestling powerhouse, Oklahoma State University where he was a two-time D1 All-American, dropped below the first punch and locked on to Craig like a pit bull and lifted him up in the air before he slammed him into the pavement below. It happened that quick. That moment obviously had a large impact on my life. From that day forward I was passionate about learning how to grapple to defend myself. And I eventually started practicing judo, which is very similar to wrestling.

In 1993, 5 years after starting judo, I watched the first UFC because I was so intrigued to see various martial arts matched up against each other. That's where I saw Brazilian jiu-jitsu for the first time in action. Several years later I started learning jiu-jitsu and I haven't looked back. Over 20 years later, here I am still at it. Jiu-jitsu must be something special or maybe I am just having too much fun. It's empowering for sure. It gives one tremendous self confidence. It's also therapeutic and a great stree reliever. It gives one incredible conditioning and fitness as well. There are so many benefits to practicing jiu-jitsu.

I am 53 years-old and still look and feel 25. Well, I may not look 25 from the chin up, but everything else does. I've discovered something special and I love sharing and teaching others the martial art that has given me so much in life. I want to show others how they can live a healthy and fit life well into their 50s and beyond and have fun doing it. In fact I have 3 students who are in their 60s. The oldest is 67 years-old.

Jiu-Jitsu is the fountain of youth.

 

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above 1983....in Mexico in 2015.

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My bike racing days in early 1980s...Vince Silva at Oklahoma State, 1988.

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Will getting his blue belt months before his 67th birthday.

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2012 No Gi Worlds.

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2015 World Masters....2015 No Gi Worlds.

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2014 No Gi Worlds...with Master Carlos Valente and Junior Dos Santos.

Mark Hopkins, Mario Sperry, Eduardo Telles, Martin Figueroa.

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