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  • Is age just a number?

    Is age just a number?

    Last week IBJJF made Pan Ams happen again! A huge victory for the BJJ community. Among many highlights of what can be considered "things are finally starting to get back to normal" for us, one seemed to be unanimous: The battle of these 2 young ladies in the picture. The picture was shared for many people and BJJ channels, showing how incredible it is that Jiu-Jitsu seems to be the one sport where age is really not a problem. So here comes the question: Is age just a number? Maybe yes, maybe not. We all experienceagingdifferently, no doubt. This has much to do with the decisions we make since young age and through the course of our lives. Our lifestyle influences how we are ....

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  • I started Jiu-Jitsu, now what?!?!

    You've been hearing your work colleague talk about this thing called Jiu-Jitsu for a while and how awesome it is; or maybe you've been looking for ways to get fit, lose some weight, improve health that are more fun and exciting than running on a treadmill or lifting weights; maybe you want to learn how to defend yourself; maybe you're a MMA fan and decided to give Jiu-Jitsu a try - you always heard about the Gracie family and how they pioneered in the sport. Well, after all the pressure - lol - you finally decided to give it a try. You did a good research in your area, found a good school, signed up, bought your uniform. Now What?!?! "Well, now I just need to show up, right?!" Here are a ....

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  • Having a hard time down regulating after training? Try this!!

    Having a hard time down regulating after training? Try this!!

    Hi folks, back with our blog series, today I wanna talk about down-regulation. We all had that experience of finishing an exhausting training session being very tired and still, we get home, shower (hopefully lol), eat and can't seem to relax. We lay in bed "hyped up"; body tired, brain active. That's because training creates a sympathetic response , the famous 'Fight, Flight or Freeze' and in order to unwind and relax we need our bodies to switch to a parasympathetic mode , our 'Rest and Digest'. Even though we are no longer fighting our way out of that cross-collar choke or armbar and everything seems to be quiet, it may take a while until our body turns the switch by itself. ....

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  • My philosophy behind developing students, training with lower belts, lighter people and the importance of training with kids!!!!

    My philosophy behind developing students, training with lower belts, lighter people and the importance of training with kids!!!!

    Today's blog is inspired by the piece written by my awesome friend, Mike Palladino, a couple of weeks ago named "Are you training WITH your partners or AGAINST them?" . In this thoughtfully written text, Mike goes over the importance of training WITH vs training AGAINST your fellow teammates. You should definitely read it. In the same note, my blog today explores the surface of my philosophy behind developing students, training with lower belts, lighter people and the importance of training with kids. As a black belt and instructor, I often hear from white belt students that they were only able to do the move on me because I let them do so. My answer is simple: "It's true! I let you do ....

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  • Achieve your New Year's Resolution with Jiu-Jitsu

    Achieve your New Year's Resolution with Jiu-Jitsu

    Did you write a New Year's Resolution? Does it involve Exercise? Healthier Habits? Get in Shape? Learn a New Skill? Meet Awesome People? Make New Friends? Travel More? Challenge Yourself? Well, what if I told you that there is ONE single thing you can do to achieve ALL of the above? In case you didn't know, the answer is Jiu-Jitsu. If you have a friend that does Jiu-Jitsu, I bet he tried to convince you many times to try a class. I bet he is always bragging about how Jiu-Jitsu is awesome. And it is. No wonder more and more people are joining the club. Jiu-Jitsu is a great exercise that will put you in shape. Your entire body works at all times. Think Yoga. But with chance of ....

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  • Don't let the Holiday Season ruin your progress

    Don't let the Holiday Season ruin your progress

    It's that time of the year: Holiday shopping, Company Holiday party, Family Holiday party, Friends Holiday party, kids are on break from school. Many reasons to take a break on your training regimen. Because you're human. C'mon, you can start again once the new year starts, right?! Well, maybe not. Jiu-Jitsu is all about consistency. Consistency in practice but also in habits. Jiu-Jitsu is a lifetime activity, for sure, and you can practice for your whole life but the habits you create along the journey will end up dictating how far you go. Life is about balance, so let's throw some balance in there. If you always take a break when things seem hectic, this will become a habit. It will ....

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  • 5 simple tips to help you improve in Jiu-Jitsu

    5 simple tips to help you improve in Jiu-Jitsu

    Hello everyone! We all know how hard it is to stay in the path. Family, work, injuries, lack of motivation, busyness of life, the list goes on and on. Add to it the fact that jiu-jitsu is not an easy activity and plateaus are hit really often; Techniques are many, moving parts for each of them even more. Progress often times seems an unattainable goal. Truth is, these are all stories we tell ourselves to make it up for the way we feel. Don't get me wrong, Jiu-Jitsu is hard and progress is often slow and incremental, but following a few general rules will help you achieve the desired level of personal development. We came here today to give you some tips to improve in Jiu-Jitsu. Here they ....

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  • Why you should give Jiu-Jitsu a try

    Why you should give Jiu-Jitsu a try

    Hi! This is our first blog post and we believe that the best way to start is by telling you why we think you should give Jiu-Jitsu a try. First and foremost, Jiu-Jitsu is an exercise. More and more studies show how beneficial exercise is for physical and mental health (click in the links for some examples). We can't just stop there. In a world of social media and digital interactions, Jiu-Jitsu will give you a community to rely on. Your Jiu-Jitsu friends not only will try to choke you on a daily basis, but they will be there to help in times of need - on and off the mats. Here's the thing: in order to get better and progress in Jiu-Jitsu , you have to help those around to ....

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  • Join Us For the Best Kids Jiu Jitsu in D'Iberville

    Welcome To Our New Website! We’re Proud To Serve D'Iberville with Kids Jiu Jitsu! At American Martial Art Academy, we are working hard to go above and beyond for every person who walks through our doors. And you could be next! We are offering D'Iberville a hands-on approach to Kids Jiu Jitsu. And you don’t need any prior experience to succeed! Come visit us at American Martial Art Academy and see for yourself what makes us the best Kids Jiu Jitsu facility in town. Just fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! And don't forget to click below to visit us on our social media pages!! ....

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