Monday, August 31, 2009

New Wednesday Class Begins This Week


Don't forget that this Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7:45 p.m. begins our first weekly class dedicated exclusively to the blue belt curriculum. Although designed for beginners, all are welcome to attend and contribute to the overall success of helping our newer students build a solid foundation in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

The addition of the Wednesday class expands our schedule of instructional offerings. We also offer weeknight classes on Monday and Thursday at 7:45 p.m., and two classes on Saturday; a children's class at 11:15 a.m. and an adult's class at 12:15 p.m. Of course, open mat is on Sunday depending on keyholder availability.

There's much more to come, too. Our Academy is rapidly growing and we appreciate your continued support.

See you all on the mat!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Master Rickson Gracie Spars With Professor Pedro Sauer


Thanks to our good friend and fellow Professor Pedro Sauer affiliate Eric Meyers for bringing this footage to our attention. I think it pretty much speaks for itself.




Monday, August 24, 2009

Our 300th Post


As our Academy has grown, so has this blog. We've averaged about 20 posts a month going back more than one year ago. We try to keep things informative, educational, fun, and respectful...a direct reflection of our community at Spencer County Martial Arts.

Below is a slideshow of tonight's class -- our largest on record. Thank you for making us who we are.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

California Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training


Our very own Craig Conard trained recently at The Gracie Academy in Torrance, California with Rorion Gracie's sons. Pictured below is Craig with Rener Gracie, after a combatives class Monday night.

In addition, Brian Phillips is in San Francisco this week for a work conference and trained at a Carley Gracie Academy downtown.

More pics of both sessions are to come.

When you travel abroad, always bring your jiu-jitsu gear! You never know when a good opportunity to learn and expand your knowledge might present itself. Always be open to new experiences and different flavors, especially if they're in line with the Gracie lineage.

See you all on the mat -- tomorrow night!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New Wednesday Night Class Begins In September


As our Academy continues to expand, it's important for us to offer our students as many training opportunities as possible. Over the last couple of months our student body has increased tremendously, and it's for this reason that beginning Wednesday, Sept. 2, we'll offer an additional class at 7:45 p.m.

This new class will focus entirely on the blue belt Gracie Jiu-Jitsu curriculum. It's the fundamentals...the foundation from which you'll continue to grow as a martial artist. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner, someone who is close to testing for blue belt, or a seasoned blue or purple belt -- all are welcome to attend.

We plan to have an enhanced emphasis on the details surrounding every technique on the blue belt list. Think of this class as a clinic. Learning to sustain and improve good positions might be a focus one class.

Becoming an escape artist from bad positions might be another. Then there's always the submission aspect to cover, but only after you've established a solid position. The basics of takedowns and self-defense are also essential.

We look forward to seeing you all on the mat for this new class. The Academy is headed in the right direction and it's all because of the commitment you have to yourself and to each other.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Self-Defense


Excellent work on the mats tonight! We spent the bulk of the class covering Gracie Jiu-Jitsu self-defense techniques. Again, the self-defense techniques are what separate traditional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu from the more sportive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

In the following video, Relson Gracie black belts Phil and Ricardo Migliarese demonstrate the Helio Gracie self-defense system. It's one of the most complete series of techniques I've been able to find and the moves are crisp. Remember, these techniques are required for promotion in the art: they're just as important as knowing how to escape cross-side or mount, or passing the guard.

Enjoy, and once again thank you for your dedication to the school and to yourselves.

See you all on the mat -- this Saturday!


Monday, August 10, 2009

Explosive Judo Throws

Pretty incredible stuff. You can see how many of the throws set-up nice submissions as well. Excellent technique throughout.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Boxing Seminar Photos


We'd like to once again thank boxing instructor Ray Doemer for conducting an excellent seminar last Sunday. His professionalism and enthusiasm for the sport were evident, and the quality of his instruction was superb. There was no doubt why Mike Tyson, while in his prime, selected Mr. Doemer as one of his trainers.

It's our goal to continue to bring in a wide variety of world-class instruction to our Academy. While our focus is traditional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as taught and developed by Grandmaster Helio Gracie, it's always important to expand your horizons to include an eclectic mix of tools in your self-defense arsenal. Thanks again, Mr. Doemer. We look forward to working with you in the future.

See you all on the mat!

SCMA's Chris Meeks to Fight Aug. 15


Our very own MMA fighter Chris Meeks steps back into the cage on Aug. 15. We'd like as many of the SCMA family to attend as possible, so below is more information about the fights. Let's all come out and support one of our own as he submits another opponent!

Paroquet Springs Conference Centre
395 Paraquet Springs Dr.
Sheperdsville, Ky. 40165

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General admission is $25
VIP seating is $40

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Fights start at 8 p.m.