The following is a repost from Graciemag.com about the one-year anniversary of the death of Grandmaster Helio Gracie:
It was on January 29, 2009, exactly a year ago, that Grandmaster Helio Gracie left us. But while there are still Jiu-Jitsu academies, the weak, women and children getting stronger through the art, his legacy shall only become more and more pervasive.
It needn’t be a special occasion for you to remember the teacher, and no matter what the tribute, it will never be enough to fully honor him. Even so, we set aside this video in which Helio does what he likes doing best.
This match, where he from the bottom choked unconscious an opponent 15 kg his heavier and even advised the distracted referee what he had done, was a milestone in the grandmaster’s career. ”It was the biggest thrill of my life,” he was quoted as saying in the newspapers of the time. And he confirmed it to GRACIEMAG 50 years thereafter: “It is true, because I found out my Jiu-Jitsu was superior to his.”
Check out the video and then read the technical breakdown of the hold, below:
Helio narrated the outcome of the fight: “He didn’t realize my other hand had gone in directly into the flap of the gi. We were trying for the choke, both of us with the hold in place, but it happened that Kato couldn’t get past the barrier of my legs, making my hold more effective and bringing us to the decisive phase of the fight.
“I noticed he gave up the hold to defend his neck, consummating my positional supremacy. I tightened the hold and Kato began to falter, his grip on my wrists weakening. So I held the choke in place and brought the referee’s attention to what was going on: ‘He’s going to pass out.’ The ref didn’t hear me or didn’t understand, but, in the end, I let him drop to the side, Kato landing with a thud,” recounted the professor, on “O Globo” TV.
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Kids' Jiu-Jitsu Program
At Spencer County Martial Arts Academy, we pride ourselves on our kids' jiu-jitsu program. Every child is known as a "Spencer County Spider Monkey" and is part of a larger community that stresses self-discipline, self-control, mutual respect, and building self-esteem.
Taught in a safe and family-friendly atmosphere, our kids' jiu-jitsu program is offered every Saturday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
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Blue Belt Requirements, Training Log
Click here for the official curriculum required to achieve the rank of Blue Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under Master Pedro Sauer's Association.
Click here for a training log to help keep track of the hours you've trained and the material you've learned. Save the spreadsheet to your computer and update it after each class.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
At the age of 6 Scott knew he was in love with the martial arts when he observed his father Roscoe Smith training in Japanese Karate.
Scott immediately knew that was what he wanted to do. He was not able to start his training until the age of 15 at which he enrolled into the Louisville Tae Kwon Do School.
He then relocated to the Preston Martial Arts Academy where he received his Black Belt. Scott's journey did not end there - he has trained in Judo, Combat Hapkido, Shaolin Do, Wing Tsun, Mauy Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Martial Arts, and Gracie Jiu Jitsu, where he currently holds the rank of Black Belt.
Scott knew as soon as he saw the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu that he would spend his life training and perfecting his technique. Scott has trained with many greats in GJJ...Rickson Gracie, Kron Gracie, Pedro Sauer, Royler Gracie, Royce Gracie and many others.
Scott traveled to Brazil in 1999 to train at one of the oldest academies in Rio - The Kioto Academy which is owned by one of Helio Gracie's original Black Belts Francisco Mansor.
Scott says, "We are all on a journey in life...just stay true to that journey and don't fall off the path. Everyday you are able to train is a good day."
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt
Brian started training in the martial arts when he was nine-years-old. His original style, Shaolin Kempo, introduced him to the many positive lifestyle changes one will experience through regular practice in the martial arts.
He started teaching when he was 15 and received his black belt at age 17, the same time he began learning Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
Like so many others who start out in the style, Brian was immediately taken by it's grace and fluidity, in addition to it's effectiveness and efficiency.
He's been a student of instructor Scott Smith since the beginning and earned his purple belt under Master Pedro Sauer in May 2008, and first stripe in May 2009.
A student of the game, Brian enjoys teaching individuals of all ages and physical abilities, and seeing them reap the benefits of training, both on-and-off the mat. He has trained with many greats, including Rickson Gracie, Kron Gracie, Relson Gracie, Pedro Sauer and Luis "Limao" Heredia.
To those interested in beginning their journey in the martial arts, Brian encourages them to stop by and meet the family at Spencer County Martial Arts. You'll learn solid technique and self-defense, get in shape and have fun.