What is Jiu Jitsu
I heard Relson Gracie once explain what he thought Jiu Jitsu was: "You do this and I do that, or you do that and I do this, and it goes on for forever."
That emcopasses the foundation of how Jiu Jitsu is built on Efficiency. You yield to an opponent's force instead of trying to oppose force with force. You learn to take what someone gives you and use it against them.
Jiu Jitsu goes far beyond the attacks, the throws, the strikes; as you begin to learn it and understand it, you learn about yourself and your weaknesses and these things also apply to your daily life and you become a stronger person off the mat as well as on the mat. This is what is called the "Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle".
Jiu Jitsu is an amazing! It can be practiced by anyone. You can do it your whole life. It emcompasses mind, body, and spirit. It is unlke anything you will ever do. And the more you practice it the more you begin to experience the "Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle" and all the benefits that it can bring.
The atmosphere here is fun and challenging. We train hard, but we always have a good time doing it. It a collective learning experience where each person on the mat aids in the school as a whole learning and moving forward. We all know the importance of being a good, positive training partner. The school is cleaned and disinfected daily, so you always have a clean environment to train in.
For the adults there is a Fundamentals Class and an Advanced Class. The Fundamentals Class is run off of a curriculum of 40 classes. Every Monday and Tuesday we do a class, the move to the next one on Wednesday and Thursday. So it takes 20 weeks to go through the curriculum one time. It is set up so you can come in at anytime and begin learning. We move through the positions: mount, back mount, side control, stand up, guard top and bottom, and knee on stomach. We teach escapes, control, submissions, transitions, and strategy from each of these positions. The Fundamentals Class is a technique class and one that should not be taken lightly. While it is only technique, we cover a lot of detail. We also make sure to teach these as self-defense, as if you are in a fight vs. sport Jiu Jitsu where you are trying to score points. There is a big difference!
The Advanced Class then expands from the Fundamentals Class curriculum. We normally work through a technique consisting of 2-3 variations. We drill the technque, we positional spar followed by open training. You can normally plan on getting a combination of 45 minutes of instruction and positional sparring and then 45 minutes of open training.
It is important as you progress to have a good mixture of technique and sparring. Learning is a 2-part process. First you learn a technique and drill it, then you have to learn how to apply against someone who is not cooperating with you. This is where the fun really begins!
With our kids it is always about positive reinforcement, pushing them up to achieve their potential. We build them up to be stronger, humble, and more confident. Each one goes through challenges every day. Some of these challenges they overcome in that class, some take weeks or even months to master. But each success makes them one step stronger as a person.
The Kids Classes are divided into 2 age groups to better be able to teach them. We have a class for ages 5-8 and for ages 9-14. While we teach Jiu Jitsu in both of these, the method of teaching varies quite a bit. We welcome new children to come in and try our classes for free so that the child and the parents can be sure Stockman Jiu Jitsu is a good fit.