All new students must undergo an evaluation by one of my instructors (Intro class) whom will set you up on a class the fits you and to which program the student should enter. By joining our family, you will become part of a bigger family formed by a select few people. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has become the most in demand martial art because of its practicality in everyday life and usage in the MMA world. Here you are welcome to train amongst the best no matter what level you are. To see what program best fits your needs please visit any of our facility and speak with one of our staff members.
Our Grappling/No Gi Classes
You will learn the art of grappling, methods of self-defense, as well as the authentic martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Jiu-Jitsu is the art of flexibility, adaptability, and it characterizes the triumph of human intelligence over brute strength this class includes calisthenics which develop the individual’s strength and endurance. This class is designed for adults. Younger students are welcome to attend this class after an evaluation, assessment and approval by the instructor.
Your progress is a direct consequence of your efforts. At ASR, Belts or Stripes are not given, they are earned. Progress will be carefully evaluated by our instructors.
In our program, you will learn: To engage in a learning journey based in the origins of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and get in touch with the most effective self-defense system developed in the world “Brazilian Jiu-jitsu”
Do you want to learn more?
Our teachers and staff bring you the highest quality Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction in a friendly, respectful, family environment. Whether you’re looking for discipline, fitness, sport or self-defense training, we will meet your needs. Our rotating curriculum covers all aspects of grappling, for self-defense and competition, from throws and takedowns to ground work and submissions.
Our community-based method of instruction integrates beginners into ongoing classes with advanced students. Newcomers learn not only from the class instructor but also from more experienced students, providing a wider pool of knowledge, wisdom, and technique. Advanced students, in turn, gain insight by helping beginners to progress.
All classes are taught by qualified instructors. We choose our instructors based on teaching ability, technical knowledge, personal integrity, patience, and dedication to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Students also improve their quality of life through developing their focus, discipline, skill, self-confidence and physical fitness. Jiu-jitsu can provide families with a lifetime of shared memories, personal growth, and common interest. We cordially invite you to contact us about scheduling a free introductory class today.
United States Federal Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Belt System
Belt System and Each Belt’s Minimum Time:
* Blue to Purple – 2 Years
* Purple to Brown – 1 ½ Years
* Brown to Black – 1 Year
It is up to the Instructor to decide how long it takes for a student to be graded, as long as the minimum time required for each belt is fulfilled.
CHILDREN’S BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU:
Here at our BJJ School, intermediate belts are awarded to students under the age of 16 years. Intermediate belts fall between the solid belts. The progression is: white, gray or white with yellow stripe (depending on age), yellow, yellow with orange stripe, orange, orange with green stripe, green, and green with blue stripe. Each of these belts has five levels: clear belt plus 4 degrees/stripes. Stripes/Degrees are used to gauge the student’s progress through each belt level.
Women’s Fundamentals of Jiu-jitsu
The Women’s Fundamentals program is our introductory program into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
In this program you’ll learn the basic moves you’ll need for the rest of your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu life, which are no different than what we teach in our Men’s program. We’ll teach you basic and effective techniques from all major positions within Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu; guard top, guard bottom, side-control top, side-control bottom, mount top, mount bottom, back control and back defense.
The Women’s Fundamentals program rotates every four months (16 weeks) and each week we work on one of the eight, major positions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Over the course of 16 weeks, you’ll attend at least two different classes, drilling each position thoroughly. The Women’s Fundamentals program is divided into two separate programs.
In Fundamentals 1 we will fill your mind with elementary techniques and drills. We will push you to do as many classes as possible so your basics are solid and your game is fundamentally sound! Approximately two months after you start, you will move on to Fundamentals 2 where you will still work on improving your fundamentals and technique, but you will also start training in our Organized Sparring sessions, Here we’ll allow you to put practice into play. You’ll do so in a safe, controlled setting under the close supervision of one of our instructors. The mouth is a good Jiu-Jitsu practitioner’s first line of defense
“The mouth serves as your weapon in two ways. First, when someone offends you, you use speech, along with an active mind, tact and well timed soothing words, to dissuade the person from going through with the attack. The second defense also comes from the mouth, since what we put in it either spells our strength or our defeat, in Jiu-Jitsu training and in life,”
1. Count Koma Start in Sumo
Around the small town of Aomori, where he was born, the young Maeda was known as “Sumo Boy,” thanks to the fascination he had for the style of fighting taught by his father. Years later, he went to study in Tokyo, where he was introduced to Jiu-Jitsu, trained with Jigaro Kano and fell in love with the gentle art, which he would go on to teach to Carlos Gracie in Brazil.Lesson: Expand your horizons. You’ll only fathom what techniques or styles work best for you if you open your mind and learn new things.
2. FIFTEEN OPPONENTS SEPARATING HIM FROM A BLACK BELT IN JIU-JITSU
As history has it, Mitsuyo Maeda received his black belt when he was 20 years of age, on December 25, 1898, at the revered Kodokan dojo. To receive his promotion, Maeda had to beat 15 opponents on the same day, which he did with flying colors.Lesson: There is no glory without sacrifice. The greater the effort, the greater the reward.
3. THE MISSION IN CALIFORNIA
In 1904, at the behest of Grandmaster Jigoro Kano, Maeda traveled to San Francisco, in the USA, to spread the word on Japanese combat techniques. The art wasn’t a complete novelty in the country, though. President Theodore Roosevelt had himself trained with a Japanese Jiu-Jitsu master, named Yamashita.Lesson: Have faith in the mission given to you by your master, whatever and wherever it may be. It will be more important than it may at first seem.
4. HEALTHY EXTRA-ACADEMY HABITS
In the Northern Brazilian city of Belém do Pará, where he ultimately decided to put down roots, Count Koma influenced Carlos Gracie in many things that did not have to do with training in the academy. Healthy dietary habits, good cheer, patience and others of the Japanese master’s traits were mimicked by the disciple Carlos.Lesson: A master doesn’t just teach Jiu-Jitsu. He is a positive influence off the mat, as well.
5. COUNT KOMA’S DOJO IN BRAZIL
Koma never did return to Japan to stay, ending his days in Brazil. It remains unknown whether Jigoro Kano, who was more interested in spreading judo, was proud of the hundreds upon hundreds of victories his student achieved by way of submission. In any case, Koma lived by his own book and Jiu-Jitsu is alive and well thanks to his boldness.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Adults:
WHAT IS BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU (BJJ)?
The ASR Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling martial art that utilizes technique and leverage to impose holds and joint locks while on the ground, allowing a person to defend him or herself effectively against a stronger and larger opponent. While many hand-to-hand martial arts rely on strikes using speed and power, Brazilian jiu-jitsu takes a different approach: speed and power are not a requirement and are oftentimes not necessary. BJJ emphasizes closing the distance between you and your opponent and taking him or her to the ground where technique and leverage can be used to apply submissions or strike more efficiently.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU AND TRAINING AT THE ASR BJJ Thai-Boxing and MMA?
BJJ is a highly effective form of self-defense that promotes a healthy lifestyle through numerous benefits, including exercise, flexibility, self-confidence, discipline, and structure. Learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will help you get in shape, gain confidence, and release stress, The ASR BJJ offers a very detailed, world class martial arts instruction, in a safe, friendly, and family-style environment that many of our students consider their second home.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
In our facility, we will be offering you, an educational and fun program of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. You will learn a complete and effective self-defense method. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is easy and anyone can learn. Our classes are designed with a system easy and quick to learn. Where each student has an individual and personalized attention.
I’M NEW TO BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU. HOW SHOULD I BEGIN MY TRAINING?
We think that one of the best ways to get acquainted with the school and what jiu-jitsu is based on is to take advantage of our Intro class. The Private intro class is a FREE orientational class, done one on one. The class will give you a chance to visit our facility and see which of our programs would fit you better.
DO I NEED TO BE IN SHAPE TO START TRAINING BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU?
We are proud to cater to all fitness levels here at The ARS BJJ Facilities and we have many students who had NO martial arts or fitness experience prior to joining our Dojo. The ASR BJJ staff will ensure a progressive and gradual plan to help you acclimate to our programs while achieving your fitness goals.
IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT TO START TAKING CLASSES?
We have students of all ages, each with different goals in mind. Our classes and programs are designed to provide results at any age and are enjoyed by both younger and older students.
WILL I BE EXPECTED TO COMPETE?
Here at The ASR competition is encouraged for those who wish to do so but it is certainly NOT a requirement.
DO YOU OFFER BEGINNER LEVEL CLASSES?
Yes. We have the beginners classes in our program and that class is designed for students with no experience through up to one year of experience. These classes will teach you all the BJJ basics necessary together with self-defense techniques to build a solid base and grow in a healthy and productive manner.
I WANT TO LOOSE WEIGHT, CAN THE ASR PROGRAMS HELP ME?
Absolutely. Both our BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU and Muay Thai- Kickboxing classes offer a fantastic workout that you cannot achieve through your typical gym routines. Our classes will assist, develop and challenge your physical abilities. We have had many students who have combined healthy eating with our jiu-jitsu and/or kickboxing programs and went on to lose great amounts of weight.
I DON’T HAVE THE PROPER EQUIPMENT TO TAKE MY FIRST CLASS. CAN I BUY THE PROPER EQUIPMENT AT THE ASR SCHOOL?
Yes, we have all the equipment that you may need for the classes for sale at the school. If we do not have what you need we will assist you in finding and ordering it.
Training tips for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
There are a number of things you can do to improve your Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills and your overall health and conditioning at the same time. If you follow several guidelines you can gain strength, endurance, and improved cardio.
One of the most important things in jiu-jitsu is flexibility as you will often end up in awkward positions when grappling with an opponent. It is good to stretch your legs, arms, neck, and abdomen prior to working on jiu-jitsu techniques. Exercises such as crunches, squats, and push-ups can strengthen your core while movements such as stretching can help to improve your guard and posture.
Many spectators underestimate the amount of cardio that it takes to compete in Brazilian jiu-jitsu until they decide to try it for themselves. This is why it is always a good idea to train in another sport to help improve cardio. Sports that usually help are soccer, running, biking, or anything that increases the heart rate.
Once you actually start to train in jiu-jitsu there is one rule that should always be followed – “position before submission”. This basically means that before you can attempt to submit an opponent you must first master the necessary position to set up your submission attempt.
The Positions of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Positions that you should practice in every session include:
– Half Guard
– Defending from mount
– Side Control
If you can master each of these positions you will be well set up to attempt a submission.
When learning submissions, it is also import to completely master one submission before moving on to the next. You should practice your submissions hundreds of times from all positions. It is better to know a hundred different ways to perform a submission than knowing how to do a hundred submissions each one different way. If you only know a submission one way and your opponent defends, it you are out of luck.
It is important to regularly practice your jiu-jitsu and try not to miss training sessions. The more you practice the stronger your grappling skills will become. It is also important to practice against different opponents of varying skills levels. You will get to see different techniques that can help improve your own skills.
Whenever you are submitted by an opponent make sure you learn from your loss. Don’t be afraid to ask your opponent what weakness they may have seen to take advantage of. You can learn from simple mistakes so that you are not submitted in the future.
About the Uniform
The official uniform of Jiu-Jitsu in which you will be training is called a “Kimono” or “Gi”. This uniform consists of 3 pieces: a jacket or top, a pair of drawstring pants, and a belt. The uniform is made out of a specially weaved cotton material that will be able to withstand the rigorous practice of Jiu-jitsu without immediately tearing. Your Kimono should be kept as clean as possible and treated as your armor.
As you practice Jiu-Jitsu, you will find it useful as both an offensive and defensive tool. You will also realize its value as a common uniform to promote safe and technical practice of Jiu-jitsu.
The Gi game obviously has a lot more to it. Everything that can be done with the Gi, can be done without it, making it a more complex game. Additionally, taking away the Gi allows physical attributes such as size, strength, and athleticism to come to play with greater effect due to the lack of levers and friction. Working with the Gi is generally considered more of a “thinking man’s” game. Training “No-Gi” can also be a thinking game, but because the gi removes many physical advantages, it adds more techniques.
For now, you should view your Kimono as a set of training wheels. As you develop a higher level of proficiency, you will learn to perform Jiu-Jitsu techniques with and without a Kimono. The kimono will add a level of sophistication to your game that will result in you, as a student, becoming a more advanced and technical fighter.
· Chess and Checkers
It is simply logic that when you add the Gi to a grappling match, it will add more possibilities. The match, therefore, becomes more complex; Just as a game of Chess. Since Chess has more pieces with various types of attacks and movements, it is more intricate and takes many years to master. This is the same concept for Jiu-Jitsu with the Gi. It would be much easier for a good chess player to join in on a game of checkers than the other way around.
· Fighters Become More Technical
The Gi “levels the playing field” by taking away many physical attributes. Without the Gi, a bigger person can use more of their strength and faster opponents, more of their speed. The addition of the Gi, therefore, forces fighters to slow down in order to be more aware of their movements. The point of any art is to use more technique and skill than strength; using the Gi will help develop that skill. As a fighter progresses, and their understanding of the use of the Gi grows, they can then learn to apply their physical traits to their advantage.
· You Can Always Take It Off
I’ve seen submission grapplers and wrestlers with ten years or more experience get choked by people with half that time while wearing the Gi; they look as if you’ve just put them in a straitjacket.
When you train with the Gi (properly), it is just a matter of a few grip adjustments in order to fight without it. If you do not train with the Gi enough, you’re the checkers guy.
Military and Law Enforcement Application
Unless you are patrolling a beach (in which case, you have a sweet assignment and nothing to complain about), your opponents are wearing clothes. There have been many reports from Military/Law Enforcement personnel saying that they favor training with the Gi and make good use of collar chokes. In fact, the core of the Modern Army Manual is based on Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and soldiers often train in their BDUs.