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Crosley Gracie coming to Gator Pit!

  On April 14th, Crosley Gracie will be coming to our academy in Shreveport! The seminar will be 2 hours long, and there may be time for private lessons beforehand. I will update you soon!   This will be a great opportunity! Everyone should plan on being there. More info: Professor Crosley Gracie was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, son of Rosley Gracie and grandson of founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Carlos Gracie. He began training in 1988 with uncle Reylson Gracie. In 1992, already training under his uncle Carlson Gracie’s supervision, Crosley entered competition for the first time, winning his first ever jiu-jitsu match by triangle choke. In 1999, after competing in several national and international tournaments, Crosley moved to U.S.A. to further improve his fighting and teaching skills by studying wrestling, boxing and muay thai. In 2003, Professor Crosley was awarded his Black Belt by cousin Ralph Gracie and made his professional debut in MMA defeating the very experienced Welterweight Pancrase Champion, (29-13-7) from Japan, by unanimous decision at the Pancrase 10th Anniversary Event in Tokyo, Japan. In his second appearance in Mixed Martial Arts competition, at Pride Bushido 5, also in Japan, Crosley went 2-0 with a submission win against highly regarded ring veteran, Hayato Sakurai (35-9-2), considered to be one of the best and most exciting welterweight fighters in the world, who was never submitted...

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5 minute Workout for Martial Arts

Man Maker Workout (If you aren’t a man, sorry I didn’t name it!) Most of us have little spare time, between work, family, and other obligations. You might do good to get to class 2x per week. That is okay. You are doing the best you can. It can be very difficult to find time to squeeze in “gym” time. The truth is that it does not take long to achieve a better fitness level. This workout is only 5 minutes long. You can even do it without dumbbells if none are available! Set your timer and get started. From Grapple Arts Start standing, then place both dumbbells on the floor and jump you feet back Do a pushup and when you come back up do a plank dumbell row on one side Do another pushup followed by a plank dumbell row on the other side Do one more pushup and then jump back up to your feet, ending up in a low squat with both dumbbells cleaned up to your shoulders Thruster (double shoulder press using your legs to generate momentum) Repeat for 5 minutes Let me know what you think. Be sure to check out the other workouts on Grapple Arts as...

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Great workout for jiu jitsu and life

Randy Couture’s Grappling Circuit Regardless of why you train, or what you train…MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or traditional martial arts(karate, taekwondo, etc), it is very important to keep your body healthy and responsive! I know many of you may not have time to train hours and hours every week. This is a great, fast, and difficult workout to do! Start light and increase the weight slowly. This workout is done 3x per week. Each move is done for 8 reps without dropping the bar. Once finished with the set, take a 1 minute break and do it again for 6 total rounds! The circuit is as follows: Bent-Over Row Upright Row Military Press Goodmorning Split Squat Left & Right (8 each side) Squat Push Press Stiff-Leg Deadlift Let me know if you decide to do it! If competition is in your future you should do it! If it is not, you should do it...

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Lots of things happening!

A quick update for everyone! On March 24 we will be going to the Team LDMA competition seminar. This will be a great time to learn lots of jiu jitsu from 4 black belt instructors. After the seminars, there will be optional inner school tournament. Make sure you are training hard if you plan on competing. Total cost for this event is $75 April 14th- I will be hosting Crosley Gracie, grandson of Carlos Gracie, at the academy. This is a very important event to attend. Mark your calendars. It will be a great time. You will get to see jiu jitsu straight from the source. Crosley has worked with law enforcement, competed in MMA, and everything else. Somewhere between May and July, we will also have our semi annual rank review with Master Danny Dring. I will get that posted asap. Another great event you guys should have marked is the Black Belt Conference in Bentonville. It is a 2 day seminar with 8-10 black belts covering different topics! Lastly, I have another guest instructor (or 2) coming in towards the end of the year. It is going to be a big event! I will have more details once I get a date pinned down.  Treat this one like it is mandatory! Look forward to seeing you all on the mat! No matter why you train – self...

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Mitsuyo Maeda

Each week, I would like to feature an innovator or contributor to the evolution of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This week we will take a look at Mitsuyo Maeda. From wikipedia: Mitsuyo Maeda (前田 光世 Maeda Mitsuyo, born December 18, 1878  – November 28, 1941),[1] a Brazilian naturalized as Otávio Maeda was a Japanese judōka (judo expert) and prizefighter in no holds barred competitions. He was also known as Count Combat or Conde Koma in Spanish and Portuguese, a nickname he picked up in Spain in 1908. Along with Antônio Soshihiro Satake (another naturalized Brazilian), he pioneered judo in Brazil, the United Kingdom, and other countries.[1] Maeda was fundamental to the development of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, including through his teaching of Carlos Gracie and others of the Gracie family.[3] He was also a promoter of Japanese emigration to Brazil. Maeda won more than 2,000 professional fights in his career. His accomplishments led to him being called the “toughest man who ever lived” and being referred to as the father of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.[4]   Maeda Sensei and his first Brazilian students      ...

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