We have some exciting news!
On Saturday the 15th of December we will be hosting the Gracie Humaita Internal Kids Competition 2018 at our Alexandria gym!
The comp is for Gracie Humaita children aged 5 to 13.
Event starts at 10am and costs $45.
Register now at: https://smoothcomp.com/en/event/1333 (rego closes Wednesday, 12/12).
See you then!
Did you know kids can start training Jiu Jitsu with us as soon as they turn 3 years old?
And we can give you great reasons why they should:
FITNESS AND ATHLETICISM
BJJ is an extremely athletic sport that requires you to use nearly every part of your body. Through Jiu-Jitsu you will develop strength, flexibility, agility, and cardiovascular fitness. Developing these skills and attributes at an early age is important and will instill habits and an understanding of fitness that they will hopefully retain for the rest of their lives.
Not only will you will support you teammates when learning techniques, if you decide to compete in tournaments you will do so as part of a team. Nearly everything you do in Jiu-Jitsu will be done alongside a group of individuals that you will bond and grow with. BJJ academies are typically very social places.
Hopefully no child will ever be placed in a situation where they will have to physically defend themselves. However it is impossible to protect them 24/7, so it is nice to know that they have the ability to protect themselves if necessary.
Jiu-Jitsu teaches you to control an opponent as opposed to physically hurting them which makes it the especially good for anti-bullying.
Respect is a core principle of every established martial art. In particular Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches respect for your coach, respect for your teammates, respect for your competitors, and most importantly, respect for yourself.
As a child’s ability on the mat grows, so does their confidence. We consistently see shy children slowly emerge from their shells as their confidence grows alongside their ability. Children that may have previously been unable to maintain eye contact begin to confidently into class, eager to engage with everyone around them.
Competition helps kids learn that it is not always the best athletes who are successful, but rather those that work hard and stick with it.
BJJ competition is not compulsory but is an option for parents that would like to see their children compete. Kids BJJ Competitions are usually very well organized and run in a safe environment under strict rulesets.
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has a clear and well defined progression structure for children. Just like adults, children are graded and awarded belts/tips based on the amount of time spent training in conjunction with their level of skill.
This system of progression teaches children that reward is gained through effort and an investment of time spent learning. As mentioned above, it is not about winning but about getting a little bit better every day. In this way BJJ encourages children to develop a growth mindset.
Perhaps most importantly, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most fun things a child can do. All it takes is a few classes for many people become addicted to the sport and spend every moment of spare time trying to improve their skills. What makes it really fun is that you get to do it alongside your friends.
We have a new Australian champion in town!
Our 11 year old Gracie Humaita student, Kianoa won gold medal in the Australian Jiu Jitsu Championship 2018 in Melbourne this weekend. We are very proud of him!
Did you know kids can start training with us as soon as they turn 3 years old?
And we can give you at least 10 reasons why they should:
#1 Coordination & Body Awareness;
#2 Discipline & Focus;
#6 Goal Setting & Completion;
#7 Self Defence;
#8 Make Friends
#9 Keep Your Kid Occupied With Something Positive;
#10 Team Work
Central Coast BJJ Open was a great way to start the week! Everyone enjoyed this great competition organized by Tiago Ferreira, who is part of our Gracie Humaita family. And as always, our Gracie Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Team did great.
We would like to congratulate specially our members:
Sarah and Lee, that won 1st and 2nd in Gi Absolute Division.
Sami, coming second on the Super Fight.
Jordan, who was the CHAMPION of under 15yo Absolute Division.
Kianoa, how had to fight in the 40kg division, two weights above his, but still got GOLD medal.
We couldn`t be prouder of them!
If you want to be a champion as well come train with us at Gracie Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)!
Great day at Gracie Humaita Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), we had over 50 Kids graduating. It was great to see that our legendary Kids Program is delivering awesome results and all our students did really well during the exam.
The Gracie Humaita Kids Grading happens twice a year and it is based on the techniques that are taught through the year by our coaches at the Academy. The kids eligible for Grading are chosen by their performance in class, attendance and attitude towards their coaches and family.
Jiu Jitsu is a great form to educate our youth, and it can help kids to stand up against bullies.
Congratulations to all new graduates, coaches and instructors.
Gracie Humaita Australia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is honoured in announce our new three new Black Belts, huge congratulations to Jairson Rosa, Joel Costello and Derek Tsang.
Thanks for believing in our work and welcome to a new beginning!
* Article extract from Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy
Check bellow Ryron Gracie thoughts about this subject:
By Ryron Gracie
If I ask 100 students, “How long would you like to train jiu-jitsu?”
The majority will answer, “Forever.”
If we ask 100 black belts, “What percentage of white and blue belt students on any given mat, will be training jiu-jitsu in 10 years?”
They usually answer 2-5%.
My experience tells me 10 % of people quit because of the following reasons:
1. Distance – Life moves people around and sometimes away from the mat.
2. Money – Nothing in this world is free so when money is tight, jiu-jitsu classes sometimes take a hit.
3. Family – Family deserves more of your free time than anything else in the world.
4. Work – Sometimes work may get hectic which interferes with your training schedule.
5. Injury – All physical activities run the risk of injury and jiu-jitsu is no exception.
I have found that 10% of jiu-jitsu student quit for the above reasons. However, 90-100% use them as excuses.
I believe that the number one reason students quit is expectations.
Your instructor, training partner, fellow teammates, and you yourself, have expectations.
For instance, you may be a blue belt sparring with a white belt and find yourself in the middle of passing your partner’s guard. Within this scenario, not only is your coach watching you spar, but all of the students at your academy are watching you as well. Your instructor may coach you through the guard pass technique, but all the while, your partner has swept you. Often times, jiu-jitsu students feel so emotionally attached to their belt rank, that having a practitioner with a lower rank sweep them in front of everyone at their academy, can be a demoralizing experience. You may feel as though you let your coach down by not meeting their expectations of you and you may feel as though the students who were watching you spar, now think less of your jiu-jitsu technique. However, the feeling of demoralization one may feel from a scenario such as this one, is completely subjective and only experienced as a result of someone feeling as though they have not met the expectations of others.
In addition to having a white belt sweep you, your coach may tell your training partner, “nice sweep.” A person’s emotional attachment to perceived expectations (whether real or not), may cause them to overlook the bigger picture. In this instance, passing the guard is a very challenging task. Even if you get swept within your attempt to pass the guard, your attempt at passing the guard should still be counted as a step of progress in your jiu-jitsu journey. Unfortunately, this accomplishment is often overshadowed by a person feeling as though they have not met expectations of others, in this case, overlooking your own progress because your coach complimented your training partner.
Now, imagine having experiences like these for a year. It’s completely understandable that when you hurt your finger or are given more hours at work that would use these as excuses to say, “I have to stop training for a while.” Many students would feel embarrassed to tell their instructor that they wanted to quit training because they felt as though they weren’t doing well. However, if students were actually honest with their instructor and told them that they felt frustrated with their training, then they’d be surprised to learn of how accepting of a response they may receive. If you were to share how you were feeling with your instructor, then they would probably respond, “I remember feeling the same frustrations and you are not letting me down; jiu-jitsu works for us and against us.” And if you mentioned how uncomfortable you feel knowing that the other students on the mat feel that you are not deserving of your belt and how you yourself are starting to feel as if you are not deserving they may respond, ” When on the jiu-jitsu journey, it is important that you compare yourself to nobody but yourself. There will always be someone younger, stronger, and faster than you. Although these characteristics are not prerequisites to learning jiu-jitsu, we cannot deny that being younger, stronger, and faster comes into play when technique is close to equal. ”
Next time you are swept, stuck in a position, or even submitted, remember why you stepped on the mat in the first place. You were looking for something fun and challenging, a place to escape everyday noise while learning techniques and principles that you can apply in a street fight or any life situation. We get all of these benefits and more when train jiu-jitsu. So don’t tap to the expectations of others or your own, but instead, set a new expectation for yourself: Train jiu-jitsu for life.
Don’t let the things that matter least, stand in the way of those which matter most.
Expect Less, Get More.
Bullying is a real problem in our society today. Left unaddressed, it can lead to serious consequences and sometimes, unfortunately, tragedies. It’s well known that Jiu-Jitsu can be a tool to help kids stand up to bullies, but how? Here are 7 reasons why the gentle art actually helps kids to deal with abusive colleagues.
1) Self-confidence repels cowards
A bully is a coward. He or she identifies those who lack self-confidence and prey on it. Jiu-Jitsu gives kids the self-confidence to stand up for themselves at the moment of the first approach, usually a verbal one. Once you know that you can defend yourself, you will let the bully know right away and they will usually back off.
2) An antidote to fear and insecurity
There are two main ingredients to bullying: fear and insecurity. The fearful is usually the victim and the insecure is usually the aggressor that seeks confrontation to hide their own feeling of weakness. The gentle art will teach kids to defend themselves when necessary and help them deal with fear. At the same time, it will address insecurity and help that aggressive kid to be more confident, polite and respectful.
3) Respect for differences
There’s no room for prejudice on the mat. As you have to actually prove yourself against all sorts of people, you quickly realize that we are all equal in our shortcomings and potentials. The difference lies on how much work we put in to neutralize one and boost the other. This notion will most likely accompany the child outside the academy as well.