New Classes Starting February 2017

With the new year just around the corner, we’re happy to introduce new classes to our existing schedule beginning in February 2017. With our unlimited classes membership, we are now able to provide a more flexible opportunity to accommodate your busy schedules, while also introducing new programs you and your family can join.

  • Weekends at the academy will now include Fundamental classes. This will allow students to attend the entire require classes on the curriculum from Friday to Sunday.
  • Weekends will also include a new Kids class:  a new program option for children ages 7 to 12. These Saturdays and Sundays classes are part of a new Weekend Kids program.
  • Friday’s Self Defense class has been very popular at the academy. We are now expanding these classes for members into Mondays and Wednesdays. Friday will continue to be free to drop-in, while the new classes will be part of a new Street Self Defense program.
  • Are you an early bird? We now have morning classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7am for BJJ at all class levels.
  • New sparring class options are available on Mondays, Wednesdays,  and Fridays after the 12pm BJJ all levels classes. These classes will start at 1pm.
  • With the return of Muay Thai at the academy, we’re expanding our Muay Thai classes into Tuesdays and Thursdays. For this program, students can choose between two time slots: Mondays and Wednesdays, or Tuesdays and Thursdays.

See a breakdown of the new time slots below.

Mondays & Wednesdays

  • Kids Judo – 5:00 to 6:00pm
  • Self Defense – 6:00 to 7:00pm

Tuesdays & Thursdays

  • BJJ All levels – 7am
  • Muay Thai – 7pm

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

  • Sparring Class – 1pm

Saturdays

  • Fundamentals Class – 11am
  • Kids Judo – 11am

Sundays

  • Fundamentals Class – 11am
  • Kids BJJ – 11am
  • Open Mat – 11am

What’s the Difference Between BJJ and Taekwondo?

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BJJ Taekwondo 
 Focus Grappling Art Striking Art (Emphasis on Kicks)
 Origin  Brazil (via Japan)  Korea
 Founder  Carlos & Helio Gracie (via Mitsuyo Maeda)  General Choi Hong Hi
 Influenced by  Judo (or Kano Jujitsu)  Korean martial arts (Taekkyeon, Subak, and Gwonbeop)
 Fight Techniques  Choke-holds, takedowns, and joint locks  Kicks and hand strikes, including head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques
 Fight Positions  Advancing position, ground fighting, and submitting an opponent  Fighting, diagonal, and crouched stances
 Popular Choice for  Both children and adults, men and women
 Physical Fitness Total body workout, improved cardiovascular health, improved reflexes, strength and conditioning
 Philosophy  Self improvement, self-esteem, discipline, confidence, respect, body awareness, self-control, perseverance

On paper, Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu may be two of the most different sports out there. From its differing fight techniques and stances, the only real commonality may be that both sports are newer to the martial arts scene than its elder statesmen, Karate and Judo. However the intangible takeaways can be parallel in many ways.

One of the vast differences between the two are its focus: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling art, starting from the feet as a combatant takes down an opponent for a submission. Taekwondo is a striking art – much like Karate – but with a stronger emphasis on kicks and hand strikes to win a match.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was originally founded in (surprise!) Brazil by Carlos and Helio Gracie around 1914. The Gracies had been taught the ways of Kano Jujitsu or Judo from Mitsuyo Maeda in Japan before transitioning into BJJ.

The origin of Taekwondo can be traced back to around 1955, introduced by General Choi Hong Hi in Korea. It was inspired by a variety of Korean martial arts, such as Taekkyeon, Subak, and Gwonbeop. There are two types of Taekwondo: WTF and ITF – the main difference being ITF is North Korean (and the original Taekwondo), and WTF is South Korean (a modernized ITF) . The form between the two are different, with ITF having similarities to Karate, however the kicks remain the same. ITF is suited for self-defence teaching, while WTF is primarily used for sport sparring and competition, including the Olympics.

Both sports are considered newer, and in some ways, take part of its teachings from other martial arts which had birthed in the 1700’s and the 1800’s.

On the mat, BJJ techniques include a handful of choke-holds, takedowns, and joint locks to submit an opponent and claim a match. There are dozens of potential moves, making every reaction a calculated one. This is one of the primary reasons that it works as a fitness and self defense mechanism for both men and women of all ages.

There’s more to Taekwondo than just kicks and punches. Taekwondo is popularized by its use of kick techniques – from head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kick techniques. It uses a combination of speed and agility called the “Theory of Power”, where the power of a strike increases dramatically with the speed of the strike. Like BJJ, it’s popular among both men and women of all ages for self defense and fitness.

Positioning between the two sports also differ in many ways. BJJ uses an advancing position, grounding fighting, and submission of an opponent. Taekwondo uses both a distance based and upright stance to approach and defeat an opponent. It’s important to research which fight position is best for you or your family to learn.

Taekwondo and BJJ provide numerous intangibles to self-improvement. Participation in both sports can increase a student’s discipline, self-esteem, respect for others, confidence, and body awareness. BJJ has been a popular choice for women as a form of self-defence, allowing a typically smaller person to overtake a larger opponent through leverage and body resistance. Taekwondo, particularly ITF, can be a very strong self-defence tool with the proper instruction and master – although it’s important to remember that a good martial artist will use his/her awareness and teachings to avoid trouble and resolve conflicts.

So, which is the best martial art for you and your family? If you’re interested in learning self defence, BJJ or ITF Taekwondo may be a better choice. For mental and physical fitness, both sports will provide great return on your investment. For competition fighting, you can’t go wrong with BJJ and WTF Taekwondo. Like we always say, research research research!

Belt Ceremony Photos (December 2016)

On December 3rd, we hosted our bi-annual belt promotion ceremony. Congratulations to all who attended and received their promotions these past few months, improving their skills with great success on the mats.

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