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September 12, 2014 by  
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Some great news and some very bad news. Unfortunately our team mate and Muay Thai Coach Bobby Diaz has to move back to Massachusetts. We will miss him terribly because he added so much to the academy and really helped improve our Muay Thai program. Luckily though we have found a great replacement. Markus Wolters, a kick boxer and teacher from the Netherlands has agreed to replace him. You will see that this is our good fortune. Where I thought it would be impossible to replace Bobby, we have again found someone excellent.
Come on in and enjoy the teaching style of Markus. He has created several champions and will continue his high level of teaching here at the Renzo Gracie Training Center full time.

August 16, 2014 by  
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Next week is back to school week for everyone. It’s an exciting time as well as obviously it can be a very stressful one. To help with that parents make sure you still get your workouts in or else you may have no way to let off some of that steam other than some mild mannered screaming at family members. Not something we want for ourselves or for our kids to associate school with.
Now for the kids who just came off of a summer of fun and relaxation they often have a tendency to try and jump onto the couch to watch tv or their iPads after school. Don’t let them develop those bad habits. Get them back on schedule and come on in and train.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone back on the mats.

July 28, 2014 by  
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We will have multiple Wods on the beach for the competition. After the Games we will be BBQing as well as playing games and swimming in the ocean, spending the day there.
Feel free to bring your kids. We will have someone there to help watch your kids and set up games for them.
It will be a blast. We are meeting at 9am Saturday promptly at the beach.
We will be at John U. Lloyd park by parking lot #2. Park in lot #2 in the most southern portion of it.

July 3, 2014 by  
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Summer has been going strong here at the Renzo Gracie Training Center. Even though people are traveling everyone who is still in the area is coming in and training often. Getting and staying healthy.
We are closed on July 4th except for morning classes in CrossFit. We are back to our regular schedule on Saturday.

June 3, 2014 by  
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This past weekend was the World Championships of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. There were some amazing matches to be watched. Buchecha once again proved he is the very best in the world. Check out our Facebook page for videos.

May 19, 2014 by  
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May 3, 2014 by  
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Jiu-Jitsu is a sport that will push you both mentally as well as physically. Ask anyone who’s been grappling for some time and they’ll tell you that the skills that you gain from Jiu-Jitsu can also transfer over into life. From pushing through obstacles to overcoming negative thinking, this wonderful sport offers an assortment of benefits that you can carry over into real-world situations. Below, we’ll talk about a few of them.

Develop Self-Confidence and Motivation

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a sport that is really good at forcing you to stay focused on your goals. If you miss practice, for example, then you’re going to feel it when sparing. Likewise, if you slack off in important areas of life- like health or building strong relationships- then you are going to suffer in those areas. Jiu-Jitsu teaches you how to become more confident in your abilities while providing you with the motivation that you need to chase down those goals that you really would like to see come true.

Creating More Happiness

One of the prime ways that Jiu-Jitsu will benefit your life is by making you happier. Practicing a sport that you love, while being surrounded by close friends, will serve as a source of joy that you won’t be able to find elsewhere. The constant challenges, the setbacks, and the triumphs are all a part of the happiness pyramid, and you will experience each of one these on your journey to becoming a black belt.

Better Overall Health

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or simply become healthier, practicing Jiu-Jitsu is a great way to make it happen. The great thing about this sport is that it virtually forces you to change your lifestyle for the better. Once you start training and becoming committed to getting better, you’ll automatically start jogging more, staying away from junk food, and getting a good night’s sleep on a consistent basis.

A Sense of Purpose

If you’re already a grappler then you already understand the great sense of purpose that Jiu-Jitsu can provide. There’s no better feeling than achieving a grappling goal that you’ve really been striving for, and it is this kind of “hunger” that can keep you pushing forward through the inevitable obstacles that life will throw at you.

Whether you’re a complete newbie or seasoned expert, this sport will help you grow as a person as well as provide you with a sense of purpose that you will feel daily. Few other sports can provide this type of consistent satisfaction.

Remember – There WILL Be Setbacks

In both Jiu-Jitsu as well as life, there will be setbacks. And a lot of the times, these setbacks may cause you to lose motivation. Fortunately, Jiu-Jitsu is a great sport for teaching you how to overcome these setbacks so that you can achieve what you really want in this world.

While tapping out to a deep triangle choke may cause you to feel down, the truth is that there is something to learn from that experience. Similar to life, there is always something to learn- even when you don’t achieve something that you really wanted.

There Are No “Quick Fixes”

Some people approach life with the victim mentality, as if the world owes them something. As a result, they search for the “easy fix” to their problems. Unfortunately, there is no easy button in life, and Jiu-Jitsu is a sport that represents this concept quite well. In fact, Jiu-Jitsu is the epitome of the “no shortcut” mentally because there is literally nothing else you can do to get better than put in the time training and getting better at the gym.

Your Body and Mind Are Your Greatest Assets

Something that you will truly come to appreciate about Jiu-Jitsu is that this is a sport that forces you to utilize your two most important weapons- your body and your mind. It is important that you exercise both of them on a daily basis. This includes not only building up your conditioning but also building your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Once you start investing in your body and mind, you will notice that great things will start happening both on and off the mat.

The Daily Grind is a Way of Life – One That Teaches Many Lessons

On your Jiu-Jitsu journey, you will experience both success as well as failure. This is a sport that will teach you how to deal with the difficulties that life throws at you. Did you lose your job? It’s okay! You will find another one.

Similar to getting tapped out, there are always opportunities to get better and increase your situation. Once you develop the “Jiu-Jitsu mindset”, you’ll notice that all of your problems become less and less troublesome, and that you can push through obstacles much more easily.

March 10, 2014 by  
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Come join us for a fun day outdoors laughing, screaming and getting even.  Next Sunday at 12:30pm we will be having a good old time at ER (Extreme Rage)   paint ball park.
I was able to secure a discounted price for us.  The cost will be $40 for Rental Package (Includes Entrance, All Day Air, Rental Equipment, and 500 rounds).

Please let us know right away so we can let the other members know who’s coming.  Feel free to bring a friend ;-)

February 3, 2014 by  
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I sat in on a “self help” seminar lately and I walked away from it with something very interesting that I would like to share with you.
    The whole idea of “living in the now” and “success” as we see it are mutually exclusive.  You see the term “success” for us almost always means a goal we are setting for ourselves in the future.  It is something we are striving for.
In other words we say to ourselves, “I will be a success when I get my Black Belt or can doing a beautiful spinning back kick.”  Or “I will be successful when I lose 15 lbs. or can lift X amount of weight” or “When I get that job I’ve always wanted”.  Do you now see what I mean how you can’t possibly live in the now if you are always dissatisfied with what you have now and are looking to the future.
Now I’m not saying there is anything wrong with striving for the future.  It is important to set goals for yourself and to work towards them, to constantly try to “improve” yourself.  But if you do so at the cost of not enjoying where you are now then what’s the sense.
  You see, I promise you that when you do reach your goal, you will only be satisfied for a brief moment and then you will look to set another goal.  There lies the problem.  If your goal was to be a Black Belt, you will now want to be a great Black Belt.  You won’t want to lose to any Brown Belt.  If your goal was to lose 15 lbs, you will then decide that you want to lose a little more, or now you want ripped abs.  If your goal was to get a specific job, well then you will strive to have your boss’s position or make more money.
So all of you should realize that right now you are a success.  You are striving to make yourself a better person every day.  While doing so you are kind to others and help others.  You take the time to take a deep breath and enjoy the beauty of nature around you.
Now you are living in the Now and you are a Success ;-)
Stan

January 30, 2014 by  
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Several newish members in our programs have approached me and stated with a sly grin that they were “really sore” and wanted to know when it would go away.
    Well the honest answer is probably NEVER.  Now I must qualify that answer.  Yes that extreme soreness that people have who haven’t trained in a long time or ever for that matter will definitely go away.  But soreness, no that will probably stay with you just like that long time friend that you just can’t seem to get away from but you wish you could.
    However, if you keep up with your daily training regimen, you won’t continue to have that feeling that you want to curse your coaches every time you try and walk up or even down stairs or when you lower yourself to sit on the toilet and your legs and butt muscles are screaming at you wondering why in the world you are doing this thing you call “exercise” to them.
    If you aren’t feeling some level of soreness then you just aren’t working hard enough during class.  The soreness I’m talking about now is the pleasant (call me crazy if you will that I like it) feeling in your body that you are a bit achy but letting you know that you are very much alive.
Learn to enjoy that feeling.  As you get used to it it will be a constant reminder that you are doing right for yourself.  That ache other than the lactic acid is also your muscles getting small tears from the workout.  That is how you body changes.  Once your muscles get tiny tears from the stress of the workout, your body will naturally adapt, heal and become a better, fitter version of yourselves.
So the next time you crawl out of bed in the morning give yourself a pat on the back and know that that image staring back at you in the mirror looks better then it did yesterday.
Better and better people,
Stan ;-)

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