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Hamilton County Food Bank (posted 11/1/2015)
Indianapolis Jiu Jitsu is proud to support the Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank.  The Food bank works to collect food and support for food pantries in the area.  A collection barrel will be located at the academy during the month the November.  They are in need of peanut butter, canned meats, canned fruit, cereal, and mac and cheese.  Thank you for supporting this great organization and helping to feed the hungry in our community.  More information about the food bank can be found at hchfoodbank.org.

Picking a place to train (posted 7/1/2015)
With the growing popularity of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu more and more people are giving it a try. But how does one decide which academy is right for you? Where ever you train you need to plan on going to class at least 2 – 3 times per week. Going to a jiu-jitsu academy is not like belonging to a health club, where you show up, use the equipment and leave. It’s an educational and learning environment. So, first and foremost you need to look into the quality of instruction. You should look into the background of the head instructor. You can do some of that homework online. You should sit in on a class to see how a class is ran. Is it a structured class? Does the instructor communicate in an understanding and logical way? Do they have a beginners curriculum? Also, ask students in the class about their experiences there. Most academies have a trial period which is a great way for you get a better feel for the quality of the instruction. So definitely take advantage of a trial period.

Another big thing to consider is what the atmosphere is like. Is everyone friendly to one another? How are people treating each other? Are the students helpful to you and to others. Do the other students seem to be happy there? Is it a place where you seem to belong? You will be spending a lot of time there each week so you want to make sure you are comfortable there and you fit in. Many students make great friendships that extend beyond the walls of the school.

Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that requires a lot of physical contact. So there will be sweat and sometimes blood. Skin infections could occur if academies are not cleaning the mats each day, or if they are letting people train with skin conditions. Take note of the facilities cleanliness. Are they mopping the mats regularly? Are others training with exposed skins conditions? Also, students should be wearing clean uniforms each class. These are some things you should definitely observe when you take some trial classes. Most jiu-jitsu schools should have a hygiene policy.

And finally a word about price. Many people ask about the price before they even visit the school and look into the most important things which are covered in this article. As mentioned before a jiu-jitsu school is an educational institution, so expect pay at least $100 per month or more depending on the market you live in. It doesn’t matter what the price is, if the instruction is bad, the people are unfriendly, and the place is dirty.

If you want to get started on the right path in your search for a place to train consider these facets of a jiu jitsu school before you sign on the dotted line.

Celebrating 25 Years
25 years ago on January 23, 1991 Greg Eldred started his jiu jitsu journey at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, California. Congratulations on this great milestone, and we look forward to the next 25 years.
Feb 4th Law Enforcement Ground Seminar
Whether by choice or circumstance, the odds of the fight going to the ground are high.  For law enforcement officers with no ground fighting training the outcome can be life threatening.  This seminar will give the officer the some basic defensive tactics skills needed to survive on the ground.  All officers attending WILL receive 2 hours of in service training credit towards the state mandate. The seminar will be held Thursday, February 4th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Indy BJJ.  To register contact Greg at 317-506-0973.

JiuJitsu Promotions

Congratulations to the following Indianapolis Jiu Jitsu martial arts students who recently received promotions:

LAST UPDATED: Dec 20, 2015

Brown Belt Promotion
Kim Freeman - 4th
Purple Belt Promotion
Travis Hawkins - 1st
Blue Belt Promotion
Albert Gray - 1st
Don Hollenbach - 2nd
Anthony Cruz - 3rd
Jayson Watt - 1st
Monte Denehie - 1st
Tommy DeStefano - 2nd
Jason Medler - 4th
Jay Tuttle
White Belt Promotion
Nate Hopman - 1st
Chris Dell - 1st
Andrew Zaleski - 3rd
Greg Magnusson - 1st
Jack McKinney - 1st
Mike Harmon - 4th degree
Kids Belt Promotion
Armin Semsarzadeh - White - 2nd degree
Yasmin Semsarzadeh - White - 2nd degree
Harley Bertram - White/Yellow - 2nd degree
Reese Godby - White -1st degree
Isaiah Guerrero - White -1st degree
Jaxon Carrillo - White -1st degree
Jiani Carrillo - White -1st degree
Jacob Hinds - Orange

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