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Jiu Jitsu Global Federation (posted 10/16/2014)

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Indianapolis Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is now a member of the new Jiu Jitsu Global Federation headed by Master Rickson Gracie.  Master Caique is part of this new Federation and has asked all of his affiliates to become members.  To find out more about the new JJGF visit their website at www.jjgf.com


Wrestling All American (posted 7/26/2014)
Congratulations to Evan Eldred (in blue) for placing 7th and earning an All American status in the USA Wrestling Freestyle Nationals in Fargo, ND.  Evan wrestled in the Cadet 132lb weight class representing Team Indiana.  He is the first All American wrestler from his high school in Westfield.  Evan has two more years of high school left and we hope to see many more great things from him.  He was one of 5 Cadet and 3 Junior All Americans from Team Indiana.  His Cadet team placed 5th overall in the Nationals.  His weight class started out with 80 of the best wrestlers in the nation, and Evan managed to work his way to the podium.  What a great accomplishment placing 7th in the nation.  

Indy BJJ Students win Hoosier Open hardware (posted 6/22/2014)

Congratulations and great job to all Indy BJJ students who competed in the June 7, 2014 Hoosier Open.  Special acknowledgements go out to the medal winners:

 

1st - Jason Thompson (Master Light Blue)
2nd - Ryan Marques (Master Heavy Purple)
2nd - Rudy Guerrero (Master Middle Blue)
2nd - Travis Hawkins (Master Lt/Heavy Blue)
3rd - Caleb Holtz (Adult SuperFeather White)
3rd - Scott White (Master SuperHeavy White)
3rd - Bill Baugh (Senir Middle White)

Indy BJJ medal winners contributed to a 1st Place Team award for Team Caique. 


Clinton sets his sights on Mundials (posted 3/23/2014)

While growing up Clinton Johnson was always a fan of MMA and aware of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and its origins.  After participating in sports throughout school, he was looking to channel his competitive nature. In 2010 Clinton found Indianapolis Jiu-Jitsu, attended a trial class and joined the academy in August.  Quickly falling in love with BJJ, Clinton decided to enter his first competition in November 2010, and won both of his matches by points.  From then on he got the competition bug.  

In 2011 Clinton kicked into high gear entering 10 tournaments and earning 13 medals. 2012 was a breakthrough year for Clinton starting with 2 Gold medals at a January tournament giving up no points on the day. After much training at the academy and winning the Hoosier Open for the second consecutive year, Clinton earned his Blue Belt from Professor Greg Eldred in July 2012. 

Clinton transitioned well into Blue Belt competition winning his weight division and the absolute in September 2012. During 2013 Clinton continued competing and earned 8 medals in five competitions. For 2014, Clinton has set his sights on the most prestigious BJJ tournament in the world, the Mundials, in May. Having world-class instruction by Professor Greg Eldred multiple times per week is helping him prepare to be Indy BJJ’s first world champion.  Good Luck Clinton!


Headed to State (posted 2/19/2014)
Dillon Eldred is headed to the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals.  Congratulations on a great senior year season, and by ending your high school career at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.  Very few wrestlers ever get that opportunity.  Dillon heads into the State Finals with a 39-3 record. He's one of 16 wrestlers competing in the 138lb weight class.  Dillon has also been named to 1st Team Academic All State with a GPA of 4.19.

Wrestling Season Update (posted 1/17/2014)
With post season tournament action right around the corner Dillon and Evan Eldred both are having a great season.  Dillon is still undefeated with a record of 27-0, and currently ranked 8th in the state at 138lbs.  Evan is currently ranked 6th in the state at 132lbs with record of 21-1.  Good Luck in February. 

Eldred Brothers Off To A Great Start (posted 12/10/2013)

Dillon and Evan Eldred are off to a great start to their high school wrestling season at Westfield High School.  Both boys are undefeated with a 10-0 record.  Evan a sophmore, and state qualifier from last season, is currently ranked 4th in the state at 132lbs.  Dillon a senior, just reached his 96th high school career win, and is ranked 12th in the state at 138lbs.  Keep up the great wrestling.


Indy BJJ Fire Fighter Fights For Worthy Cause (posted 12/3/2013)

Our very own Travis Hawkins participated in the 911 Slugfest recently and won by a unanimous decision over his opponent.  This event is an amateur boxing competition between central Indiana's bravest police officers and finest firefighters. The police team and the fire team consist of 13 fighters, who strap on the headgear and boxing gloves and step through the ropes to fight for charity.  The event raised $50,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Fight Doctor at the UFC (posted 9/5/2013)

          Dr. Medler with Stitch
Indy BJJ student and ER physician Dr. Jason Medler has been working MMA events across the state of Indiana for the past couple of years as the physician responsible for fighter physicals and taking care of injuries that occur during the bouts.  Dr. Medler, licensed by the Indiana Gaming Commission was one of a few Indiana physicians who was selected to work the UFC Fight Night event broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, on August 28th at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.  Jason had a great time working the UFC event, he met several UFC veteran fighters and staff members and even got some good TV time for himself, including during the main event where he was assigned to Carols Condit.  Dr. Medler is pictured here with notable UFC cutman Jacob Duran who is known as Stitch.

Team Indy at Hoosier Open (posted 6/5/2013)

        Jake Edwards - 1st Place

Great job to all our Team Indy BJJ guys who competed in the 10th Annual Hoosier Open on June 1st.  The tournament had a record number of total competitors for it's 10th year.  Competition is fun, and it's a great way to see how you measure up against other bjj students.  Indy BJJ had 15 of our 17 students who competed win medals which is fantastic.   

Congratulations to the following medal winners:

1st Place
Jacob Edwards
Jake Edwards
Myles Gomez
Evan Eldred

2nd Place
Carson Eldred
Ryan Marques
Clinton Johnson III
Anthony Cruz
Dan Recker
Matt Smedley
Jason Donhardt

3rd Place
Kellan Meeker
Mason Merkel
Rick Byram
Dillon Eldred


Benefits of Sparring (posted 1/9/2013)

At some point in your jiu jitsu training it will be time for you to start participating in open mat or sparring sessions, often referred to as “rolling” in jiu-jitsu.  Some schools don’t advise it until a student has sufficient background, which may vary from just a couple months to several months of practice.  In any case it’s an integral part of the learning process, and it will put you on the path of increasing your proficiency in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Initially your training may start with technique learning and repetition, but eventually your training should consist of these 3 basic parts:  Technique learning with repetition, drilling, and sparring.  

Some people have the mindset that sparring is just for those who desire jiu-jitsu competition. That is far from the truth.  Sparring has many benefits as I will share some with you, whether you’re intending to compete or not.  Nothing else prepares you for a real fight, or competition as well as live sparring.  It’s a great way to get and stay in shape as it is a high cardiovascular workout.  Keeping your body in shape has all the health benefits, but more importantly if you are attacked on the street you’ll have the endurance to properly defend yourself and go the distance to achieve a successful outcome, likewise in competition.  

Regular sparring also gives you the chance to practice the techniques you have learned.  It gives you the opportunity to try your stuff out against a live, resisting opponent, as opposed to your partner typically being more cooperative when just practicing techniques in class.  Sparring also helps improve the timing of applying your techniques, and your reaction time to your opponents movements and behavior. Throughout the sparring match your body will be in a number of different positions, and you will learn how to react and deal with all of those situations that may come up in a real fight, or in competition.  You will get in bad positions especially if you spar with higher ranking students, and that’s when sparring also will help develop your patience and teach you to not use your strength, but rather rely on your technique and skill.  Sparring also helps develop your strategic thinking and to anticipate your opponents movements. You will learn to always be one step ahead of your opponent as you will be able to plan out a sequence of moves in advance, or you will be able to defend off some action of theirs in advance.

The more often you spar the better off you will be when or if the time comes for you to use your jiu-jitsu, whether it’s in competition or if you find yourself in a real fight.  A student once told me who was attacked out on the street that because of his frequent sparring and drilling in class the actual fight felt he was training at the academy.  He felt comfortable, didn’t panic, and his jiu-jitsu reflexes just kicked in.  The last thing you want to happen in the fight is for it to feel unfamiliar or awkward.  You have techniques in your mind, but you’re not comfortable or polished in combining them in sequences, or connecting the dots as we say.  This can be a bad feeling and a bad outcome.      

This article is intended to tell you that you need to incorporate sparring into your training regimen.  How to spar and things to consider while sparring to get the most out of your training is a whole other topic.  Meanwhile, keep polishing your techniques, and find time to incorporate sparring into your routine.

Good Luck -  Greg Eldred


Helio Gracie Day - Oct 1st (posted 10/1/2012)

Greg Eldred and Grand Master Helio Gracie.
Helio Gracie was born October 1, 1913.  He would have been 99 years old today.  The Grandmaster made his life a mission to expand Jiu-Jitsu throughout the world.  Let’s all remember this day and his legacy and we all thank him for how Gracie Jiu Jitsu changed our lives.

Why take Womens Self Defense Lessons? (posted 9/24/2012)

Let’s be real, the world we live in is not a safe place.  There are bad people out there looking for victims to prey on. Therefore, you need to know how to protect yourself in case someone targets you for reasons of harassment, theft, rape, or to cause bodily harm.  Not being prepared can result in serious consequences such as unwanted sexual proposals and action, serious injury or even death. You cannot control the desires and behavior of such bad people, but you can certainly take actions to minimize and prevent yourself from being the one chosen for the attack.  And if you are attacked the use of self defense techniques and strategies can save your life.

Whether the attack is physical or sexual, the experience can leave both emotional and physical scars that can last a lifetime.  You will never be the same.  You will always replay the attack over in your mind wondering what you could have done differently to avoid or escape from the situation.  You will question yourself as to why you never took a women’s self defense class. 

There are three steps you must do to better protect yourself from would be attackers.  1.) You must have a greater awareness.  You need to pay better attention to your surroundings, as this is your first line of defense.  Attackers are looking for easy victims who are not aware, as they are easy targets, because they have the element of surprise at their advantage. 2.) You must take measures to reduce your risks.  This can be from how you look, to how you act, and even how you talk.  Also don’t go into isolated areas alone, and if you are going out, go with people and stay around people.  Make sure your body language shows a sense of confidence.  If you don’t feel comfortable going to certain places, then don’t go there. 3.) Take a self defense class.  The best way, in fact, the only way to prepare yourself to fight off an attacker is to take a self defense class.  Self defense classes can teach you special techniques for breaking from an attacker’s grasp and other things you can do to get away. 

Many women might take action by implementing the first two steps mentioned above, and skip the self defense training.  But what do you do when those barriers are broken down, you let your guard down for that one moment, and suddenly you are in a frightening situation?  Crime can happen to anyone at anytime, even if you are prepared.  Taking a women’s self defense class will empower you to stand up for yourself and take control of your own life.

There should be no excuses when it comes to your personal safety. Women's self defense classes are not expensive.  They are not hard to find, and they don’t take a big time commitment.  So take the time and find a class. Enroll and attend. Do a friend or family member a favor and take them along with you.

2012 Hoosier Open (posted 6/12/2012)

The 9th Annual Hoosier Open is in the books.  It was one of our largest turnouts yet.  We received many compliments on our new look with the fencing and new mats.  We had competitors from 11 states participating.  The results are posted on our tournament website:  www.usabjjtournaments.com.

IndyBJJ had 6 Gold medalist, 4 Silver, and 1 Bronze.  Great Job Team.


Michigan Open NO GI (posted 4/16/2012)
After 8 years of putting on tournaments in Indiania, California, and Michigan, we are finally adding a NO GI event to our 2012 schedule.  Our first NO GI tournament will be held in Michigan on April 22.  For tournament details and online registration visit our tournament website at www.usabjjtournaments.com.  IndyBJJ has been partnering with Master Caique in California and Warrior Way Martial Arts in Michigan on putting on three GI only tournaments each year.  We hope  to expand our NO GI events to Indiana and California in the future.   

Jan 28th Fundraiser (posted 1/5/2012)
Carrie Jenkins the mother of two of our Indianapolis Jiu-Jitsu students is co-organizing a fundraiser for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.  The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has provided close to $120 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans.  These efforts are funded entirely with donations from the public, and hundreds of thousands of individuals have contributed to the Fund.  Carrie’s husband Chad is currently serving in Afghanistan.

The fundraiser will be held at the Fox and Hound Bar and Grill in Carmel, IN on Saturday, January 28th from 8 – 10 pm, during the UFC on FOX broadcast.  There is no admission or cover charge.  Private, smoke-free rooms are reserved, so all ages are welcome.  In addition to watching the fights, you will have the opportunity to take home some amazing authentic sports memorabilia.  These items range from NASCAR Drivers, UFC fighters, NFL Players to professional golfers, basketball players and baseball players. These items will be given away through raffles and silent auction.  The list keeps growing!  Carrie’s husband has also provided some items that he flew on recent combat missions.  Carrie says they will also be joined by UFC fighters Chris Lytle, Matt Mitrione and Shamar Bailey and a true American hero Josh Bleill.  We hope you’ll be part of this great fundraiser to support the men and women of the armed forces and their families.

Indy BJJ New Black Belt (posted 10/2/2011)

Congratulations to Chris Keidel for receiving his Black Belt from Master Caique on Sept, 30, 2011.  Chris started training jiu-jitsu in 1997 with Greg Eldred.  He is a great student, instructor, and friend, and his loyality and dedication to Prof Greg Eldred and Master Caique is unmatched.  Chris was promoted in a ceremony following a 2 hour seminar by Master Caique.  We also gained a new Brown Belt that evening - Kim Freeman who has a great devotion to the art of jiu-jitsu.  We are proud of everyone for these remarkable achievements.  Click here for PHOTOS of the occasion.  


Carmel Safety Day (posted 9/19/2011)

        John Hillman at Safety Day

Sept 17, 2011 Indy BJJ participated in the city of Carmel's Public Safety Day hosted by the Fire and Police Departments.  This was a free event that included educational booths by local businesses and organizations designed to teach children and families basic safety techniques on a wide range of topics.  Also, health and wellness booths were on display.  Activities at each booth gave children and adults a chance to test their knowledge or ask questions about a given safety, health, or wellness concern.

Indy BJJ Professer Greg Eldred and his student John Hillman gave self-defense demonstrations, as well as taught visitors to the booth a basic wrist grab escape technique.  We were very busy the whole day, and we're glad to be part of this event.  We hope that people left our booth knowing more than they did when they arrived.

Click here to see some PHOTOS of the event.


Successful 8th Hoosier Open (posted 7/2/2011)
The 8th Annual Hoosier Open was held on June 11, 2011.  Thanks to all the competitors, instructors, spectators, and volunteers who make this great competition possible.  We continue to receive positve comments about how well our events are ran, and have many repeat participants year after year.  Tournament Results and Photos are posted on our tournament website at http://www.usabjjtournaments.com/.

Will BJJ help a Wrestler? (posted 4/11/2011)

I’ve wanted to tackle this question for a while now.  Over the years I’ve read various opinions about it and finally I’m ready to offer my own.  I want to start out by saying, if you want to be a wrestler then first and foremost you better practice wrestling.  If you are wrestling then I’m sure you’re doing that with your school or club team, at least during the season.  If you happen to live in an area where wrestling is offered in the off-season, it would be a good idea to participate in that as well.  Okay, so what if you don’t have off-season wrestling in your area, or what if you’re burned out on wrestling after a long season.  That’s where jiu-jitsu might come in.  Keep in mind jiu-jitsu and wrestling are two different sports, with their own objectives.  Also consider, other than for sport, jiu-jitsu is a self-defense system.  What jiu-jitsu can do for the wrestler is fill the gap during the off-season.  It keeps you on the mat.  Sure, you’re going to learn techniques that aren’t allowed in wrestling such as submissions, and how to work in the guard position, which being on your back in wrestling is a bad thing, but over time you will also learn techniques that you can take back to the wrestling mat.  Furthermore, jiu-jitsu is not a bad thing to know, as you will learn skills that can be used for the rest of your life if you are ever attacked out in the street.

I’m gonna go out on a limb by saying practicing jiu-jitsu will make you a better wrestler.  I can say that with experience.  I have been practicing jiu-jitsu for over 20 years, and have been assisting in coaching wrestling for 11 years.  Let me make things clear though…. I was never a wrestler myself.  All wrestling I’ve learned has been from the great coaches and programs my kids have been involved with.  I have three boys, a freshman in high school, one in 7th and another in 3rd grade.  They all have wrestled and practiced jiu-jitsu since kindergarten.  This year my older son, as a high school freshman, was a semi-state qualifier.  As an 8th grader for his middle school team he was undefeated and won the City Championship.  This year my 7th grader, won the City Championship, and finished his middle school season undefeated.  He also competes in ISWA (Indiana State Wrestling Association) events and had an overall season record of 30-7.  As a 5th and 6th grader he finished runner up in the City tournament.  And finally my 3rd grader, a small one too at 50 lbs, this year won his City Championship.  Throughout the years we’ve collected more “boards” from tournament wins than what we know what to do with.
 
I really don’t think you need to do jiu-jitsu since childbirth to be able to translate the applicable skills over to the wrestling mat.  In fact, if you are already a wrestler, I think it will be much easier for you to differentiate what jiu-jitsu techniques can apply to your wrestling game.  Exactly what techniques am I talking about?  We’ll get to that in a minute.  I already mentioned what skills won’t help your wrestling such as submissions, and working in the guard position, and of course, there’s more that won’t help as well.  There are specific techniques that can directly apply, but also what helps is not just a specific move or technique, but it’s the use of leverage, balance, control, positioning, gripping, base, and posture that are all learned and refined as a jiu-jitsu practitioner.  Yeh, I know those same skills are learned in wrestling too.  But I believe jiu-jitsu offers an extension or different perspective in developing those skills, because it’s a fighting system incorporating a wider range of positions and techniques not practiced in wrestling.
 
In the past I’ve had opportunities to show my sons wrestling teams specific jiu-jitsu techniques that can be used on the wrestling mat.  I’d rather have someone come to class and figure it out for themselves.  But, just to mention a few, there are some nice headlock escapes that saved several of our kids from getting pinned.  Also, the rear mount is a great dominating position, and a great place to be in fight, and we get pretty good at it.  It will definitely help your leg riding or back riding in wrestling.  My older son actually pinned a senior, a #1 seed in our conference tournament, using a mounting technique when you have their back and are about to lose the position.  He lost to him badly earlier in the season, but that victory help his seeding in the post season sectional tournament.  We also use our feet as hooks for sweeps or reversals and our legs a lot in jiu-jitsu, and my kids find ways to implement that into their wrestling game.

I can’t even begin to cover all the jiu-jitsu techniques that will help you in wrestling.  That is mostly dependent upon you.  The longer you practice jiu-jitsu you’ll start to figure it out on your own.  Also don’t forget practicing jiu-jitsu in the off-season is a great opportunity to keep you on the mat, and keep your grappling skills fresh.  The techniques you learn that can’t be used in wrestling are not a waste of your time either.  You’ll be learning the most effective fighting techniques in the world, which you can take with you long after your wrestling career is over.

Prof Greg Eldred


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