Stop Bullying (posted 5/4/2018)
Bullying is becoming a serious problem in today’s society. Whether it’s mental, verbal, physical, or even cyber bullying, it needs to be stopped. Bullying is more common than we realize. Studies show that between 15 – 25% of all kids up through high school age are bullied, while many bullying incidents go unreported. That’s almost 1 out every 4 kids are bullied. It is estimated that each day 160,000 kids will miss school for fear of being bullied.
Many adults don’t even know that their child is being bullied because many kids are afraid to report it. It’s important to talk to your children and get to know how things are going at school, social events, in the neighborhood, or even sporting activities. Specifically ask your child how are they being treated by other kids. That will help open the dialog, and could expose potential problems your child may be having with others. Even if your child is not encountering bullying problems it’s good to educate them about the topic, and prepare them with the means to deal with it if it happens to them. There are many good resources online for parents and kids to learn about bullying and more importantly to learn about prevention and intervention strategies.
In many cases if our kids simply stand up to the bullying they can stop it. But many don’t stand up for themselves because they don’t know what to do, especially when the bullying gets physical. That’s where, as a last stand, we need to arm our kids with a physical means to defend themselves if they are attacked. Statistics show that almost half of all bullying incidents end up in physical violence. If at all possible we want to avoid physical means of self-defense by using other intervention strategies, but sometimes we have no choice. If a child is empowered with self-defense skills, that will give them the confidence to deal with a bully who is using physical aggression against them. More importantly the confidence they gain will help them in other aspects of their lives and increase their overall self-esteem. Generally when kids have higher confidence and self-esteem, they tend to be a lesser target for would be bullies. Don’t wait until it is too late, start empowering your kids today, before they become victimized by bullying.
Carson Eldred places 4th in State (posted 2/25/2018)
Congratulations Carson on an awesome finish to your sophmore season placing 4th in the state at 113lbs. What a tremendous accomplishment. Carson was the 5th wrestler in his school history (Westfield High School) to place 4th or higher in the state tournament. Carson completed his season with a record of 44-5. Carson also is accomplished in the classroom as he holds a 4.0 GPA. Time to enjoy the moment and we're looking forward to more great things from Carson both on and off the mat.
Carson Eldred Qualifies for State (posted 2/12/2018)
A big congratulations to Carson Eldred for qualifying for the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals. Carson enters the state finals with a record of 42-3. Carson, a sophmore has had a stellar season in the 113 lb weight class. This season he was County champion, Conference champion, Sectional and Regional champion, and was runner up at last weeks Semi-State. He follows the footsteps of his older brothers Dillon who was a State Qualifier his senior year, and Evan a 3 time State Qualifier, with a 3rd, and 6th place finish. The state tournament is Friday, Feb 16 and Saturday, Feb 17 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. Friday night 16 wrestlers in each weight class will battle it out in session 1 of the tournament. The 8 winners will move on to Saturday to determine their placement. Carson has worked very hard this season and is excited to compete in the state tournament.
Exercises to help your Jiu Jitsu (posted 11/1/2017)
I often get asked by my students what can they be doing outside of the academy to help improve their conditioning for Jiu-Jitsu? The advice I give depends on the goals of the student, i.e. if they want to compete, or just want to improve upon their everyday training at the academy. For the sake of this article, I’m going to focus on the average student, one who is learning Jiu-Jitsu as a martial art, as a self-defense system, who attends class 2–3 times per week and is not looking to compete for the time being. For the student who is training to compete in the sport of Jiu-Jitsu I would have different recommendations.
The average student may come to class 2–3 times per week. They have a job, or maybe go to school, may be married and have a family, and most have activities and commitments outside of the academy. They certainly don’t have the time or even the desire to train and workout 6 days a week as a Jiu-Jitsu athlete may do. Therefore, as in an earlier article I wrote, I said that the best way to prepare your body for Jiu-Jitsu is by doing Jiu-Jitsu. But for those who ask what else can they do outside of the academy to help improve their body and performance here’s some recommendations.
1. If you already belong to a health club use the treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike a couple times a week for at least 30 minutes. If you don’t have access to any of those, then fast-pace walking or jogging or jumping rope at least twice a week would suffice.
2. Another option I recommend, and I have done this a lot in the past, and even during my competition days is to put together a 30-minute non-equipment cardio workout that you can do at home. There are tons of exercises you can put together to create a fast-paced workout that will get your heart pumping.
3. To improve flexibility, I recommend stretching at least 2-3 times a week. Improved flexibility will help reduce potential injuries, and help speed up recovery time from sore muscles. As you become more flexible, your speed, strength, and coordination increases. You can easily put together a 15-minute stretching routine. Include stretches to improve hip mobility, as our hips play a key role in our Jiu-Jitsu.
4. Improve your core. We use our core for everything. Strengthening your hips, abs, back and lower back is a great way to improve your body for Jiu-Jitsu. There’s tons of exercises for your core that you can include in your non-equipment cardio routine.
5. Incorporate some sort of strength training (not body building) into your regiment as it offers tons of benefits such as toning muscles, strengthening bones, increasing metabolism, and the list goes on and on. You don’t need a gym membership or own expensive equipment either as many exercises can be done at home such as isometric resistance exercises.
These recommendations will not only help improve your experience on the Jiu-Jitsu mat, but will improve the quality of your everyday life. Who doesn't want to look better, feel better, and live a longer, healthier life? Good luck and we’ll see you on the mat. - Prof Greg Eldred
CPR and AED Certification (posted 9/1/2017)
In August, the academy hosted a CPR and AED certification course for our members. CPR, or cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, is an important skill that everyone should learn. You never know when you may need this skill to save someone’s life. Knowing CPR and the ability to use an AED empowers you to jump into action should the situation arise.
CPR and AED training consist of two different life-saving methods. CPR involves chest compressions and rescue breathing to sustain a victim until help arrives. Sudden cardiac arrest is something that occurs when an electrical rhythm problem occurs in a person’s heart which prevents it from being able to pump blood through the body. The longer your body goes without this blood, the lower your chances of survival become. Performing CPR will help the blood continue to flow through the body until an ambulance can arrive to assist. An AED is an automated external defibrillator: This device sends an electric shock to a victim to restore a heartbeat. If a victim’s heart stops beating, seconds are precious. Optimally, CPR or AED use should begin within three to five minutes of the person’s collapse. Emergency personnel won’t make it to the victim within this time, which is why trained bystanders are so important for saving lives.
Take the time to get certified and enjoy the peace of mind. Contact your local hospital, fire department, health department, or Red Cross for courses near you.
2017 Instructor Camp (posted 8/5/2017)
Teaching Jiu-Jitsu is a perishable skill that requires constant practice and study, and it’s great that once a year Master Caique gathers his instructors together from across the U.S. for a 1 week camp. I had a great time this past July at the Caique Jiu-Jitsu academy headquarters in southern California continuing to learn and grow in the art of jiu-jitsu. It was a spectacular week of collaborating and sharing ideas from Master Caique, his sons Pedro and Thomaz, and the other affiliates. Each year I learn new things on how to make our jiu-jitsu business and programs even better. Everything we do is for the benefit of our students. We want to provide our students with the very best possible learning experience, with the best instruction, and the best techniques. It was awesome for Master Caique to share teaching principals with us he learned directly from Grandmaster Helio Gracie, which will be so beneficial and invaluable for us instructors. We are all very proud and fortunate for our lineage, and the benefit that it brings to all of us. Something I’ve said for many years is that we do what we do, we know what we’re doing, we’re gonna keep doing what we do, and we keep getting better at it. We’ll see you on the mat. – Prof Greg Eldred
Should you take Womens Self Defense Lessons? (posted 6/10/2017)
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 dress, 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.
14th Annual Hoosier Open (posted 4/30/2017)
Indy BJJ and Caique Jiu Jitsu are proud to host each June the Hoosier Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament in the greater Indianapolis area. This June 3rd will be our 14th tournament in Indiana. The Hoosier Open is a double elimination GI only event. The tournament has Kids, Teens, Womens, and Mens divisions. The tournament usually attracts competitors from 8 - 10 states. Because of our reputation for putting on a well run event we have many competitors returning year after year. The final registration deadline for this years event is Tuesday, May 30th. We accept no registrations after that deadine. To learn more about this event visit our website at www.usbjjtournaments.com.
Getting in shape before starting classes (posted 1/12/2017)
Should you get in shape before starting Jiu Jitsu Lessons?
From time to time while meeting with a prospected student I hear they want to “get in shape” before they start training jiu-jitsu. I thought I’d share my thoughts on it.
What does getting in shape actually mean? There’s not really one definition. It can be everything to having muscular strength, to cardiovascular endurance, to having low body fat, or even having good flexibility. But it really depends on what your goals are. Due to the fact you’re visiting a jiu-jitsu school, I believe you desire to learn an effective martial art for self-defense. Maybe you have in your mind you may also want to one day compete in sport competition, or even MMA, and you can eventually work towards those goals too, but for now let’s just consider you’re starting at the beginning.
What I tell those who think they need to get in shape first is to consider this. If you want to improve your life stop making excuses or procrastinating about it, and dive right in. Participation in a jiu-jitsu program does not require strength, nor speed or quickness, nor tremendous flexibility, nor lean body fat, nor considerable cardiovascular endurance. It’s an art that uses principles of leverage, timing, efficiency, and control. But this does not mean that practicing jiu-jitsu won’t help or show improvements in any of those areas. You most definitely will see changes and improvements that will happen over time. In other words, you’ll get in shape for jiu-jitsu by doing jiu-jitsu. As you practice jiu-jitsu a transformation will take place. Your energy levels will increase, you will gain more confidence, your brain is being stimulated because you’re learning new things, you will increase your endurance, strengthen your muscles, will notice increased flexibility, and may even lose weight.
You will then be living the jiu-jitsu lifestyle. You will be attending class at the academy several days a week, but also taking other measures outside of the academy to improve your overall health and state of mind. Ultimately, you will be living your life in better physical condition, with less stress and anxiety, with more confidence, and especially you will have the preparedness to defend yourself if the situation arises. - Professor Greg Eldred
Helio Gracie Day (posted 10/1/2016)
Grandmaster Helio Gracie would have been 103 today. He passed away, in 2009. Helio Gracie was born on October 1, 1913, in Belém do Pará, Brazil. He was a frail child growing up. As a teenager he lived with his older brothers who all taught Japanese Jiu Jitsu. Due to doctors orders Helio was not able to participate in training but could only watch. When he was 16 a student showed up for his private class, and Helios brother Carlos was not around, so Helio offered to begin the class with the student. When Carlos arrived, the student said he enjoyed the class with Helio and requested that he can continue learning from Helio instead. Carlos agreed and Helio became an instructor. Helio realized that even though he knew the techniques, they were hard to execute due to his frail body. Therefore he began adapting the techniques to accommodate his weak body, thus Gracie Jiu Jitsu was created.
Caique Instructor Camp (posted 7/26/2016)
I just returned from a week long instructor camp hosted by Master Caique at his headquarters in southern California. This was the first time Master Caique gathered all of his instructors across the U.S. to meet and discuss topics related from business operations to class curriculums. It was a great experience not only being with the other instructors, but also it was great getting everyone on the same page with our class programs. We did a lot of review of the techniques in Master Caiques program, and certainly we all got some good ideas how to better align our programs more closely. The week finished off with a Legends seminar with some of the most respectable and notable names in the business. It was such an honor to be able to participate in such a rare event as this which included, Renzo Gracie, Charles Gracie, Fabio Santos, Jean Jacques Machado, and Carlos Caique Elias. We also had a surprise visit by Pedro Sauer and Ryron Gracie. The week was all about jiu-jitsu and how we can improve ourselves and our academies which ultimately is a great benefit to our students. It is great to be part of a team such as Master Caiques who has such great relationships with others and is able to bring us all together. This week will definitely be a highlight of my jiu-jitsu career. Keep training – Greg Eldred See photos
Team Indy Hoosier Open Results (posted 6/28/2016)
We would like to recognize our Team Indy BJJ competitors at this years Hoosier Open for a job well done. Preparing for competition is a great way to help sharpen your swords, to test yourself, and to help you achieve your training goals. Whether you won or lost besides having fun in the spirit of competition strengthening your jiu jitsu knowledge should be your objective. Congratulations to our Indy BJJ Hoosier Open competition team and those place winners:
Kate Womack - 1st Place
John Blatt - 1st Place
Madison Peavler - 2nd Place
Jacob Hinds - 2nd Place
Jack McKinney - 2nd Place
Grahm Bertram - 2nd Place
Harley Bertram - 3rd Place
13th Hoosier Open (posted 4/15/2016)
Indianapolis Jiu Jitsu is proud to host it's 13th tournament in the Indianapolis area on Saturday, June 4th. Our first event was held back in 2004, and we have grown in size and popularity ever since. Unlike many other jiu-jitsu tournaments the Hoosier Open is a double elimination format, guaranteeing each competitor at least 2 matches. For that reason obviously it takes longer to run an event, and therefore we don't include absolute or no gi divisions. With the double elimination format, and utilizing a tournament schedule starting divisions different times of the day the tournament experience is much more pleasurable for the competitors by not having to sit in a gym all day waiting to compete. Our tournament partners are Master Caique and the Caique Jiu-Jitsu Academy who helps organize and put on the event, and our friends at Warrior Way, a Caique affiliate in Michigan, who also hosts the Michigan Open each year. Visit our the tournament website at www.usabjjtournaments.com, and come check us out on June 4th.
Evan Eldred heads back to State (posted 2/17/2016)
Last weekend Westfield High School senior Evan Eldred earned his 3rd trip to the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals. With a season record of 39-1 Evan finished 1st in the Sectionals, Regionals, and Semi-State. Keep it up Evan and go after a coveted state title this coming weekend. Evan has already signed to wrestle for the Indiana Hoosiers next year.
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.