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What’s new at Hart BJJ, Kickboxing and MMA?

          Conshohocken! What’s new at Hart BJJ, Boxing and MMA?

We are happy to announce that we have recently acquired more space for activities, through our merger with CrossFit Ravenous and Ravenous Athletic Develpoment.  Coming soon we will have additional class times, additional mat space and more opportunities for Strength and Conditioning, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts ( MMA ), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ( BJJ ) and Training For Warriors ( TFW ).

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TFW: 8 week programs,  (Parents) TFW during the Kids Classes! CrossFit, Olympic Lifting, Earlier advanced BJJ training times, Workshops, Seminars and MORE!

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To Compete or Not to Compete, that is the Question.

To Compete or Not to Compete, that is the Question:

Coach Courtney two time NY OPEN Purple Belt Champ

If you have looked around the academy at Hart BJJ, the chances are that you’ve noticed the chalkboard on the wall behind the benches with a list of Summer tournaments.  If you’ve read through the list, you may be wondering whether to compete this summer or sometime in the future.  Competing in Brazilian Jiu jitsu has many benefits that are listed below, but being ready to compete mentally is the most important part.  A quote I like is, “If you are not ready to lose, you are not ready to compete.”  Let that sink in for a moment, to win you must be willing to put yourself and your jiu jitsu on display and take risks. There is a difference between playing to win and playing not to lose. The latter focuses on opening up and taking risks, which is key component to a successful competition.

There are many benefits to competing in jiu jitsu, and many of them are gains both on and off the mats.  The first major benefit is knowledge gained.  Competing puts your jiu jitsu game on display. You will see what works and what doesn’t. The “what doesn’t work” gives you a foundation for improvement.  In the wise words of Carlos Gracie Jr, “There is no losing in jiu jitsu. You either win or you learn.” Even when a match doesn’t go as planned, you can always learn from it and make that loss into a gain.  Even the top-level competitors lose, but how they respond to the loss is what is important.

For those of you who don’t know, jiu jitsu competitions are nerve-racking, and will push you to the limit to control your emotions to compete well.  Learning to control one’s emotions to perform is an important skill that is useful on and off the mats.  Think about it, job interviews, public speaking, teaching classes at the academy, taking tests, and promotions can all be nerve-racking. Taking the skills learned while competing will help you to perform better on these other stressful occasions. At most job interviews, no one is trying to choke you or break your arm, so what’s the worst thing that can happen? Competing teaches you to control your fear, anxiety, and other emotions that given the chance can run rampant and affect the outcome of your matches.  Once you become a confident competitor, your emotions won’t get the better of you, but rather you learn to fuel them towards your goal.

One more important benefit of competing is that it gives you the opportunity to see the jiu jitsu community. I personally enjoy seeing the extended jiu jitsu community and meeting others who share the same hobby. Every tournament I’ve competed in has given me the chance to meet more people and make new friends.  Seeing the far reaches of the community gives you a sense of how jiu jitsu has helped other people. I personally love the stories I hear in the bullpen about how jiu jitsu has changed lives.

If you want to discuss your desire or concerns about competing, feel free to talk to me, Coach Tim and Coach Phil. We are here to help you find your way along the path that is the jiu jitsu journey.

About the Author:
My name is Courtney and I am a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  I recently won the Feather weight division at the Spring NY Open and prior to that, I won the light-feather weight division at the Summer NY Open. I believe that jiu jitsu is a journey and that journey itself is the best part of the experience.  I am the head youth instructor at Hart BJJ, Boxing and MMA in Conshohocken, and I am blessed to help my students gain confidence through jiu jitsu.

Kids BJJ Promotions at Hart BJJ, Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts

Kids BJJ Promotions at Hart BJJ, Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts


Saturday January 21, 2017  9am   

What you need to know!

       Our ranking system for youth belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is as follows: white (all ages), grey (<7), yellow (7+), orange (10+) and green (13+).  A green belt is the highest rank possible for a youth martial arts under the age of 16 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  When a green belt turns 16, he/she is awarded his/her blue belt.  Youth belts, like adult belts, earn degrees.  Each belt has the potential to earn up to 4 degrees.
       Students, I know you may have some questions about what to expect on the 21st.  Here is an idea, Yellow belts, get ready to run the warm ups. After the warm ups, students will demonstrate certain techniques in front of the instructors and their families.  Here are some examples: breakfall, stand-in-base, sprawl, shrimping, trap and roll, bump sweep, armlock, and 2 takedowns.  Remember, these are just a few of the techniques we want demonstrated, not all of them. Next, everyone’s favorite part, sparring! This portion of promotions is incredibly rigorous, yet fun for our students.  We try to push their limits while making them tired.  Why? Because when a student is tired he/she can no longer use strength to overpower an opponent, but rather has to use technique.
       PARENTS! How should students prepare for the upcoming promotions? First, attend as many classes as your schedule allows in the upcoming weeks until promotions. Next, it is important for parents, talk about Jiu Jitsu with your kids at home.  If you have the space, practice at home with your kids. Encourage as much fun with Jiu Jitsu as possible over the next couple months.  Classes will pick up in pace, so it important to keep the fun in Jiu Jitsu without pressure of success.  As coaches, we know your kids are ready for the next level! They do not need any pressure added to the 21st.  Rather, help us build up their confidence.  If you feel like your son/daughter might need an extra push getting ready for promotions, speak with Coach Courtney about Jiu Jitsu.  These 30-45 minute lessons will help to get your son/daughter sharper and more prepared for promotions.  Finally, the week leading up to promotions, make sure your son/daughter is hydrated and well rested.  This will make a huge difference as well as having your son/daughter drink at least 2 glasses of water before coming into the academy.  Also, make sure they eat a good breakfast.  You are more than welcome to bring healthy, energy providing snacks for them on promotion day.  (***Please, do NOT bring peanut or tree nuts!  See the list below for some snack ideas.)
      Promotions will be an exciting day! You all have wonderful, talented and dedicated kids.  The coaching staff at Hart Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and MMA is very excited for the 21st.  Your kids are ready for the challenge 🙂
Healthy Snack ideas:
Low-sugar, high-fiber granola bars
String Cheese
Apple Sauce
Cliff protein bars for kids
Veggies (carrots, snap peas, celery, etc)
Rice cakes












BJJ Yellow Belt degrees:

Hunter- 1

Gody- 1

Augustin- 1

Evan- 1

Desmond- 1

Calin- 1

Gavin- 1

Oliva – 1

Frankie- 1

Willie- 1

Susanna – 1

Charlotte- 1

Caydi- 1

Dylan- 2

Julia- 2

Martha- 2

BJJ Grey Belt degrees:


Rowan- 1

Cici- 1

Brooklyn- 1

Zach- 1

BJJ White Belt degrees:

Carter- 2

Logan- 2

Chase- 2

David- 2

Roshan- 2

Frea- 3

Avery- 2

Carson- 2

Miles- 2

Niki- 1

Team Work makes the Dream Work. Multiple BJJ Academies come together HUGE 62k Plus result!

Team Work makes the Dream Work

Congratulations to all the competitors who helped to raise over $62K for the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Network

On Saturday, October 22, Team Hart had 10 of its members compete in the charity tournament, Tap Cancer Out.  The tournament raised over $62K for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, which was double their original goal!! Team Hart played an important role in this, with 10 people competing and raising money for this awesome event! The tournament ran smoothly because our competitors were ready to compete and we had ample coaches out to divide and conquer.  Thank you to Coach Hart, Coach Chris R, Coach Johnny and Coach Chris for supporting our competitors on and off the mat.  Also big thank you to everyone who finished competing but kept warm to help their teammates get ready for their matches! And a big thank you to Coach Heather for running the recovery workout Friday night! And of course a big Thank you to Coach Phil for holding down the fort in Conshohocken!

Another really important part of why Saturday was such a success was the number of teammates who came out to support.  We had 10 competitors and over 10 team members who came out to cheer and watch their teammates compete. Having the support of your team behind you makes all the difference when it comes time to step out on the mat.  So a special thank you to the those individuals whom made the journey to come out and support! As you guys can see the success of the competitors was in their jiu jitsu and in the power of the team!

Team Hart did very well overall! Our competitors earned 2 gold medals, 3 silver medals, and 1 bronze medal! Congratulations you all worked hard and earned those medals! 

So, what if you didn’t win? What if your match or matches didn’t go the way you planned? If you compete often enough, this will happen to you.  Your mindset is what makes all the difference when it comes to “loosing”.

There is a famous quote by Carlos Gracie that sums up how to look at your matches from the tournament. It goes like this, “There is no losing in jiu jitsu. You either win or you learn.”  So, how does this work? If your match didn’t go well on Saturday, analyze it.  Where did I make a mistake? What can I do differently so that I do not make that mistake again? And repeat these questions as often as needed until you figure out how to approach your next match. There is no place better to learn about your jiu jitsu than a tournament. And honestly, I’ve learned more about my jiu jitsu from loosing in tournaments that from winning in tournaments.  If you need help analyzing your match, and it is taped, bring it into the gym. Coach Hart, Coach Phil, Coach Johnny, Coach Chris or myself can help you break it down and show you how to improve.  We all want you all to continue to grow and learn from this experience.

All this being said, if you have the smallest desire to compete, do it.  You will learn a lot about yourself and your jiu jitsu.  You will win or you will learn.  Both sound like great options for everyone :).

PS: Read The Mental Edge by Kenneth Baum, it will help you to turn a loss into a gain.

Kids Jiu Jitsu in Conshohocken – Munchkin Mat Take Over! :)

Conshohocken kids Jiu Jitsu at Hart BJJ and Mixed Martial Arts – The Munchkin Mat Take Over


The kids are taking over the mats everyday now at Hart Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and MMA

Do you know any kids between the ages of 4 and 14 who could benefit from jiu jitsu training?  At Hart Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and MMA, we now offer kids classes 5 days a week! Our classes promote self-confidence, a healthy lifestyle, and self defense.  Your son or daughter will learn Gracie Jiu Jitsu from qualified instructors while having a great time learning.  If you have a child or know a child who could benefit from Jiu Jitsu, contact Hart Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and MMA.

Schedule your son or daughter’s first jiu jitsu class and come join us for the fun! Your son or daughter will be surrounded with other fun-loving, coachable students, who will become their “jiu jitsu family”.  If you want your son or daughter to be a part of an incredible team, striving to attain their goals through hard work and harder fun, contact Hart BJJ, Boxing and MMA today!!

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Kids Jiu Jitsu – Martial Arts Benefits at Harts in Conshohocken! Jiu Jitsu Kids!

Kids Jiu Jitsu – Martial Arts Benefits at Harts in Conshohocken! Jiu Jitsu Kids! 

A blurb about our author:

My name is Courtney Caporizzo and I am purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.  I currently run three youth martial arts programs.  One in Tae Kwon Do and two in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Outside of teaching, I am an active competitor and practitioner in BJJ and TKD.  I spend my days finding new and exciting ways to train myself and my students.  Living the martial arts lifestyle takes place on and off the mats.  Always be your best and give your best.

 A Lifestyle Above the Rest

The biggest myth about youth Martial Arts is that it promotes violence.  This is not true. Martial arts teaches kids about themselves and how to become a better citizens.  Through martial arts kids and adults learn many things besides the traditional techniques one thinks of when they watch a “Kung Fu movie.”  The message of martial arts is high self esteem and living a positive lifestyle.

Martial arts have many benefits for children and adults alike.  Below I have compiled 10 major benefits of martial arts for kids:

1. Self-Control and Concentration:

As someone who has taught youth martial arts for over 10 years, I cannot tell you how parents on day 1 tell me how their child needs help learning to concentrate.  Martial arts is the answer.  Through learning focus and stillness, your child will learn to focus.  Instruction and detail are key components of martial arts.  In order to be successful at martial arts, your child will learn to be still and to listen.  In classes children learn how to pay attention to details, recall techniques when asked, and perform the techniques on the spot. And these skills will carry over to all aspects of their lives!

2. Goal Setting and Achievement:

Successful people set goals and lay out plans to attain those goals.  The same is true for martial artists.  Kids earn stripes on their belts to help them see their progress. Once a stripe is earned, kids immediately set their sights on earning the next stripe.  As a coach my job is to encourage them to practice, to learn and to grow.  With a set goal in mind, they work hard to achieve it, eventually earning enough stripes to earn a new belt.  And the best part of martial arts is that there is always more to learn, thus there are more goals to set and achieve.

3. Self Esteem and Self Respect:

Through achieving goals, working hard and making progress, kids learn to be proud of themselves.  And learn to love themselves.  Think about the power of that statement.  Kids will be proud of themselves. They begin to feel stronger physically and mentally through the challenges of martial arts. Kids learn to value their time on the mat, and to respect themselves and the hard work they put into every class. At Hart Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Martial Arts, we coach our students using positivity, not punishment.  Our students are encouraged to make the right choices and praised when they do.  So instead of always hearing, “No. Don’t do that.” They hear, “Yes! Fix this and try again. Perfect! I’m proud of you.” And this style of coaching will help to foster his/her self esteem.

4. Exercise:

Martial arts are a great way to help to encourage children with a healthy lifestyle.  A huge aspect of martial arts is to take care of your mind and body.  As martial artists children surround themselves with like minded individuals.  Kids learn to strength their bodies while having a blast learning exciting new techniques.  My making their bodies physically fit, the kids will feel better and be able to achieve anything they set their minds to.

5. Learn to Cope with Upsets:

Unfortunately, we all have to deal with disappointments in life.  How you handle the “loss” is important.  As a martial artist, not every training session goes how I planned.  Sometimes I get frustrated with my performance, but how I handle that frustration is key.  Kids experience the same thing. Whether it is not earning a stripe, getting taken down, mixing up a technique, whatever the disappointment, your child is taught how to handle the situation, and how to turn it into a positive experience.  We always say, there  is no loosing, only learning.

6. Learn to Overcome Fear:

Being able to overcome fears is an important part of martial arts.  Kids are put on the spot, and taught to spar, lead warm-ups, teach younger students, etc, and for many students new experiences can create fear.  But martial arts will help you to tackle those fears and use the energy in a positive way.  Martial arts is known to connect the mind and body, and overcoming fear is an important part of that connection.

7. Leadership:

Youth martial arts will teach your kids to have the confidence they need to be a successful leader.  Children learn how to make good decisions, and how to avoid conflict, both of which empower him or her to stand up and be proud.  Because of this our students have the confidence to be leaders on and off the mat.  At Hart Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Martial Arts we give students responsibilities both during class and at to complete at home. These responsibilities help to foster responsible kids who are ready to become leaders.

8. Conflict Resolution:

Martial arts teach kids how to recognize conflict and how to handle it.  Many people have the misconception that knowing how to defend yourself will make you resort to violence to solve the problem.  However, having a plan for how to deal with a bully confidently will ensure your child’s safety without them ever having to punch or kick the bully.  Reputable schools teach students that no matter what a bully says to them, they should not take it to heart. We believe at Hart’s the children should have the emotional intelligence to know that they do not have to accept the bully’s negativity but if forced to defend themselves they do so effectively and confidently . At Hart BJJ and Martial Arts we make sure each child knows they are strong, awesome and have a positive understanding of self worth.

9. Team Work Makes the Dream Work:

Although martial arts is an individual’s journey, the individuals are only as strong as the team.  Martial arts teaches students how to be an important and useful member of a team.  Because martial arts is physically and mentally strenuous, students learn to help one another, to encourage each other to keep going, and to reach common goals.  There is no sport better for teaching teamwork and self responsibility than martial arts.

10. Breathing:

We take breathing for granted sometimes and we assume that because our bodies do it naturally, that we do not need to focus on it. However, this is not true.  Learning how to breathe correctly to increase athletic performance is important, but martial arts will take you farther.  Learning to center your breathing and to control it in times of stress or anxiety is an important aspect of martial arts. It helps kids and adults like to learn to control their emotions, ease their minds and to relax their bodies.

The above mentioned 10 benefits of martial arts for kids are by no means the only benefits of martial arts.  I know for a fact there are more.  These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to martial arts for kids.  Remember, that our goal is to help kids to become better individuals and better citizens.  We want to help to create strong, decent, caring and confident people.  If you know child living in the Conshohocken area, who we could help from any of the above mentioned benefits , please tell share this article and tell them about Hart Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and MMA in Conshohocken, PA.

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Morning WAWA Coffee and Conshocken BJJ Morning Training

Morning WAWA Coffee and Conshocken BJJ Morning Training

Conshohocken WAWA Coffee and some AM Jiu Jitsu training.

Conshohocken WAWA Coffee – AM Jiu Jitsu. 🙂

Take a boring Monday morning and make it bright with Jiu Jitsu before coffee.

Ever wanted to learn Jiu Jitsu, but work late or have busy evenings?  Now there is an option for you, right in Conshohocken, PA. Hart Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and MMA now offers morning Jiu Jitsu classes! The classes for beginner students are Monday and Wednesday at 7:30 am, and for more advanced students classes run Monday through Thursday at 7:30 am.  In the basic classes you will learn effective Jiu Jitsu techniques, as well as get in a solid workout. All before coffee!

Schedule your first jiu jitsu class now and come in and join us for a morning class! Learn from Coach Courtney and surround yourself with like-minded, driven individuals.  Hart’s, as usual will be accepting coachable, decent, hardworking and positive, new students to work with.  If you want to learn jiu jitsu in a fun, safe, team oriented environment, look no further than Hart BJJ, Boxing and MMA.

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Conshohocken! Kids Jiu Jitsu training at Hart BJJ, Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts in Conshohocken.

Conshohocken! Kids Jiu Jitsu training at Hart BJJ, Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts in Conshohocken.

Hart’s Jiu Jitsu academy in Conshohocken offers Gracie jiu jitsu training to children  for self defense, sport BJJ and to promote a healthy martial arts lifestyle. Our jiu jitsu children’s program is designed to help your children both physically and mentally. We look to help build strong positive habits, confidence and focus. We insist that our students get and stay in, good physical conditioning, keep a strong training mindset, and be apart of a hardworking martial arts/team environment, while always having fun.

Hart's Kid's Jiu Jitsu training in Conshohocken.

Hart’s Kid’s Jiu Jitsu training in Conshohocken.

Hart kid’s Jiu Jitsu program is designed and taught by high quality BJJ instructors, competitors and mentors in jiu jitsu and the martial arts community. Would you like your children to be apart of our  current jiu jitsu program? If so, contact us for a free trial lesson. Many families start their children in our jiu jitsu training for different reasons, but some of our main concerns are keeping your children excited about learning jiu jitsu, staying safe, healthy and happy and absolutely,  we want them to be able to defend themselves if a situation of having to use self defense occurs.

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Hart Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), upcoming schedule changes for November 2014.

Hart Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), upcoming schedule changes for November 2014.

Attn: ALL STUDENTS! Beginning Friday, November 14, 2014.

1:  MMA class has moved to Friday.

      Beginning Friday November 14, 2014. Coach Haigh will teach MMA on Friday from 5:30-7pm
      **Coach Hart will teach MMA this Sunday, November 9, 2014, after which class will no longer be held on Sunday.

2. Slight Change to Fridays Advanced BJJ 

       Advanced BJJ is now Gi!   (as regularly scheduled, with Coach Chris).

3. Women’s only training will be held monthly on Sundays from 10am to noon.  (Details to come)

4. SATURDAY CHANGES PERTAIN TO ALL CLASSES as of Saturday. November 15, 2014.

      10am: KIDS *new

      11am: MMA 

      12noon: BASIC BJJ

      1pm: ADVANCED BJJ

      2pm: OPEN MAT

Hart BJJ, Boxing and MMA Academy located in Conshohocken PA, 19428.

Hart BJJ, Boxing and MMA Academy located in Conshohocken PA, 19428.

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3 Hour BJJ Seminar with Gracie Jiu Jitsu Blackbelt, Timothy Hart tomorrow in NJ!

3 Hour BJJ Seminar with Gracie Jiu Jitsu Blackbelt, Timothy Hart tomorrow in NJ!

Gracie Jiu Jitsu BlackBelt Timothy Hart, head instructor of Hart BJJ, Boxing and MMA in Conshohocken, PA. will be teaching a 3 hour jiu jitsu seminar inside Rob Mudrak’s Next Gen MMA Academy in New Jersey. The exact address for Next Gen is found in the link above.  Tim Hart will be covering  a 3 hour Gi, BJJ seminar including takedowns, strong half guard techniques, sweeps, passing and submissions. This comprehensive approach will focus on the details. Come out and join us for the fun times, fun people and great learning experience to enhance your grappling training and knowledge.  You can also learn more in the Facebook link below.  You can learn BJJ, boxing and mixed martial arts at Harts. Visit our website here…. Conshohocken BJJ, Boxing and MMA training!

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