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BJJ Belt Promotions December 9, 2017

BJJ Belt Promotions December 9, 2017

12 noon

If you’re being promoted, please arrive t 11:30 am.



* We will be evaluating up until promotion day, names my still be added.*

Continue to be in for your team mates and train hard.

Blue Belt

Nick Natale

Joe Schengrund

Chris Donnelly

Ansley Cox

Michele Kim

Joe Frederick

Jeff Sison


Purple Belt

Domenic Salvato

Gilbert Garcia

Josh Scanish

Steve Tran

Vince Maimone

Brown Belt

Courtney Caporizzo

Chris Goonan

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

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

October 7, 2017 9:30 am

Students, I know you may have some questions about what to expect on the 7th.  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.

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 7th.  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 private lessons.  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 7th.  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


Grey Belt Candidates:

Chase Mandera
Logan Naumovitz
Liam Fox
Carter Band

Yellow Belt Candidates:

Rowan O’Sullivan
Brooklyn Bachi
Frea Norwood
Niki Schrift
Emma Crawford
Kama Bode
Hoao Bode


Gohan Hart – 1
Huner Goonan- 1
Desmond McAtee- 1
Callan O’Sullivan- 2
Gavin O’Sullivan- 2
Jake McDonald- 1
Micha Rainwater- 2
Frankie Salvato- 1
Willie Chen-Waerig- 1
Caydi Conway- 1
Dylan McKeown- 1
Daniel Tsang- 1
Bryn Macken- 2
Dean Salvato- 1
Quinn Hart- 1
Shane Campbell- 2
Ben Fox- 2
Jed Dennenberg -1
Evan Donnelly- 3
Hayden Bank- 2
Rebecca Bank- 2
Christian Merrill- 2
India Sison- 1
Cheyanne Boyer- 2
Xavier Pantuso- 1

Hart Bodywork: An Introduction Hands-On Therapy

Hart Bodywork: An Introduction to Hands-On Therapy


Curious about the basic’s of Bodywork? This seminar is designed to help you, help each other.  Whether you’re a full time athlete, a weekend warrior, a couch potato or a desk rider, if you have an interest or a demand from your loved ones, friends and team mates to help with stiffness and soreness from daily activity, this is for you!

This course will introduce the participant to…

Minimal Anatomy and Physiology,

 Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory Basics,

Location and Palpation of  some hard and soft tissues,

How the nervous system responds to touch,

A Full Body Outline: roughly a 45 minute bodywork routine.

Participants will both administer and receive the work.

Sunday October 8, 2017  10 am – 1 pm


Participants must be comfortable getting up and down off the floor, kneeling, crawling, communicating with their partner and capable of receiving the work.

Contact heather@hartbjj.com if you have specific questions.

Each participants must bring,

A Blanket, pillow, bath towel

Heather Hart is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Bodyworker with over 16 years and 20,000+ hours of experience in the field.

Parent’s Night Out


Saturday September 16, 2017

5 pm – 9 pm

Parents! Skip the baby sitter and leave the entertainment to us!

Hart BJJ and Boxing kids are welcome to come in for

Jiu Jitsu!

Obstacle Course!



Hart BJJ and Boxing parents can get some well deserved alone time

in on a Saturday and enjoy yourselves. Everyone wins!

$25 per kiddo,  $15 for siblings

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 ).

Stay tuned to the newsletter for more information on…

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

Contact us for more information:   info@hartbjj.com


Conshohocken Jiu Jitsu – Mixed Martial Arts at Hart’s! Team Day!

                Kids Jiu Jitsu classes will be still be at regularly scheduled times.

Friends and family are more than welcome to come and try a Free Class with us!

Hart’s is excited to announce our first “Official” Team Day at the academy after a great day of training. Get to know your coaches, fellow students and their families even better.

This is a BYOB event,  Mucho Bueno and Waffatopia will be available for purchase. If your dietary restrictions include waffles and burritos (what a bummer), please BYOLunch.

Be sure to bring your smile,

your guitar, your skateboard, your hacky sack and sun block. 

       “It’s gonna be a pretty nice little Saturday!”






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.

Rise and Grind: Hart BJJ, Kickboxing and MMA in Conshohocken now offers 6 am classes!

Rise and Grind:

Hart BJJ, Boxing and MMA in Conshohocken now offers 6 am classes!


      Rise and Grind! Hart Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and MMA now offers more morning time classes. In addition to the 7:00am classes on Monday and Wednesdays, Hart’s now offers a 6 am class on Thursdays. This is a mixed level class that allows for members from both the Basics program and the Advanced program to come in and get their BJJ fix before going to work. Taught by the one and only Coach Phil, this class is perfect for members looking to get a good work out in before heading to the office.

      If you are even slightly interested in attending these classes, please come in and give it a shot. You will be surprised how much better the workday feels after spending some time in the morning exercising, learning Jiu Jitsu and rolling.  You will feel your morning stress melt away with the first arm lock of the day.

      We’ve had a fantastic turnout for the first couple classes 6 am. Let’s make round 2 even better. Come out on Thursday at 6 am and give single legs and eggs a chance! You will love the feeling of rising and exercises both your body and your mind. See you bright and early and ready for some Jiu Jitsu!

How’s your hygiene at Hart BJJ, Kickboxing and MMA?

How’s your hygiene at Hart BJJ, Boxing and MMA?

We at Hart Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and MMA are dedicated to providing you with a clean training environment. We need your help to do so. Please familiarize yourself with the following tips to keep yourself and our facility safe and sanitary.

Prior to training…

Do not train if you have a virus,  infection or fungus.

Do not shave just prior to training as this leaves one vulnerable to skin infections.

Be sure your finger and toe nails are trimmed and clean.

Freshen your breath and your body.

Sanitize your hands.

Wear laundered clothing and Gi’s to training.

Seal or cover your broken skin. Do not train with an open wound.

Wear a rash guard, even underneath the Gi.

Wear sandals or other footwear when off the mat.

ALWAYS wear shoes in the restroom.

Alert an instructor if there is blood on the mat so it can be properly sanitized.

Hit the showers as soon as possible. Lather! Rinse. Include your feet ;). Bonus tip, at the end of your shower, let the water run cold over your skin to close your pores.

Wash your training clothes promptly after every use.

Wash your braces and joint supports.

Do not leave sweaty clothing in your gym bag or your car.

Dry and sanitize your equipment. Gym bags, mouth guards, shin guards, ear guards, gloves etc.

Inspect yourself for skin irritations and infections. If you suspect you may have an infection, notify Harts and seek medical attention.