Memorial Day Weekend 2017 at Hart BJJ and Boxing
Saturday May 27, 2017
9 am: All Ages Kids Class
10 am: Adult Basic BJJ
11 am: Advanced Open Mat
**all other classes are cancelled
SUNDAY AND MONDAY
9 am: All Ages Kids Class
10 am: Adult Basic BJJ
11 am: Advanced Open Mat
**all other classes are cancelled
Do not train if you have a virus, infection or a fungus.
Do not shave just prior to training as this can leave your vulnerable to skin infections.
Be sure your finger and toe nails are trimmed and cleaned.
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 some form of footwear when off the mat.
ALWAYS wear footwear in the restroom.
Alert an instructor if there is blood on the mat so it can be properly sanitized.
Wash your hands.
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. Do not train if you have an infection or a fungus.
PLEASE, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR GEAR AT THE ACADEMY!
Yin Yin Chan
The date for promotions at Hart BJJ, Boxing and MMA in Conshohocken is set for March 25th! Several of our teammates will be tested physically and mentally for their new belts. The promotions will start at noon with the infamous stand up portion. Get ready for some FUN!
The men and women on this list have proven they are ready for the next level by their hard work and dedication to training. All of the coaches in the academy know they are ready, so what’s the point of the rigorous promotions we are known for? In my opinion, this grueling day is for the people being promoted to prove to themselves they are ready for the next step. Let’s face it, every match with a fresh opponent is a chance to prove to yourself how strong you are, how determined you are, how hard you’ve worked, and how much you want the next belt. Jiu Jitsu is a mental game and promotions are a mental test. And we all know that it is hard to use strength when you are exhausted. That feeling you get after several back to back matches, where your arms get tired, your legs hurt, your breathing is out of control… it conquers you or you conquer it. These are all instances where you have to rely on techniques over strength. This is where your mental toughness is proven!
Also, let’s face it, it is loads of fun for your teammates to show you how much they love you with some heavy shoulder pressure or knee on belly! So, even if your name is not on the list, leave March 25th open in calendars! It is a fun day to share with your Hart BJJ family 🙂
Gi’s 4 GI’s: Using Jiu Jitsu to Improve Lives for our returning Servicemen and Women
Anyone who is involved in the jiu jitsu community knows the “power” of jiu jitsu. It is more than just an amazing workout where you learn cool techniques and roll around with your teammates. Yes, that is what we do on the mats, but what we gain from jiu jitsu and martial arts in general is much deeper. We gain a sense of community, friendship and camaraderie. As a youth instructor I often say, that I teach confidence through jiu jitsu to kids. The same thing is true for adults. Jiu jitsu provides an outlet for people to learn about themselves, learn about others and, of course, learn jiu jitsu.
In 2015 Brian Crandell, went a step farther, and realized that jiu jitsu not only has the power to change lives, it also has the potential to save lives. In 2015 Brian Crandell began Gi’s 4 GI’s. According to the Gi’s 4 GI’s mission statement, their objective is to help active duty military members, veterans, and first responders cope with the stress of their jobs. Gi’s for GI’s collects new or gently used gis and distributes them to servicemen and women to begin or continue their jiu jitsu journey. The goal is that these service members who receive gis will use jiu jitsu as a form of therapy to help them cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries, depression, anxiety, and a host of other ailments that have led to an ever increasing number of veteran suicides.
These men and women have served our country, now we have the opportunity to do something for them. The number one mission of this organization is to give uniforms to GI’s. So, if you have a gi that no longer fits or you simply don’t wear, please bring it into Hart BJJ, Boxing and MMA in Conshohocken. If you do not have a gi to donate, that is ok, there are other ways to help. You can go to the Gi’s 4 GI’s website, http://www.gis-4-gis.com, and donate. There is also merchandise for purchase. They sell patches, t-shirts and window decals. Any contribution is greatly appreciated. You can also follow this awesome organization on Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Gis4GIsFoundation.
You all know the camaraderie we feel as a team here, help these active servicemen and women who are returning from duty and missing that feeling. Help us to give them a chance to become a part of this amazing jiu jitsu culture that we have all come to love. Your monetary donation or donation of a gi will go a long way. So go through your drawers, clean out your closet, and find your old gis. That old gi will change a life.
AND WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU
NEW BJJ YELLOW BELTS:
NEW BJJ GREY BELTS:
BJJ Yellow Belt degrees:
Oliva – 1
Susanna – 1
BJJ Grey Belt degrees:
BJJ White Belt degrees:
JUDO at Hart Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and MMA, Conshohocken.
The second most popular sport in the world is now offered at Hart BJJ, Boxing and MMA!
Starting tomorrow, Judo will offered on a weekly basis at Hart BJJ, Boxing and MMA in Conshohocken! 2nd Degree judo blackbelt, Marius Enache will be teaching this incredible judo program. Marius’s tactical Judo approach is well versed in sport, as well as self defense and mma settings. If you do not not know about Judo, let me explain it to you, and how it will be beneficial to every member of the team. Judo is a martial art starting from the feet that uses balance, power and movement to throw an opponent onto his/her back. Once on the ground Judo practitioners use control or submissions to subdue their opponent. Like jiu jitsu and other martial arts, Judo requires a high amount of mental toughness to become skilled. Although if you first walk into a judo class, you might be surprised to know that Judo is about gentleness. The word judo consists of two Japanese characters, ju, which means “gentle”, and do, which means “the way”.
So how will having a solid, well taught and exciting Judo class at Hart Martial Arts in Conshohocken, help? In many ways. The first and most obvious is that having a solid series of takedowns is key to success jiu jitsu. Jiu Jitsu competitions start with competitors on their feet, and knowing some judo throws is a big advantage. Second, Judo practice is incredibly rigorous and physically demanding. According to World Judo Today, practicing Judo will increase explosiveness, agility, flexibility, dynamic and static balance, endurance, and overall strength. Next, Judo, teaches how to control an opponent on the ground. Having the knowledge of how to pin and quickly submit an opponent in valuable in jiu jitsu as well as in self defense. Finally, Judo offers us the chance to learn a new martial art and expand our knowledge as overall martial artists. This is important for keeping the eager, knowledge-loving, white belt mentality. Because when it comes to Judo, we are all beginners. I hope to see everyone on the mats tomorrow to welcome Coach Marius to Hart Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts.
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!!
Be our guest for a FREE Kids Class soon! Contact us now!
Why Limit Yourself to Tapping your Friends? When you can also help to Tap Cancer Out!
To the outsider, jiu jitsu may seem like an individual’ martial art and sport, but without the team there is no success. Yes, jiu jitsu is an individual journey. Everyone starts at different times, learns at different paces, attends classes that meet the individual’s schedule. But despite all this, jiu jitsu is not an individual cause. To be a good jiu jitsu player, you have to first be a good team player. Here at Hart Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and MMA, we all know that. We learn from the example of our coaches, and they prove that it is a team here. As many of you know, there is upcoming local charity tournament. It is the trifecta of perfect circumstances. One, it is local. The Tap Cancer Out tournament is in Downingtown, PA. A short 40 minute drive from Conshohocken. Two, all the proceeds from the tournament go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Three, we have several teammates competing in this great charity event/ tournament.
Why is this trifecta so awesome? It offers every member of Hart’s the opportunity to show their support for their teammates who are putting it all on the line to go out onto the mats and showcase their skills. How? Four simple ways. First, team members you can go to the Hart’s FB group and donate money to help your teammates reach their fundraising goals. Second, on October 22nd you can make the short trip to Downingtown and cheer for your teammates as they compete. Third, and most importantly, you can show up to as many classes as possible between now and October 22nd to help your teammates prepare for battle. Being a consistent and good training partner for your teammates as they draw near a tournament is incredibly important for their success. You need to bring your “A-game” and be ready to work hard and push a tough pace to get them ready for competition speed. That being said, as a teammate approaches a tournament his/her safety is first and foremost. Your submission is NEVER more important than your training partner. This is just amplified as a teammate prepares for a tournament. The final way you can show your support for your teammates may sound silly, but it is INCREDIBLY important. Show your confidence in them and smile. Your teammates will be stressed as the competition date draws nearer. Every time you step on the mat is a chance for you to help them remember why they love jiu jitsu and why they are competing.
So between now and October 22nd we non-competitors also have our work cut out for us. We need to show support to our fellows who are showing their courage and kindness. They are competing to help raise money and awareness for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. In the words of Val Worthington, “Jiu jitsu can be a force for good.” Demonstrate your goodness by donating to your teammates pages, coming out to support them and by bringing your “A-game” and smiles to every class!
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