Hart BJJ Conshohocken Blog

What’s new at Hart BJJ, Boxing 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, Boxing 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, Boxing 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.


Hart Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Belt Promotions Announcement

Hart Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Belt Promotions Announcement

March 25, 2017

Warm ups: 11:30 am,  Start time: 12 noon

Please note, this list has been updated and may or may not be final 😉

Keep training hard and smart.

Purple Belt

Yin Yin Chan

Joe Mongan

Caroline Stutz

Blue Belt

Julia Kelly

Chris Bruno

Kevin Magrann

Sean Fleming

Geoff Burke

Matt Roumaya

Vadim Kharaz

Lee Pharo-Frank

Please be well hydrated and well fed!

A little note from Coach Courtney…

        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

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.

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

JUDO at Hart Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and MMA, Conshohocken.

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 jitsuJiu 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.

Email us today to learn more about our Judo, BJJ and Mixed Martial Arts training in Conshohocken at Harts.