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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.

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.


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!!

Be our guest for a FREE Kids Class soon! Contact us now! 

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.

Be our guest for a FREE Jiu Jitsu training session soon.

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FREE Basic jiu jitsu (BJJ) class this Saturday at Hart BJJ, Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts in Conshohocken, PA.


Hart BJJ, Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts, is offering new students the opportunity to come and take a FREE, 1 hour basic jiu jitsu (BJJ) class with us this Saturday morning at 11am! (April 25th, 2015)  
Also, Hart’s Kids Jiu Jitsu and Self Defense class starts at 10am, this Saturday,as well.
Please contact us and be our guest for the day.
If you are interested in having your child/children in our kids jiu jitsu program, let us know today. This is a great learning experience for children and can become a fantastic lifestyle choice for their health, safety and future.

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Team Hart BJJ Belt Promotions & Crohn/Colitis fundraiser, this Saturday 4/18

Team Hart BJJ Belt Promotions & Crohn/Colitis fundraiser, this Saturday 4/18.

Harts will be having a raffle for small and large items as well as winning personal lessons  with some of our instructors, during belt promotions. We are doing this to help raise awareness and in hopes of finding a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis. Team Hart please help support Liz in her Half Marathon run for this great fundraiser. Raffle tickets starting at $1 so bring your smiles, support and some money! It’s for a great cause!

Conshohocken BJJ Hart Jiu Jitsu 2014. BJJ team promotions at Hart BJJ, Boxing and MMA.

Conshohocken BJJ Hart Jiu Jitsu 2014. BJJ team promotions. 2015 must be a bigger picture! 🙂

Hart BJJ belt promotions this Saturday, April 18th, 2015. 

We are proud to be awarding these well deserved Jiu Jitsu belts to those who are constantly working hard in and out, of our Gracie/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy, in Conshohocken.  We are excited to be able to promote these students to their new belt rank….after the Hart jiu jitsu training session.

  • Kids Jiu Jitsu training starts at 10am.

  • Adults start at 11:45am ( Belt Candidates be in earlier at 11:15am.)

  • Eat smart and Hydrate well before.

  • The little kids are only 30mins and then off the mats with parents. Older kids go the full hour. Group picture at the end.

Kids Jiu Jitsu

  • Gavin –  Yellow Belt
  • Callan – Yellow Belt
  • Olivia – Yellow Belt
  • Evan -2 degrees
  • Dylan -2 degrees
  • Gohan – 2 degrees
  • Hunter -2 degrees
  • Willie – 2 degrees
  • Zach – 1 degree
  • Quinn – 1 degree
  • Frankie -1 degree
  • Dean – 1 degree
  • Carter -1 degree
  • Avery – 1 degree
  • Nicolas -1 degree

 Adult BJJ Blue Belts ( All Current Blue Belts will receive Degrees)

  • Joe Sharp
  • Vince Maimone
  • Dom Salvato
  • Steve Tran
  • Steve Devine
  • Ryan Sergas
  • Caroline Stutz
  • Dan O’toole
  • Big Dan McHugh

Adult BJJ Purple Belts (All Purple Belt Students will Receive Degrees)

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Adult BJJ Brown Belt (All Brown Belts will receive Degrees)

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Adult BJJ Black Belt  

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Hart BJJ Black Belt party picture. The little photo bomber is not a BB :)

Hart BJJ Black Belt party picture. The little photo bomber is not a BB 🙂


Hart’s BJJ, Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts has moved to 1050 Colwell Lane, Conshohocken PA. 19428.

Hart’s BJJ, Boxing and Mixed Martial arts has moved to 1050 Colwell Lane, Conshohocken PA. 19428. We are in building 4, in the very back with plenty of parking and plenty of new training space for our Jiu Jitsu and martial arts programs.

Hart’s Martial Art’s program is inside the same building as Crossfit Ravenous. We will have to sadly say goodbye to our former home with the Tone Zone and Cross Fit Conshohocken (Verge) It was great to have you both as neighbors. We are happy to say we are glad we found a new home for our students.

We are on for Classes starting March 4th, 2015 at 4:30pm as we kick off our kids jiu jitsu training and then advanced BJJ training and Boxing training. We will be adding more training times to our programs as well to assist our students to become better martial artist.

Stay humble and Happy,

-Team Hart!

Turkey Roll! Holiday schedule at Hart Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing

Turkey Roll! Holiday schedule at Hart Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing


Wednesday, 11/26/14

11am-1pm Open Mat

4:30pm Kids Class

5:30pm Conditioning

6:30pm Boxing

7:30pm Open Mat   *no wrestling class


Thanksgiving Day, 11/27/2014

10am Conditioning

*TURKEY ROLL* open mat 11am-1pm

*no evening classes

ANNUAL HART TURKEY ROLL SHIRTS ARE $20. Send us your shirt size today!


Friday, 11/28/2014

11am-1pm “Roll it off” Open Mat

*no evening classes


Saturday, 11/29/2014

(Regular Schedule)

10 am Kids Class

11 am MMA

12 pm BJJ Basics

1 pm Advanced BJJ

2 pm Open Mat


Hope everyone enjoys the Thanksgiving holiday.

Stay smart, stay safe,

Hart Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing & Mixed Martial Arts.




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.

Please make note of these changes and we look forward to seeing all of you on the mat.

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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!

Hart BJJ Black Belt party picture. The little photo bomber is not a BB :)

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