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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! 

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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Conshohocken Kids Jiu Jitsu – Martial Arts at Hart’s Academy. Back to School Special! START AND SAVE!

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

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

Conshohocken Kids Jiu Jitsu – Martial Arts at Hart’s Academy. Back to School Special! START AND SAVE! 

Our New, Full Kids Gracie Jiu Jitsu program starts Sept. 19th 2016. Contact us now! Reserve your child’s enrollment date with us today!


Your kids are going back to school and we are ready to help them expend their energy in a positive manner, while teaching them useful jiu jitsu and martial arts training to help keep them safe, bulletproof, in shape, active and enjoying themselves after the long school day. We want you, the parent to have peace of mind knowing your children are gaining valuable skills that last them a lifetime.

They have been sitting, collecting energy ( along with knowledge) and will need an outlet for their energy. Give them a fantastic way to do that with Hart’s Jiu Jitsu program, like many of our current families have.

BACK TO SCHOOL SAVINGS. SAVE $100 OFF ENROLLMENT Your First Day!  (not combined with 2 weeks free offer)

Contact us at HartBJJ.com Now.   <————Click Here to schedule your start date and savings.

We are excited to have your children join our team and family.




Kids Promotions at Hart BJJ and Boxing Conshohocken

Kids Promotions at Hart BJJ and Boxing Conshohocken

April 23, 2016


Promotion List

Yellow Belt:

Martha, Julia, Charlotte, Susanna, Augustin, LJ

1 Degree:

Zach, Gohan, Hunter, Willie, Liv, Gavin, Callan, Desmond, Evan, Dylan, Brooklyn, Frankie

2 Degrees:

Micah, Jillian, Jude, Daniel, Quinn, Rowan, CiCi, Jason, Alex

3 Degrees:

Andrew and Bryn

4 Degrees:


Arrival time 9am,  Start time 9:30

Technical Demo and Sparring

Belt Presentation

Degree Presentation


What is the order of Belts rank for Kids?

White Belt: beginner

Grey Belt: Ages 4-6

Yellow Belt: Ages 7-15

Orange Belt: Ages 10-15

Green Belt: Ages 13-15

Will everyone get a new color belt?


What techniques will the kids be asked to demonstrate?


Stand in Base


Bump Sweep

Bridge and Roll

Osto Gari

Double Leg Takedown

Break the closed Guard

One Guard pass

We are really looking forward to this, work hard everyone!

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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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 🙂


Kids Martial Arts! Martial Arts Kids training at Hart’s are now on Saturdays in Conshohocken!

 Kids Martial Arts! Martial Arts Kids training at Hart’s are now on Saturdays in Conshohocken! 

Starting THIS SATURDAY, Nov. 15th, 2014 at 10am to 11am, we will have added another kids jiu jitsu training session into Harts martial arts schedule. Hart’s kids martial arts program focuses on Gracie jiu jitsu self defense. Hart’s Conshohocken jiu jitsu kids program is a very active, fun and informative approach to ensure your children are enjoying their training while learning valuable self defense skills to help prepare against bullying and outside confrontations, that could possibly occur. 

Our new kids BJJ class is this Saturday, at 10am-11am. This first class will be done with the Parents! Please come in and train with your children! You will love it and it will be a fantastic bonding time for you as a family.

READ BELOW. There are some great articles that were recently written on the benefits of Jiu Jitsu for kids. We believe, all martial arts are a benefit to children’s growth and confidence and at Hart’s, we specialize in teaching gracie jiu jitsu to your kids.

Kids Jiu Jitsu training at Hart's in Conshohocken.

Kids Jiu Jitsu training at Hart’s in Conshohocken.


A hug goes a long way after a hard days training.


Surround your children with a caring environment, full of encouragement. 🙂


Hugs are good for the soul. 🙂

This a cool jiu jitsu article on the benefits for kids training in BJJ, courtesy of the JiuJitsuTimes.com

“Every child should be put into some type of developmental activity when they are young, whether it is dance, gymnastics, or martial arts etc. I feel as though Jiu Jitsu would quite possibly be the best sport you could start a child in though. It promotes confidence, discipline, respect, and many other developmental qualities.

Children are like sponges. When they are young and as they grow they absorb everything they see and listen to. It is important to surround them in a positive atmosphere so that they grow as an individual in a positive sense. Jiu jitsu allows them to do so. Not only does it teach them a form of self-defense, it also teaches many life lessons as well that a child can carry with them. Jiu Jitsu is one of the most practical martial arts you can put your child in. When you think about other martial arts, many involve striking. Do you really want your child throwing up their fists? Today especially we see a lot of bullying in schools.  BJJ allows the child to work from the ground and gain control. We certainly do not want to encourage children to fight if they have the option to defend and find a way out of the situation.”



Here is a good article from BreakingMuscle.com for Parent’s to read concerning Kids Athletics. ( BJJ Black belt Val Worthington and Fifty/50 Coach and BJJ blackBelt Jen Flannery) 

How Parents Can Best Support Their Kids in Athletic Endeavors

“Go away.” This is the single best thing Jen believes parents can do to support their kids in athletic activity. Parents should drop their kids off and then make themselves scarce. Kids do not behave better when their parents are around, even if their parents believe this to be so. The coach must have one hundred percent authority over the child for anything to work, and if the parents stay to watch the class or training session, the child is more likely to look to the parent for approval, which undermines the coaching dynamic. The coach must be the one to evaluate the child’s behavior, even if that child appears to be misbehaving.

This is one of many reasons it is important for parents to select a coach they trust; they must choose a coach they feel comfortable leaving completely in charge of their child for the duration of the lesson. If parents aren’t comfortable doing this, they may have their child in the wrong program.

This doesn’t mean parents can’t participate and be supportive. The key is the nature of that participation. While a swim coach in college, Jen learned about what parents of swimmers can do to interact with the coach and their child effectively, including asking their kids how practice was after it ended. Did they learn anything new?