What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ??

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and What it means to me
I wanted to write an article about what Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu means to me. I get the same question from a lot of people who walk into my academy, “what is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?” The common answer from most people is that BJJ is a ground fighting martial art, and I will agree. However, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is so much more than just a martial art, it is a lifestyle, but what does that mean? In my opinion living the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle is about training on the mats with your friends who are more like family, it is about how and what you eat, it challenges you mentally and physically every time you step on the mats.
From the day you first walk into a BJJ school and take your first lesson you will feel that family like bond between everyone training (at least at my school, and most that I have been to.) The academy is a place where you can go and forget about your daily stresses in life and just focus on training and learning one of the most strategic martial arts in the world. I have met all of my closest and best friends through Jiu-Jitsu and believe that if you train long enough it will be no different for you.
BJJ also challenges you to look at your lifestyle outside of the academy, what you eat, drink, and do on your “off” time will often determine how well you perform in class or in a tournament. I have witnessed more people lose weight and feel better training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu than almost any other activity that I have been involved in. On top of losing weight they are exercising and having a great time doing so. There is nothing more rewarding as a coach than having one of your students come up and thank you for helping them lose weight and feel better about themselves than they ever have before.
On top of meeting friends and living a better lifestyle, BJJ will challenge you mentally and physically every time you step on the mats. In my opinion this is what makes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu so much fun. It is like a physical chess match every time you engage in a training session or match in a tournament. You are forced to think and stay calm, yet work hard and be in great physical shape as well. This however, is why a lot of people quit training to early. In your first year training, BJJ can very challenging and frustrating at times. For those who continue to push through and get past that first year (or two for some) I would be willing to bet the majority couldn’t see themselves without BJJ. They say most people quit before Blue belt, and most Blue belts quit before Purple, but if you can make it to Purple belt you will most likely be a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu one day.
In closing, I wanted to say thank you to every one of my students for making it possible for me to live the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle. I enjoy every moment that I have with all of you and will always do my best to teach you everything that I know. It is always a great feeling as a coach to watch you all on the mats and see you pull off the techniques that we have been working on. Hope to see you on the mats, Jeremy Henderson

Zombie BJJ Instructors Course

We have started off 2011 with some great training and development for our instructors at Zombie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. So far our Instructor apprentices Jeremy Hoover and Joseph Tonche are learning the details of our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu curriculum as well as the Business side of running a Martial Arts School. The problem with a lot of Martial Arts schools is that although they may have some great athletes and competitors in the school, they may not be able to teach what they know to a beginner student. In the Zombie BJJ Instructors program you will earn the finer details of How to teach, as well as how to run a Successful Martial Arts school. We have 5 open spots in our Instructors program. If you are interested in joining this program, please see Coach Jeremy at Zombie BJJ

2011 Texas Open

Hey Guys, here is a little clip of Coach Jeremy Winning the 2011 Texas Open..Overall We had 6 guys compete we brought home 3 Gold Medals, 2 Silver Medals and a Bronze !!! WAR ZOMBIE BJJ….look forward to more Wins this year…

Goal Setting

I wanted to write a post on the importance of setting goals and how it can accelerate your learning process in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. Without setting goals for your training you are just basicly coming to class going through the motions and going home. Although you can attain a certain degree of success and a certain level of skill training this way, setting specific goals for your Martial Arts training can accelerate the learning process. Setting goals will also give a clear picture of what you have learned up to a certain point in your training. So what is the best way to set Martial Arts training goals ? Here are a few tips…

  • For a beginner a good way to start setting goals is to start logging your training in a journal and keeping track of the techniques you learned in class. Your goal as new Martial Arts student should be to train X amount of times per week. My personal recommendation for a new student would be to set a goal to train three days per week. It is enough to start understanding basics but not so much that you will feel overwhelmed and burned out.
  • For the intermidiate students, you can start getting a little more technical with your goals. For example you can set a goal to perfect a certain sweep or submission. If you compete you can set a goal to compete at least once per month for the entire year etc…
  • For the most Advanced students to to Instructors you can use all of the above and even start setting goals to produce excellent students. You may for example set a goal to prepare a Team for a certain tournament and have everyone place…
  • No matter what your goals are “SET THEM, WRITE THEM DOWN, REVIEW THEM, SHARE THEM WITH SOMEONE WHO WILL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE, AND REVISE THEM AS NEEDED”

My Personal goal for Zombie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Academy for 2011 is to

  1. Improve every aspect of our training curriculum
  2. Grow our school and Team
  3. Bring down many World Champions for seminars
  4. Create Champions On and Off the mats
  5. Provide the BEST Leadership to every student at Zombie BJJ…..WE ARE THE BEST MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL IN ABILENE, TX and WILL ONLY GET BETTER !!! Osss

RMNU Road Trip

Hey Team I will be taking a road trip to Tampa, FL on the last weekend of Jan through the first weekend of March.
I will be bringing a few lucky students with me to go train at the RMNU headquarters with Master Robson Moura.
I will be posting a daily video blog of our trip with updates on the training and to bring you some new techniques as
well. We will be making this road trip at beginning of every year so if you would like to go on the next one make sure
to start saving now. Also make sure to check our blog regularly to watch all of the video updates…I’ll do my best to
bring you all some fun and exciting material and I’ll definitely be bringing home some great techniques from
Master Robson to add even more skills to the best MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in Abilene, TX !!!
See you on the mat, Coach Jeremy

White Belt Training Tip

This training tip goes out to all of our white belts
and beginner students. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be a very frustrating
and difficult Martial Art to learn, especially in the first six
months of training. However, after about six to eight months you
will start to put things together and understand the grappling art a
little better.

Most students who quit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu usually quit between
White belt to Blue Belt, and almost every student who gets past Blue
Belt and reaches the Purple Belt…will train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
for the rest of their lives. Why ? Because it is really FUN, very
practical, and a great way to stay in shape for life.

So for the new student, set yourself a goal to train three to four
days week. There will be days that you feel tired or even a little
frustrated…COME TO CLASS ANYWAY….after one year you will look
back and see how much your dedication to training has paid off and
you will always want to live the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle.
See you all on the mats…Osss

P.S. If you know anyone interested in Training, bring them in for
a FREE Trial lesson, and if they sign up, mention this blog post and
you will get a FREE Uniform and a 1 hour Private Lesson for you and
your guest !!!