“Hips Don’t Lie: The Assets Every Woman Already has to Succeed in Martial Arts”

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You throw like a girl. You run like a girl. You hit like a girl. Do any of those taunts sound familiar to you? Maybe you have never been the target of these invectives, but surely you have heard them … Continue reading

Jiu Jitsu Seminar in Arizona Brings New Perspective

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Professor Rob Handley, Head Coach for Flavio Behring Jiu Jitsu USA, gave a seminar last weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. Affiliate schools, Like Minded Jiu Jitsu and ACS Martial Arts, attended. These growing schools came with enthusiastic students that trained hard … Continue reading

Absolute MMA Takes Home Double Gold at United States Fight League

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Absolute MMA teammate, Chris Kennedy, does it again! Chris traveled to Camp Pendleton, California and competed in the United States Fight League: 2013 US Military Mixed Martial Arts Championships. A Specialist in the Army, Chris competed in an all-skills-levels division … Continue reading

Absolute MMA Takes Home Team Honors at Champion Grappler Jiu Jitsu Tournament

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Absolute MMA team members took the most recent Champion Grappler’s event by storm. This Utah grappling team took the top score with 9 points above the nearest team. They all fought hard and applied the technique they train in class. … Continue reading

UFC on Fuel TV Trailer About Michael McDonald Includes Absolute MMA Professor Rob Handley

 

Absolute MMA head coach and owner Rob Handley appears in Fuel TV’s UFC Ultimate Insider. Absolute MMA is a gym in Salt Lake City, Utah. Rob and his team have been involved with the local Utah MMA scene for quite a while. Rob booked an out of state fight for one of his up and coming fighters, Braeden Kilpack, to improve his experience. Rob Braeden and a training partner, Cody Bunderson, were in California a few weeks ago at the Oakdale MMA facility. At the same time, Michael McDonald was preparing for his match against Renan Barao. Braden Kilpack and Cody Bunderson, both students of Rob and fighters out of Absolute MMA, were on hand as Fuel TV captured footage for their spotlight of Michael. Rob, a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, was teaching class when the producer asked if he would be willing to give an interview. Rob agreed and some of the interview can be seen in the trailer. Cameo appearances by Braeden and Cody.

Good luck to Michael McDonald in his upcoming bout with Renan Barao for the UFC bantamweight title.

Does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu And Muay Thai Change A Person’s Perception Of You?

“Does Your Hobby Make You Memorable?”
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The benefits of training Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai are vast and they are varied. For some of us, it is the thrill of competition that keeps us coming back; for others it’s the endorphins. One of the seldom discussed benefits of martial arts, especially for practitioners of the female variety, is the fact that you always have a great conversation starter. All it takes is one mention of MMA, BJJ, or Muay Thai from a woman and people are enthralled.

I have been in classrooms, job interviews, and seminars where the mere mention of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu garners so much excitement that my first impression leaves an indelible mark. For instance, in my volunteer position I have met several people that hear my name and immediately ask, “The fighter?” My reputation proceeds me, in spite of the fact that I am not actually a fighter, and I have never made that claim. I’m not saying it is a forgettable fact when men divulge their martial arts hobby, but it is especially unforgettable for most people when they meet a woman who trains.

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My admission that I train Muay Thai is usually met with questions of, “Do you spar?,” and “Do you train with the guys?” The fascination seems to be less about the sport itself, and more about the fact that I’m a woman in the sport. I’m not offended by this line of questions. In fact, I love answering them, it gives me the opportunity to evangelize about the sport, and brag about Absolute MMA. These questions are just one more perk from training, because after all of my blood, sweat, and tears, why wouldn’t I want some recognition off of the mat?

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Grand Master Flavio Behring 10th Anniversary Seminar!

Absolute Mixed Martial Arts and Grand Master Flavio Behring will be holding a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu seminar in honor of their 10 year affiliation.

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Professor Rob Handley started his school Absolute Mixed Martial Arts, in 2002 as a brown belt. The gym originated in West Valley, Utah with about 6 students in a garage that took a lot of hard work to make usable. The majority of his students had little to no experience in martial arts. Professor Handley’s experience, knowledge and teaching methodology allowed his students to progress quickly. In just one year, he produced a U.S. Open Jiu Jitsu champion and a Pan Am Jiu Jitsu champion.

It was during this first year that Professor Handley began bringing Grand Master (GM) Flavio Behring to his school to share in the knowledge and experience of this well respected Master. GM Flavio, seeing Professor Handley’s character as an individual and skill as teacher, appointed Professor Handley as the Head Coach of Behring USA. Behring USA has grown from one school in Utah to multiple schools in California, Montana and Arizona as well as Utah. Throughout the entire time, Professor Handley has continued to bring GM Flavio out for seminars once or twice a year to allow his students to learn and grow with one of the world’s leading Jiu Jitsu Masters.

The seminar, to be held on January 25th and 26th, will be hosted at Absolute MMA (1338 W. 7800 S.) and given by Grand Master Flavio, a 9th degree red belt. He will be sharing his 65 years of Jiu Jitsu experience with the attendees. He will be demonstrating Jiu Jitsu for self defense, sport and mixed martial art application. With over 6 decades of teaching, training and a career in no-holds-barred fighting, GM Flavio is supremely qualified to instruct people from beginners to expert.
For information about this event, please contact Absolute MMA at 801-255-1166 or visit our website absolutemma.com. We look forward to having you with us at this spectacular event.

Why Study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

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There are many reasons to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Each of those that train have their own goals, their own reasons for doing so. There are however, some common themes among those that are attracted to Jiu Jitsu.

Fitness is one of the biggest reasons people come to Jiu Jitsu. Many people want to get in shape but are turned off by spending time on a treadmill or an elliptical machine. Some people want to stimulate their brain as they workout. They want to learn new skills and improve their fitness at the same time. Jiu Jitsu provides this, in spades. Each class offers the opportunity to learn a new skill, a new technique or improve on one you already know. Jiu Jitsu is so diverse in it’s application, movement, strategy, defense and offense that you can literally spend a lifetime training and still have more to learn. Practicing the techniques of Jiu Jitsu gives a person activities that require movement of your own body in different ways than we are used to. This challenges your flexibility and your range of motion. These movements stretch and move your muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments which promotes increased blood flow and muscle growth. When you practice live “rolling” or sparring you challenge your cardiovascular system, as well as stressing your muscles and joints in a safe manner. The improvement in your cardiovascular fitness, your overall strength, flexibility and agility will surprise you.

Self defense is another common goal of Jiu Jitsu practitioners. Based on leverage and technique, Jiu Jitsu helps those who are not big and strong survive a physical encounter with a much higher rate of success. Developed by Helio Gracie at 130 lbs., he couldn’t overpower his opponents, he had to work around them. He found the best way to do this was by applying leverage to weaker areas of the body, the joints and the neck. In order to apply this leverage he needed to place himself in a position to do so. Just trying to muscle his opponent wasn’t going to work so he modified existing techniques from Judo and Japanese Jiu Jitsu in order to move around them and not through them. These techniques have been practiced, refined, modified and adjusted to be as effective as possible for all body types, strengths, flexibility levels.

The practice of Jiu Jitsu techniques gives you the ability to survive a physical encounter with a much higher degree of success. You learn through regular, consistent training several things about surviving. You learn what distance helps you not take damage or take the least amount of damage. You learn how to put yourself in a dominant position and maintain that position. You learn how to finish the fight with a submission if it presents itself. You learn that in a fight of any kind, things will always go wrong and that you can still survive. The most important of all of these skills is the ability to survive. This doesn’t mean you are learning to be a “cage fighter.” It means you are developing a skill set which will give you a greater chance of walking away from something we hope never happens.

The last goal, self confidence, is a result of the first two. As you become stronger, improve your endurance and become more proficient in this method of survival and control, you will naturally become more confident. Your self image will improve as you see the positive changes your body is going through. You will become comfortable in your skill; understanding that while not invincible, you have a skill set that specifically prepares you for withstanding an assault and greatly improves your likelihood of escaping with your life. You develop friendships that are real and based on all parties sharing the difficulty and success of training. As you train with these friends you share respect and experiences which bond you in ways that are difficult to find outside of this environment. Sharing the struggle to improve with these friends is not something that can be explained easily. Suffice it to say you earn and give respect with people you are proud to share this bond with.

Why train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Fitness, self defense and self confidence are the most common reasons. Choose your own. Find a reason to improve some area of your health and well being and give Jiu Jitsu a chance. You might find yourself getting more out of it than you expect. Who knows, you might even have some fun!

Your first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class.

So you’re going to your first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class and you don’t know what to expect. That’s not uncommon, it’s new, it’s unfamiliar, it’s to be expected that you won’t know what to expect. We’re going to talk about a few things that, hopefully, will set your mind at ease.

Let’s talk a little about your motivations for going to a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class in the first place. There are many reasons a person decides to take up BJJ. There are those of us who are looking for an unconventional (and highly effective) way to get or stay in shape. Maybe we live in a rough part of town and want to learn to defend ourselves. Perhaps you have the hopes and aspirations of being a cage fighter. There are many reasons and all are valid. There’s one underlying goal which ties them all together: Learning. We’re all there to learn. It should be our priority and if you ask anyone who’s practiced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for any length of time, they’ll tell you it’s inevitable. You WILL learn regardless of whether you’re in the right mind-set or not. But it’s important, to get the most out of your experience, to be in the right mind-set.

You’ve made your way to the gym, it’s your first day, you have your Gi on… or maybe you don’t, that’s okay. Someone has shown you how to tie your belt and class is about to start. (If the students have not already introduced themselves to you, introduce yourself to them. They don’t bite). You get through the warm-ups, you’re already starting to sweat; breathe heavily and are wondering if you’re going to be able to make it.

“How do these guys bend their bodies this way? Did that guy just do a somersault??? I’ve never moved my body this way in my life! Who knew my head was this heavy?!”

The instructor begins to teach the technique(s) for the day. The instructor, in most cases, is a professor of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; a black belt. In some cases the instructor may be a lower ranking belt designated by the Professor to teach for the day. In other cases a lower-than-black-belt instructor is all that’s available in the area. That’s okay, too. They will more than likely be able to teach you quite a bit. The instructor will demonstrate a few techniques and allow each of the students to practice them on each other in break-out sessions. They will bring the group back together occasionally adding details and perfecting the movements to complete the techniques. They will also be available to answer questions in-between instruction. Don’t be afraid to ask.

“What is an armbar? D’arce? Guillotine? Triangle Choke? Wait… Choke? No one said anything about chokes… I didn’t sign up for this!”

After the instructor… well… instructs, it’s time to put into practice what you know. (If this is your first class, then it is very little, if any. Which is okay). We call this “rolling”. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is unique in that we can practice our sport with 100% resistance from our opponent with a reasonable expectation of not getting hurt. Which is unlike boxing, or other striking arts where if you sparred with your partner at 100% someone is going to end up getting hurt. In a lot of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools, beginners don’t take part in “rolling” on their first day. A lot of times, they don’t even roll until they’ve learned the basics: Guard, Mount, Half-Guard, Back-mount, Side-mount, Half-mount; basic grips, holds, movements; submission defenses, etc.. It is always up to you to decide when you’re ready to jump in during rolling time. Don’t be afraid jump in and get going but don’t hesitate to say: “I’m not quite ready” if you don’t feel quite up to it.

First and foremost: Your training partners are not trying to hurt you. They’re there to learn just as much as you’re there to learn. If you do feel like your partner is trying to hurt you, tell someone. It’s likely they’re newer to the sport as well, and don’t realize they’re being potentially harmful. Your safety is important and you have the right to request a different, more experienced partner to train with if you feel your safety is at risk. Conversely, you are not there to hurt your partner either. It’s important to remember, especially when training with a more experienced partner, that they’re going to match your speed/intensity/strength/etc.. That is to say: they’re going to go just as hard as you… or just as light. If they feel that you’re trying to hurt them, they’re going to do something to prevent that and it will more than likely not end in your favor… which leads me to my next point.

You are going to get submitted. You will tap. You will say “uncle”. This is not a bad thing. It is, in fact, a good thing. You and your training partner are each working on different parts of your respective games. In this case your partner is working on their submissions and you are working on recognizing the submission and tapping early. Tapping early to inform your partner that the hold/lock/choke/etc. has been applied effectively and that you’re “submitting”. That’s right: Tapping. Early. Don’t try to see how long you can hold out before tapping. As soon as you recognize you may be in trouble, tap. Tap your hand, at least twice, on your partner’s body (anywhere). If you’re unable to move your hands, say: “tap” loud enough for your partner to hear. Sometimes we have to use our feet to tap, but those are rare cases. Tapping is something we should do a lot of and, as I said earlier, a good thing. Try to see every tap as an opportunity to learn. Learning happens on both ends: your partner learns what is and isn’t an effective way to apply that submission and you learn how to recognize the submission in order to avoid it next time. Whatever you take away from each tap is up to you. Whether it be “I’m not going to get submitted that way again”, or “What did I let happen in order for that submission to be applied?”. Take these questions to your instructor, ask that your partner repeat what just happened and break it down for you, then ask how you could have prevented it. What you take away from it will depend heavily on your mental attitude. “Man, I SUCK!”, “I can’t believe this LITTLE GUY is submitting me AGAIN”, or “I lift weights, I should be able to SMASH this guy!” will more than likely hinder your progress toward preventing it from happening again and learning Jiu Jitsu in general. That being said, if you are ever uncomfortable for any reason, tap. If you can’t breathe, tap. If you feel like you’re going to vomit, tap. If you’re panicking for any reason whatsoever, tap. Our training partners have been conditioned to stop whatever they’re doing and give us space to recover when they feel someone tap on them. There’s no wrong reason to tap.

Breathe! This cannot be emphasized enough. We need oxygen for our minds and muscles to work properly. If you’re not getting enough (because you’re holding your breath) then neither of the two will be working right. It’s easier said than done, we know. Try to be mindful of when you’re grunting and holding your breath when exerting yourself. It happens a lot when we try to push someone off of us or try an explosive move. We hold our breath and strain against whatever it is we’re trying to move (ourselves, someone else… or both!). Holding our breath while exerting ourselves can cause injury, let alone makes it significantly more difficult to accomplish the movement we’re attempting. Everyone who has never grappled, or doesn’t continue to grapple on a regular basis is out of shape for BJJ. There’s no two ways about it. You cannot be in shape for your first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class before you get to your first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class. Expect to wear yourself out and prepare for it. You will sweat a LOT, especially if you’re wearing a Gi. Bring water. Drink water all day leading up to class. Be hydrated beforehand so you don’t have to worry about it while you’re in class. Sip water if you need to, to maintain your hydration, but you should already be hydrated by the time you get there.

While all of this is happening, while you’re sweating and breathing heavy, while you’re tapping and getting smashed, tossed, rolled-up, flipped and flopped, learning and having fun is of paramount importance. I’ve heard a Grand Master say: “If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong”. Have fun and learn. All the while accomplishing the goal you set out to attain. Whatever it may be.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a very dynamic and effective martial art, with some potentially harmful locks and holds. When practiced in a controlled and constructive environment it is 100% safe and can be applied without injury. Now, that’s not to say that accidents don’t happen. You run the risk of stubbing your toe every time you get up in the middle of the night for a glass of water. Understanding these risks is key to preventing them. Application of the things mentioned in this post can minimize risk, but that’s not to say there aren’t more things we can do to ensure our safety and the safety of our training partners. Use your head for more than just keeping your ears apart.

So, let’s recap:
No one is trying to hurt you. Don’t try to hurt them.
You will get submitted. Tap. Early.
Ask questions.
Breathe!
Drink water.
Have fun :)
Most importantly: Learn!!!

Once you get past your first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, these things will get easier. Just take it one class at a time.

Jiu Jitsu Is For Everyone

I thought this video was a great example of the true spirit of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I believe that jiu jitsu really is for everyone, whether it is the competition oriented individual or someone trying to lose weight there is a niche within the gentle art for everyone. If such a high level black belt in Jiu Jitsu as Robson Moura is so humble and accepting of everyone I think we certainly can be as well.