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 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

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!

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.

Jiu Jitsu Progression

Jiu Jitsu Progression by Justin Mitterling

Much like in life, everyone progresses in jiu jitsu at different speeds. I have found that when training it is most beneficial to be goal oriented, this will enable you to measure yourself, so to speak, when training. For example: when I roll with my trainers I pretty much know that I’m going to tap to them, odds are that they will probably tap me several times within the round. So to measure myself I  say: “ok, they may arm lock me but I will defend the choke with everything I have”. This doesn’t mean I will give up the arm lock intentionally it simply means that choke defense is my number one priority. I find that I get less frustrated when I set little goals like this for myself. Even if I do get choked its certainly not the end of the world, I just work harder the rest of the round to defend my neck. Obviously your goals will vary depending on your jiu jitsu skill level and that of your training partner. As a relatively new jiu jitsu blue belt I often have goals to simply defend attacks from my more skilled training partners. When I roll with someone at or below my skill level my goals change to perhaps passing guard, attaining the mount position and submitting with a specific  submission. Being a very goal oriented person in general I find this is an effective remedy for the many frustrations that come with training in the gentle art (jiu jitsu). This may not work for everyone and really everyone has to find things that may work just for them.
Progression then within the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can only truly be accurate when you measure yourself and do not compare yourself to others. It is important to remember that everyone around you who trains regularly is improving as well. So measuring yourself against them really isn’t an accurate measure of your progress. It is like standing on an escalator 5 steps behind someone. If neither of you move, you will never catch up to them while on that escalator.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is so dynamic that people may progress in spurts in some areas and then flatline in other areas (at least this is the case with me). The key I believe to working through those tough times is simply consistency and patience with yourself. In addition I don’t think it is a bad idea  to take some time off the mats either (you can have to much of a good thing)  If you have a really rough training session and your feeling burned out take a few days or a week off. I find that this clears my mind and when I come back I am excited and ready to learn.

Maintaining that learning attitude is crucial in this sport. There really is no room for ego on in jiu jitsu. One experience I will never forget was when Grandmaster Flavio Behring (ninth degree red belt)was in town for a seminar and demonstrating a specific technique he turned to one of our trainers Pedro and said “you specialize in this type of sweep” to which  Pedro responded “no sir, I specialize in learning” (this coming from a 2nd degree black belt). If someone as skilled as Pedro can maintain such as an attitude it should be a breeze for the rest of us. Well now that I have rambled completely off topic I will end this post. I “progressed” from talking about progression to maintaining a humble attitude :)

Justin is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt under Rob Handley at Absolute MMA in Utah. He maintains his blog at http://jiujitsu17.blogspot.com

Salt Lake City | Mixed Martial Arts Gym Doesn’t Need Violence

We had an interesting event at Absolute MMA last Friday evening. We were about to start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class and had the front and back doors open as well as the warehouse door. There were two men in the alley behind the gym, walking around. This was a little unusual but nothing too out of the ordinary. We have the neighborhood kids come watch class often enough when the doors are open.

One of the men, quite drunk, decided to walk in and demand to teach our class for us. The instructor listened to the man and then let him know it was time for him to go. He argued for a minute about what he knew and could teach the class. The instructor had the class begin warm ups to take attention off the individual and persuaded him to leave as the students were already practicing. That seemed to be the end of the excitement.

The man decided to try again, demanding to use the cage to box his friend. When denied, he demanded to fight the instructor. The instructor stayed calm, didn’t engage the man and eventually the man left with the threat of police being called.

It would have been fairly easy for the instructor, a martial artist of over twenty years, to physically remove the drunk from the school. It would have been easy to find insult in the names and insults thrown at him and resort to violence. It would have been easy to rationalize. However, that is not the code of martial arts that we teach and follow at our gym. There was no actual threat. There was no need for self defense as the man did not put his hands on anyone or attempt to strike. Martial arts practice should teach us how to control ourselves, not others. If they decide to be rude, obnoxious, belligerent or even threatening, we can control our own actions. We can keep ourselves safe and not engage in fighting unless it is a real risk to our safety or that of our loved ones.

Salt Lake City Mixed Martial Arts | Second Fight For Absolute MMA Teammate

Steelfist Fightnight IX, “The Warior Within” is this Friday! July 13th will see William DaBell in his second mixed martial arts fight! He will be fighting an independent fighter out of MMA21 named Adam Vrondos at 185 pounds. William has been consistent in his training and looking to apply his improved skills in this fight. William finished his last opponent in the second round with an arm triangle from the top.

Those of us at Absolute MMA who train with William know his work ethic, his skill, his power and determination. William is a beast on the mat and is someone to lookout for when sparring. He continues to make improvements in his game, training regularly on his Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and his Wrestling.

Steelfist Fight Night IX will open their doors at 6:00 pm and fights start at 7:00 pm. This is a 21 and older event and will be held at 100 south and 536 west in Salt Lake City. Tickets can be purchased from William at the gym.

Come out this Friday and support William in his fight and represent Absolute MMA with your t-shirts and enthusiasm! We will see you there! Absolute MMA!!!!

Marcio Corleta Seminar tonight at Absolute MMA

World Champion Jiu Jitsu fighter Marcio Corleta will be here tonight! $50.00 will allow you to train with a multiple time World Champion and Pan Am Champion! Marcio Corleta is a top level competitor and always leaves his heart and experience on the mat with us. His specialty is guard fighting and I’m sure he will be showing us high percentage techniques. Start time for the seminar is 6:00 pm tonight, June 5th and ends at 9:00 pm. The same for Wednesday, June 6th. The price is the same for one or both days. Come train with us and improve your Jiu Jitsu at Absolute MMA!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion to Teach at Absolute MMA

We just got word! Marcio Corleta, 4th degree black belt under Grand Master Flavio Behring, multiple time Mundial and Pan Am Champion and former Jiu Jitsu coach to Mirko Cro Cop, will be here this week! Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm he will be teaching Absolute MMA members Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques that he has perfected over many years of practice. The price is $50.00 for both days of instruction, Tuesday and Wednesday. This is a rare opportunity to train with a champion and competitor of this caliber. Marcio always gives from his experience and doesn’t hold back his knowledge. Don’t miss this chance to improve your Jiu Jitsu with a multiple time champion of the highest order!