Bonus class schedule 6/18-6/24 Monday 6/18 no gi training from 5-6pm with Angelo Aimee Popofski Tuesday 6/19youth wrestling practice 6-7pm with Drew Barnes ages 8+ Wednesday 6/20no gi training from 5-6pm with Brian Watters Thursday 6/21 adult MMA rounds from 6-7pm with Brandon Fracassi-McDaniel Saturday 6/23 11-noon adult wrestling Sunday 6/24 Warrior Yoga with Jen Poniatowski from 8:30-9:30am Sunday 6/24 Sunday Funday with Andy Bean from 9:30-Noon. ... See MoreSee Less
Every year Matee Tongbua takes some of his best students to the largest Muay Thai tournament in the United States to compete against some of the best our country has to offer. Best of luck to Austin Bashi, Victoria Andreev, Carolina, Matt, and ivy. Anyone interested in sponsoring the athletes on their trip please contact Ww. ... See MoreSee Less
Bonus classes June 11th-17th Wednesday 13th: adult no gi 5-6pm with Professor Angelo and Prof. Brian Watters Thursday 14th: adult MMA practice and advanced no gi with Brandon Fracassi-McDaniel 6-7pm Sunday June 17th: Warrior Yoga with Jen Poniatowski 8:30-9:30AM Sunday June 17th: Sunday Funday Open roll with Andy Bean 9:30-Noon ... See MoreSee Less
Almost 1 year to the day that we lost our coach to suicide, we are going to get together and roll under a pavilion next to a beach to remember him.
Come out and roll to remember a loved one or to support those who are currently fighting the battle.
All ranks, ages, teams are welcomed (even if this is your first day!). All this is about is raising awareness for mental health and giving support where we can. Proceeds will be going to support this cause.
Anthony Bourdain passed away today. I’ve never met the man, but my wife and I have always enjoyed his travel and cooking shows. Beyond that, Anthony shared a passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that myself and many of you share. He picked up the sport at 58 years old and by 61, he says, was in the best shape of his life. He lost weight, gained muscle, and even competed and won first place in tournaments.
If you watch Anthony’s interview with Charlie Rose, you will quickly see that he was instantly bitten by the same Jiu Jitsu “bug” that got many of us. It is sad that Jiu Jitsu was not enough to save him from his depression and troubles.
Anthony’s story reminded me of something Master Caique Elias said this past weekend when I saw him in Indiana. As often happens, the topic of conversation centered around Jiu Jitsu, it’s evolution, and how it is currently being taught. Caique said “We used to fight people to prove Jiu Jitsu worked. Now we teach people Jiu Jitsu to help them become better people.”
What makes Jiu Jitsu so great, besides the confidence it gives us, is the people we meet. You will only be as strong as your team, and it is our members that make us the best school in Michigan. Professor Harvy Berman often says “We are all fighters in some way. We just have different fights.” Be sure to appreciate and thank a teammate or pull aside a beginner and help them with a technique. You never know how far a little gesture like that might go to keep someone from getting frustrated, or worse...giving up.
See You on the Mats, Angelo
youtu.be/QjHXipJoAqUThe chef, author and host of CNN's "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" talks to Charlie Rose about his new enthusiasm for jiu-jitsu, and why he finds learning ... ... See MoreSee Less