Jiu Jitsu Personal Training- Ground Fighting for your Confidence and Physique

Jiu Jitsu, translated “gentle art”, is a complex grappling martial art that has garnered a lot of respect in recent years. With the foundation of the UFC, Jiu Jitsu was seen be be an incredibly effective virtually dominant martial art.

Instead of striking an opponent to the point of knockout, Jiu Jitsu relies on the one’s ability to choke or break the joints of an opponent. Early in the UFC a smaller, lighter fighter reigned supreme using only Jiu Jitsu. This all-out dominance has changed, but the efficacy of the art and the importance of it’s use can be witnessed in all mixed martial arts fighting today, which means it would work for us on the street or in a bar. By training Jiu Jitsu, you will build incredible strength, and be prepared for a fight whether you are standing, or on your back.

Undertaking Jiu Jitsu training is beneficial both physically and mentally. It takes a lot of strengh and endurance to manipulate the joints and levers in a fighting opponent, especially when he’s trying to prevent you from doing so. The muscular activity combined with the intensity of fighting against someone who’s trying to “tap out” or give up is fatiguing. You tend to work extra hard when trying to stop someone from physically defeating you via choke or joint-lock. Mentally, you also gain strength. Frequently trapped in compromising positions, you may find yourself challenging new ranges of motion, previously untapped and being forced to find mental peace while in uncomfortable spots. This work will make you extremely strong and flexible, as well as dangerous. This is an extreme way to develop control of body and mind.

You might find Jiu Jitsu to be a more “humane” way to win a fight or defend yourself. While choking someone or possibly breaking their joints, it might sound pretty brutal, but hear me out. Jiu Jitsu offers the option to end a fight without having to bludgeon your opponents head and body with your fists. There is a mental peace that you might feel in knowing that you can take your opponent to the ground, choke them to a brief peaceful sleep, and walk away while they snore for a second before waking up… virtually unharmed, but clearly defeated.

Jiu Jitsu training takes patience and practice. If you devote the time and energy necessary towards becoming more dangerous on the ground you will find peace of mind and make drastic physical improvements. Eventually, your senses and abilities will also grow, allowing you to think one step ahead of your opponent. Now, if the fight moves to the ground, your mind can remain calm… you are safe here, and your opponent is in danger. Jiu Jitsu training reminds us that technique frequently remains supreme when it comes to winning fights.

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Regarding money and stuff, I have no interest in making you sign a contract or having your credit card automatically billed. 

Training folks is sort of a hobby for me.  I don't charge much.  I just try to find people that I like working with.

This entire 'career' has been completely accidental. 

I played football at the University of Pennsylvania for a while but walked away from the sport to fight professionally. At the time, there weren't too many fighters walking around campus or hitting the heavy bags in the gym... so people sorta started taking note.

One random day, my classmate Bari asked me if I would teach her how to fight... she hated normal exercise, and wanted to be able to beat the crap out of her foes.

I don't judge. 

I had never taught fighting before, despite having done a whole lot, but I’m a logical guy and it can't be THAT hard.  Plus, I knew a billion exercises and had extensively studied the science behind training and physical development (I was sort of an exercise science bookworm.)

Anyhow, we started training at the campus gym, and we were interrupted constantly by other people who wanted to learn.

Within weeks I had a dozen clients and after several months I was teaching and training out of my apartment almost full time. I was happily surprised by the response but also a little confused.  

Within a few months, I had my own personal training business, and my Ivy League education became completely useless. 

Now I just help people achieve their physical goals and learn how to fight like warriors. 

Perhaps you and I are somewhat alike... 

Its not hard for me to understand what it’s like to take a look at yourself in the mirror and feel a little 'meh'. The trick is to use that feeling as inspiration, to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and truly be confident that you are going to do what it takes to get there.

If I was a sales person, I would tell you that it was easy, and that everyone and their grandma can breeze right through the process if they just train with me. Just buy the biggest training package that you can buy!

(I don’t actually have training packages.)

The truth is, it's not easy, and you already know that. In the process that I went through, I certainly didn’t feel great all of the time. I had moments of discouragement and doubt, but this kinda thing is to be expected. Success is earned. Pushing through those moments will help to define who you are.

It took me four or five months to lose 60 lbs. After a year I had lost 80. Long after, just by keeping the same practices and habits loosely in mind, I haven’t put a pound of it back on. Or maybe a few. I don't weight myself anymore. I just wait for my clothes to start fitting poorly, and make changes when necessary.

Nevertheless, developing good habits and incorporating them into your lifestyle permanently is the key to long term success in the physical realm. These are habits that we can build together.

I will to put something new in your mind each time you enter my gym and teach you how to apply the principal on your own time.

Sometimes this may be a new exercise concept. Other times, it could be a martial arts technique. This all depends on you, and the goals that you have... but it will always be well designed, functional exercise.

If you want to learn how to fight, you will learn something new about MMA every time you step foot in my dojo. I'm a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and I've been both boxing and kickboxing for more than 2 decades.

But again, I will build a fighting style tailored specifically to YOU. Your size, and your skills / abilities.

While we achieve this, I will push you to work beyond a level that you would have reached on your own.

If you get to the point that you no longer need me present to accomplish what you need to accomplish, I am happy to release you into the world as an educated athlete. You will be free to do what you wish with the techniques that you have learned (especially if that means writing me a testimonial).

You can spread the ways of the warrior that you learn here, to any who will listen.

You just have to find people willing to listen to you I guess.  That's always the hard part. 

Thank you for reading this!  I don't even remember why I wrote it, but it's here now and I'm not deleting it.