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  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kids Martial Arts Classes in Fort Mill!


    Check out our new website for Great Grappling Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!
    We proudly serve the Fort Mill, Charlotte, and Rock Hill areas! Come see the programs and deals we have to offer. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Women's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kids Martial Arts, and SO MUCH MORE! Fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! Don't forget to click below to visit us on our social media pages!! Facebook Google+ Twitter Instagram ....

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  • The Benefits of Competing

    We’ll start off this post by saying that BJJ competitions aren’t for everyone, and there’s no shame in practicing the art for the sake of the art. Simply training with your school’s partners is a testament unto itself, and most schools provide a rigorous gauntlet of opponents that keep your skills honed. However, there are some definitive benefits to competing. Today we’ll touch on a few of them. Forming a Strategy When you first compete, you probably don’t even think all that much about strategy. If you do, it’s probably only to the extent of taking the fight to where you’re most comfortable, which can be something as simple as pulling ....

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  • Protective Gear: It’s Part Of Your Uniform

    How many times have you said, “Oh I forgot my knee brace,” or asked, “Can I borrow some tape?” If these words haven’t come from your mouth, you’ve definitely heard them from some of your teammates. And while forgetting protective gear from time to time is certainly understandable, let’s be honest: when it comes to these matters, procrastination is the disease, one that breeds inaction. The problem with this kind of procrastination is that it typically ends once you’ve actually injured something significantly. While it’s certainly human nature, it’s also wildly illogical; the key word here is “protective,” so donning ....

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  • Technique of the Month- Half Guard Sweep: Wrist Control

    2. Video/Technique of the Month: Half-Guard Sweep: Wrist Control (the Anti-D’Arce) One of our most popular technique videos, the wrist control sweep—aka the “anti-D’Arce”—is pure gold. Why? First, because it works gi or no-gi. And also because it completely reverses your fortunes—you immediately go from potentially getting choked to a more dominant position. But the most golden aspect of this technique once you master it? Your training partners won’t even try to D’Arce you anymore. This entry was posted in Uncategorized by Great Grappling . Bookmark the permalink . ....

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  • Great Grappling’s 3rd Anniversary Party Is This Weekend!

    If you’re a Great Grappling student and you’ve been in class over the last month, you already know this because Professor Jeremy Arel has beat it into your brain every time we’ve lined up at the end of class: this Saturday, April 26, Great Grappling Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will celebrate its third anniversary with a seminar, a party, and a promotions ceremony for students. If you’ve been to one of these before, you know it’s a good time. This year, a unique aspect of the day will be the attendance of Roberto “Gordo” Correa, Professor Arel’s teacher from Brazil. Gordo will not only be joining in on the festivities, but he will also conduct the ....

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  • Mr. Resistance: A Definition, And A Solution

    If you train BJJ long enough, you’ll definitely encounter Mr. Resistance. He’s the guy that tenses his arms, puts up a struggle, and holds on way too tight. Oh, and we’re not talking about sparring. We’re talking about training techniques. Like many BJJ characters that need a definition and a solution, Mr. Resistance is often a newbie. Over time, he will realize that when practicing techniques it’s often better to give in than to resist. Of course, none of this matters when you meet Mr. Resistance in his prime. At worst, a simple kimura or choke technique becomes an exercise fraught with danger, one where you better have your tap hand at the ready. At best, ....

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  • When It Comes To Gi’s, Wearing Is Believing

    While the Internet affords the modern shopper a gazillion options, it also breeds paralysis by analysis. With countless reviews, vendors, and styles in the mix, making a purchase becomes much akin to compiling data for a case study. And when it comes to something you’re going to wear? A decision becomes even more difficult. Take shoes, for example. You can look online, but the proof in the pudding comes from lacing them up. The same is the case for a BJJ gi. You can stare at photos of the sports’ stars wearing the latest innovation, waffle back and forth between canvas or ripstop pants, or wonder about the fit of the latest entrepreneur’s contribution to the burgeoning ....

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  • The Purple Belt Problem

    In many ways, the rank of purple belt can be viewed as a bridge rank. When a practitioner receives a blue belt, this represents a huge step simply from a standpoint of dealing with the challenge of an existence as a white belt. This existence starts with cluelessness, continues with beatdown after beatdown, and culminates with having a foundation of knowledge and skill in BJJ. Since so many white belts fall by the wayside, the rank of blue belt is often rewarding simply from a standpoint of survival. Receiving a purple belt, however, is a different story. It’s very difficult to advance to this rank without possessing definitive skill. This skill ranges from a development of ....

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  • Notes From A Middle-Aged Grappler: Submitting to Reality

    On August 6 th of this year, I turned 40. If you assume that my reaching this landmark age was riddled with the angst associated with most mid-life crises, you’d be absolutely correct. A huge part of my angst came from the fact that as I was approaching four decades I had suffered a significant injury; jiu-jitsu was my escape, physically and mentally, and it had been taken from me at what I felt was a critical point in my life. As any practitioner understands, BJJ certainly makes you grapple (sorry) with your own mortality, and I’m here to tell you that struggle is only exacerbated by age and injury. Flashback: in December of 2012, I suffered what was my second back injury ....

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  • A Spectrum of Mistakes

    In life, mistakes are simply a part of the learning process. Of course, there’s always an irony when it comes to errors; the more proficient you become at something, the more a mistake matters—and that’s certainly the case in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu . While on the surface that might not make much sense, all you have to do is look at the difference between a white belt and a black belt, especially in competition. Obviously, white belts are a complete mess for their first few months on the mat. Like fish out of water, there’s a lot of flopping and flailing around—but mostly there are just a ton of mistakes. These lower level belts have no idea that they’re ....

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  • Technique of the Month: Half Guard Pass- Reverse Sit

    Struggling in the no-man’s-land known as half-guard? If you’re on top, this simple pass can become your secret weapon. It’s a pass renowned the world over—and one that can turn a white belt into a blue belt (not overnight, of course). As always, the simplest passes can become disastrous when you’re doing them wrong. Avoid that plight by locking down the details today. ....

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  • Student Spotlight: Jake Boehmann

    Student Spotlight: Jake Boehmann

    Jake Boehmann is a waiter at Maggiano’s in SouthPark who has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over six years, since he was 25. He’s a purple belt who has made Great Grappling his home since January 2013. Almost immediately upon coming to GGBJJ he was nicknamed “Jake the Cake,” which has since been shortened to just “Cake.” When he’s not working you can find him at just about every single class offered at Great Grappling, where he loves training two-a-days when his schedule allows. Jake spends his time outside of BJJ with his parents and younger brother and sister, and especially loves hanging out with his German Shorthaired Pointer, Dixie. ....

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  • BJJ Has More Benefits Than Just Choking

    To start, let’s be clear: everyone remembers the first time they choked someone. You sunk in a rear-naked, or grabbed the gi pants for a bow-and-arrow, and when you received that tap it was a private moment of glory. Of course, everyone remembers the first time they got choked, too: the grainy grey that accompanies the shutting down of a carotid, and the sore neck muscles the day after. Either way, we return for more. Obviously, BJJ offers more than just the base adrenaline rush of a submission. They are a variety of benefits. Here are just a few of them. Higher Self-Confidence
    A by-product of most martial arts, self-confidence often soars for a practitioner. To the outsider, ....

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  • Technique of the Month: Open Guard Pass- the Slam & Go

    At Great Grappling we’ve just entered the 2 month block where we focus on Open Guard and Butterfly Guard. This month’s technique focuses on the Open Guard Pass, the Slam & Go. Sure, there are fancier and more technical passes out there. But anyone who utilizes this pass consistently knows how invaluable it is for shutting down those pesky open guard players. As with many techniques, the key to this pass is committing to it fully. Many a practitioner has gotten the needed grips to execute the Slam-and-Go, only to suffer paralysis-by-analysis before the “slam.” That hesitation, at best, means you’ve missed a golden opportunity. At worst, you end up ....

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  • The “Let’s Roll Light” Guy: A Definition, And Solution

    The longer you train BJJ, the more likely you are to encounter a well-known but frustrating phenomenon: the “Let’s Roll Light” guy. But be warned, the phrase “Let’s Roll Light” can often be shrouded in even more vague pre-sparring statements such as “Let’s just flow today” or “My ______ is injured, so let’s take it easy.” If you hear any of these statements right before you slap hands on the mat, we want to make sure you’re properly prepared. The first time you hear this—typically as a naïve white belt—your guard drops completely. You feel like you’re in for a relaxing roll, a zen-like ....

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  • The First Time

    May 28th, 2013 Nearly 4 years ago, I fell in love with a BJJ addict. I, a violent sports junkie, was playing roller derby at the time. When I lost my health insurance I turned to boxing (because it was less dangerous. Just think about that). After several years of boxing, circumstances changed and it was time to hang up the gloves. I began pursuing my accreditation as a yoga instructor, and ran my first half marathon. During this time, my BJJ addict boyfriend was promoted to black belt and husband status. I’ve been at his side through opening not one but 2 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academies, and for 2 years have worked for him full time as business manager/front desk girl at the school. ....

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  • You’re a Loser

    Today’s post begins with a statement you definitely don’t want to hear: your success in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is going to be directly connected to your ability to deal with loss. Sorry, it’s true. But for some individuals, the desire to win is so strong that anything besides victory puts a bad taste in their mouth, forces them into a depression, or — even worse — angers them. Regardless of the teams and affiliations that we have in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, grappling is an individual sport. What this means is that although we have teammates that help us learn, condition and prepare, when it comes time to compete only the individual competitor goes out onto the mat. ....

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  • Student Spotlight: Ian Young

    Student Spotlight: Ian Young

    1. Did you train BJJ prior to coming to GGBJJ? If so where, and for how long? I trained for 3 months before Great Grappling opened. During that time I trained under Professor Luis “Sucuri” Togno in Waxhaw and then under Professor Dave Mansel with Satsuma Spiders in Charlotte after Luis’ unfortunate passing. 2. What sports have you played prior to joining GGBJJ? I have been training and competing in kendo for 2 and a half years with Charlotte Kendo. I have also trained in aikido and muay thai in the past. I trail run and compete in local races. I have especially become interested in obstacle races and mud runs. 3. Why did you decide to begin training BJJ? What ....

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  • Student Spotlight: Jason Jones

    Student Spotlight: Jason Jones

    1. Did you train BJJ prior to coming to GGBJJ? If so where, and for how long? No (I hardly even knew what BJJ was prior to coming to Jeremy) 2. What sports have you played prior to joining GGBJJ? Rugby in college, but my big claim to fame was that when I was much younger I ran the mile with a PR of 4:57. 3. Why did you decide to begin training BJJ? My son Daniel was really the one that sparked this. We are active in Boy Scouts and we have a high adventure trip to the Florida Sea Base coming up in June of 2013. According to the BSA physical, I’m suppose to be no heavier than 226 lbs by the time of this trip. I need to lose a lot of weight in over 1 year. Since my time as a ....

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  • Grappling Drama Queen

    There are many different Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners. Some people are casual, some are competitors and some are teachers. This is the beauty of BJJ. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has a depth in technique and concept that allows an individual to engage in this martial art at varying degrees, yet still benefit from its lessons. Regardless of how often you train, or how hard you train, there is one underlying factor in common. Every practitioner wants to get the most out of their training and with a limited amount of time allowed you must ask yourself this question: “What should I practice?” This simple question can have many different answers, and the correct answer will ....

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  • Understanding the Game

    There are many different tools used to increase performance. Goal setting, visualization, repetition, competition, and a variety of other things can be very helpful in skill gains. As you progress through your Jiu-Jitsu career, you will find that your understanding of grappling evolves and changes. You will view things differently as a black belt than you did as a white belt. This change in your views is very hard to explain, and often times can only be understood by someone who has made the journey. Even though I acknowledge this task to be very difficult, I will do my absolute best to explain to you my views of BJJ. Let me start off by saying this; Technical fighters are the lowest ....

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  • The Newbies Guide to Tapping

    Do you know how to tap? That may be the most commonly asked question during a student’s first class. Many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practioners take this concept for granted, but it is important for us to remember that to someone who is new to the sport, this may not be intuitive. Like everything else in our sport, we need to teach this to our beginners. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be a lifetime activity if you train correctly. This is in stark contrast to some other combat sports where the wear and tear on the body is too great to have a prolonged practice. The secret to a lifetime of training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a complex equation of knowing your limits, choosing training ....

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  • Black Belts are Unicorns

    Black belts are unicorns. That rare, mythical beast that people whisper about. They are sought out for their great knowledge and magical powers. An alleged unicorn siting can bring disbelief, awe, and sometimes, anger. Sometimes I truly believe this is how the BJJ community views the black belt. Like we’re some sort of secret mythical beast that has all of your answers and all you have to do is corner us, catch us, at the right moment and we can make you magical too. Well, you’re half right. I do have some great knowledge, I am a pretty good grappler, and I happen to be a black belt. People do indeed travel great distances seeking me out in the hopes that I can impart some of ....

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  • Showing my Gratitude

    Exhaustion and pride are the two feelings I’m left with at the end of this week. I’ve been training hard and teaching with a purpose. The school is starting to come along and we continue to grow every week. We are meeting our short term goals and continuing down the path of success. One of our true tests will come on August 6 th when I take some of the guys down to the Lutador competition in Georgia. We’ve been focusing on some really great techniques and I know the guys are interested in testing them out “for real”. It will also serve as a great way to assess if our direction as a school is correct. I’m not necessarily saying that the emphasis is on ....

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  • It is official: I have signed the lease

    It is official. I have signed the lease, ordered the mats and completed all the necessary paperwork. Many of you have been wondering exactly where my school will be and now I’m prepared to tell you! I am happy to announce, our school will be located at 2132 Carolina Place Dr, Fort Mill, SC 29708.
    There were a lot of factors that went into choosing that location and trust me when I tell you that we looked at a lot of different places. In the end this was by far the best of the locations and the facility is perfect. This is an excellent place to grow a team. The academy is half a mile away from Baxter Village (a very large, well off neighborhood) and about 30 seconds off of a major ....

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  • GGBJJ Youtube Channel

    Wake up, eat, train, eat, sleep. This is my typical day. The only difference from one day to the next is who I train with and where I train. For everyone who has speculated about what it would be like to own your own school and train/teach grappling for a living, I’m here to confirm your assumptions: it is awesome! One of the only negative side effects of teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for a living is that the days go by so fast its dizzying. I’m afraid that I’m going to wake up tomorrow and realize that 20 years have gone by. I find that the only way I can keep up with the week is to take photos of everything. Then after the week is done, I go back through the photos and ....

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  • Waffles with Eddie

    The last two months have been a blur. As many of you know I’ve been in the process of opening my own school, and to say that it has been a lot of work would be an understatement. It has seriously enveloped my life, and I mean that in the best way possible. The school is doing great. More and more students are signing up and it’s doing better than even I would have imagined. Some of our classes are starting to grow big enough that I’m considering expanding and it’s only been 7 weeks. By my best guess, if we continue the way that we are, by the 6 month mark we will HAVE to expand. It’s kind of a scary thought, but a good one none the less. Our grand ....

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  • Choked by Munchkins

    Opening my own academy is full of new experiences and this week was no different. For the first time we held kids testing and it was a great experience. I have helped during tests before and I’ve given plenty of tests in physical education, but it’s a totally new territory for me as it pertains to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Constructing the curriculum, designing a test, and then administering a test in front of a classroom full of students and parents almost felt as much a test of my abilities as a teacher as it did a test of their skills as a student. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the level of attentiveness, attention to technique and, of course, the physical ....

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  • Giving Back

    There are many teams in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. There are different teaching philosophies, different training regiments, and different views on how Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fits into our lives. Some people are casual practitioners who train once or twice a week and then there are “mat rats” who train once or twice a day. The diversity within our sport is astounding. It transcends race, sex, religion, social status, and athleticism. There are people of every shape and color practicing our sport around the world. Sometimes we view the diversity within our sport and focus on our differences. We train with the same people, we grow attached to our “team” and get ....

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