Benefits of Training Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an intense, aerobic and anaerobic workout that helps your fitness and health improve. It is a different workout to develop body coordination as well as personal awareness and self defense. The benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu goes above and beyond any other martial art due to its adaptability in the skills and techniques that you learn to take down any opponent of any size.

Self Defense
BJJ at GMA Martial Arts in Gallatin puts you in an atmosphere where you can succeed with any sized opponent, gain self-esteem and confidence in your skills, and learn to never give up and raise your endurance. We will give you the skills you need to feel confident in redirection and assertiveness in any threatening situation. Our members at GMA Martial Arts are taught how to assess and de-escalate situations without needing to physically use their skills.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a total body workout because it involves a lot of explosive throws, speed, agility, and ground grappling. At GMA Martial Arts, we know the importance of a healthy mind and body. In BJJ, you’ll burn hundreds of calories in each class, develop lean muscles, and boost stamina and endurance. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a high-energy training class from start to finish that is fun and engaging for any student.

Weight Loss 
Obesity is a serious problem in the United States, so a brand new workout to your routine will greatly help. At GMA Martial Arts, we know the importance of a healthy mind and body, so introducing yourself to martial arts is a great way to combat obesity and promote weight loss. In BJJ, you’ll burn hundreds of calories in each class, develop lean muscles, and boost flexibility. BJJ is a high-energy training class that is great for overall health and/or weight loss.

Confidence Building/Good Example
GMA Martial Arts is dedicated to empowering you with the confidence and self-esteem needed to get yourself out of a dangerous situation. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can bring out the positive qualities that have always been a part of you, whether that is inner calm, positive mental attitude, patience, or self-discipline. BJJ will help you overcome fear, anger and self-doubt. By empowering your body and mind with the skills to defend yourself and hold your own, all of our students are able to face their fears and walk a little taller and more confident after every class.

Variety Workouts/Stress Relief
BJJ helps build mental toughness, teaches the value of hard work, and gives you the persistence you need in everyday life. Many members at GMA Martial Arts have said that BJJ is also a great stress-relief from school or work because it helps take their mind off problems they are facing so they can focus all their strength and thoughts into grappling on the mats. It is a workout where you have to use your intelligence to problem solve and figure out how to get out from your opponent’s hold on you. By engaging your brain during class, BJJ can help provide a completely different workout that you won’t find anywhere else.

In BJJ you need to have a training partner to practice with, so you spend a lot of time with the other students in your class. By creating a bond of trust and reciprocation, you and your grappling partner can then practice various techniques on each other and see what works or doesn’t work. This martial art cannot be learned based solely on the use of paddles or punching bags. Members at GMA Martial Arts have become close friends and help each other refine their skills and reach their goals.

My name is Professor Konrado (in Portuguese). I am a Black Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and an IBJJF member. I received my belt in 2000 under Professor Rocian Gracie Jr, the Grandson of the founder, Carlos Gracie. Rocian Gracie Jr learned from his father Rocian Gracie, Carlson Gracie and several of his uncles and is currently a 5th Degree Black Belt in BJJ.

I myself have competed and trained in Jiu-Jitsu, TaeKwonDo, Karate, HapKiDo and other martial arts even before MMA took off as a sport. Rocian Gracie is myJiu-Jitsu brother, my best friend and an uncle to my children. He honored me by naming his son Conrado Gracie after me. Rocian Gracie is a wonderful martial artist and his family is close to my family and my heart. We worked and trained together for many years in my academy in California until he married and moved back to Brazil to build his organization.

I have competed in many styles over the last 50 years, have taught martial arts for over 38 years and have produced many great Black Belts, many tournament winners and life champions. I have taught amateur to pro levels and even trained with and sparred some great martial artists and fighters. In my more than 50 years, I have taught and trained in many Martial Arts and combative arts like Karate, TaeKwonDo, HapKiDo, Judo, Kung Fu, Muay Thai and Boxing. I currently hold high Master levels in Hapkido, Karate and 8th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo. I also hold Black belts and ranking in other martial art styles. Does this mean I am the best fighter in the world? No, it just means I have more knowledge to teach to those who want to learn.

I do consider myself a good fighter, competitor, coach and a teacher who cares about my students whom I consider close family. I have been training for over 50 years and teaching for over 38 years. Since 1979 teaching martial arts is the only job that I have ever had, so to me, teaching martial arts, self defense, fighting and life skills is my life. Even today my family continues our tradition of teaching martial arts and improving lives.

At our academy, we teach several martial arts, but our main focuses are traditional family programs and practical self defense. As we grow as an academy in our local area, we will be competing more in all styles including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. As our programs continues to grow we will teach our best to produce quality Black Belts and outstanding individuals. Rocian Gracie Jr academies have competed at many top events and have produced several top fighters and champions. The bottom line is, if you work hard and earn it, we will teach you and share all we have learned over the past 50 years.

You might ask why we moved to Gallatin. As a new grandfather and after 38 years of teaching seminars, traveling, operating 12 locations (California, Texas, Arizona, Florida, India) and working as vice president of several big organizations. I wanted to retire near family and spend more time with my children, grandchildren and wonderful wife. I wanted to focus on teaching, writing and enjoying a simpler country, family lifestyle. So in 2011, we as a family, moved to the area to be closer to my wife’s family. We started the BJJ program around 2015-2016.

We decided to open a new 4500sq academy in Gallatin, so we could offer great family martial arts. We have been open for 4 years, have been focusing on building our other programs and have just started our Jiu-Jitsu program in November 2015. To maintain our family atmosphere at this time we are taking beginners only and children up to the level of Purple. We will open up more classes for advanced adult students once we have several students that have graduate to blue belt. (May 2017)

If you have any other questions please visit us or call. ( 615) 989-7945 and ask for Professor Konrado or his sons Mathew, Andrew or Kurt who asssits in teaching the classes they are Purple Belts in BJJ and high level black belts in other styles. You can also call Brazil and talk to Rocian Gracie Jr at his academy in Brazil and watch the video below to learn more about Rocian Gracie Jr and his academies in Brazil.

View the Rocian Gracie Academy Brazil website for more information

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