We are quickly approaching the IBJJF Masters World Championships being held in Las Vegas, NV August 24-27, 2017. Team FVGC has six competitors working hard to travel out there and bring some hardware back to Wisconsin: James Peterson (black belt), Bob Howden (purple belt), Matt Brown (purple belt), Stephanie Ozment (purple belt), Richard Wittmann (blue belt), and Curt Stratton (blue belt). While they are busy getting prepared, we would like to take a moment to thank our amazing team sponsors and encourage you to support them like they are supporting our fighters!
Water Right Residential Water Systems
Cousineau Auto Inc
Van’s Realty and Construction
Wisco-N-Sin Old Fashioned Mix
Baer Paints and Supplies
Saturday, May 6th FVGC will be CLOSED for all regular classes. We will be going to the Wisconsin Dells to watch the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation Freestyle & Greco State tournament. We are going to show support for a number of FVGC family members that are competing, including the Engeldal, Williams, Wittmann, Hammen, and Mills kids.
Please RSVP to the FB event if you are wanting to travel with the team (i.e. carpool with other FVGCers). FVGC FAMILY MEMBERS ONLY! If you are going but will be traveling alone with your family, please just check “Interested” so we don’t reserve you a seat. If you are willing and able to drive/provide a vehicle, please let us know in the discussion and include how many seats you have available. We will be meeting and leaving from the gym (exact time TBD).
More information on the tournament is below.
It has been suggested to us that you bring cash for entry and parking as well as chairs/cushions to sit on as it will be a long day on bleachers and the floor. Wear your FVGC or Team Sarah gear!
JUNE 12-JULY 26
Team FVGC has created a 6-Week summer program for kids 8-13 years old to learn the basics of boxing and Muay Thai kickboxing, to get some great exercise, and to have fun! No prior kickboxing or boxing training is required.
Classes will be held every Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 4-5pm starting on Monday, June 12th and ending Wednesday, July 26th. (We will be taking a break the week of July 3rd).
This will be an age-appropriate, light-contact class under professional, adult supervision and instruction. Students will be focusing on proper footwork, basic punching and kicking technique, putting together combinations, and some basic defense. There will be no peer-to-peer contact until students can demonstrate basic technique, control, and discipline.
Tuition for the 6-weeks is $150 and INCLUDES BOXING GLOVES AND SHIN-GUARDS. Students will need to provide their own boil-and-bite style mouthguard (approximately $15, available at Dicks, Scheels, Play It Again Sports, etc.). Registration and payment through the Eventbrite page is REQUIRED for participation. This will allow us to appropriately plan curriculum, staffing, and have each child’s equipment ready for them on their first day.
REGISTRATION ENDS SATURDAY, MAY 20th
Happy 4th of July everyone! Team FVGC will be open on Saturday, July 2nd for all regular classes. We will be CLOSED on Monday, July 4th for the holiday. We hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend!
We will be taking our summer break from Monday, July 18th through Saturday, July 23rd. All regular classes will be cancelled during that time, though we may be organizing some open mat times for people to come roll and work out. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Everyone runs into different challenges in when training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Paying attention to technique and coming to class consistently is extremely important in helping your game progress, but most of the time there are questions or problems in your game that cannot always be addressed in class right when you need them. Maybe you are having a problem with a certain position, wondering how you can use your body type to your advantage, or are being challenged by a specific person or strategy in rolling. Private lessons are an amazingly effective way to quickly solve some of those issues!
Black belt James Peterson not only has a great list of credentials, but has years of experience successfully helping people with their games and has coached multiple people to IBJJF World and Regional Champions. He is right here at home in Appleton and offering hour-long private lessons for as low as $40 when you split it with a partner. Call or text him directly at 920-740-6005 to schedule yours!
Team FVGC is excited to announce that we are extending our trial offer to 2 WEEKS FREE for all prospective adult students! Team FVGC is the ONLY Brazilian jiu-jitsu academy in NE Wisconsin with a full-time Black Belt instructor as well as a group of the most dedicated and accomplished coaches in the valley.
The free trial is a great way to try out all of our regular adult programs (BJJ, Boxing/kickboxing, Judo/Wrestling, Women’s Martial Arts, Fight Fit fitness). You will have a chance to experience our different martial arts programs, meet and talk with our coaches, and train with the FVGC family! You don’t need to have any experience to start training; most people that come in for the first time don’t have any martial arts background!
To get started all you need to do is come 10-15 minutes before the first class that you want to attend to fill out your waiver. See our schedule at www.foxvalleygrapplingclub.com/schedule.html. If you are under 18, you will need a parent/guardian to sign your paperwork. Wear comfortable athletic clothes and, if you are participating in boxing or kickboxing, you will need a mouth guard. Any other equipment you may need is provided by FVGC for your trial period.
If you have any other questions before coming in, please do not hesitate to call or email us! See you soon!
Martial arts can be a powerful tool for women. Martial arts can not only give women the skills to protect themselves, but can be an effective way to develop self-confidence, determination, focus, and self-respect. The martial arts can also be a great way to relieve stress, a part of a healthy lifestyle, and a way to create a supportive network of friends and mentors!
Team FVGC’s Women’s Class teaches a combination of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, and self-defense skills in a safe, supportive, and empowering environment. It is designed for women with a variety of experience levels; we welcome women with absolutely no experience as well as our more advanced martial artists. This is a class that can be taken by itself or in conjunction with another martial arts program at FVGC.
Our Women’s program is taught by Alexandra Peterson, who has been training in the martial arts for over 20 years and is one of the highest ranking female Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners in Wisconsin. She has many years of teaching experience both in striking and grappling and is the founder of Rebel Girls BJJ, a non-profit organization that promotes women’s jiu-jitsu and its community in Wisconsin.
As with all the programs at Team FVGC, you get 7 DAYS FREE to try out the class (Learn more about getting started HERE
Team FVGC Thanksgiving Schedule
Thursday, Nov 26th (Thanksgiving Day): CLOSED
Friday, Nov 27th (Black Friday): CLOSED
Saturday, Nov 28th: OPEN MAT 10AM-11AM
There will be no regular classes on Saturday. Open mat is available to all regular adult members (BJJ, Kickboxing, Fitness). There will be no instruction. A 5 minute timer will be set starting at 10am for those that are looking to roll/spar/workout with rounds. Do not show up at 10:45AM and expect that we will stay open for as long as you want to be at the gym.
Instructor Appreciation Week
December 7th – December 12th
Our instructors here at FVGC are not only incredibly skilled and accomplished, they are also extremely dedicated to their students and generous with their time and knowledge.
The week of December 7th is going to officially be Instructor Appreciation Week. FVGC staff will be organizing some ways to help our members say “Thank you!” to all the coaches for their years of hardwork and service to their team and students, but welcome you to find your own unique way to show your appreciation!!!
Family Potluck Saturday, December 12th
At the end of the week, on Saturday, December 12, we will be having an end-of-the-year POTLUCK at the gym from 5-8pm. Bring a dish and your family for a night of fun!!! We will have a dish-to-bring sign up closer to the event. All FVGC members from all programs and their families/significant others are welcome. In addition to stuffing our faces, we will be running some games for the kids and the adults. There also will be a raffle with some cool prizes with proceeds going to a great cause!
Visit the Facebook Event page here
Team FVGC is proud to support women in martial arts. This past Sunday (April 19th), FVGC hosted the Rebel Girls BJJ Training Event, a free 3 hour training event for female BJJ practitioners. The event drew 40 women from all over Wisconsin and Illinois.
Rebel Girls BJJ is an organization that strives to empower women and inspire female camaraderie within the Brazilian jiu-jitsu community by creating free and accessible events in which women, regardless of experience level or team affiliation, can come together to learn, train, and celebrate the tenacity and righteousness that they bring to the gym every day. To find out more, you can visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rebelgirlsbjj
With the extreme wind chills that we have been getting, we have gotten a number of questions regarding our closing policies:
Winter Closing Policy: If Appleton Area School District is closed for the day, Team FVGC will be closed for all regular classes. If there is a 2 hour delay, 9am BJJ will be canceled. We may cancel evening classes if there is very late-in-the-day inclement weather; this will be posted on our Facebook page as soon as possible.
Not sure whether AASD is closed? You can check on Fox 11 Online for any updates to the Appleton school status. Feel free to contact us if you are not sure!