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
After having a blast during our Kids Summer Kickboxing Program, we are happy to announce that we will be running another Kids Kickboxing 6-Week Program in the fall! The program will begin on Monday, September 11th and end on Wednesday, October 18th. Information and registration can be found on the class Eventbrite Page: REGISTER 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
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!
This is the last week to take advantage of our never-before offered Buy One Get One Membership Sale at the Fox Valley Grappling Club. When you commit to a membership (6 months for martial arts/3 months for Fight Fit fitness), you automatically get another similar membership for a friend or family member. This is valid for all of our regular adult programs, including boxing/kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu/Judo, and Fight Fit fitness. And, you don’t need to be in the same program as your partner! For example, you can buy a membership for BJJ and have your friend use their membership for boxing/kickboxing. We also have a number of flexible payment options, including splitting payments between two people, discounts for paying up-front, and monthly payment programs! Contact us for more information!
After indulging in Thanksgiving celebrations yesterday, let Team FVGC help you get back on track on Saturday, November 29th ! We are holding a FREE 9am Fight Fit fitness class and a FREE 11am Brazilian jiu jitsu class to let current members get a workout in and new customers try out the programs with no obligation! Come for the workout, stay for the sale! New customers can get 40% their membership if they sign up before 2pm!
FOR NEW CUSTOMERS: No equipment is needed to get started. Just come in clean, comfortable athletic clothes (no shoes necessary) with jewelry removed. We recommend t-shirts with sleeves rather than tank tops. Please come about 10 MIN EARLY to sign your waiver and get settled. All fitness and experience levels are welcome! Please let your instructor know about any physical concerns or restrictions before starting class.
Feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have at 920-202-4166
By Coach James Peterson
Do you ever wonder why you feel so good after a training session? Have you ever thought, “Maybe I shouldn’t go in to practice tonight” and gone anyway, only to realize you feel great afterward? I am sure you have probably even tried to surmise why this happens. Maybe you think it is the endorphins. Maybe you think it is the simple act of “blowing off steam”. I am sure many of us have realized, whether we have been in BJJ for a short time or having been training for years, that while we are in the midst of it, it brings us true happiness.
I run my own gym and, in the past, have had several people return from vacations and tell me that they just have to get back in and roll. As I watched a TED Talk by Matt Killingsworth, it dawned on me as to what REALLY contributes to that feeling of such a great contentment and overall happiness a person gets from doing BJJ. You can watch it HERE.
It has to do with something he terms “Mind Wandering”. The general idea of Mind Wandering is that when people allow their minds to stray away from their present situation, they tend to be less happy. This holds true even if the individual’s thoughts are on something more positive than their current situation.
Luckily, while doing jiu-jitsu, you can only really focus on jiu-jitsu. I don’t know if I have ever thought, during a rolling session, what I would eat later or what plans I had for the weekend. When a person is doing BJJ, unless they want to get their ass completely handed to them, they can only focus on what is happening right at that moment. If you want to survive and thrive in BJJ, you MUST be in the moment. You have no choice. This is one of the key beauties of the art; complete focus on the now.
The side effects of training jiu-jitsu like increased fitness, the ability to endure difficult situations, better self-confidence and the bonds made with teammates are great, but I think, what brings true happiness is the absolute dedication to the present which is necessary to do jiu-jitsu.
Think about this AFTER your next rolling session.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to come train BJJ with us in Appleton, here is a sneak peak of some great technique from black belt James Peterson:
BJJ Technique of the Week: Rolling Armbar from Turtle Position
If you want to see more from the Fox Valley Grappling Club, you can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Happy training!
Team FVGC Coach Matt Brown
Congratulations to our Team FVGC member and coach Matt Brown for his August 15th victory in Detroit! Matt is a talented and dedicated fighter whose hard work paid off and brought him home the WXC Warrior Xtreme Championship belt.
We are so proud of Matt and look forward to his next fight in which he will defend his RFA belt in Minnesota on Friday, October 10th!
Team FVGC is proud to announce that Head Coach James Peterson earned his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt this past Saturday! James has dedicated 14 years of his life to the gentle art. He has not only putting his heart and soul into his own training, but also dedicated countless hours to his students. This is a historical achievement: James is now the ONLY full-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt instructor north of Milwaukee! We feel so lucky to have him as our coach and training partner. Congratulations James!
We are also proud to have our first blue belt graduates of 2014. Ricky, Jamie, Gary, and Carl all put in many hours on the mat and trained very hard for their test. Great job Blues!