Saturday, February 17th 11am-1:30pm
The IBJJF PanAm Championship is coming up soon in Irvine, CA and we are sending a small but fierce team of competitors from FVGC! To help get our guys out there, we are holding a seminar during which James, Curt, Kegan, and Dan will each be showing 1/2 hour of technique. It promises to be a great opportunity to not only support our teammates, but also learn some awesome BJJ/Judo/wrestling from some seriously talented and experienced guys.
Entry to the seminar is $35 (cash please). This is open to ALL LEVELS and ALL SCHOOLS. We do appreciate an RSVP via FACEBOOK, but there is no registration requirement. Regular Adult BJJ class will be CANCELLED that day. Kickboxing Fundamentals, and Kids BJJ will run as usual.
If you have any questions, please contact Alex at 920-202-4166
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!
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.
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!