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!
The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Pan American Championships will be held in Irvine, CA, March 12-16, 2014. It is one of the most prestigious Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments in the world and Team FVGC will be there!
Head coach James Peterson is a 2x Pan-American Champion and a Master and Seniors Worlds medalist, as well as a Chicago International Open Champion. This will be the first year he is competing in the black belt division. Purple belt Alexandra Rathbone is a 3x Chicago International Open Champion and is looking to bring home her first Pan-Am medal. Purple belt and Chicago Open Champion Dan Williams is also looking to bring back his first Pan-Am medal.
This trip would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Please patronize the following businesses to say thank you for supporting local athletes!
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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!
We all have those friends and teammates whose mantra seems to be “It’s time for me to get back into shape/get back to training…and I am serious this time!” They start coming to the gym three or four days a week and start making some progress…But the commitment seems to wane quickly and they end up back where they started 3 months ago.
Martial arts and fitness are not in the list of activities that are like riding a bicycle. You can leave your bike in the garage all winter and still ride it in the spring with ease. You stay out of the gym for the winter and you will have more than a little rust to shake off. There are two main reasons for this:
- The loss of physical strength and stamina due to inactivity/inconsistency should be a huge motivator for people with health and fitness or martial arts goals. Studies show that it can take as little as 2 weeks for your conditioning levels to plunge on a number of fronts! A few months of little to no training can undo months and months of prior work. Workout sessions that once seemed easy end up being incredibly challenging and frustrating after just a short period of time off.
- Meanwhile, progression in a sport such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu requires consistent work and focus to learn, polish, and fix techniques. It takes consistent up-keep of your body control and basics in order to focus on new techniques and positions. Purple belts need to be able to recall white belt and blue belt basics with no problem in order to focus on something more advanced.
So you must ask yourself: Why start over and “start training hard” every 6 months when you can stay at a reasonable and consistent pace, gradually improving all the time? Why worry about getting your wind back when you could be focusing on that new body movement or trying a kettlebell swing with a heavier weight than last week? Why worry about having your body be able to do a perfect basic arm bar because you keep taking time off, when you could be improving your guard game with more advanced sweeps? It seems like a simple answer to me.
NEVER LOOK BACK; MAINTAIN THE BASICS SO YOU CAN ALWAYS BE LOOKING FORWARD! And, if you have been out for awhile, make sure your plan to come back can be maintained over the long-term, not just for a few short months!
As I was teaching our FVGC Advanced kids jiu-jitsu class the other day, I looked around the room as the kids were drilling technique and felt proud! It was a class of 6-12 year olds repping their techniques with beautiful movement and great discipline. They hardly needed any tries to “get it right”. During rolling they stayed controlled and calm, hardly ever relying on size or strength to gain position or get the submission. It occurred to me in that moment that in some ways it was easier to teach this class than the adult white belts, that the adults have a harder time smoothly doing technique and rolling with some flow.
How is this possible? Here are 3 reasons I came up with:
- Kids come in with little to no pre-conceived ideas about BJJ: Usually kids come into class not knowing what jiu-jitsu is or how it should look. So, they come into class and take the instructor’s word for how things should be done and mimic the body movements and style of those that know more than they do. They don’t over-think it; they just DO IT.
- They work with adult instructors: The first time our kids roll, it is with an adult that is much larger than they are; perhaps this gives them the idea that their size and strength cannot be relied on all the time. They are forced to use good technique, as an instructor won’t let them get away with anything else!
- They keep it fun! Ego is much less of a problem in the kids’ classes. Of course, there is always some healthy competition, but the kids take it to heart when an instructor says, “You are going to have bad days rolling. It is okay. It happens to everyone. Everyone makes mistakes, and that is why you keep coming to class”. Even a child that has a rough practice is over it in about 10 minutes and ready to come back for their next class.
So I guess my advice is….Train like a kid! Come to class like a sponge, ready to absorb; roll with people that are bigger or more experienced than you; and, don’t let your ego get in the way of your training. Open your mind, open your heart, and LOVE JIU-JITSU!
Happy Training! :)
I spend a lot of time at the gym both watching and participating in Jiu jitsu classes here in Appleton. During these times, I hear a lot of discussion regarding body type and jiu jitsu. Even the kids in our BJJ program have realized that body type makes a huge difference. Many times the discussion is more of a complaint than anything…
“My legs are too long to fit the hook in”
“I am not strong enough to bump him”
“I am not flexible enough for this move”
“I can’t lock my guard/touch my knees to the floor in mount”
And then, there is the speculation that “That guy has the perfect jiu-jitsu body!”
The fact of the matter is that there is no such thing as a perfect jiu-jitsu body. Every body type has its advantages. Tall and lean is great for the guard. They may not be big and strong, but small guys can ball up, move fast and fluidly, and take advantage of little spaces. Those that aren’t that naturally flexible tend to take up a strong pressure and passing games. You must use what nature gave you and work with it! Not every move shown in class is going to be perfect for your game or be your #1 move; we all pick and choose. If you like to watch jiu jitsu videos, it may be a good idea to find someone that shares your body type!
That being said, remember that if you are frustrated with a certain technique or training partner, your body type may not be to blame! You may be missing details, a frame here or a hip movement there, or may need to modify your strategy…it’s probably something that your instructor can help you with!