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
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!
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!
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.
Since James and Alex will be in California for the Masters Worlds this weekend, there are some schedule changes/teammates filling in for coaches. If you are a PROSPECTIVE MEMBER looking to start your free 7 day trial, we ask that you wait until after November 3rd to come in.
Friday, October 31st:
9am and 11:30am BJJ: Open as usual
ALL EVENING CLASSES CANCELED
Saturday, November 1st:
All classes, including Kids Program, are on as usual
Monday, November 3rd:
CLOSED FOR ALL CLASSES
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone or email!
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!
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!