Brazilian Jui Jitsu

Brazilian Jui Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the best and most intricate martial arts for self-defense situations. Many people deny this these days due to the rapid growth of competitive Jiu Jitsu, people training gi specific moves, and the sport aspect of the art. What people fail to understand is that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has one of the highest dropout rates in any martial art, the most intense learning curve, and when you go to a Jiu Jitsu class, no matter what experience you have in other martial arts or wrestling, when matched up against only a blue belt or purple (The second and third ranks in bjj), the average person will be annihilated in a grappling match because they are not familiar with the ground.
The basic argument people have when defeated in a bjj class goes something like this, “Well if I could punch and kick, it would be different,” or “Why can’t I knee and elbow you?” These are very comical arguments. The bottom line with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that the learning curve is so hard that just to start understanding the concepts, techniques, and movements; it could take up to a year. Just to reach your first belt promotion, (blue belt) on average takes 2 years. In many other martial arts including karate, Tae Kwon Do, and others you can receive a black belt in the same time frame that a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner would receive a Blue Belt. Many people fail to understand that in a traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy on average it takes longer to get a black belt than a PHD; it takes ten years, one decade.
Brown belt Jon Gale grew up in a part of the city with a lot of negative influences. He was on his way down a difficult path in life before he began training Jiu Jitsu. He said:
“BJJ was a breath of fresh air for me, putting me around amazing coaches, and great people who were overflowing with passion, self-confidence and determination. BJJ showed me that you do not need to have an ounce of natural talent to succeed in something, and that hard work and perseverance are the only qualities you need to climb your way to any goal you wish to accomplish. ”

Self Defense

The majority of the self-defense moves involving pain compliance function by crushing a muscle or extending a joint in an uncomfortable direction, John Machado says. “The biceps lock works by ‘cutting’ the muscle. Another technique might work by extending the elbow, knee or neck to cause pain. The side neck crank is a good example. You don’t want to break the neck; you want to cause pain by hurting the neck muscles.”
In schools that teach BJJ techniques such as leg locks, the calf crush is a popular pain-compliance technique. “You can do a foot lock on the ankle, or you can hold the calf and ‘cut’ it,” John Machado says. “A lot of people will tap right there. Just remember that for some, there’s no effect.”
He advises martial artists to avoid spending an undue amount of time trying to make a pain-compliance technique work when training in self-defense moves. “When you apply a hold, watch your opponent’s reaction,” he says. “If you see him lifting his hand to tap, it’s a sign the lock is working. Otherwise, quickly move to a different hold.”
During that short period in which you’re gauging the effectiveness of your self-defense moves, limit the amount of effort you exert. “You shouldn’t go 100 percent because you never know for sure that the lock is even going to work or whether he’ll counter it,” John Machado says. “You should apply the technique and use enough pressure to make it work. You know from practicing it in the dojo how much force that requires — how much effort it takes in a perfect situation. If it doesn’t have an effect, just move on.”
As a person who actually trains in a variety of self-defense systems I have always considered BJJ to be useful but only very small part of the equation of self-defense. In many ways I always said “BJJ is great in one on one fights” however just how rare are one on one situations?
The situations are actual a major part of violence. There seems to be a huge over estimation that every fight involves groups, when to be honest that is simply not the case.
The assumption that crime is a group situation needs to be addressed because the fact is simple. You are just as likely to be involved attacked by a single person as you are a group! You need to have the skills to deal with both situations.
Now BJJ many years ago was mostly wrestling take downs and groundwork but a new and fresher form of BJJ is starting to surface and this is due to the ever increasing mix of Judo players and other martial artists seeking out BJJ as an activity. This exciting cross training mentality has of course provided martial artists with the ability to cross train and people are seeing many BJJ clubs employing full time Judo coaches.
So we start to see the evolution of BJJ and for many this really started to happen in London at the Budokwai ( a top and prestigious club in London) when BJJ classes were held in the building and top Judoka trained with Roger Gracie (BJJ multi world champion) and in turn he went to Judo classes. This multi discipline approach has led to better grapplers, this fact cannot be denied.
Unlike a lot of martial artists my mind is not fixed, I can and often do change my opinions based on new and emerging data. To be honest and been against BJJ and Judo being a part of the same stable.
Any way I have gone off point, the issue here as I was saying is that BJJ is not the same as it was, we now see BJJ players possessing very high levels of standing grappling and with that comes the improvement of BJJ as a self-defense system.

Ice Bucket challenge Mr. Malone

Ice Bucket Challenge by Mr. Malone


Hapkido vs other styles

Individuals who desire to learn an interesting martial art, may wish to learn Hapkido.   You can train in this martial art that is not as well known, as some.  Most individuals will find Hopkido to be a highly dynamic and electric Korean Martial art. It involves hits,  kicks, locks and throws.

Hapkido is known for both long range and closer fighting techniques. It is involves redirection of force and control of the opponent. Those who practice the art know that positioning of the body is fundamental to maintaining control of an opponent, and this is what a good deal of the training is based on. Similar to some of the other more well known martial arts, it incorporates the use of leverage to gain control of an opponent. It can help a much smaller opponent maneuver a stronger or heavier adversary.

The founder of the discipline was Choi-Young Sool.  He incorporated this new art by using fighting techniques adopted from Jujtsu learned in Japan after spending 30 years there. Hapkido has elements of several different martial arts techniques as part of its process. Elements of both Japanese Jujitsu and Taekwondo are present in Hopkido. This is simply one of the things that individuals can take advantage of when they choose to learn this style.   Some individuals think that Akido and Hapkido have a common history but in fact the techniques are different in that Hapkido uses  more attacks with kicks, hand strikes  and  different striking distances.  These may be some of the more dramatic differences between the two.

There are a number of stances that are similar with the techniques of Hapkido and Akido but as mentioned there are differences in the two. Some ways that they differ as mentioned, include philosophies, fighting styles and strikes that are performed. Akido and Hapkido have a different evolution and are practiced in different ways.

Although the process of Hapkido is often considered to be a soft art in terms of training and physical defense however, the process of learning it it does involve vigorous training as do the majority of the martial arts. It is a whole body practice and philosophy which can take a lifetime to master as do many of the martial arts. Look to a marital arts school to learn the philosophies and methods that are involved in Hapkido. It is important to master the fundamentals of the sport by proper training with those accustomed to, and familiar with the methods.




Ju Jitsu

Ju jitsu Martial Arts School

 A Ju jitsu Martial Arts School is a center that guarantees proficient training in grappling martial arts. It is available to all members aged 4 and above who wish to study martial arts. Our instructors at Premier Mixed Martial Arts LLC are fully certified. The members of our school get to experience the unique effects that martial arts can have on both the body as well as the mind.

Our training as you will find when you join us, gives members passion, that enables them to make it part of their life and passion. Proper technique and skill development is provided as a foundation for jujitsu by our instructors. Also included in the training is core strength, cardiovascular ability, muscular conditioning, stress relief as well as self defense skills.

Depending on your preference, you can choose to have private training or join in group training. In group training, you will meet other members who share in your passion. New members at our school are welcome to join at any level. The school takes it upon itself to ensure that it will challenge you in order to take you to the next level.

Ju jitsu Training

The advantage of Ju jitsu training is that it does not rely on brute strength. It is all about technique and skill development. This is what our school seeks to instill in the members psyche. That Ju jitsu is more of a lifestyle and not just about mere combat. The skill development offered at our school ensures that you are in tip top shape physically which means that you will manage the Ju jitsu techniques that are to be taught by the instructor.

With the type of training provided in our school, you will find that smaller women and men are victorious over heavy weights when it comes to jujitsu. This form of martial arts is guaranteed to improve your balance, flexibility, and coordination as well as total body condition. Therefore, you have self defense techniques as well as a toned body. What more would any member need?

Brazilian Ju jitsu is another form of martial arts that is offered by our martial school. This form of martial art promotes building character as well as promoting physical fitness. Considering that the confrontation that is use in this martial art technique involves grappling as well as ground fighting, our trainers ensure that the training you get with us will give you both technique and leverage. After training with us, you are assured that your choke hold and joint lock techniques will be unequaled.

Additional Training

The training offered by our martial arts school includes; Brazilian Ju jitsu, , Judo and Pankration Ju Jitsu. You will find that when this training is offered at an earlier age, proficiency is gained really fast and a child joining at the age of 6 years will be well versed in jujitsu by the time they are 10 years.

The advantage of this program is that apart from being a self defense class, it is also a lifestyle. For your children, they learn self discipline and the importance of staying in good shape from a young age. The same applies to the adult who will realize after a few weeks in our school how much passion they have in this positive lifestyle we have to offer.

Children’s self defense

Discover the benefits of children’s self defense

The security, proper health and growth of a child are quite important and should not be overlooked. Over the years experts have identified martial arts skills as an assured means of keeping fit and safe. Enrolling a child for these classes promotes their healthy, mental, physical and emotional growth. Many parents have also noted that the children’s self defense becomes second nature to them. For those who would like to join, there are many benefits to walk away with. They include:

Energy challenge

Parents are at times worried about the overwhelming levels of energy in their children. However, by enrolling in a martial arts school, the energy is used productively. This helps them to be centered and grounded as they learn how to keep fit and safe. The styles learned like Taekwondo, helps children grow their mental and emotional growth. This is because they are trained to channel their energy into constructive activities.

Holistic training

The training takes a holistic approach and this makes children focused and alert all the time. This includes investing more on the mental awareness of the child. In the long run, he or she gets to be attentive and observant on what is around them. This helps make healthy social relations and improved performance in class. This defines the benefit of enrolling which includes merging mental awareness and physical fitness.

Diversity and fun

Parents now have the option of choosing which classes to enroll their child in. For the Korean martial art, Taekwondo, it has become popular because of the diverse programs that it comes with. It offers enjoyable and full of fun lessons and values like courtesy and integrity. Other values include self-control, perseverance and indomitable spirit. The skills are essential in life and the great benefit spreads over the child’s future. A parent is therefore sure that the child will grow fit to interact with the society in a friendly way. This also includes the benefit of assured children’s self defense all the time anywhere they go.

Improved sense of self worth

Enrolling children for martial arts also helps build their sense of worth. This character is build from a young age. All the classes are directed towards making them resilient mentally and physically. Experts have also found out through research that a healthy sense of worth promotes proper brain development. Those who have attended the classes have also testified about becoming more confident.

Physical accomplishments

Beyond the mental gains that one gets, there are many benefits even physically. This includes values like endurance. Through the training, one is sure of getting through some hard issues in life. While a person is traveling or sporting the child becomes fit and always have extra energy to push on. Flexibility is also a great lesson which helps improve physical looks and posture. This is because for the martial arts classes, beyond the children’s self defense, the child becomes flexible and healthy.

In conclusion, martial arts school has splashed many children with great benefits. Experts have also recommended them because the lessons build on a holistic life. This is because those who enroll are sure of making their life safe and healthy.

Neoprene bag gloves

Everlast Neoprene  Bag Gloves

If you ever used neoprene bag gloves for your heavy bag workouts, you will understand why people choose this type after training for a few days.  The biggest reason is the smell.

Regular training bag gloves are fine for a while but if they have been used by multiple individuals, for example, shared gear at an health club or martial arts school, the smell from the combination of multiple trainers can be eye wrenching.

That grouse smell can stay on your hands for days no matter how hard you scrub or soap up, it does not go away.  I can tell you this from experience, when we shared boxing gloves, that stench would make your hands funky for days.

No one wants to smell bad, and this can help solve that terrible, shared odor problem.  All you have to do is simply wash them.  You can use these in a gym and keep them smelling great.  If you buy more than one pair, rotate them to keep them as dry as possible.

What if you are a Mixed Martial Arts trainer and just want a glove for wrist support?

You may want to try , this way you can have support on your wrist area and have the ability to grab with your fingers.  This type of glove offers the ability to strike with stability to help prevent injuries.    The drawback is that if you are using this in a health club, it is going to smell like something died in it after being shared.  If you purchase it on your own and use it for personal use, that would be your best choice.

Other wrist wrap gloves that I evaluated a while back like on my Everlast Boxing Bag page are other examples of great training gear for martial arts students. They are versatile, easy to clean and hold up to the hard hitting of heavy bag training.

Birthday Party

Unique Birthday Party

If you are looking for something fun to do, for your child’s birthday party, look no further!  You will have a fun filled time, doing an actual Karate class, in a safe environment and you get to do a bunch of games as well.

Most parties are for children, ages 4 to teenage with a minimum of six kids.  We will work on some safe kid drills, teach some cool self defense moves and teach you a few kicks.  Some kids might even get to break a board depending on how strong they are.

Birthday games

We have a few games that teach the kids how to block, move quickly and help to get out of the way of danger.  Other games teach about leg strength on the ground when you may fall down and need to defend yourself.  All of them are a blast and you will not even realize you are learning real defense moves while you are playing a birthday game.

Before we do the games, we spend a little time eating some pizza, soda or juice and cake.  After getting refueled with food and refreshments, you will open birthday presents.  Then the fun gets back into full swing.

What Does A Birthday Party Cost?

We provide the pizza, soda, plates,utensils and all the fun for only $9.00 per child.  We have a minimum of 6 children and you must provide the cake.




Karate try it today


There are many different styles of martial arts and the most popular among them is the martial art Karate. What sets the martial art Karate apart from the rest is how and why it was developed? It was developed from the indigenous martial arts of Ryukyu Islands, under the influence of Chinese martial arts, out of the basic necessity of survival by peaceful people and became a way of life. Karate became a formalized martial art that developed in Okinawa as a way of defending a culture against armed warriors.


The martial art Karate in its purest form is an art of self-defense without the use of weapon. It is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open hand techniques such as knife hands, spear hands, and palm heel strikes executed in circular or linear thrusting and striking motions.

In some styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints, and vital point strikes are also taught. Combining these techniques with proper breathing and body position, forming animal like stances, Karate becomes a self-defense system worthy of defending against an armed or unarmed assailant or adversarial challenge.

Karate is practiced in what is called a “Dojo” the Japanese term for training arena. But can be practiced basically anywhere. A karate practitioner is called a Karateka.


Karate is unique in its powerful strikes a practitioner can deliver to an opponent or enemy. Through several hours of training, Karate practitioners develop both physical and mental strengths that make them seem like super human in nature.


There are numerous benefits a practitioner can derive from practicing karate but the most significant one is that it builds extremely strong bodies. A practitioner will not only develops a bodily strength, but in the mind as well. This keeps the Karate practitioner fit, young and healthy.


Modern day Karate has developed gradually into a mixture of many martial arts. Traditionally, there were only two types of kicks:

1. The back kick and

2. The front kick.

Today, you find just about every type of kick within Karate, which was influenced by sport Karate. Karate was never intended to be a sport, but only for defense in life or death confrontations.



Karate has five fundamentals or basic techniques. They include:



Stances are considered to be first step in karate training and are common to all type of karate. Stances are combat postures that keep your body balanced. Correct practice of postures like a frozen leg helps to maximize defense strategy.



Strikes are one of the essential moves especially strikes on sensitive body parts like nose, neck, throat and ear will help karate trained person to overcome any situation. It involves the application of both on hands and legs. Arms and fist are used to defend.




Punches are the best and easy to follow technique as the feet are on ground, fist can be positioned and utilized easily. Punches are similar to strikes but punches utilize only the knuckles of the fist and fast repetition of punches is effective for defensive measures.



Karate kicks are powerful kicks. A perfect kick requires flexibility and stable stance. Every single part of the foot will spring back in different ways. The heels, edges of the foot, all are used for kicking. Kicks are easy for target but difficult to master for the return of foot, which is known as landing. It requires control on the knee and balance before as well as after kicking.



Blocks as its name imply are the defensive moves on counter attack. Most karate blocks are hands moves but legs can also be trained to block.


ITF Taekwondo


 During the past years ITF taekwondo has become a very popular sport. All kinds of taekwondo competitions and tournaments have emerged from a local to a global level. It has also recently become an Olympic sport, which leads to a hierarchy among the international taekwondo organizations. By far the most popular one is WTF (World Taekwondo Federation). Founded in 1973, the South Korea based organization is the top authority in Olympic taekwondo as member of International Olympic Committee. The organization has been in existence for more than 30 years and is comprised of members from 182 National Associations from five world regions: Asian (ATU), European Taekwondo Union (ETU), Pan American Taekwondo Union (PATU), African Taekwondo Union (AFU) and Oceania Taekwondo Union (OTU).




Also, a big player in the field of taekwondo is ITF (International Taekwondo Federation). ITF main purposes are to manage tournaments, seminars, setting the standards of teaching and help to ensure the correct certification and rankings.


The International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) is an internationally recognized organization that promotes the growth and practice of the traditional martial art of Taekwondo worldwide. Founded in the year 1966, ITF Taekwondo has emerged as one of the leaders amongst various other international taekwondo organizations like the European Taekwondo Union (ETU), American Taekwondo Association (ATA), World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and many other global organizations. The main policy of the ITF is to carry out world tournaments and promotions, maintain the teaching standards as well as to ensure a correct and fair certification and ranking system amongst taekwondo schools.


At the base of their values and knowledge stand the most important books about taekwondo art and practice: “Encyclopedia of Taekwondo” it is in 15 volumes and “The Korean Art of Self Defense” which are also known as the Condensed Encyclopedia, both of them were written by General Choi Hong Hi. After general Choi’s death ITF split into three organizations: ITF North Korea, ITF Canada and ITF Vienna, all claiming to be “the authentic” ITF. This however had a detrimental effect on ITF’s international respect and admiration affecting its image.





The ITF Taekwondo was founded on the most important philosophy of promoting universal peace and unity. Most people might associate Taekwondo and other forms of martial arts with violent and aggressive behavior due to wrong media perception but the basic value system of taekwondo is about developing inner strength and important human moral values. When you initiate yourself into the learning of taekwondo through a school certified by the ITF Taekwondo, you first of all swear an oath of allegiance which is practiced to inculcate the main principles of martial art form in the mind and hearts of the students.




This is the summary of the main principles of ITF which all taekwondo students must adhere to in all circumstances:






Taekwondo is based on the belief system that for any form of teaching to be productive in a larger sense, there must be mutual respect between a student and their instructors.








All students of the ITF Taekwondo vow to be a promoter of universal peace by practicing peaceful living in every aspect of their daily living. This oath stems from the basic philosophy of taekwondo teaching that if everybody can take the responsibility of being peaceful in our day to day living, the world would naturally transform into a serene and more beautiful place to dwell.






The main aim behind the teachings of taekwondo is to place students in the path of freedom and justice in their day to day activities. This martial art form teaches students to be open minded in their thoughts and perception of other people and forsake judgmental and negative beliefs as these are the most common causes of conflicts in the world.






By becoming a student of ITF taekwondo, students learn to develop their own strength as well as using the force of their opponents against them. Like all martial arts, taekwondo is a very powerful tool which is why all students of taekwondo take the oath; never to misuse the skills and techniques of taekwondo for any selfish/personal gain or to harass, and intimidate other people.




ITF taekwondo has defined its teaching and learning principles under five basic tenets which must be followed and imbibed by all their students. These tenets are courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit. When these five tenets are fully embraced by taekwondo students it not only translates into becoming a proficient martial art practitioner but also as a fully complete and holistic human being.


Martial Arts for Children

Martial Arts for Children

Martial Art for children can start at 3 1/2 years old, at our Wausau Karate Schools.  You do not need any previous experience.  All you need,  is to be able to listen and follow directions.

Martial arts for children is something that has to be tried first.  Some kids are not ready for that and you will realize after about three lessons if they need more time.  If their behavior is totally out of control we have to try teaching them some anchor discipline techniques.  These help trigger an immediate response, to change poor behavior patterns and create new more productive responses.

Sometimes children do a perfect transition and that makes teaching work so well.  Others, have a way of trying to control the class by being the class clown and causing problems with everyone else.  The class clown can not get away with doing trouble causing behaviors.

Consequence for breaking rules

They need to hear the consequence and if they break the rules, they have to deal with what they chose to do.  Other children will be praised for their good behavior and the child with have to do what ever the predetermined disciplinary consequence is to change their behavior.  They may have to sit on a quiet time out on the side, or do ten push ups.  They do not have to do any disipline action if  they behave well.  Only if they are checking their behavior boundries.

If we train them to do well at martial arts and they go home and cause trouble, that needs to be worked on by parenting.  Do the same thing to them and do not give in to their abusive behavior.  Children learn how to manipulate parents extremely well and sometimes we cave in to their demands because we don’t know what to do.

The key thing is to be consistent with correcting them and do it every time.   That way they will know what is expected and  don’t have to be told over and over.