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Why Should Kids Do Jiu-Jitsu?

Does your child do jiu jitsu, or are you thinking about enrolling your child in jiu jitsu classes? There are several benefits for children who train! Including increased fitness, self defense, understanding of discipline, confidence, and so much more! Keep reading to find out why your child should try jiu-jitsu and how it can benefit them on and off the mats! 1. A Healthy Lifestyle The jiu-jitsu lifestyle doesn’t start and end as an adult. In fact, kids as young as 4 can learn the importance of exercise and how it can help make them stronger as well as help them deal with daily stressors as they continue to grow! Between practicing techniques, drills, and sparring, kids will work up a sweat while having a good time! While having fun is a top priority for our GBK classes, we also try to emphasize the values of hard work, both physically

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3 Exercises to add in to your workout routine for Jiu-Jitsu

Every jiu-jitsu practitioner is different. Some are or strive to be high level competitors, some train for a fun hobby outside of their daily routine, some are instructors, and some just love to train for fun and enjoy the workout! No matter the reason you train, here are a few exercises that you can do along with a regular workout or just try something new! They can be used to increase strength and coordination for specific jiu-jitsu techniques or concepts, or just help you achieve a personal goal. However, keep in mind that there are hundreds of ways to use exercise to enhance your jiu-jitsu, and these are only a few! 1. The Deadlift How to do it: Start with your toes under a barbell (or inside a hex bar), and then, keeping your back straight, slightly bend your knees until you can grip the bar with both hands as

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Starting off a Summer of Fun!

What’s happening at GB O’ Fallon/ LSL in June? We have quite a few weekends marked on our calendar for June! Here is a list of some events that are happening this month to kick off summer! Saturday, June 11th: Belt Promotion & Potluck! ● Starting at 12pm, we will be having a belt promotion for our adult students! If you are coming to congratulate your teammates, feel free to bring your uniform as there will also be an open mat for those who want to roll that afternoon. Don’t forget the food! There is a potluck sign up sheet at the front desk; Just put down your name and whatever dish/ snack you are bringing to share. It is going to be an awesome day of food, friends, and jiu-jitsu to celebrate the adult students who have worked hard to earn their belt promotions! There will be no regular

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5 Tips for Your First Competition:

Less Than One Month Until the CompNet Missouri Summer Championship 2022!   5 Tips for Your First Competition:   Are you a first time competitor? Then don’t worry if you are having pre-competition jitters, it is completely normal! Even the highest level competitors still get nervous before competition, and it is often said to be something that never truly goes away. There’s a little more to competing than just getting on the mat and trying to beat your opponent. For instance, you must be aware of what to expect upon entering the competition venue! Where do you go first? Where do I weigh in? Is there a warm up mat? There can be so many questions! Here are 5 tips of advice to help you stay cool, calm, and collected when it’s your turn to run to the referee and shake your opponents hand.   #1: What to Bring: What

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Wrestling for Everyone

Wrestling at Gracie Barra O Fallon/LSL: What to expect and highlighting the benefits! Each instructor has their own style of jiu-jitsu, sometimes related to what martial arts or sports they have done in the past. The newest instructors in our school, coach Justin Stouder and Jeremy Null, have been wrestling pretty much since the time they could walk! We couldn’t be happier to have them share their knowledge on our mats once a week starting this Saturday, May 7th. Like jiu-jitsu, you don’t have to have experience to do the class, you just have to show up and keep learning! Coaches Justin and Jeremy tell us all about what we can expect and what they aspire to bring to the mats each week.  Over the years, we have had several students with wrestling experience and even some of our competitors have gone on to do great in high school wrestling,

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Spotlight on Kailey Benson

Kailey has been a student at Gracie Barra O’Fallon since 2014 and is currently a 9th Grader @ Francis Howell Central High School. She’s had the great pleasure to earn a spot on Varsity High School wrestling as a Freshman. Which speaks volumes on her dedication to competition at an early age. She started competing in bjj at the age of 7. She holds many Bjj Championship titles and is well on her way to earning more titles in wrestling. This year she won 1st place at the Gateway Athletic Conference and is currently ranked 6th in the state at 115lbs. Let’s learn a little more about her. At what age did you start Bjj?  7 yrs old How old are you now?  14 yrs old What rank do you hold in bjj? Yellow and black belt What do you enjoy most about Bjj? Jiu Jitsu is a great sport

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Spotlight on Ebbet Chambers

Ebbett has been a student at Gracie Barra O’Fallon since 2012 and is currently a 9th Grader @ Fort Zumwalt West High School. Ebbet has won many gold and silver medals at multiple AGF tournaments as well as Gracie Barra tournaments. He also placed 1st at the Holt High School Invitational. He and Brooklyn Chambers are the 1st Brother Sister Duo to represent Fort Zumwalt West High School together.  Let’s learn a little more about him. At what age did you start Bjj? 6 Years old How old are you now? 15 years old What rank do you hold in bjj? Yellow & Black What do you enjoy most about Bjj? It’s fun and I have a lot of friends there. What are some fun facts about high school wrestling? This is my first year wrestling, I wrestle the 113 weight class while most people have to cut weight to

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Spotlight on Brooklyn Chambers

Brooklyn has been a student at Gracie Barra O’Fallon since 2012 and is currently a 12th Grader @ Fort Zumwalt West High School. Brooklyn started her competition career very soon after starting bjj @ Gracie Barra O’Fallon. This has led to a seamless transition for her into High school wrestling her freshman year. She won Gold at the Fort Zumwalt East Invitational in 2021, 2nd in the Gateway Athletic Conference (GAC) in 2022. In 2021 she placed 2nd for her conference (GAC) and in her sophomore year she placed 3rd. In 2021 she also placed 2nd at districts. Let’s learn a little more about her. At what age did you start Bjj? 9 years old How old are you now? 17 years old (18 in April) What rank do you hold in bjj? Blue What do you enjoy most about Bjj? The environment, I enjoy everyone at the gym.  It

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Spotlight on Maria Ignatova

Maria has been a student at Gracie Barra O’Fallon since 2015 and is currently a 10th Grader @ Fort Zumwalt West High School. She has dedicated herself to competition in bjj since the age of 10. She holds many Bjj Championships including: IBJJF American National Kids Champion, AGF National Kids Gi Champion and No Gi Champion. In 2020 she started a new journey competing in High School wrestling for Fort Zumwalt West.  Let’s learn a little more about her. At what age did you start Bjj? 9 years old How old are you now? 15 years old What rank do you hold in bjj? Solid Yellow What do you enjoy most about Bjj? I enjoy the people, and the thrill of competing. It’s a very fun sport with many great people that are always helping you to improve.  What are some fun facts about high school wrestling? It’s a no-cut

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SATURDAY JANUARY 15, 2022

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