Sambo Seminar at AJJA

Vladislav Koulikov Sambo Seminar at American Judo and Jiu-Jitsu Academy Master Vladislav Koulikov is a long time friend and training partner of Sensei Al Jacobs. Last year Master Vlad came and taught a two day seminar at AJJA. It was amazing! This is by far the most technical grappler we have ever hosted. He began training in 1984 at the prestigious academy Sambo 70 in Moscow. He currently holds the rank of Master of Sport.  He was a Gold and Silver medalist of two All Soviet Cups. USA Sambo Open Silver and Bronze Medalist. Multiple time Naga and Grappler’s Quest Champion to include the most technical fighter award. 2004 ASSA Super fight champion. He also holds a Nidan (Second Degree Black Belt) in Judo, a Nidan in Ni Hon Kenpo Karate and Black Belt in freestyle Jiu-Jitsu. He is an American Sambo Association certified Freestyle Sambo official. Vlad is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the highly effective combat art of Russian Sambo. Sambo is known for it’s superior throws and ground fighting. No one is more qualified to teach you this devastatingly effective art. Day 1 will be all throwing, grip fighting and strategy. The seminar will be 3 hours and in a Gi. Day 2 will be various submissions, positions and transitions on the ground. This will include pins, armbars, chokes and leg locks as well as, escapes, counters and combinations. The seminar will be 3 hours and in a Gi. Come see for yourself why this is the event you do not want to miss. Whether from here in Charleston or from out of state get here early and contact us for lodging and inquiries about private lessons. This limited time opportunity is coming up soon and space is limited call and reserve your spot...

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Coach Clinic

USJA COACH EDUCATION CERTIFICATION COURSE Summerville, SC June 14, 2014 (Please share this email with black, brown, and green belts in judo and/or jujitsu, in your club or clubs in the region.) Certification is for USJA brown and black belts, in either judo or jujitsu. I will be teaching this same course at the 2014 June Greatest Camp near Charlotte, NC.  You can take it there if you miss this offering in Summerville on June 14.  Taking this course before camp saves you eight hours at The Greatest Camp on Earth, time you can spend attending other activities.    If you are not going to camp, this seldom-offered course saves you having to travel a great distance to take it.  Very few individuals are authorized to teach this course.   There is a nominal $5 clinic fee to cover sanctioning expenses!  Other coach course instructors charge $50 or more for this.  I work hard to keep expenses to a minimum for all of us!  The course certification fee is $30, to send in when you wish.  Most pay at the conclusion of the course, though you may mail in paperwork with the certification fee at any time.   Green belts in judo and/or jujitsu may attend but may not submit paperwork until they earn a brown belt in either art.  The $16 Background Check fee is required of all who teach and of all who are black belts.  Anyone wishing this USJA Coach Education Course credential — our most prestigious document — must have a Background Check already on record or must pay to have this done, at your leisure.  The background check validity is for four years.  Most of you already have completed this, and it still is valid. Effective recently is another requirement to complete the online SafeSport program, at safesport.org on the Internet.  That costs $12.  Do that at your leisure and submit to the USJA office the completion certificate.  When this has been done, along with the background check, the USJA will process your Coach credential.  Don’t forget to send in a head and shoulders photo of yourself by email, if the USJA office does not already have one on file.   Badges are available from the USJA National Office, valid for four years,...

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National Champions!

Robert Gouthro Sensei and Lisa Capriotti Sensei competed at the USA Judo Senior Nationals this weekend (May 3rd) in Reno, Nevada. They earned Gold in the Goshin Jitsu Kata Competition , Silver in Nage No Kata Competition and fourth in Katame No Kata Competition. This earned them them the Gold as Overall Mixed Team Champions! There were 50 Kata teams in attendance to include, world champions and the best competition in the country. They practice together every night after attending a 90 minute Judo Class. Hard work and talent came together and earned them a very prestigious National Championship. Traveling to compete and learn from the best around is just part of what makes this team so special! They are assistant instructors at American Judo and Jiu-Jitsu Academy as well as Dr. Charles Sensei (8th Degree Black Belt) assistant instructors at Samurai Judo Association. Their love for Judo is apparent in their dedication and drive. Congratulations to the State and National Kata competition team! We are all very proud to call you part of our family! To give you a brief understanding of how much work goes into the preparation of competing in Nage No Kata here is a brief description of some of the information involved in learning, practicing and perfecting. Nationally certified Judges award points based on proper technique, speed, force, overall flow, timing, distance and balance. Nage No Kata is a demonstrations of 15 throws to the right and to the left. Remember that Robert Gouthro Sensei and Lisa Capriotti Sensei performed 3 Katas at the Nationals. (Goshin Jitsu Kata, Katame No Kata and Nage No Kata) Forms of Throwing     The Nage no Kata was developed in 1884 and 1885 at the Kodokan. This kata consists of 5 sets of three throws, each performed on both the left and right sides. The two participants formally bow onto the mat and begin the kata with the tori, or thrower, on your right and the uke, or person being thrown, on your left. In each case, the uke attempts an attack on tori. There is a progression of attack styles here, demonstrating how tori must adjust to these differing attacks. Uke then changes his attacks based on the previous adjustments made...

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Summer Schedule

Our Summer Schedule is packed with Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes for everyone! Evening classes, day camps and private lesson...

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Summer’s Almost Here

As it is warming up we are all thinking about the beach, the lake, the pool and the water park. Have you been thinking about your evenings? We have! Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are here in Summerville for everyone to enjoy. Get in amazing shape with our complete grappling program. Learn from expert instructors. Compete and have fun! For those of you going out for wrestling in the fall, Judo and BJJ can take your game to next level. Competing with our Nationally ranked body of competitive students and instructors will push you to the limit and teach you things you just wont learn anywhere else! For those of you that have never tried a combat sport, you will ease into the beginner program and in no time at all become a competitor and enjoy all the recreational benefits of Judo and BJJ. American Judo and Jiu-Jitsu Academy is here to offer unlimited training opportunities that can help you reach your fitness and competition goals. Give it a try for free and if you don’t mind working out and putting in some sweat equity then we can guarantee we will turn you into a more fit and more prepared version of you in no time. It also doesn’t hurt to feel great and look good in a bathing suit, right? See ya on the...

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Feeling Better

Do want to know the secret to feeling your best? Getting enough sleep, maintaining healthy nutrition and staying active are the three most important things you can control. Your psychological health is affected as much as your physical health if you can commit to these three rules. Giving up unhealthy vices is a start. Anything that is “bad” for you only makes you feel good for a little while. For example, drugs and alcohol give you a temporary feeling of euphoria but the side effects stick around and lead to decreased productivity of the mind and body. Denial will set in and tell you that you need these substances to feel good. This is the beginning of a downward spiral that leaves you incredibly out of shape and depressed. Managing your feelings to work for you, instead of against you, is so much easier during sobriety. Along a similar line, foods void of nutritional value may taste good while you eat them but they wreak havoc on your body and leave you feeling drained and sluggish. Eating a balanced and reasonable amount of healthy foods will increase your energy, jump-start your digestion and leave you feeling and looking better every day. You will start to look forward to meals, popping out of bed in the morning and realizing you have enough energy to exercise! Exercise may be hard at first. It can make you sore and tired for a short time. The benefits of exercise, especially over time, will increase your energy and help you process foods in the best ways. Burning fat and building muscle are just part of the benefit. Your heart health, or cardiovascular endurance will become much stronger, allowing you to exercise longer and harder. This makes everyday tasks a breeze and leaves you with all the energy you need to stay on top of your work out plan. Judo and Jiu-Jitsu is for anyone in almost any condition. You will start slow and work up to higher levels of training. It takes time but a hard Judo class, for an athlete that can give it his/her all, can burn around 900-1000 calories! This is all while gaining strength, endurance, flexibility and skills that no ordinary work out plan has...

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