Yesterday I had the honor and privilage of taking some part in some MMA training at Grand Rapids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I have always followed MMA since UFC 1 back in the mid 90’s but always wanted experience it.Yesterday I was able to experience with one of the best teachers in the Midwest. I received some basic lessons from Professor Clint Crabtree who is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I had the opportunity to watch some aspiring fighters and one kids classes. The kids were entertaining and enjoyable. The fighters who came in for sparring definitely take it seriously and have a passion for it.
The one thing I learned is that anyone can learn Jiu Jitsu even if you’re not going become a fighter. For me I believe it’s going to help with my confidence, self-esteem and get my butt back into shape. Some of the things I learned yesterday were basic submission and counters, and then some basic combo’s with the footwork necessary to make those combo’s effective. I am not going to lie when I say you have to be patient, disciplined, and willing to work hard even if you’re not fighting. Professor Crabtree makes it a lot of fun to train and he’s very encouraging. I also learned there launching a new website soon which can be found at http://www.grbjj.net/
Someone asked me last night if I was going to continue with lessons and the answer is yes. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants become an MMA fighter. Even if you’re looking to gain some self confidence, self esteem and discipline this is a great thing to get into. It’s fun, it’s hard work and it’s a good way to get into shape. Grand Rapids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has my recommendation and if you’re interested you should check it out.