Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo, CA

How to Choose the Right Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School for You

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an incredible martial art offering a wide spectrum of worthwhile benefits. We all have our reasons for becoming involved in one of the world’s most popular martial arts:

Some people choose to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for self-defense purposes. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which is one of the most practical martial arts, is an exceptionally effective method of self-defense. So effective, in fact, that it is used as the method of choice for hand-to-hand combat training at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, one of the largest military bases in the country. Additionally, and certainly no less importantly, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu levels the playing field for smaller, weaker opponents. A martial art which involves managing the distance between a person and their attacker, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu also uses leverage, pressure and technique to enable a person to defend against a larger, more powerful attacker. 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is also more focused on ground training, unlike striking martial arts such as Karate, Taekwondo and kickboxing. Most people don’t have experience defending themselves on the ground, where 90% of one-on-one confrontations end up taking place. Designed with fluid movements and body positioning which allow weaker opponents to take an aggressor to the ground and dominate them; and dominate them it will, as a grounded opponent possesses less explosive athletic potential than someone on his feet. Since it is so heavily based on practicality, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu technique is highly effective in real life situations. 

Others want to become more physically fit. Yep, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can definitely improve your fitness and even help you lose weight, often without you even realizing that all that is happening! In fact, students will often burn over 500 calories during a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu conditioning offers a high-intensity work-out for the full body. The training for this dynamic sport can result in numerous health benefits including an increase in strength and endurance. It also pushes the body into a more fluid state, promoting flexibility and an increased range of motion. Other physical advantages of participation in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are the improvements of balance, coordination and an overall body awareness which can all help to avoid injury. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training can also improve heart health as well as circulation.

Some parents may want their children involved in a healthy activity and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is definitely that! This stimulating, self-esteem building, focus improving sport is gaining popularity among the younger generation at lightning speed. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu also burns excess energy while it increases athletic ability, encourages our children to treat people with dignity and respect and can better equip kids for a life that is more fulfilling.

There is also the “positive mindset component” to consider. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an excellent vehicle for stress relief. Plus, it releases endorphins which can reduce depression and anxiety. Trying and succeeding at something new also certainly has its merit. Additionally, research indicates that positive social interaction contributes to a long and healthy life; and as a venue that attracts positive, like-minded people, the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy is an excellent place to make friends.

All of those reasons for becoming a student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are valid and all of those goals can be met at the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy. However, along with providing you with whatever it may be that you are personally striving toward, there are some other important aspects of a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school to consider, including the quality of instruction you will receive and whether or not the training schedule is convenient for you and the school provides an inspiring, supportive atmosphere. Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy is the best of all worlds because, as a student there, you will be able to enjoy all of the above!

Quality of Instruction 

At Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo, you can learn one of the fastest growing sports in the world from the first Ultimate Fighting Champion in the world – lead Instructor Marcelo Lucena (Professor Bob). Born and raised in the birthplace of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Marcelo rose through the ranks of this prestigious sport with its largest legends. 

Mindful of the vast benefits of consistent training and advancement, when he is not busy training the students of the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Academy, Professor Bob keeps up to date with the latest techniques and continues to personally train and compete at a Black Belt Master level in tournaments including the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation World Master in Las Vegas.

The School’s Atmosphere 

The atmosphere at Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy team is reflective of Professor Bob’s mindset and approach – congenial, with a passion for the sport and love of teaching. Everyone at the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy is proud of its esteemed history, which began many decades ago when the revered Kodokan Judo Master Mitsuyo Maeda met and taught members of the Gracie family the art of Judo in Brazil. Over the years, Ralph Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coaches and instructors have cultivated a welcoming, friendly atmosphere, built upon camaraderie, respect and genuine caring… and Professor Bob and the entire team of skilled instructors who have graced the halls of Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo are honored to have been able to transform the lives of so many.

The Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy offers an environment where everyone from an energetic teen, to a health-conscious adult or a soccer mom who is looking for effective self-defense training is treated like family and every skill level is welcome. For competition training black belts, to beginners Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo provides a safe and friendly place to learn the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Training Schedule

For many of us, it is hard to find enough hours in the day. So, to accommodate all of those with a busy lifestyle and those who would simply prefer their classes at a certain time or day, Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy offers convenient training scheduling. 

Children of all levels are split into 4-7, 8-13 and 14+ age groups and their classes range from afternoon and evening to weekends. Adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes for various skill levels are also offered throughout the week at a wide selection of times. Visit ralphgraciemv.com to download the schedule.

Become part of the family at the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy!

If you are interested in learning more or you would like to schedule a personal tour of the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, call 949-400-7108 or email ralphgraciemv@gmail.com. Plus, you are also welcome to sign up for a free class to experience Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy first-hand before you decide! Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy is conveniently located at 26861 Trabuco Road #H, Mission Viejo.