10/19/2015Brooklyn Brazilian Jui Jitsu
Along with the more obvious physical and technical benefits of my six years training with Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I've also noticed some unexpected, welcome side-effects. Today when I entered the locker room, two young beginner students were walking out for their intro lessons, wearing white Basic Class gi's - still creased from the manufacturer's original folding job. Seeing those new students, just about to take the plunge into the martial arts lifestyle, I was of course reminded of my own beginnings here at the dojo.I felt a sense of responsibility to those two new students. I remembered my responsibility to uphold the tenets of this academy; the respect for teachers and fellow students, the commitment to safety - to discipline as a martial arts practitioner, and an eagerness to really give, as a training partner. As a student, I also have a responsibility to my instructors. It's my job, when I walk into the dojo, to make certain that I actively play the part I'm meant to. I come to class to learn from these incredible teachers, not to instruct anyone. Believe it or not, some of these tenets - paraphrased from the Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Student Creed - can slip one's mind from time to time. Without fail, life offers daily opportunities for us to cast off the invaluable teachings of our instructors. Someone at work, on the subway platform, or even in one's own family, offers an aggressively negative critique of our performance, pushes past us into the train, or makes a snide remark they know will touch a nerve. At that moment, it's up to each one of us, as individuals, to parry that cheap shot with a proven technique. One of the amazing things about training at BBJJ is that we learn not only techniques for defending ourselves - but techniques for upholding our best selves, for our own peace of mind as well as the benefit of those we interact with and even love. When I saw those two young beginner students, walking around the Bay Parkway dojo on their first day of training, I smiled and said hello. I introduced myself. Chances are, they're going to have a great time in their lesson, and we're going to become training partners. That will increase the feeling of family here at the school, and that brings the energy up even higher. The more of that we have around, the better the learning environment for the individual. Come down and sign up for your first lesson as soon as you can. The benefits are many, but it only takes one visit to see for yourself what I'm describing. Jeff TaylorStudent at Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2010
09/17/2015Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
EXCELLENT...THIS PLACE IS THE BEST!Growing up, I had never joined any athletic teams or been encouraged to explore my physicality and test my strengths. As a 24 year-old adult, the bright and clean dojo on Bay Parkway caught my eye and piqued my interests. It seemed like a safe and fun environment to develop a part of myself that I have neglected for so long. It was intimidating at first; having people I didn’t know be so close to me; not knowing exactly what I was doing; and not being able to keep up at first during the warm-ups. After the first few weeks, I realized no one was judging me for not executing all the moves professor demonstrated perfectly, because everyone on the mat was once a beginner as well. In fact, my training partners and senior members were patient and more than willing to help. Physically, I have seen all the changes that I set to see and more. I went from being able to do only a few modified push-ups to being able to do regular push-ups with no problem. While I have always been on the slim side, I now have muscle definition throughout my body. I know people who have lost weight from training, but I have put on good weight from the muscle I am gaining. My strength has increased dramatically, as my training partners can attest. The biggest change I’ve seen in my life from training, aside from the physical aspect, is my view of myself and new situations. I remember how scared and insecure I was when I started doing live training in the advanced class. I eventually decided that my success in executing techniques during live training depended mostly on my belief in my own ability. Since then, I have made strides in applying techniques during live training, and I now approach every new situation in life with the same attitude: calm confidence. For example, I started a new job recently and whenever I get overwhelmed with my new responsibilities, I just remind myself of the lesson I learned when I transitioned from the basic to the advanced class. I would recommend Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to anyone looking to develop self-discipline, gain self-confidence, strength, and who just needs a good work out while learning and having fun. One of the unexpected benefits I’ve found is the immense support I’ve received from my instructors and training partners both on and off the mat. They’ve helped me through working around a prior knee injury as well as supported a charity event I am participating in. The kindness and patience of everyone at the school are so conducive to success in Jiu-Jitsu, and this carries over into everyday life.
10/13/2016Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
I started training in January 2012 as a New Year’s resolution to myself to get in better shape, but I had no idea that I’d end up making so many new friends and gaining a whole bunch of self-confidence. However, if I had to pick one lesson I learned from BBJJ that was most important to me, I would say that it would be learning how to get up.From a physical standpoint, learning how to get up from the ground in the right way has helped me develop & strengthen my leg muscles, a muscle area that I’ve neglected most of my life. All the squats we do in class has helped me walk a little faster and take the stairs instead of the elevator. The little things!From a mental standpoint, learning how to dig deeper to get to 50 pushups from 30, or to have the confidence to step on the mat from the beginning has been crucial to my life as a whole. Of course, I feel like something this fundamentally positive can’t and shouldn’t stay a secret. I’ve told almost all my friends about my training, and I’ve even brought a few in a few to join us. I truly believe that Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the safest way to hard training…and much more than that. A++++++
08/21/2015Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
I have had a great time here and I've never had any problems with being pressured into anything or signing anything. Lots of the reviews around this site are five or six years old...but I can say that it's been nothing short of amazing since I started!I do both Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing at Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and I have experienced significant differences in myself. BBJJ Thai Kickboxing is a study in balance, conditioning and perseverance. Often I'll complete Jiu-Jitsu training and then go right into the Thai Kickboxing class - physically, this is a huge challenge for me.The instructors and professors are always saying to become comfortable in uncomfortable situations. Training here has taught me that eventually, regardless of failure, if you collect enough small victories, there will always be success in your life.