We would like to welcome Scott to our team of awesome instructors. He is currently training under us in Jiu Jitsu, however he is ranked 5th in the United Stated in Judo and he is now our new Judo instructor. We will start with kids class on Friday's and increase classes to adults soon after! Happy to see progress and thank you Scott!
March 1 marked 15 days until the Pan American Championship. With 12 competitors from our academy going to Irvine to compete, the focus has been grooming and preparing them. We couldn't have done it without all the other students as well. They are coming day in and day out as our training partners with all the encouragement on our side. We are all in this together. The 7pm class was revamped (sorry to all the new students who were thrown into comp training). What used to be advanced technique class with ample drilling time was thrown aside and replaced with quick- 20 second speed drills with 4 reps each. Then 3-3-3 shark rolls, 10 minute rounds and 1 minute rounds as well on any given day. All of this was designed to help prepare us for multiple fights, strategic game play and endurance. This weekend is the last before we leave on Wednesday and I can confindently say that everyone is more than prepared. Our physical and mental mindset is there. Now it's just time to press PLAY
Pssst!! The word is out! We received a lovely email late last year that we had been awarded the Excellence in Small Business for Martial Arts in the city of Mountain View. We are beyond humbled. We want to thank every one of our students for their wonderful support and the grind, day in and out. This is a team effort and without the students, we wouldn't be here today. We now have the plaque to display in our academy! Please don't ever hesitate to stop by, swing by, come hang out or try a class with us... chances are, you'll end up staying for awhile
This past weekend our students fought at Rumble In The Redwoods and had great success! They were driven, methodical and precise. We had 10 students compete Five of them walked away with gold medals, and 4 students closed their divisions with gold and silver! Great job to everyone. This was a nice warm up before Pans!
Thanks for the group photo Eric!
We've been hard at work these last few months and keeping our second baby under wraps. But now she's here and ready for her debut. We'd like to introduce you all to MB Watsonville Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing! We have adult and kids Jiu Jitsu, taught by Alé Nogueira who is a black belt from São Paulo with over 20 years of experience and training. We also offer adult kickboxing taught by George who is has 15 years of knowledge under his gloves and punching bags!
This last weekend we had our first open mat and opened our doors to the Jiu Jitsu community. They did not disappoint! We had great training and appreciated everyone who came to support us!
Thank you again!
In October we celebrated 2 years at our very first location. It's an amazing feeling to see each one of our students walk in daily and train with us. Life isn't easy and can often get in the way; and Jiu Jitsu can be one of the first extra curricular activities on the list of things to go when the going gets tough and cuts needs to be made. But you all have chosen to stick with it, stick with us and we've grown together. Many of the students we have today came as fresh white belts, and many are still walking through those doors and putting a gi on for the very first time. Without your interest and commitment to us, we wouldn't be where we are today. Thank you so much for helping contribute to our thriving academy!
We had the honor of hosting Ricardo "Franjinha" Miller for a two hour seminar last weekend as well before our celebration. He went over some super secret sick technique that students have already implemented into their games and are smashing everyone who didn't attend! Great job guys and thank you again Franjinha, for your patience, humor and knowledge.
Now, becauuuuse we were busy with classes and distracted by awesome techniques, we kind of neglected one area, which was actually promoting you guys! Here are some photos of all those awesome stripes and new belts! Congrats on all the hard work you've all put in!
Oh, and Milton received his second degree for his black belt. I mean, I guess that's something right? Six years as a black belt and having the honor of your professor come to your academy and promote you, congrats to you too Miltinho!
All photos by || Alex Barcelona Photography
We are SO proud of all our students who signed up and competed this past weekend at Jiu Jitsu World Leauge! Everyone put it all out on the line and fought so well. All your hard work of training is paying off and it SHOWS! As a team, ARES BJJ came in second place for adult and masters gi. And on Sunday ARES BJJ came in first place! These are huge accomplishments for our young association that isn't even one year old yet. Thank you again, because without you guys, we wouldn't have anything
here are some highlight photos from the tournament. Lance Emery and Alex Barcelona Photography
We had the pleasure of hosting Gianni for the second year in a row for another amazing seminar. it's always a pleasure having him, and Erin Herle at the academy teaching and fine tuning the guard skills. If you were there, you had the privilege of working that single X and X guard into some slick sweeps and back takes. And, if you weren't there... you missed out big time.
All photos by
Alex Barcelona Photography
This year we teamed up with another great association and decided to host a camp for the IBJJF Pan American tournament coming up this week in Irvine. Ares BJJ and Soul Fighters associations joined forces for an all star line up of over 10 black belts at 4 different academies across Northern California and the Bay Area. The camp was 7 days long and had two competition classes and a few seminars as well! We hope everyone can make it again net year if you didn't get a chance to make it this time around
All photography by Alex Barcelona Photography
I can't help but smile from ear to ear when I hear these kids laughing and having a great time in class. We did surprise promotions yesterday and it was nothing short of sheer happiness! These 4 kids have stuck with the class, day in and day out for an entire year and have been with us since the beginning.
The technique of the day was cross collar choke and ... If you were able to execute it during rolling, or on Milton.. You got a cookie! The challenge was accepted with open arms!
All photos from Alex Barcelona Photography