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James and Jay Speight will be in Williamston and Elizabeth City NC this week Sharing Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

James and Jay Speight will be in Williamston and Elizabeth City NC this week Sharing Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

James Speight and Son Jay Speight will be teaching two training sessions with our brother clubs. Monday at 630pm they will be in Williamston NC at Jim Phifer’s academy at Nu Life Fitness 811 East blvd, right next to Roses in Williamston. And Wednesday at 5pm they will be at Donnie Tinsley’s academy at 1249 HWY 17 S. Suite 1 Elizabeth City. Hope everyone can attend.

On these two days classes in Greenville will be handled by George, Jason, Jack, Terrance and Gabe.

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The Parking Garage is now open on 4th Street Downtown Greenville!!

I am happy to announce that the new parking garage opened today, and it is Free to Park there, after 5pm. If you park there before 5pm there are some 2 hour free parking and there will be some leased parking on different levels. Sometime in the future there will be some metered parking for 75 cents an hour. But right now it is free and 2 hours free till 5pm.

For the last 20 months downtown Greenville has had some growing pains. I personally having a business downtown, and my family having businesses downtown for 50 years we have seen the downtown change from being open street, two ways, to a closed open mall, back to open streets, one way streets, I have seen all the changes over the years.

I hope this new parking garage will help the businesses downtown.

Take a look at the pictures and video above of the new parking garage.Garage-5-Top

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Master Luiz Palhares Seminar February 13th 6PM

Master Luiz Palhares Seminar February 13th 6PM

Master Luiz Palhares Seminar will be at the All-American Martial Arts Academy Friday February the 13th to do a seminar for all his students, everyone is invited to attend. Luiz Palhares is a Coral Black Belt in BJJ under Rickson Gracie.

Luiz Palhares is a Brazilian-American martial artist born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. He is a 7th degree Coral belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), 3 time winner of the Pan American Champion, and 1998 Brazilian National Champion in BJJ. Taught by the Gracie family, he is known for his own work training military and law-enforcement in BJJ techniques.

Palhares started his training in Rio De Janeiro under Rolls Gracie until Rolls died in 1982 in a hang-gliding accident. Palhares continued training under Rickson Gracie and it was Rickson Gracie together with Helio Gracie who gave Palhares his black belt in 1984.

In 1999 Palhares, then a 6th degree black belt, was brought from Brazil to teach at Rickson’s Academy in L.A. Since 2007, Palhares has operated his own Academy in Jacksonville FL, Jacksonville Gracie Jiu Jitsu, teaches seminars around the globe, and conducts private lessons. Palhares received his 7th degree black belt in 2010 by Grand Master Carlos Robson Gracie, Red Belt 9th Degree (President of the Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janeiro).

He has won the Rio de Janeiro championships several times. He won the Pan American Champion super heavy weight senior division and open in 2000, 2003,and 2004. In 2002 he took 3rd place in Masters and Seniors International., 2003 In 1998 he was the Brazilian National Champion in heavy weight senior division and open.

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Taking The First Step in Jiu-Jitsu

Taking The First Step in Jiu-Jitsu

Would like to introduce one of our newest and youngest students to our academy.
Justin Woolard is 6 years old and have been training with us for several months now. He is from Washington. And such a joy to train with. When he arrives at our academy my daughter can’t wait to get her uniform on and start training with him.

He recently got his first stripe in Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. And for the people who have seen him at my academy there is only one thing to describe him.

He is “All Boy!!’

He reminds me of my son at this age. Hard to imagine it isn’t it?

I am looking forward to training him for many years to come.

Thank you Justin’s parents for choosing our academy for the development of your child.

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Sometimes as a Coach you have a chance to make a difference in this sport of MMA.

Recently my team went to a smaller MMA event held in Hickory Va. And I had three fighters on this card. I was asked to corner a fighter who was in between teams at this time. Later in the evening we realized that two of the opponents, of our fighter, where not showing. So I asked to move my only fighter to the first fight so we could leave early.

But where did that leave the other fighter who didn’t have a team, that ended up to be the main event, at the end of the card?

Well he came to me and let me know that he really wanted me to stay and corner him. And yes I did give my word to corner him so I and my team stayed for the whole event to help him do as well as he did. I spent about 30 minutes asking about his back ground and what tools he had to go into the cage.

Well he did so well I wanted to give him the props for this fight. Later on other coaches came to me and let me know he was a good fighter on my team. I let them know he wasn’t on my team but he listened so well to my coaching I knew I had made a difference in this match. Wished I had a few more people like him who really wanted to fight.

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What a Day at the Academy.

  • What a Day at the Academy.
  • What a Day at the Academy.
  • What a Day at the Academy.
  • What a Day at the Academy.
  • What a Day at the Academy.
  • What a Day at the Academy.
  • What a Day at the Academy.

We had so many students and instructors on the mat today. But most of all I would like to congratulate Amber and Daniel for their promotion to blue belt. They have worked hard and it shows in their rolling.
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