Alex Human went to the NAGA Charlotte North Carolina, event this past weekend and did very well. He won all his matches and placed first place in Gi and No GI in his weight class.read more →
One Month from today Jay Speight will be stepping in the cage again in Greenville NC. In preparation for his up coming fight, this week Jay has been in California training with Black House MMA with several top athletes like Lyoto Machida, Rener Gracie, Kevin Casey, Kenny Johnson, James Moontasri, among others. Everyone at the gym is looking forward to seeing what our instructor will be bringing back to Greenville North Carolina.read more →
We would really like to thank Andrew Smith for putting on a great seminar Saturday. We all learned so much and hope it isn’t another 10 years before he will be back. Here are some Pictures of the seminar.
10 years ago Andrew Smith did a seminar at our academy when he was a Purple Belt and James Speight was a Blue belt. Jay was 11 years old at that time. There are things Andrew shared with us back 10 years ago that we are still using on a daily basis. The information Andrew shared with us Saturday will be useful for decades to come. If you missed this you missed something good. Get with your partners at the gym and hope you can catch up.read more →
Yesterday Jay Speight got promoted to brown belt by Luiz Palhares, after 15 years of training in Gracie Jiu-jitsu. We had 16 students in attendance to witness this great accomplishment.read more →
We took a team of six to the US Grappling Submission Only in Greensboro NC on 1-31-2015. Everyone Place in their divisions. They brought home Four Golds Two Silvers and Five Bronzes. Every on the team stepped up., they are always challenging themselves. No Sandbagging here!!Watch The Videos Here.read more →
I am happy to announce that the new parking garage opened today, and it is Free to Park there, after 5pm. You can their website, if you want your garage door to be fixed. Door springs are a major part of a garage door, and it needs proper fixing, that can be easily handled by the team from garage door repair aldine. 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. Thanks to metalbuildingsclt.com – garage sales in Charlotte, NC for helping me to make a difference in my society.
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.read more →
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.read more →
Alex Humen and Jay Speight did really well at the tournament Saturday. Taking home two golds one silver and one bronze metals. Take a look at their matches.read more →
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.
This weeks Student of the Week is Amberlynne VanDusen she is a Graduate Student at East Carolina University, and receiving her Masters of Science in Environmental Health next month. She just recently received her Blue Belt in Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. And have taken to the Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle. There are very few days in the week she does’t make it to the academy to train.Here is what she had to say about training with us.
“Learning a self-defense martial art had been on the “to-do” list for some time. Growing up I watched my brother train in karate, where he learned a lot of rote forms, but fewer flexible, practical techniques. Sparring in his classes was saved for special occasions and the sparring was what interested me. I wanted the ability and confidence to practically defend myself in an altercation. So, I signed up for a handful of various women’s self-defense classes, only to find that they focused on textbook material and spent more time talking about, rather than engaging in the techniques. Moreover, instructors never offered a satisfying answer to my concern about a confrontation being taken to the ground, as if this wasn’t a realistic possibility. From karate to women’s classes, none seemed to both address realistic situations and still be fun.”
“Fast-forward to spring 2013, I happened by the All-American Martial Arts Academy in Greenville, NC. On a whim, I showed up to a try a class in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I had no clue that I’d get hooked on such an enjoyable, practical, and accessible self-defense art. I was warmly welcomed to the mats, outfitted with a GI, and included in all class activities. It was phenomenal; not only did Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu exceed everything I was looking for in a self-defense martial art, but the family-run gym is what really sealed the deal. The atmosphere I have experienced at All-American Martial Arts Academy is friendly, relaxed, and focused on learning what really works. Toward the end of every class, there is an opportunity to roll, which I would equate to as “ground sparring.” It is the time to apply the techniques, find out they really work, and have a ton of active fun. It is a satisfying workout and significantly more enjoyable than traditional exercising. True, at just 5ft, I’m typically the smallest on the mat, but this has only allowed me to be more focused on the technique; because unlike my training partner, I’m unlikely to muscle my way through a move. As such, I’m more confident in what I’m learning at All-American Martial Arts Academy because it really works. My one regret? That I didn’t start training sooner…”
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