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Taking MMA Lessons in Springfield MA

Some big questions to ask when choosing a gym to take MMA classes in Springfield MA is how many professional fighters does that school have? How many of the fighters are in the UFC, have fought in the UFC or about to be signed in the UFC? Do other fighters and BJJ stars go there train? Do fighters come other countries like Brazilian and Spain to learn and step up there game? I am not telling you what the right answer is to these questions are.  You can figure it out for yourself.

To be good at MMA you must be good at all aspects of the sport. Such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Striking, kicking, and wrestling. Strength and conditioning along with cardio are essential aspects of the game as well.

Why should you choose a gym that has a really good BJJ program if you are looking for MMA instruction in Springfield MA? The reason is simply put, Jiu Jitsu is extremely technical and takes a very long time to become good. That is why you should start kids with BJJ and then work in other styles as they age.



Cesar Alvan Wins 1st Place in Gi and No Gi at NAGA 6/30/2012

Great combination of Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by Cesar in the grappling competition last Jun 30 2012. Cesar Alvan won both 10 years old expert divisions with and without Gi 80 to 90lb and at the end was promoted to a orange belt. In this video he is competing his teamate Mike what was a warrior and fought very brave too! Congratulations for both kids!

Ludlow Massachusetts own Cesar Alvan takes NAGA East Coast Championship again on May 5, 2012
Ludlow’s own Veterans Park Elementary School 4th grade Cesar Alvan at the young age of just 10 years old was able to capture his 5th Championship Belt at the most recent North America Grappling Association (NAGA) Tournament. NAGA returned to the West Warwick Civic Center in Rhode Island this past Saturday, May 5th, for the 2012 East Coast Grappling Championship. NAGA is the world’s largest mixed grappling tournament circuit with over 160,000 competitors worldwide.
“It has been a great year for him. In this tournament he competed in 3 different kids expert divisions against the best kids on the East Coast. All of his matches were won without let his opponents score any point on him. On another note, Cesar became one this years Massachusetts State Wrestling Champions and we have to give credit to the Ludlow Wrestling Youth Program. They are doing a fantastic job with our kids. Cesar has improved tremendously since he started with the Ludlow wrestling program. We are very proud to represent our Town in these major tournaments around the USA.” says Marco Alvan, Cesar’s father/coach.
If you want you child to be a champion, you must have them train with champions.  Contact Team Link in Ludlow MA

Rodolfo Vieira vs Andre Galvao, final absoluto 2012 Abu Dhabi Pro, courtesy of New England BJJ

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Andre Galvao vs Xande Ribeiro, semi absoluto preta Abu Dhabi Pro 2012



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“What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?”

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is the ultimate self-defense system that can be used in the real world. A BJJ practitioner uses leverage and superior ground technique to overcome a bigger and stronger opponent. The BJJ practitioner seeks to avoid punches and kicks by taking down their opponent. Once on the ground, a BJJ practitioner can choose to hold down their opponent until help arrives, submit their opponent, strangle their opponent unconscious, break a limb or punch their opponent out. 99% of fights go to the ground either by design or accidental and the person who has superior BJJ ground techniques will win the fight.

“What Can Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Do For My Kid?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu helps in many aspect of your kid’s life.

  • BJJ increases self-esteem and confidence
  • BJJ increases their social skills
  • BJJ improves their grades
  • BJJ increases motor skills
  • BJJ give your child direction and drive
  • BJJ gives your child fitness
  • BJJ gives your child the best self-defense that can be used in the real world

The objective of this system is to develop the potential of all human beings, with particular emphasis on self-defense without violence. This being the case, a student of the BJJ even being physically inferior is fully capable of defending himself against any aggressor using movements which are based in the principles of levers, without necessarily using force or violence.

The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu System seeks to develop an individual’s personality, stimulating positive qualities, morals and intellectual ability. For this reason, Jiu-Jitsu should not be seen as a fighting art, but a system of self defense that requires an incredible use of intellect to finish the position that the student has chosen to apply. A student of BJJ develops himself both physically and mentally.

This system does not seek to create bullies, but it is evident that our students become confident individuals that have been able to both subconsciously overcome the fear of attack that all athletes must confront in any aggressor and more importantly any difficult situation they may encounter in any sector of life or activity. Therefore it is easy for one to see that Jiu Jitsu is extremely beneficial to the educational system of children, adolescents and victims of insecurity and fear, whom quickly learn to believe in themselves and improve in their studies. In addition, Jiu Jitsu helps its young students in other sports and in family relationships. With their new acquired confidence they can diminish or eliminate aggression, aggression being a characteristic of one who is not self-confident. This is also true for adults, self confidence is essential to success in any branch of life particularly in areas of public speaking.

It can be concluded that BJJ in its traditional form and how it’s taught in our schools greatly helps build character and intellect in its students. It is recommended for all because through the practice of Jiu Jitsu, students acquire the principles of moral order and physics. These principles help form character and personality.

A lot has been said about this subject, and it is obviously open for debate. Should kids in the 4 to 12 year old range train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)? Are they ready for the rigors of BJJ? Is BJJ for Kids too ‘dangerous?’ How do you teach kids such a technical sport? Do they understand BJJ? Can kids train in a safe and effective manner?

I happen to believe that the answers to all of these questions can be yes and no. Ambiguous? Yes!

Let me explain. I believe that BJJ is good for people of all ages. BJJ for Kids can be safe and it can be dangerous. BJJ for Kids can be overly technical and not too technical. BJJ for Kids can be too rigorous and it can be administered correctly. Kids can understand BJJ, and they can find it too difficult.

You see these questions are not about BJJ and it’s not about the kids. It is all about the teacher, the BJJ instructor, the leader of the class . . . period!

§  If a BJJ instructor is overly zealous about pushing kids, it can be too rigorous.

§  An instructor who understands children and their growth patterns in relation to their physical, mental and emotional development will build a curriculum and class schedule that is ‘just right.’

§  If the BJJ for Kids instructor is all about winning and doesn’t consistently practice safety habits, there will be problems. To avoid problems, the Instructor should assign one adult per two kids when it comes to sparring. He should also discuss the dangers of submissions every class. He should have the kids physically and verbally tap. Again, it’s just practice. If the instructor doesn’t practice safe habits, it is not going to be a safe environment for the kids.

§  If the instructor institutes safety measures such as I mentioned in the previous paragraph and many others, he will minimize the possibilities of injury. Practicing safety will lead to safer classes.

BJJ is a tough sport and in the wrong hands it can be unsafe and sometimes downright dangerous.

It doesn’t have to be this way. BJJ for Kids is a good thing . . . in the right instructor’s hands. Parents need to study instructors and their classes prior to allowing their kids to train at any school. If parents don’t see safety in action while they are at the school, they need to go elsewhere, because the conditions most likely won’t get any better.

I truly believe that BJJ for kids 4 to 12 years old is a good thing. There is no question in my mind that it can be a good thing . . . but it all depends upon the care of the BJJ instructor. One child injured is one child too many.


Train Hard . . . Train Smart!