Thank You and Happy New Year!

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Another year has passed and we are blessed to be starting the New Year on the mats.  2017 was a great year just like all the other years but for me personally it was even more special.. I was blessed with a son to enjoy this journey we call life. There were a lot of growth within the academy and I see it growing even more in 2018. I want to personally thank you (students, parents, friends, training parters, and even the haters) for having the confidence in Kenny Kim Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and for your continued support and friendship. My goal for 2018 is to strengthen our team even more and provide an outlet for anyone interested in benefiting from jiu jitsu and continue to open our doors for non political jiu jitsu environment for all BJJ practitioners. Again, I'm beyond thankful and I wish everyone lots of love, laughter, health, and success in the new year! 

2017 Academy of the Year - Ares BJJ Association

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This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending our association year end party/banquet.

We had the pleasure of winning the 2017 Academy of the Year award. This is proof that we are growing in a positive direction and our academy is flourishing with great jiu jitsu and most importantly with amazing people. We can't wait to see what 2018 has in store for us here at Kenny Kim BJJ and Ares BJJ Association. Thank You all for a fantastic year!! 

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL! 50% OFF 1 YEAR AND 2 YEAR MEMBERSHIPS

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Attention! Due to the overwhelming response from the public we have decided to go LIVE with our Black Friday Deals early!

The registration is now open and when we hit capacity (10 memberships) the registration will be closed.

Get online now before you miss out!

www.kennykimbjj.com

BLACK FRIDAY SALE IS FOR NEW STUDENTS ONLY (DOES NOT APPLY TO FORMER STUDENTS) Paid in Full Option and includes premium uniform (gi) and belt. 
On Friday Nov 24th from 8am-5pm only our 12 month UNLIMITED training membership will be at a 50% discount!! This is unheard of since we have never had deals or special on our memberships. Only 10 memberships will be sold at this deal and online only from 8am-5pm. 

How does it work?
The Black Friday memberships are 12 months in length and it includes unlimited training and includes a premium uniform (gi) and belt. When you purchase the deal you are paying for 12 months up front and there is NO REFUND. 

Who can purchase this membership?
This Black Friday Membership can only be purchased by NEW STUDENTS ONLY (DOES NOT APPLY TO FORMER STUDENTS) This membership can be used either four our kids or adults programs. Only 1 per family can be purchased. 

Once you purchase the membership...
Once you have purchased your membership you will now have access to all of our classes you qualify to attend. Visit our class schedule to see your class times that fit your schedule.

 

 * CURRENT STUDENTS *

On Friday Nov 24th from 8am-5pm only, our 24 month UNLIMITED training membership will be at a 50% discount!! This is unheard of since we have never had deals or special on our memberships. Only 5 memberships will be sold at this deal and online only from 8am-5pm.

How does it work?
The Black Friday memberships are 24 months in length and it includes unlimited training. When you purchase the deal you are paying for 24 months up front and there is NO REFUND. 

Who can purchase this membership?
This Black Friday Membership can only be purchased by Current KKBJJ Students   This membership can be used either four our kids or adults programs. Only 1 per family can be purchased.

10.7.2017 Fall Belt Promotion Ares BJJ-Kenny Kim

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Today we celebrated our bi annual belt promotions with a full house! Even though everyone wasn't here we did our best to get the entire student body to partake in this special day of promotion and celebrations. Congratulations to everyone who received new stripes and new belts , it's a long journey but definitely worth it! We are so very proud of every single one of you! 

Congrats to Suzanne Martin, Russ Martin, Brandon Foy, Wes Butsch, Justin Hubbard, Alex Kay, and Sherri Dunn on their promotion to Blue Belt and Chris Scott on Purple Belt. 

Congrats to Suzanne Martin, Russ Martin, Brandon Foy, Wes Butsch, Justin Hubbard, Alex Kay, and Sherri Dunn on their promotion to Blue Belt and Chris Scott on Purple Belt. 

It was amazing to see everyone here on the mats supporting each others accomplishments. Today not only did we celebrate your success on the mats but also built everlasting memories and strong team relationship. Keep training hard and stay on the mat as long as you can! One day you too will become a Black Belt! 

Congrats to Zoe Glick, David Lima, Eddie Richardson, Enoch Johnson, Tre Crawford, Zac Cunningham, Eden Brown, Jesse Wagner, Kennedy Turney, London Brown, Luis Rivera, Sofia Alvarez, Colton Ellison, Mitchell Ellision and Analily Rivera. 

Congrats to Zoe Glick, David Lima, Eddie Richardson, Enoch Johnson, Tre Crawford, Zac Cunningham, Eden Brown, Jesse Wagner, Kennedy Turney, London Brown, Luis Rivera, Sofia Alvarez, Colton Ellison, Mitchell Ellision and Analily Rivera. 

IBJJF Mexico City Open, Next up Atlanta Open!

On September 9th, we came with 10 athletes to Mexico to compete the IBJJF Mexico City Open and we were able to take third place overall for Gi and Nogi. Something that would be hard to imagine if it wasn't for the amazing performance of everyone with a total of 24 medals!! We will hang these trophies in our gyms, put the medals in our closets, but the time we spent together as a family, the memories and support we gave each other will be with us forever! Thank you guys for being our family, thank you for being Ares BJJ. Up next is Atlanta Open Sept 23/24 and we have an army repressing our team! Osss   #AresBJJ #AresBJJAssociation #AresBJJFamily #BJJ #JiuJitsu #WeAreAres #kennykimbjj 

On September 9th, we came with 10 athletes to Mexico to compete the IBJJF Mexico City Open and we were able to take third place overall for Gi and Nogi. Something that would be hard to imagine if it wasn't for the amazing performance of everyone with a total of 24 medals!! We will hang these trophies in our gyms, put the medals in our closets, but the time we spent together as a family, the memories and support we gave each other will be with us forever! Thank you guys for being our family, thank you for being Ares BJJ. Up next is Atlanta Open Sept 23/24 and we have an army repressing our team! Osss

 

#AresBJJ #AresBJJAssociation #AresBJJFamily #BJJ #JiuJitsu #WeAreAres #kennykimbjj 

IBJJF Atlanta Open, Atl Open Camp, and Special Class with Rafael "Formiga" Barbosa

~We are back on normal schedule starting today Tuesday Sept 12, 2017

~ The IBJJF Atlanta Open Championship (http://ibjjf.com/…/atlanta-summer-international-open-jiu-j…/) will close it's registration in a couple of days, if you plan on competing sign up today. 

~ Remember, We are hosting the ATL Open Training camp next week from Tuesday Sept 19th~ Friday Sept 22nd so all regularly scheduled classes are canceled.(APPLIES ONLY FOR ADULT BJJ, KIDS CLASSES ARE ON A NORMAL SCHEDULE) Tuesday~Thursday 2 sessions a day 10am and 630pm and will finish on Friday Sept 2nd at 10am. This camp is open to ALL students
regardless of your skill level. Saturday Sept 23rd we will be at the ATL Open Championships. 
Sign up here today: https://kennykimbjj.com/shop

~Lastly, On Monday Sept 18th we will be combining the 7pm Advance and 8pm BJJ 101 class. Along with couple of other black belts my good friend, multiple time world champion, and amazing black belt Rafael Formiga Barbosa will be teaching a special class for us. I highly recommend everyone attend this class. There is no special fee for this class. (for KKBJJ/ARESBJJ Students) Regular mat fee will apply for Non Members 

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Re-cap of IBJJF's 2017 Master Worlds Championship

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The Master Worlds Championship has become one of the biggest and prestigious competitions in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The "Master Worlds" as it's known is specifically for competitors over the age of 30. This tournament was considered "not the real" deal and "old man" tournament in the past but I gotta say that has changed the last few years especially the one we just experienced this past weekend. Over 4500 competitors from all over the world got together to showcase and test their skills at the Las Vegas Convention Center from August 24th through the 27th.  Some were crowned champions and most of us not but at the end of the day if you were one of the 4500 competitiors I salute and congratulate you on all yours success as a BJJ competitor for doing what most of people won't in their lifetime.

21 Mats at the 2017 Master Worlds Championships 

21 Mats at the 2017 Master Worlds Championships 

After the age of 30 most of us have professional careers, kids, families and financial obligations and to train diligently and dedicate part of your life while your other priorities are put on hold shows that you are already a "winner" in life. As I think about what happened at the competition, or what could have happened the most important things is the experience we gain from this tournament and appreciating the memories that were created during the 3 day event. I got to see familiar faces, met new friends, and created lifelong bond with my fellow jiu jitsu practitioners. If you competed this past weekend, CONGRATULATIONS and keep stepping on the mat to better yourself and if you have never competed at this (or any other championships) I highly recommend you live through this experience..It will change your life.

Diego Bispo and Osvaldo Quexinho closing out Master 1 Black Belt Feather Weight.  Photo Credit to Alex Barcelona Photography 

Diego Bispo and Osvaldo Quexinho closing out Master 1 Black Belt Feather Weight. 

Photo Credit to Alex Barcelona Photography 

Congratulations to my teammates Osvaldo Quexinho, Diego Bispo and Milton Bastos for becoming Master World Champions! I'd like to thank all my students, instructors(Gazzy Parman and Kenny Seger), Ares BJJ team mates, open mat training partners, and especially my wife and son for your endless support and having my back. See you all in 2018. 

Demi Lovato Recommends BJJ As A Way To Improve Confidence & To Deal With Mental Issues

Demi Lovato Recommends BJJ As A Way To Improve Confidence & To Deal With Mental Issues

 

Demi Lovato has been quite outspoken about her affection for jiu-jitsu among other things. The young pop star has taken a liking to a variety of mixed martial arts and can be seen around the web hitting takedowns on her instructor, working on technique and striking among other things.

“I would say that if you struggle with depression, anxiety, or any other type of stressors in your life, a really great way to get rid of those is through physical exercise and fitness.” Demi told People magazine.

The fitness routine that has her feeling so strong and confident? Mixed martial arts and jiu-jitsu, she tells.

 

 “I first got into jiu-jitsu because I loved watching people grapple,” Lovato says. (Jiu-jitsu focuses on hand-to-hand combat moves and ground work such as grappling, throwing, and pinning.) “I think it’s really cool to learn something that helps you with self-defense.” She adds that she also finds MMA fighting meditative because she’s constantly thinking of ways to attack and defend.”

Lovato — who overcame past issues with bulimia and body image — says exercise is vital to feeling good.. Lovato eventually checked into rehab at age 18 to deal with her eating disorder, cutting and substance abuse issues.

“I work out personally because of the way it makes me feel and the release of serotonin. It’s important to take care of yourself physically but also mentally as well,” she says.

*Original post from bjjee.com Iva Djokovic

Drop In Etiquette...Few important rules to follow

Lot of Jiu Jitsu addicts will find a BJJ academy when they are traveling for work or on vacation to "drop in" on a class and most academies will be very welcoming in having a guest student. As a guest student, you should adhere to the rules and regulations of the academy. Finding the right academy to train at is probably the first thing you should research (Friends, Facebook, and Yelp are a good start). Once you find the place you want to drop in at you should call ahead and get some more info on the drop in class.  Here are some do's and don'ts:

1. DO call ahead and introduce your self and let them know that you are in town and looking to drop in on a class. 

2. DO ask if they have a mat fee and when the classes are. (Fundamentals, Advance, Comp Class, No Gi, Etc...)

3. DO let them know where you train, what level you are, and  how you heard about them. If you were referred by someone at the academy or know someone there they may not charge you a mat fee. 

4. DO your research before you show up to a class. If you call them multiple times and they don't pick up the phone that's probably a very un-professional academy. (Not assuming that all academies who don't answer their phone is un-professional) Read reviews and also make sure they have the class you are looking for. 

5. DO NOT call or show up and NOT introduce yourself and be a dick. They don't have to have you on their mats. You are the visitor so show some respect. 

6. DO NOT SHOW UP LATE!!! It is most disrespectful to the Professor, Instructor, Students and the academy to show up late, especially as a "drop in" guest. 

7. DO ask ahead of time if there is a specific Gi or No Gi requirement so you can prepare ahead of time. (Some academies require you to rent academy Gi's and No Gi gear and have specific color gi's) If that's something you do not want to do then that particular academy may not be the one  you drop in on. 

8. DO introduce your self when you step on the mat and don't be a dick. 

9. DO expect to train hard because if you are a guest, the students are coming after you. Not with a malicious intent but you are a "new" fish in the sea. Remember, training hard is perfectly okay but DO NOT go ape shit and move like you just downed a double espresso and a 30oz monster energy drink... The mat enforcer is watching and you will pay the price. 

10. DO have fun and make new friends, there is nothing like traveling to a new city and meeting new friends on the mat. 

 

The above 10 do's and don'ts are just a  guideline and of course there are exceptions and different circumstances when it comes down to visiting other academies. Once you've dropped in for a class you should definitely leave a online review on the academy and the class, whether positive or negative for future students and drop in guests. 

Prof. Kenny's Seminar Tour a BIG Success

Prof. Kenny visited 4 cities and 5 academies for seminar tour from June 22 through June 25 and it was a HUGE success. Columbus GA, Albany GA, Tallahassee FL, Panama City Beach FL, and city of Panama City FL. A BIG thanks goes out to all the participants for making it a memorable event and even a bigger thanks to the Instructors and Professors who made it possible. Prof. Kenny hopes to visit everyone soon! 

Jason Keaton and Prof. Kenny at Jiu Jitsu Columbus

Jason Keaton and Prof. Kenny at Jiu Jitsu Columbus

Jeremy and Jamie Laviano at Hamby BJJ - Albany, GA 

Jeremy and Jamie Laviano at Hamby BJJ - Albany, GA 

Shane W at World Triumph Martial Arts - Tallahassee, FL

Shane W at World Triumph Martial Arts - Tallahassee, FL

Thor at Rillion Gracie Panama City Beach, FL

Thor at Rillion Gracie Panama City Beach, FL

Albert Da Silva at Marra Senki BJJ - Panama City, FL 

Albert Da Silva at Marra Senki BJJ - Panama City, FL 

Professor Kenny's Florida (panhandle) Seminar Tour

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Professor Kenny will be traveling down to the Florida Panhandle for series of seminars June 23~25th. First he will visit World Triumph Martial Arts in Tallahassee, FL on Friday June 23rd at 6-8pm, then he's off to Rillion Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Panama City Beach, FL on June 24th at 10am-12pm which also will include a stand up paddle board demo and session and day at the beach! Last, on Sunday June 25th he will finish off the seminar at Marra Senki BJJ in Panama City, FL. Come join this  Open Guard Proficiency seminar series! What's better than jiu jitsu and the beach! contact the academy to register for the seminars. 

Hotsauce earns Double Gold at Miami Open. Ares BJJ-Kenny Kim

Professor Samir Chantre, Professor  Kenny Kim, and Coach Dustin "Hotsauce" Waters took a quick trip to Miami this past weekend for the IBJJF Miami Open. Professor Samir has been training hard in preparation for the World Championship at end of May in Long Beach, California and wanted to stay loose by competing in one last tournament before the Worlds. It was a stacked division but he was able to make it to the finals of the Black Belt feather weight division. He had a tough technical match and ended up winning Silver. Professor Kenny also made the trip down a week after Atlanta Open in hopes of getting a rematch against a tough opponent he fought at Atlanta but was derailed in the first round. Last year or so has been tough for Professor Kenny losing almost all of his matches in the first round whether by decision, points, or submission. One thing is for sure, he will continue to compete and put him self out there with the best in the world, at the end of the day jiu jitsu is about persistence and getting back up when knocked down. Lastly, Dustin "Hotsauce" Waters has been on Fire!! As a new Brown Belt he has been competing exceptionally and improving his techniques overall. If you ever notice he is training at minimum 5 days a week and doesn't make excuses when it comes to training. With his recent wins in the last Fight 2 Win pro match and Gold and Silver at the Atlanta Open he was ready to step up his game. Miami was a true test with a stacked division with tough opponents. At the end Dustin came out with Double GOLD winning his division and the absolute didvion!! We couldn't me more proud of accomplishments and is a pleasure having him as a training partner and coach for our team. We have a couple more championships lined up so come join us and let's make history!! 

 

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Professor Kenny had the opportunity to be on the #1 podcast on iTunes, The Grappling Central Podcast. It's free on iTunes, Google play, and Sticher. 

"Kenny Kim is a respected instructor from Atlanta, GA who has been in the martial arts business for a very long time. He talks about the keys to his success, competition and the importance of a good affiliation. Click “Read More” for show notes!" 

SHOW NOTES

  • Spending time in Rio and competing at the 2017 Rio Open
  • The competition in Brazil vs the US
  • How he first found Jiu-Jitsu
  • How his influences from other martial arts have helped him in his path
  • The value of competition
  • Longevity in Jiu-Jitsu
  • Being a new father
  • Life as an academy owner
  • Why academies fail
  • Punctuality / Being a one man show
  • What keeps him motivated
  • Why he feels having an open door policy at his academy is beneficial to him
  • The hardest part of being an academy owner
  • His favorite thing about teaching
  • One of his favorite success stories
  • Working with BOPE, the Brazilian special police unit
  • What he looks for in a student’s progression
  • ARES BJJ affiliation
  • Words of encouragement for new practitioners

Importance of nurturing and guidance in BJJ

I've been on the mats 3/4 of my life and have learn tremendous amount of life skills on the mats. The mats (especially in BJJ) teaches us that nothing comes easy and every bit of it is earned through hard work just as in the real life. But just as in the "real" world we all need nurturing and guidance on the mat. As an instructor or high rank student of the academy one may tend to give more attention and guidance to the newer students that are more "physically gifted" and can understand the techniques and the concepts better but what happens to the everyday Joe and Jane that is also on the mats? a lot of times they get over looked and little guidance is given to them. I don't know about you but the "physically gifted" students will find a way to keep up with the class while the average Joe and Jane may not. Just as a child growing up into pre teen, teen and eventually adulthood we need to be there to guide them into positive direction. There is no difference on  the mat, all upper rank students and instructors should pay more attention and guide the everyday folks who are there to better themselves through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Remember, we are all in this together and if your teammates are improving, YOU are improving. 

MODIFIED SCHEDULE FOR SPRING BREAK 2017

Spring Break is right around the corner and we know a lot of families will be traveling so we have modified our schedule accordingly to accommodate the entire student base. Please mark your calendars accordingly and take advantage of classes if you are in town. The modified schedule is from Monday April 3rd to Saturday April 8th. 

Monday- April 3rd

NO KIDS/TEENS CLASS

ADULTS- COMBINED ALL LEVELS CLASS AT 7PM

 

Tuesday- April 4th

NO KIDS/TEENS CLASS

ADULTS- COMBINED ALL LEVELS NO GI CLASA AT 7PM

 

Wednesday-April 5th

NO ADULT NOON BJJ CLASS

545PM- TEENS

ADULTS COMBINED ALL LEVELS CLASS AT 7PM

 

Thursday-April 6th

430PM- LIL SAMURAIS' BJJ

515PM-JR SAMURAIS' BJJ

630PM- ADULTS BJJ 101 (FUNDAMENTALS)

730PM- ADULTS BJJ COMPETITION CLASS

 

Friday-April 7th

NO ADULT NOON NO GI CLASS

6pm- ADULT POSITIONAL TRAINING CLASS

 

Saturday-April 8th

10AM- JR'S NO GI CLASS

11AM- JR'S/TEENS COMPEITTION CLASS

1230PM- ADULTS ALL LEVEL CLASS 

 

Ares BJJ-Kenny Kim , Prof Kenny's Promotion, Belt Ceremony, Newest Black Belt, and Party!

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This weekend was jam packed with lots of exciting news around the academy!  We are now officially a part of the growing Ares BJJ association. Founded by good friends Samir Chantre, Osvaldo Queixinho Moizinho, Milton Bastos and Alan Moraes of Brazil. This is great for us to have the full support of best non politic jiu jitsu team in the world! we can't wait to see what the future holds for us. 

Newest Black Belt Brien Calloway and Prof. Kenny

Congratulations to Kenny Kim BJJ's first Black Belt Brien Calloway and on Prof. Kenny's promotion to second degree black belt. Both of these gentlemen embody to essence of jiu jitsu and we couldn't be happier for their success!! We'd also like to congratulate everyone who received new stripes and belts this past weekend, your hard work and dedication has paid off! stay on the mat and keep training hard! 

Thank You all who supported and attended the seminar taught by Samir and Quexinho. We hope you picked up some cool techniques and concepts and really appreciate the support. Next we will be hosting the ATL Open (Fall) camp with multiple black belts and team mates. 

Thank You all who supported and attended the seminar taught by Samir and Quexinho. We hope you picked up some cool techniques and concepts and really appreciate the support. Next we will be hosting the ATL Open (Fall) camp with multiple black belts and team mates. 

Ares BJJ-Kenny Kim Black Belt's 

Ares BJJ-Kenny Kim Black Belt's 

We enjoyed the Brazilian Samba show by Dance Brazil. It was a spectacular show and  we all enjoyed it!! 

We enjoyed the Brazilian Samba show by Dance Brazil. It was a spectacular show and  we all enjoyed it!!