FUJI BJJ -GA State CHAMPION

 What a day! We attended the FUJI BJJ Georgia State Championships and had a blast! Our kids and adults team represented well and won the team trophy 🏆 for Adults and Overall. I am extremely proud of everyone’s accomplishments and dedication to the sport and our team. Special shout out to Professor  Gazzy Parman  for making little killer kids,  Kenny Seger ,  Dustin R. Waters  and  Will Edmondson  for their leadership. What a fun day and can’t wait to do it again!  #aresbjjkennykim

What a day! We attended the FUJI BJJ Georgia State Championships and had a blast! Our kids and adults team represented well and won the team trophy 🏆 for Adults and Overall. I am extremely proud of everyone’s accomplishments and dedication to the sport and our team. Special shout out to Professor Gazzy Parman for making little killer kids, Kenny SegerDustin R. Waters and Will Edmondson for their leadership. What a fun day and can’t wait to do it again! #aresbjjkennykim

Spring Break Modified Schedule April 2-7th.

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The academy will be on a modified schedule during the 2018 Spring Break week April 2nd - 7th. 

ALL kids classes will be  canceled on this week and will resume back to normal schedule Monday April 9th. This is a great opportunity to take a few days off and enjoy the break whether you are out of town or in town. 

We will be combining ALL adult classes Monday through Thursday. The ALL level class will be held at 7pm (Gi class). Friday 6pm positional training and Saturday (April 7th 1230pm) all level classes will remain on the same schedule. 

Monday 6am, Wednesday and Friday Noon classes will also be canceled. 

Please mark your calendars and hope you all have an awesome spring break! 

Ares BJJ-Kenny Kim-Atlanta Open

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This past weekend our team Ares BJJ-Kenny Kim participated in the Atlanta Open Championships and it really showed how strong our team was. There were wins and loses but the amount of support we had for one another was something incredible. A big group of guys/gals who weren't competing still came out to support the teammates competing and stuck around to cheer them on. See, a tournament isn't always about winning or losing but the unity it brings to the team and the support we show each other. We also had members from other Ares BJJ Association that competed with pride representing our name, we are proud of ALL of you and Thank You! You are why our team is so very special. Next one will be in May so let's start preparing now and have a good showing! 

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Great Seminar with Ares BJJ Black Belt Aluizio Moizinho

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Before the IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open we had the pleasure of having one of Ares BJJ Association's top level black belt share some techniques with us. Some fine little details to tweak our game. The mats were full, energy was high and our students made it even more special. We wish the best of luck to everyone competing at the open. Thank You all for the support. 

The Hidden Benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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The Hidden Benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian jiu jitsu is more than just a sport. It’s more than a martial art. It’s a way to change your life. You hear a lot of people talk about the jiu jitsu lifestyle, but what does that mean? Does it mean you train all day? Does it mean you surf and then head to class? Brazilian jiu jitsu’s benefits go beyond anything you can see. Often it’s the things you can’t see that have the biggest impact on your lifestyle.

The Physical Benefits

Walk into any academy and talk to some of the students who have just started training Brazilian jiu jitsu and ask them what it’s has done for them. Most respond with things like, “I lost so much weight,” or, “My body is so much more flexible now.” Some talk about how much strength they have gained or how they are in better shape. The fact that Brazilian jiu jitsu will change your body cannot be denied. You can physically see your body changing with every day or week. What you can’t see is the improvements in your overall health as a result of training.

Everyone associates exercise with a look. People want to look a certain way. You won’t likely hear many people say, “I workout so I can lower my cholesterol.” The only people who say that are the ones who went to the doctor and found out they have high cholesterol and need to exercise. BJJ is no different. Students rarely walk through the door looking to improve their blood sugar, but I always tell people the best part about exercise is the stuff you can’t see. Keep this in mind when you get frustrated training. No matter how many times you got submitted, you are still doing something positive for your health.

On top of that, BJJ teaches you how to use your body as one unit. In our current society where most of the day is spent sitting, driving, or working at a computer, the body develops some strange and unnatural movement patterns.  The body awareness that BJJ teaches you is priceless. With an increase in body awareness, strength and mobility will soon follow. You can’t see improvements in strength on the mats necessarily, but in the weight room you can see the numbers on your lifts increasing. On the mats it’s harder to see, but it’s something you can feel. Improvements in mobility show up during techniques and drills that at first were difficult to complete but now you are able to move your hips better. Improvements in mobility will keep you on the mats training for a long time.

The Mental Benefits

Beyond any physical improvements that come as a result of Brazilian jiu jitsu are the mental improvements that are often overlooked. First, the process of learning a technique requires as much mental activity as it does physical. In order to learn a technique you must practice it over and over. You study the technique just like you would a subject for school, and then learn to apply it. Learning to apply the technique can be the most challenging part. When attempting a new move during live rolling or drilling it can be difficult to complete. In order to improve you must keep attempting the technique over and over again. Then drill it some more and try again for months, sometimes years before you start catching people during rolling. 

If you are the type of person that when things get hard you get frustrated and quit, BJJ is not your sport. In life when things get frustrating do you walk away or keep pushing forward? Just like learning a technique, if you quit you will never learn. This is true for any goal. On the path to reach that goal there are going to be times of frustration and if you stop you will never reach the top. 

One of the hidden benefits of BJJ is what the struggle of learning, drilling, and rolling does for you. Walking into a class after spending months learning a technique, attempting it, and being crushed by everyone is not a good feeling. What is a good feeling is walking in the next day and trying it again. The mental strength to keep pushing even when things are not going your way will show up in other areas of your life outside of the gym.

And things don’t always go our way, in the gym or in life. Everyone has stress in their lives. It’s how we deal with the stress that is important. BJJ is a great stress relief. After a long day at work or school, you can walk into the academy and everything goes away. The last thing you want to think about when someone is trying to armbar or choke you is your bad day at work. BJJ requires focus. When your instructor is showing technique, if you are not paying attention you could miss a key detail. That key detail could be the difference between completing the move or getting your guard passed.

Another benefit is that training allows for you to “let your anger out.” During rolling and drilling you can take that anger and built-up frustration and release it on the mat. Roll hard. Let it out. You will find after an intense rolling or drilling session you will feel better. Use the academy as an outlet. It’s one to two hours where the time is yours. No one is going to be asking you about your bad day at work while rolling. Training time is your time.

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!

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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.