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


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


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!" 


  • 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. 


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. 

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Saturday-April 8th





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

Ares BJJ-Kenny Kim

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!! 

Around the Academy - March 2017

March 11th

Don't forget we are hosting our belt award ceremony and our 11 year anniversary party and we expect to see ALL STUDENTS (kids and adults). We will kick off the event at 10am with all participants being in their clean WHITE gi's. We will award stripes and graduate new belts at this time. It is also a special day because Professor Kenny will be receiving his 2nd degree on his black belt and will be awarding the first black belt from the KKBJJ academy. Team pictures will follow so you don't want to miss out! Please sign up to bring pot luck and share some good food and good times. We will have face painting for kids and a bounce house for them to play on so bring out the entire family! 

Next, Professor Kenny will be recognize and award some special persons who was a big influence in the growth of the academy these past few years. 

Lastly, we will finish off the day with an awesome seminar with good friends and teammates Osvaldo Queixinho and Samir Chantre at 1pm. These guys aren't just good jiu jitsu competitors but all around great people on and off the mat. If you met and trained with them before you know what I'm talking about, if you haven't here is your chance! Go to STORE and pre register for this event! 

March is Bring a Friend Day

We know you brag and talk about training Jiu Jitsu to your friends all the time so why not bring them with you to try out a free class? If they are a friend of yours they will be a great fit for the academy. Kids can bring their buddies any weekday during class and adults can bring their friends to the BJJ 101 class (unless they experience then they can attend any class on schedule as long as your with them) Not only is it fun having your friend train with you but to show appreciation we will pay for your next months tuition once they become a member. We hope to see many new faces around the academy! Share the love! 



Social Media is great way to let people know what you are up to so why not let them know you are training BJJ? When you come into train we'd love it if you could "check in" on Facebook or on Instagram. Take a photo or video and let your friends and followers know what your up to. Make sure to #hashtag #kkbjj #kennykimbjj We love hearing success stories about our students! 

Gi Laundry and Rental Service Available 

Are you tired of doing laundry every night? Do you spend too much time waiting on your gi's to wash and dry? well.. we have a solution! We are now offering Gi Laundry Service to all students. Think about it, after a hard training session you drop your Gi off at the designated area and next time you come in your gi is washed, dried and hung! We suggest you at least have 2 gi's in rotation as we have a 2 day turnaround policy. No more hassle of carrying stinky gi's in your car, washing, and sometimes forgetting it. All this for only $20 a month! 

Speaking of forgetting your gi, you don' have to miss class and go home if you forget your gi. We have a gi rental service for only $10. If there is ever a time you misplace your gi or is not clean and want to train we got your covered! 

How to be good at jiu jitsu.. or anything for that matter 

I get asked questions all the time "how can I get better at jiu jitsu?" or "what do I need to work on to be better at...?" These are very common questions and I respect the question and their dedication in wanting to get better and be the best they can be. I have been doing this for a very long time and I sometimes have these questions but the truth of the matter is that there is no 1 technique or 1 thing you can do to improve your jiu jitsu. Well.. I take that back! there is one thing you can do to improve your jiu jitsu and it may not show immediately but in the long run you will be better than where you were and better than anyone who has quit or given up. JUST SHOW UP TO TRAIN AND STAY ON THE MAT!  I have seen so many talented jiu jitsu guys stop training because of whatever the circumstance are and end up regretting their poor decision. It is also harder for you to come back on the mat after a long hiatus due to the fact everyone else is now "tapping" you. So at the end of the day there is no secret to getting good at jiu jitsu if you show up and train you too will be good and reach the ultimate goal of Black Belt. We all have busy lives and expenses but its how you prioritize what's important in your life. 

Do You Skip Open Mat? Here’s Why You’re Making A Huge Mistake.

While everyone knows that regularly attending jiu-jitsu class is crucial if you want to achieve your goals, many people overlook the opportunities that come with attending an open mat.

These training sessions aren’t structured like regular classes, mainly because they aren’t classes at all. Instead, they’re a chance for jiu-jitsu practitioners of all experience levels to be let off the proverbial leash and train however they want with whomever they want.

Despite all the ways they can help you improve, though, a shocking number of students who attend class during the week never show up for open mat. What they might not realize is that by doing so, they’re holding themselves back.

Although not all gyms implement open mats as part of their program, black belt Kenny Kimof Kenny Kim Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Marietta, Georgia knows how important it is to have open mat as a way for both his students and students from other gyms to come together to “learn, share, and play.” 

Having run a successful open mat at his gym for six years now, Professor Kim has seen the benefits it has on individual jiujiteiros and on the jiu-jitsu community as a whole. Whether you’ve never been to an open mat session before or you’re a regular attendee, he has some advice that’s sure to help you get the most out of your time there.

The first thing you need to do is to make sure you’re going to the right place. Kim says that whether you’re attending open mat at your own gym or a different one, there shouldn’t be a mat fee you have to pay:

“The gym owner shouldn’t look at an open mat session as a marketing tool or a money-making event. Students should be sure they are attending a true open mat at a gym that has no interest in recruiting them to their team.”

Of course, just as you expect to be treated well by the people running the open mat, it’s important to do your part as a participant to ensure that you’re benefiting – rather than burdening – the people you’re training with.

“Participants should respect they gym they’re training at. If they require you to sign a waiver, sign the waiver.”

He also cautions against going just to show off your skills. 

“Be humble! You’re sure to get surprised by some of the folks [you roll with].”

Once you’re settled in, it’s up to you to decide how you want to spend your time there. 

“You should not be in a class structure or told to do anything. You should be able to drill, roll, or just sit there and soak it all in. It’s a time to do what you feel is important for you on that particular day or week.” 

Even though you’re more than welcome to sit on the sidelines and observe the whole time, it would be a shame to miss out on the opportunities that can come with rolling with people of all different experience levels . . . even the ones from rival gyms. “Students are afraid that they’ll get smashed by a lower rank from a rival team,” says Kim. It’s a shame, because according to him, those students are missing the point of the session in the first place.

“Don’t go to open mat and train with the same partner you always train with at your gym. Find new partners, new ranks, new styles to train with. Everyone can offer you something, even if they’re ranked lower than you are.”

For those who want to get some different perspectives from upper belts, attending open mat is a great opportunity to get it done without emptying your wallet. Kim compares it to going to a free seminar or semi-private lesson because of the potential to learn new techniques and receive help from more experienced practitioners. 

“You never know who will show up. We’ve had some incredible world-class black belts stop by to train, including Yuri Simoes, Samir Chantre, Lucas Lepri, Osvaldo Queixinho, and Cole Miller.”

Not all gyms are lucky enough to have some of the planet’s top black belts show up for open mat, but you are likely to roll with some knowledgeable people who can teach you some cool new tricks.

If the person keeping you from attending open mats isn’t you, but your coach, Kim advises finding someone else to train under. 

“Open mat is like going to the basketball court and playing a pick-up game… [but] one of the most common reasons students don’t attend is because their own gym forbids them from going. There’s a lot of politics involved. If you feel that, get out.” 

It’s understandable that coaches might not want their students skipping their regular classes to go learn from another professor, but open mat is a time to share jiu-jitsu with other people who love it, regardless of any pre-existing rivalries between gyms or individual students.

Attending normal classes is vital if you want to learn jiu-jitsu, but if you want to get the most out of the sport, start attending open mat sessions. Invite your friends and former competition opponents, too! 

Jiu-jitsu is an art in which everyone can learn from everyone else, and open mat is a great opportunity to put aside any feelings of pride and just enjoy rolling. It’s the perfect way to experience the thrill that made you fall in love BJJ in the first place and share it with others who share the same passion that you do.

Article Credit: Averi Clements -jiujitsu times - Click to read original article 

Check out this choke that shock the world at the 2016 Pans

Check out this loop choke from the single leg defense by one of Ares BJJ Association founders Osvaldo "Queixinho" Moizinho. Learn it and add to your arsenal! Remember, March 11th 1pm Quexinho and Samir Chantre will be conducting a seminar here at Kenny Kim BJJ. To pre register for the semainr go to https://kennykimbjj.com/shop/ 


Osvaldo Quexinho and Samir Chantre demonstrating the famous loop choke  

Belt Ceremony, 11 yr Anniversary Party, and Special Seminar

Save the date! On Saturday March 11th, we will hosting our bi-annual Belt Award Ceremony/Graduation and we will also be celebrating 11 years here in Marietta, GA.
We encourage ALL students (Kids and Adults alike) to attend and make it a special day. There will be stripe promotions along with new belt promotions so please make sure you are there to congratulate your training parters. We will be having pot luck lunch so make sure to sign up at the front desk and bring your best dish!! (We will be giving a prize for the best dish) There will be a BBQ grill outside and we will be grilling some hotdogs and hamburgers also. We have a special Brazilian Dance group that will come and perform for us during the event. The day will finish off with a special seminar by Samir Chantre and Osvaldo Queinxho. This event is open to friends, family and the BJJ community. Mark your calendars and see you then! REMEMBER ONLY WHITE GI'S ON THIS DAY