Why are you paying so much for your kid to train jiu jitsu?

One of my friends asked "Why would you pay so much money for your kid to train jiu jitsu”? Well I have a confession to make; I don't INVEST the money for my kid to train.

So, if I am not paying for him/her to just train jiu jitsu, what am I paying for?
- I pay for those moments when my son/daughter becomes so tired he wants to quit but doesn't.
- I pay for those days when my son/daughter comes home from school and is "too tired or too sore" to go to practice but goes anyway.
- I pay for my son/daughter to learn to be disciplined, focused, and dedicated.
- I pay for my son/daughter to learn to take care of his/her body and his equipment.
- I pay for my son/daughter to learn to work with others and to be a good team mate, gracious in defeat, and humble in success.
- I pay for my son/daughter to learn to deal with disappointment, when he/she doesn't get that win he'd/she'd hoped for, but he goes back week after week giving it his/her best shot.
- I pay for my son/daughter to learn to make and accomplish goals.
- I pay for my son/daughter to respect, not only him/herself, but other teammates, referees and coaches.
- I pay for my son/daughter to learn that it takes hours and hours, years and years, of hard work and practice to create a champion and that success does not happen overnight on and off the mats.
- I pay for my son/daughter to be proud of small achievements, and to work towards long term goals.
- I pay for the opportunity my son/daughter has and will have to make life-long friendships, create lifelong memories, to be as proud of their achievements as I am.
- I pay so that my son/daughter can be out on the mat instead of in front of a screen...
...I could go on but, to be short, I don't pay for the techniques; I pay for the opportunities that jiu jitsu provides my kid to develop attributes that will serve him/her well throughout his/her life and give the opportunity to bless the lives of others. From what I have seen so far I think it is a great investment! (Borrowed and Adapted)

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NFC #111 Black Belt Champion- Will Edmondson

A big congratulations to Will Edmondson on his black belt debut at NFC #111 (Professional Jiu Jitsu Invitational Super Fights) this past Saturday held at the Center Stage. He stayed calm, collective and played his game and got the W. A Big thanks to all the students and friends who came out to show support and team spirit. You are a big part of the team and a inspiration for our students. We are lucky to have you by our side! We are so very proud of you! Congratulations to all athletes who went out there and put on a show, the jiu jitsu community is truly amazing.

More than Jiu Jitsu...

team outing

When we say we are a family we mean it! Jiu Jitsu gives us the platform to better ourselves but without training partners it would be pretty difficult to make any improvements. We pride in our academy for truly having a "family environment" and our team outing really confirmed it. We all have busy lives with work, family and trying to squeeze in BJJ in between but the amount of interest we had at our team outing was truly amazing. We had around 50 students who came out and tested their bowling skills while enjoying this fun time off the mats. What's funny was just as we are competitive on the mats everyone was super competitive to bowl better than other team mates which made it even more enjoyable. See, when you register and become a student of our academy you are becoming more than someones training partner rather you are becoming our friend, brother, sister, and part of a new family. Where should our next team outing be? Can't wait because I'm sure it will be bigger, better, and more memorable. 

Ares BJJ-Kenny Kim-Atlanta Open


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! 


Great Seminar with Ares BJJ Black Belt Aluizio Moizinho


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.