Why Every Child Needs Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

30 Day Free Anti-Bullying Community Program at Grappling Mastery

Bullying is a huge problem in many schools and too often schools refuse to act or recognize the issue.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu not only offers a way for kids to learn how to handle bullying, but also gives them a way to find themselves, gain confidence, and build their character.  At Grappling Mastery, we teach kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, and Muay Thai Kickboxing.  Our Bullyproof Kids Classes give kids the tools they need to assert themselves against bullies, and if need be, to defend themselves physically.  Even Better! We offer this program for 30 Days Free with no commitments.

To learn more about how Brazilian Jiu Jitsu helps kids and why every child should learn Jiu Jitsu, watch the video below.

How to Find and Choose the Best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy

Professor Brian Ruscio and the Grappling Mastery Team showing support at the Fighting for the Cure BJJ Seminar in Orlando Florida

If you are new to Grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, also known as BJJ, how do you choose the right school to join?  I’m going to assume that you may not live near our Mount Dora location or any future location we may open.  Grappling Mastery opened in 2013 and since then, running my own school (previous to that I helped run a Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu Academy in Orlando), I realized a couple things.  These things are important to check into before joining a new academy.  Choosing the right BJJ Academy is important to your ability to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu effectively.  Joining the wrong school can waste your time or even get you hurt.  Sometimes it can even set you backwards in your progress as you learn improper techniques and strategies.

Your Perspective is your own.  The main thing is that “you”, potential members, are coming in blind.  You may or may not have ever trained in martial arts before, particularly, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ).  This means a few things.  First, you have no idea what “good” technique, or for that matter, what “Great” technique is.  If I put a legit blue belt (2nd belt after white) to “roll”, or spar, with you and said they were a “Black Belt” you wouldn’t know the difference.  It’s all a matter of perspective.  As a new martial artist you would simply be overwhelmed by the blue belt, and assume they are excellent. Don’t assume someone being good or better than you means they are good enough to teach you.  This person will be your mentor for a very long time and the decision is very important.

Skill level of the students.  The students are a reflection of the instructor.  Don’t believe everything you are told.  The mats don’t lie.  There are huge gaps between the skill level of each belt.  You shouldn’t see lower belts beating higher belts regularly.  A White belt tapping a Purple Belt or higher doesn’t mean the white belt should be promoted, it means the Purple Belts rank should be questioned.  Belts aren’t to be handed out like candy.  Belts are earned.  Does the instructor compete.  Do the members compete.  Do research on the tournaments. Are they small, in house, or local tournaments? Or are they larger, more prestigious tournaments, where more challenging competitors choose to test themselves?

Is your Instructor a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt according to the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation?Research the Instructors Lineage.  Where did he learn his skills.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was developed by Carlos and Helio Gracie after being taught by Mitsuyo Maeda (Count Coma).  The lineage should start there and be able to be traced to your instructor.  Usually the closer to the source the better the lineage.  An example of a good lineage can be found in Grappling Mastery.  After Carlos Gracie Sr. is his son, Carlos Gracie Jr., then Marcio Simas, who is Brian Ruscio’s Instructor.  If an instructor doesn’t have a solid lineage that is a red flag. Again, do your research.  Another red flag is when someone “bounced around” and hasn’t been with the same instructor.  There are cases to be made for when someone moves out of state, etc. But if the person in question has been local the entire time, why wouldn’t he stay with someone from beginning to end?

Teams & Affiliations. Similar to lineage, an Instructors team or affiliation should go hand in hand with their lineage.  The Professor who awards your Instructor with his belt is his lineage and they are usually part of a team. Some examples are Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu, Alliance, Fight Sports, among many others.  There are exceptions, like costs of being affiliated or franchising, however, other than that an instructor should be proud to represent the team that taught him everything he/she knows.  For example, here at Grappling Mastery, Professor Brian Ruscio is a Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Master, Marcio Simas in Orlando, Florida.  We have had offers from several other schools to become affiliated with them and turned them down immediately without question.  We feel there is no reason to claim affiliation with a team that didn’t have a part in our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lineage and education.

Affiliation hopping is a red flag!  Did the instructor get his Black Belt from the team they claim affiliation from?  Affiliation hopping is when a person doesn’t stay with the same instructor or affiliate without a legitimate reason.  This is usually because they have done something the instructor of affiliation doesn’t approve of and they get kicked out or even stripped of their black belt!  Beware of affiliate hoppers.  People will sometimes pay for an affiliation just to display some sort of credibility, even though they didn’t get their Black Belt from that lineage.

Research the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation.  Local and Federal Government doesn’t keep track of an Instructor who claims to be a Black Belt.  The could literally lie about it their rank just so they can run a school, or be rewarded rank falsely by another just to collect affiliate fees from them.  So who is here to protect consumers?  It’s the IBJJF, International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation.  They are established to keep track of a Black Belts lineage. The only way to be accredited by the IBJJF is to have an accredited IBJJF 2nd Degree Black Belt sign off on your application. So each person in the instructors lineage would have to be an Official IBJJF Black Belt for them to appear on the IBJJF Black Belts Database.  The academy should also be registered with the IBJJF in their Database of IBJJF Recognized Schools.

There are Black Belts, and then there are BLACK BELTS.  Huh? what?  Basically, getting a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu should never be an easy feat. Or what is it really worth in the first place?  However, even at that level, there are “normal” Black Belts, “good” Black Belts, and “Great” Black Belts.  This goes back to competition.  Do your research. Try not to go in blind.  What has your potential instructor won.  Has he proven himself against other Black Belts in actual high level tournaments? This is not a must, but the mats don’t lie.

Quality of Instruction.  Just because someone wears a “Black Belt” doesn’t mean they are good.  Just because they are “good” doesn’t mean they are a great instructor.  I’ve had over a dozen wrestling coaches and met some great jiu jitsu instructors and athletes in my life. Through various housing moves as a child and have seen the good, great, and downright bad coaches in my life.  The best coaches explain everything in detail.  All the way down to finger positions and which way to look with your eyes (yes, it can be that important of a detail).  Does the instructor give each member individual time or does he get on his phone in between techniques? How well does he answer questions?  Does he get upset when someone questions a technique or does he take the criticism and give a satisfactory response?

Reputation in the BJJ Community.  Ask people who would know firsthand.  These are people who already train in neighboring cities that would know about your potential instructor.  Don’t ask schools that are close enough to be competition. But make sure they are close enough that it’s possible they have old members that have moved there or from there and have heard stories about the gym and instructor.  BJJ is a tight community and they want new people to have the best experience possible. They will be happy to recommend where you should or should not train.

Research if the instructor has a criminal record.  The IBJJF makes this easy since every potential Black Belt must pass a background check. However, it still doesn’t hurt to make a quick search for “Instructors Name Here, Mugshot” or take it a step further and do your own background check.  Remember, this person is going to be spending time with you, your wife possibly, and your kids.  He or she is a role model, whether they like it or not, and should represent what you want yourself and your family to become.  A black belt with a criminal record is a red flag.

Feeling Good about a potential school? Give it a trial.  Call and ask about their trial classes.  Go try it out.  See what the members think.  Most should be happy and friendly.  If they are not, that’s another red flag.  They shouldn’t be trying to prove anything to you.  Remember you are a newbie.  Why would they have to show you how fast they can beat you.  Remember, anyone can put on a show for one day.  At Grappling Mastery we offer a Free 30 Days to everyone!  You want to go back at different times. Watch classes, participate in classes, get every perspective you can.  If members are not ecstatic about training there, it’s a red flag.  I mean, they pay to be there.  Which brings me to the next subject.

Class Format and Curriculum. Are the classes organized and can the instructor provide a curriculum and/or list of moves that you will be learning?  Is there ample time to drill techniques or are students thrown into sparring scenarios without a chance to get a few moves under their belt first.  This is a quick way to get hurt.  Imagine doing takedown training and never being shown how to perform any takedowns or even worse, not knowing the proper way to break a fall.

Contracts?  It’s normal for gyms and martial arts schools to have contracts.  If they offer a month to month plan, it’s generally a good idea to go with that so you don’t get stuck in something you need to get out of.  At Grappling Mastery, we only have a month to month, no contract option.  That’s because we know you will love it and stay.  We don’t need to keep anyone bound to us by paper, just great classes!

Friendliness & Trustworthy? BJJ is addictive.  You will experience improvements in your confidence, fitness, stress levels and so much more.  You will want to spend more and more time at the academy.  You will end up developing relationships with your teammates and meet new people all the time.  For this reason, it will be important that the people you meet at the academy are sincere and genuine in their intentions.  Someone seeming like a nice person is not enough.  BJJ is a martial art that deals with very dangerous positions and if you are “rolling”, or sparring with someone they have the opportunity to severely hurt you.  You need to have 100% trust in your partners at the academy.  I’ve heard numerous horror stories about people rolling with someone and was injured by them, later realizing that the person was sent by the instructor to “teach them a lesson”.

Beware of Toxic Environments and Cultlike Atmospheres!  It’s an unfortunate fact that owning a martial arts business gives manipulative people a powerful position to find victims.  I’ve heard countless stories of instructors doing inappropriate things to younger students.  Instructors sending their “disciples” to hurt students that made them unhappy.  Coercing students to pay for things the instructor should be paying for, lending money to them, or even promising quicker promotions in rank/belt by doing favors for the instructor.  There are certain codes or conduct, or rules of etiquette in any martial art but schools with a cult-like, or manipulative mentality take this many steps too far.  Forcing you to feel outcast, or “not part of the team” if you choose not to follow along. Rules that seem simple and harmless can lead a manipulative instructors “subjects” into a downward spiral of feeling under their thumb, and helpless, and likens itself to an abusive, toxic relationship.  The student even fears leaving the school for the chance they may see their old instructor around town.

Environment. How do the students treat each other? Are there cliques? Or does everyone get along.  Do they respect the instructor and each other. How do they treat new people.  How do experienced students treat the inexperienced ones?  Do they dominate them, or do they try to help them get better?

Cleanliness!  This is a contact sport. The mats should be extremely clean!  No shoes allowed on the mats, no food, no drink.  Members should have clean uniforms (Gi) and should never stink.  There are many skin conditions that can be shared between people in close contact.  I’m proud to say that I’ve been told many times by visitors and sponsors of athletes at Grappling Mastery that we have the cleanest gym anyone has seen.  We keep a foot cleaning station at the door before people get on the mats and one by the bathroom for people on the way out.

Read Reviews.  Most schools have Reviews on Yelp, Google Plus, Facebook, and other sites.  Do your research and look for well thought out reviews.

Visit 3-5 schools and don’t accept any hard sales pitches.  They should be confident enough to let you explore your options and think about whether you want to join or not.  Like stated above, you may want to visit some that are not in your area just to get a good image of what there is out there or even see what they know about the one you plan on joining.

Grappling Mastery in Action! “Doc” vs. “Panda”

Grappling Mastery is home to multiple Florida State Champions, Regional Champions, and Pan American Champions among many other highly respected competitions.

Here is another great video featuring Grappling Mastery Team Members by Tom Benitez.  Ted “Doc” Kendall and Carlos “Panda” Caparas are seen grappling during a documentary about Military Veterans, PTSD, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Grappling Monday from Tom Benitez on Vimeo.

Ted and Carlos grapple during open mat

Bang Muay Thai in Central Florida!

Bang Muay Thai Mount Dora in Central Florida

Bang Muay Thai comes to Central Florida!

“This is the Best System in the World.” – Joe Rogan

Central Florida's Premier Bang Muay Thai Affiliate
Bang Muay Thai for MMA
Duane "Bang" Ludwig and Coach Brian Ruscio
Duane “Bang” Ludwig and Coach Brian Ruscio

Bang Muay Thai was developed by the one and only Duane “Bang” Ludwig who currently holds the UFC record for the official fastest knockout, only 6 seconds. He is also well known for leading T.J. Dillashaw to his dominating TKO victory over Renan Barao.  Duane “Bang” Ludwig won consecutive Coach of the Year awards in 2013 and 2014!  He was considered the key element in helping Team Alpha Male win the Gym of the Year Award by the World MMA Awards.  Previous to these coaching accomplishments, Duane “Bang” Ludwig won several championships with K1, ISKA, WKA, and IKF. He was the only K1 World MAX Champion to compete in UFC and 1 of only 5 K1 Champions to do the same.

Grappling Mastery is proud to have Coach Duane Ludwig at the head of our Bang Muay Thai program!

Muay Thai is known as the art of 8 limbs because it uses knee strikes and elbow strikes in addition to feet and hands. Originally known as Muay Boran, it was designed for war, to take out an opponent as quickly as possible. Like grappling, Muay Thai Boxing is up close and personal,  perfect for the grappling styles.

Grappling Mastery offers Bang Muay Thai classes to compliment our superior grappling, giving our students the complete package for MMA. Great grappling and awesome striking! Perfect for MMA! Ready for any situation!

Bang Muay Thai Central Florida Kid's Program
Grappling Mastery’s Little Ninjas!

We also have incorporated Bang Muay Thai into our Kids Bullyproof Program as well!  The Little Ninjas will learn how to defend themselves should they ever need to.  They will learn how to punch and kick in combinations just like the adults in a class that is focused on them.  We teach Muay Thai as a martial art first, so respect and discipline is very important to us.  Students will have the opportunity to be ranked in the Best Muay Thai System in the World!

We will be implementing the program immediately.  Anyone who attends class in April will receive a Free Bang Muay Thai Ranked Shirt.

Information on Ranking and Requirements will be provided as it becomes available.  If you are new to Muay Thai you can find gear at MMA Warehouse.  You will need 14-16 ounce Boxing Gloves and Muay Thai Shin Pads.

Classes will be 6 days per week, morning and night!

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The Fit Life Podcast: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu featuring Professor Brian Ruscio

Rick Copley of The Fit Life Podcast recently interviewed BJJ Black Belt, Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

The Fit Life Podcast is a fitness blog hosted by Rick Copley. Rick Copley is a gym owner, an online fitness coach and 30 year veteran of the fitness industry. He helps people to lose weight, get fit, live with vitality and enjoy the process.  He recently asked Grappling Mastery’s own, Professor Brian Ruscio to speak on fitness and living a healthy lifestyle.

Rick Copley is a personal trainer in Tavares Florida at No Limits Fitness with several certifications and track titles and accomplishments.  Rick has owned several successful gyms and now has continued his efforts online with The Fit Life Podcast.

Brian Ruscio is a 1st Degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and owner of Grappling Mastery with several Personal Training Certifications of his own.

Grasshopper: Deaf and Disabled, Bullied as a Child; How Brazilian Jiu Jitsu helped!

Grasshopper: How one man overcame bullying and his disabilities with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

David Robarge’s life has been a battle since early childhood. The 33-year-old, deaf since he was 5, has endured multiple car accidents, survived brain surgery, and, most recently, severely injured his hip after falling off a roof.

In addition to this, Robarge has been targeted by bullies because of his short stature and physical disabilities. Robarge believed that wearing two hearing aids made him more likely to get picked on by bullies at school, so he would remove one in hopes that it would curb the harassment he endured. Not only did it not stop the bullies, but he caused permanent damage to his right ear by not wearing the hearing aid.

As an adult, he became afraid to go out by himself and grew depressed. His depression and anxiety would have continued had it not been for a chance encounter on Facebook with Brian Ruscio, owner of Grappling Mastery, a local gym specializing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Brian Ruscio sent Robarge a friend request and invited him to visit his facility and try out Jiu Jitsu.  A year later, Robarge credits Jiu Jitsu and the Grappling Mastery team with changing his life. He has become a more confident person and is giving back by helping young kids learn Jiu Jitsu as well as how to deal with bullies.

Grasshoper from Tom Benitez on Vimeo.

David Robarge’s life has been a battle since early childhood. The 33-year-old, deaf since he was 5, has endured multiple car accidents, survived brain surgery, and, most recently, severely injured his hip after falling off a roof. In addition to this, Robarge has been targeted by bullies because of his short stature and his disabilities. Robarge discusses how Jiu-Jitsu has improved his quality of life and made him a more confident man.

“Grasshopper” is part 2 of a 3 part series by 63 year Old Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Artist at Grappling Mastery, Tom Benitez recently put his skills in photography and his passion for BJJ together to create this enlightening piece on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and how it can help prevent or overcome Bullying Problems, Depression, Lack of Confidence, Self Esteem, and other issues.

Watch Part 1 “Doc”

Watch Part 3

Military Veterans, PTSD, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Ted "Doc" Kendall, Navy Field Medic
We Defy Foundation
We Defy Foundation supports Disabled Veterans by providing High Quality BJJ and Fitness Training

63 Year Old Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Artist at Grappling Mastery, Tom Benitez recently put his skills in photography and his passion for BJJ together to create this enlightening piece on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and how it can help Veterans overcome or deal with PTSD and other issues.  This is part 1 in a 2 part series.

Ted “Doc” Kendall, a veteran combat medic for the United States Navy, recently discovered that Jiu Jitsu is an effective and life-changing therapy to help him deal with the PTSD he incurred from an IED attack in Iraq. Kendall has been training at Grappling Mastery, in Mount Dora, Florida, where he often attends multiple classes a day. The martial art gives him a much-needed outlet for his depression, anger, and frustration.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 11-20% of veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. As a result, many veterans experience nightmares, flashbacks, and survivor’s guilt, along with a host of other symptoms. Veterans often have difficulty re-adjusting to civilian life after they are discharged. A report released in 2013 estimates that 22 veterans commit suicide per day.

Doc from Tom Benitez on Vimeo.

Ted “Doc” Kendall, a veteran of the United States Navy, discusses how Jiu Jitsu has allowed him to cope with PTSD he has as a result of being injured in an IED attack in Iraq.

Click here for Part 2 “Grasshopper”

Grappling Mastery is an Official We Defy Training Facility offering Free Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing Training to Disabled Veterans!

We were also featured in the Orlando Sentinel for being a pioneer of the We Defy Program in Lake County, Florida at our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Mount Dora.

Army Medic, Tony Tindell in Afghanistan
Army Medic, Sgt. Tony Tindell in Afghanistan

You hear a lot of stories about returning Combat vets. They’re Angry, Drinking, Depressed or have PTSD; well I’m glad to say this isn’t me and there one very distinct reason for that, besides my wife; Grappling Mastery. I was still in Ghazni Afghanistan when I contacted Professor Ruscio initially. I explained my need for a coping mechanism upon my return and he offered to help. I’ve been training with Grappling Mastery for four month now, since returning from the battlefield. In addition to BJJ he taught me patience, diligence a bit of humility… Read More

6th Degree BJJ Black Belt, Marcio Simas Seminar

6th Degree BJJ Black Belt, Marcio Simas
Master Marcio Simas
Master Marcio Simas

Marcio Simas, 6th Degree Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and President of the Florida Federation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will be conducting a seminar at Grappling Mastery BJJ Academy on January 9th at 11am. The seminar is open to everyone at will only cost $50 for adults and $40 for kids.

RSVP HERE

With over 30 years of training with the Gracie family, Marcio Simas is considered by many to be one of the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors in the Southeastern United States. He is one of the only jiu-jitsu teachers in Florida who studied under the legendary Rolls Gracie (who is regarded as the best jiu-jitsu fighter in the history of the Gracie family). Marcio received both his blue belt and his purple belt at Rolls’ Copacabana academy in Rio de Janeiro. After Rolls’ death at the age of 32, Marcio became a student of Rickson Gracie at the famous Gracie Humaitá academy where he earned his brown belt.

 

Carlos Gracie Jr., Marcio Simas
Marcio Simas, Carlos Gracie Jr.

When his family moved to the outer suburb of Rio de Janeiro, known as Barra de Tijuca, Marcio was able to reunite with his old friend Carlos Gracie Jr. When Rolls died Carlos Gracie Jr. was unanimously voted by the students to take over the teaching. Soon after, Carlos moved the academy to Barra da Tijuca where he founded the Gracie Barra Academy. Marcio was awarded his black belt by Carlos Gracie Jr. As a Gracie Barra Black Belt, Marcio is in an elite group of fighters that includes Renzo Gracie, Ralph Gracie, Crolin Gracie, Rillion Gracie, Rigan Machado, Jean Jacques Machado, Marcio Feitosa and numerous world champions.

Marcio Simas and Gustavo "Gutty" Muggiati with Marcio Feitosa
Marcio Simas and Gustavo “Gutty” Muggiati with Marcio Feitosa

Marcio has been doing Jiu-Jitsu for over 39 years and has four schools. He is also President of the Federation in Florida of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He introduced Jiu-Jitsu here in Florida; also expanded Jiu-Jitsu here in the state of Florida because by bringing the Pan-American Championships to Florida for four straight years. He started training Gracie Jiu Jitsu in Brazil and brought it to Florida in 1994 when he opened his first school. Since then its expanded a lot. The fact that Royce Gracie fought in the UFC helped a lot to promote Jiu-jitsu and nowadays it’s grown so much that in every corner of this planet that you go you can find Jiu-Jitsu.

Multiple World Mundial Champion, Gustavo "Gutty" Muggiati, Professor Brian Ruscio, Pro Wrestler Tim "Patterson" Dodson, Professor Marcio Simas, and Professor Rodrigo Lango
Multiple World Mundial Champion, Gustavo “Gutty” Muggiati, Professor Brian Ruscio, Pro Wrestler Tim “Patterson” Dodson, Professor Marcio Simas, and Professor Rodrigo Lango

“It was hard to explain to people that didn’t know what Jiu-Jitsu was about. They all were asking questions like do you do katas? Do you have forms? And we didn’t really have anything like that. Also, to explain and to show how effective Jiu-Jitsu was. Another aspect was that everybody saw Jiu-Jitsu for the first time thru the UFC, so a lot of people were scared to even watch the class, thinking we were going to beat them up and it wasn’t like this. Also the way we train, because when I came here with my first school, I came with a Brazilian mentality and I came from a fighting school we didn’t have hobbyist at that time. Pretty much everyone that was in the school was to fight and our training was towards the competition fighting all the time. Later on we understood, we had other people interested in a form of Jiu-Jitsu but the class was not directed towards those kind of people. But nowadays we did it and we can accommodate everybody. Because in reality Jiu-Jitsu is a self defense and you can drive Jiu-Jitsu to a competition, you can use for MMA and you can use to lose weight for instance.

Marcio and has trained many MMA Champions in the past two decades he has been teaching in Central Florida
Marcio and has trained many MMA Champions in the past two decades he has been teaching in Central Florida

The athletes nowadays, because of the information, because of the internet, because of YouTube, people know more and have access to more information. The athletes that practice Jiu-Jitsu today, they are much better because they can get the information much quicker, they know better how to train themselves, less injuries, they can take of the injuries. Also, nutrition is a factor; people understand nowadays, they eat better than in my time when I was fighting. So definitely the level of the fighters if you compare with my generation it’s much better.  In terms of techniques, the base of Jiu-Jitsu did not change, of course you have different techniques nowadays, sweeps for instance is something that is a little bit different from my time, more sweeps nowadays. But the base of Jiu-Jitsu did not change at all. One guy that is still there to prove that is Roger Gracie that wins his competitions with no fancy movements. A lot of people are eager to learn the black belt moves. In reality, the difference is in the black belts, the moves that they sometimes emphasize, is that the guy has more experience than a blue belt. He’s been practicing longer and has perfected within himself.”

(excerpts from an interview by Vireo Puro)

Read More about Grappling Mastery’s Gracie Barra Lineage

Self Defense Demonstration and Interview on WESH 2 News

Brogan Morris of WESH News interviews Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery about Self Defense for Women
Brogan Morris of WESH News interviews Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery about Self Defense for Women
Brogan Morris of WESH News interviews Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery about Self Defense for Women

Brogan Morris of WESH TV recently interviewed Professor Brian Ruscio about the Ladies Only Classes at Grappling Mastery and had the opportunity to practice some moves that can be used to defend herself should she ever be attacked.  We picked a couple of techniques to be shown live on video and answered a few common questions about self defense.

Brogan: “There have been 77 reported sexual assaults in Orange County in the past six months. Of those 77, nine were from the University of Central Florida area alone.  Knowing how to protect yourself can save you if you are ever attacked. Grappling Mastery is a place in Central Florida where women can learn self-defense.”

Brian Ruscio speaks on Self Defense for women
Brian Ruscio speaks on Self Defense for Women

Brian: “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the most effective martial art for women’s self defense.  Every attacker wants to take you to the ground.  That’s where Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specializes.  Not only will you learn self defense, but you will get in shape, have fun, and develop self confidence.”

Brogan Morris of WESH 2 News Throwing BJJ Black Belt Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery
Brogan Morris of WESH 2 News Throwing BJJ Black Belt Brian Ruscio

Brogan: “What would you say to any ladies that might be hesitant to join a class?”

Brian: “That’s normal, even most guys are hesitant.  It’s always better to overcome one moment of hesitation, than to live a lifetime of regret.”

You can find the FULL VIDEO with Brogan Morris of WESH and Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery here.

BANG Muay Thai Combinations from a recent class at Grappling Mastery

Muay Thai Class at Grappling Mastery in Mount Dora

Here are some videos from another Muay Thai Kickboxing Class at Grappling Mastery MMA Academy in Mount Dora, Florida.