2 Year Anniversary Celebration!

Grappling Mastery 2 Year Anniversary Celebration
Cake Cutting at Grappling Mastery 2nd Year Anniversary 2015 Celebration
Cake Cutting at Grappling Mastery 2nd Year Anniversary 2015 Celebration

We are happy to announce that Grappling Mastery introduced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to Lake County Florida just over 2 years ago.  We’ve now been teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Tavares, Florida and the Lake County area for at least two years now and are growing tremendously in size and skill!  After helping run a Gracie Barra in Orlando for 7 years, Brian Ruscio moved to Leesburg and started teaching private lessons in his garage for free!  As word spread he was given the opportunity to teach his passion in an actual dojo.  Now, two years later, Grappling Mastery has it’s own location, Professor Ruscio has earned his first degree and we’re bursting at the seams!  Things are definitely looking up for our team this year and more big things are on the horizon.

We welcome everyone to join us in celebrating this milestone!

We plan to be celebrating at Grappling Mastery on December 12, at 10 am.  Invite your Family and Friends, all are welcome.  We will be doing a team picture at 11am so bring your GIs!  The gym will also be open so you roll and we will also have a bounce house and cake for the kids!

You can RSVP Here

Afterwards, you can Watch UFC 194 Aldo vs. McGregor with the Grappling Mastery team!

 

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.

Caitlin “Meathook” Kelley training with Kai “The Hammer” Staton

Kai "The Hammer" Staton and Caitlin "Meathook"

Caitlin “Meathook” Kelley is an 11 yr old Mixed Martial Artist.  She didn’t speak until she was 5 and has dyslexia but doesn’t let that stop her! She competes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, MMA, and is a RMA ambassador against bullying. Caitlin has been training with Mike Sgroi in Muay Thai Kickboxing at Grappling Mastery and has found a unique training partner in Kai “The Hammer” Staton who has an impressive Boxing and Kickboxing record himself. Below are some videos of the training.

2013 IKF World Classic Jr. Novice Girls Welterweight International Rules Champion Tiger Schulmann First Degree Black Belt 2012 November Fightergirl of the month 2012 Nationally Ranked 1st State of Florida 2012 Nationally Ranked 4th South 2012 Nationally Ranked 47th Nation 2011 Nationally Ranked 1st State of Florida 2011 Nationally Ranked 2nd South 2011 Nationally Ranked 13th Nation 2011 1st place COPA Sport MMA 2011 2nd place COPA Sport MMA

Caitlin: “I have been a fighter since the day I was born. Like Ronda Rousey, one of the female fighters I want to be like one day, I was born with the cord around my neck. I did not speak until I was 5 or 6. I have dyslexia but will not allow any of it to keep me from reaching my goals!! I love to train and compete. My mom says if I’m not training I’m not happy. I work to be a great role model for other kids and other girls. I end each fight with a smile and a hug. I believe that anyone who gets out there should be proud.”

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Photo Gallery of our Grand Opening in Mount Dora!

Grappling Mastery Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA hosted a Self Defense Seminar, Ginastica Natural Class, and a Zumba Fitness Class at our Grand Opening of our New BJJ Academy in Mount Dora on US HWY 441 near Loch Leven.

Enjoy the photo gallery below!

It’s not too late! You can still enjoy Grappling Mastery BJJ & MMA Academy for 30 Days Free!  For more great pictures and videos subscribe to the Grappling Community below!

Self Defense: Bear Hug Defenses

Here are some easy to learn defenses against a bear hug. Bear Hugs are usually employed by bigger, stronger adversaries who are trying to control you or drag you away. These are very basic techniques to defend the bear hug and can be done by anyone. As one becomes more skilled there are more advanced and potentially better options available.  These defenses can be used in combination with other techniques as well, such as eye gouging, foot stomping, kneeing, and more.  “Bear” in mind, that when it comes to self defense, it is usually under a high stress situation and your body/mind will only respond to the simplest techniques that have been drilled over and over into muscle memory.  This is called a learned or corrected response and can become instinctual response.

In the following examples the attacker trapped both of the instructors arms.  When the arms are not trapped we have even more options available such as a knee bar attack, breaking the attackers leg!

Defense vs. Rear Attack

Defense vs. Frontal Attack

To learn other options, such as an easy way to break the attackers knee and more Self Defense Techniques subscribe to our blog below or come Visit Grappling Mastery and Learn from Professor Brian Ruscio for 30 Days Free.  We offer classes for all ages, including Ladies Only and a Kids Anti-Bully Program!!

Ladies BJJ Gi Coming Soon!

Grappling Mastery Ladies Custom Gi
Grappling Mastery Ladies Custom Gi

We are excited to introduce our Grappling Mastery Ladies Gi!

Available Now in the Pro-Shop

Grappling Mastery Ladies Custom Gi
Grappling Mastery Ladies Custom Gi

High Quality and Custom Embroidered.  These Kimonos, as are all Grappling Mastery Kimonos are made by the same company that works with Koral, Venum, Hyabusa, and Bad Boy.

Tracie throwing Coach Brian Ruscio with Seoi Nage variation.

Seoi Nage and the Arm Spin / Shoulder Throw are variations of the same throw originating from Judo and Wrestling respectively.  It is a great throw for self defense and competitions as well.  It’s great for when you are being choked from behind or from the clinch.  Below is a Video of Grappling Mastery Member, Tracie attempting to throw a much larger opponent,  BJJ Black Belt Instructor, Brian Ruscio for the first time.  Tracie is a new member that recently joined and fell in love with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Initially trying out the Ladies Only Classes and now participates in All the BJJ, MMA and Muay Thai Classes, even sparring with the guys!!

For more Great Videos and Techniques subscribe to our News Feed or Try out Grappling Mastery for 30 Days Free!  Grappling Mastery is a BJJ Academy in Lake County Florida, minutes from Mount Dora, Eustis, Tavares, and Leesburg.  It’s also a short drive from Apopka, Orlando, Clermont, and Ocala!!