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.

Become BullyProof at Grappling Mastery

Grappling Mastery Kids BJJ Team

“Bullying starts with the kids, and therefore, must end with the kids.” – Rener Gracie

This is the Best thing you can do for your Child TODAY to improve their Character and Create the Foundation for a Better Future!

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

At Grappling Mastery, we teach kids the confidence, respect and self esteem they need to handle themselves in social situations.  Bullyproof Kids Classes consist of a combination of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Bang Muay Thai Kickboxing Classes.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will teach your child, among many other things, how to defend themselves without resorting to punches or kicks. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Grappling style using joint locks and leverage rather than striking.  Our Bang Muay Thai, Little Ninjas Classes teach your child how to avoid strikes while effectively counterattacking.  Muay Thai Kickboxing IS a striking style and will teach how to properly punch and kick.

Professor Brian Ruscio earns his First Degree Promotion on his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

IBJJF/USBJJF First Degree Black Belt Card of Professor Brian Ruscio
IBJJF/USBJJF First Degree Black Belt Card of Professor Brian Ruscio
IBJJF/USBJJF First Degree Black Belt Card of Professor Brian Ruscio

Professor Brian Ruscio recently met all requirements and earned his First Degree and Stripe on his BJJ Black Belt.  On average it takes 10 years to earn a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  For some it takes much longer, and others it takes less.  Brian Ruscio earned his Black Belt 7 years after starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  He credits his mat awareness, balance, base, and understanding of fundamental positions he learned from USA Wrestling since an early age for his quick understanding and improvement in the sport of BJJ.  It helped him understand what to look for when his instructors were demonstrating the techniques.  It didn’t take him long to recognize that a fight didn’t end when someone was on their back, and unlike wrestling, the match keeps going.  He fell in love with the sport and the ability to be even more creative with his techniques and strategy.  BJJ goes beyond Wrestling in that aspect and quickly became a passion for him.

Professor Brian Ruscio earned his Black Belt in September of 2012 at Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu, from Marcio Simas.  He was even awarded special recognition from Marcio Simas.  Professor Brian Ruscio is an International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and United States Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (USBJJF) recognized Black Belt.

According to the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation Guidelines, once a person achieves the rank of Black Belt they must do the following to earn their first degree:

  • Athlete must have a Black Belt awarded by a 2nd degree Black Belt certified by the IBJJF
  • Contribute to the Art/Sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for at least 3 years after Graduation, examples are competing, teaching, and refereeing.
  • Maintain CPR Certification
  • Maintain Affiliation with the IBJJF
  • Keep up to date on the rules set forth by the Federation by attending the most recent Rules Seminar.
  • Must pass a Background Check

What’s Next?

Professor Ruscio now has his sights set on his second degree.  To him this will be the most important because at 2nd degree Black Belt he will have the ability to promote his students to Black Belt.  As a student of Professor Ruscio at Grappling Mastery students will have their BJJ Belt recognized by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation!  Abiding by the Federation Guidelines is an important part of maintaining the integrity of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a martial art and representing your academy as a legitimate place to train.  It also allows students to compete at some of the most prestigious BJJ tournaments.

The following are the Ranks of Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

  • Black Belt (read how to get your Black Belt in BJJ)
  • First Degree Black Belt (3 years as Black Belt and req. above)
  • Second Degree Black Belt (3 years as First Degree)
  • Third Degree Black Belt (3 years as Second Degree)
  • Fourth Degree Black Belt (5 years as Third Degree)
  • Fifth Degree Black Belt (5 years as Fourth Degree)
  • Sixth Degree Black Belt (5 years as Fifth Degree)
  • Seventh Degree Red & Black Coral Belt (MASTER) (7 years as Sixth Degree)
  • Eighth Degree Red & White Coral Belt (MASTER) (7 years as Red & Black Coral)
  • Ninth Degree Red Belt (GRAND MASTER) (10 years as Red & White Coral)
  • Tenth Degree Red Belt (This Belt was reserved for the Founders of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Carlos Gracie Sr., Gastão Gracie, George Gracie, Oswaldo Gracie, and Hélio Gracie)

Is your Instructor a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt according to the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation?

 

New Muay Thai Classes in Mount Dora!

Kids Muay Thai Kickboxing Classes in Lake County, Florida
Ladies and Kids Muay Thai Kickboxing is great for self defense
Muay Thai Kickboxing Classes for Kids and Adults!

Grappling Mastery is proud to announce our New Muay Thai Kickboxing Class Schedule.  Due to our continued growth we have decided to split our class into a Kids Muay Thai Kickboxing Class at 5pm until 6pm on Fridays and Adult Muay Thai Kickboxing Classes every Friday at 6pm until 7pm.  We will hold Open Mats afterward to allow time for additional drilling, sparring, or even rolling.  You can find the Grappling Mastery Class Schedule here.

Grappling Mastery Head Instructor Brian Ruscio and Muay Thai Coach Mike Sgroi
Grappling Mastery Head Instructor Brian Ruscio and Muay Thai Coach Mike Sgroi

All Muay Thai Kickboxing Classes are taught by Coach Mike Sgroi and Coach Brian Ruscio!

Muay Thai is known as the art of 8 limbs.  Some of the greatest fighters in the UFC and other MMA events are Muay Thai fighters.  Coach Sgroi and Coach Ruscio have trained many MMA Fighters, both Pro and Amateur.  Muay Thai is an effective martial art for self defense and will prove to be a great workout as well.  Many places offer “Cardio Kickboxing” which may give you a workout but wouldn’t serve you well to protect yourself or your family.  Our Muay Thai Classes at Grappling Mastery will teach you proper techniques to help you learn how to defend yourself should you ever need to while giving you workout you are looking for.

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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, Drills, and Conditioning

We recently had another great Muay Thai Class at Grappling Mastery: BJJ & MMA in Mount Dora.  We reviewed some more great Muay Thai combinations as well as some good Sparring and Conditioning Drills which can be used for MMA or Self Defense

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BJJ Technique: Von Flue Guillotine Escape

BJJ Black Belt, Brian Ruscio

Professor Brian Ruscio demonstrates a Counter to the Guillotine when your arm is free.  A neck-only guillotine choke is a dangerous submission that finishes opponents quickly.  It is popular in the UFC and other MMA events.  Due to this fact, it is also a popular hold with in street fights with individuals who may not know any martial arts.  This counter will be effective for MMA, BJJ, or Self Defense for this reason.

Vital Keys to the Technique:

  • Tripod on your toes and the top of your head
  • Address the choke, relieving pressure
  • Hug all they way around to the opponents opposite shoulder (I call this “elbow deep”)
  • Don’t waste energy squeezing. Transition all of your weight to the shoulder on the opponents neck to perform a choke of your own.
  • The opponent will either let go to push you off, tap, or pass out.
  • If it takes more than a few seconds to get this result you may not be positioning yourself properly.

Remember! Our first defense should be to never hang our head.  If caught, we should pass the guard immediately.  If these aren’t viable options, then this technique will serve as an effective defense or counter, possibly submitting your opponent.

Note: A similar technique known as the “Von Flue Choke” can performed from side control.

Techniques are for demonstration purposes only and should not be performed without a professional instructor present.

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!

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Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt holds a Free 2 hour Self Defense Seminar in Mount Dora, Florida!

Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt holds a Free 2 hour Self Defense Seminar in Mount Dora, Florida!

Grappling Mastery is a new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Academy in Mount Dora, Florida. They will be holding a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, April 11th starting at 10am. The new BJJ and MMA Academy is located at 19051 US HWY 441 Suite #200, Mount Dora Florida. “We are excited to be located in a safe and professional plaza within a great community!” says Head Instructor, Professor Brian Ruscio. You can find a virtual tour of their new facility on their website, www.GrapplingMastery.com .
The event, which is going to be catered by nearby Chipotle, will boast a Free 2 hour Self Defense Seminar taught by Professor Ruscio, who is currently undefeated in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and recently won a Light Heavyweight Pan American Championship! The event will also feature Zumba and a Ginastica Natural Class, which is similar to Yoga with Jiu Jitsu drills mixed in. Afterward, there will be an “open mat” session with the members and ladies visiting from other BJJ schools in Florida.
Grappling Mastery is Building Champions On and Off the Mats. They have a great kids program giving them the opportunity to compete in tournaments. Many of the children have won championships and medals that are proudly displayed at the gym. Recently the Kids Team won 3rd place overall at a major tournament! What impresses us more than medals is the character of Professor Ruscio’s students. They are well mannered and confident. One proud father stated, “I can’t begin to explain how proud I am of not only their results in competition but also the discipline and sportsmanship that is impressed upon them during their training.”
Adult Classes are available to everyone, however Grappling Mastery also offers Ladies Only Classes for women who may not feel comfortable in a combined group. “We focus on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as it applies to Self Defense. We show them how to use leverage and technique to incapacitate larger opponents with joint locks and chokes.” This is a free ladies class that Grappling Mastery holds every Saturday.
Police, Firefighters, and Military make up most of Grappling Mastery’s membership base. “I’ve been training directly with police and military officers in some form for over the last 10 years and offer a ‘Hero Discount’ in honor of their continued service.” In this day and time of violence against police it’s good to know there is a place for them to prepare themselves for the dangers of their occupations. The rest seem to be professionals and business owners. Grappling Mastery offers what they call Executive Jiu Jitsu, which caters to professionals. Professor Ruscio states, “I designed it to teach Jiu Jitsu to men and women who want to learn BJJ but don’t want to risk injuries that could affect their career or lifestyle.”
This is a great addition to our community and offers a great way to learn self defense, get in shape, and meet new people. The Grappling Mastery team seems a lot like a family. Professor Ruscio has developed a culture of mutual respect. “The type of guy that comes in trying to be tough and beat people up doesn’t last long here. That’s not what we’re about. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a lifestyle and our members are everyday people trying to live a healthier life.”
Join Grappling Mastery for 30 Days Free by visiting www.GrapplingMastery.com or by calling (352)702-5689

Grappling Mastery Grand Opening of our New BJJ Academy located in Mount Dora, Florida!

This event has already passed but you can view the Photo Gallery here!

All are welcome to celebrate our New BJJ Academy in Mount Dora, Florida on Saturday, April 11th, 2015

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All are welcome to celebrate our New BJJ Academy in Mount Dora, Florida
All are welcome to celebrate our New BJJ Academy in Mount Dora, Florida

The event will be catered by Chipotle and we will also have hamburgers and hotdogs for the kids!

Be ready for a great workout and come out with a ton of knowledge:

  • Free 2 hour Self Defense Seminar with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and Grappling Mastery Professor, Brian Ruscio
  • Free 1 hour Zumba Class with Deetra
  • Ginastica Natural demonstration with Suay Al-Aziz
  • Q & A with the Instructors and Team
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Open Mat with the Grappling Mastery Team and North Florida Women’s BJJ Group

Don’t wait!  You can start training now for 30 days free and still attend the Grand Opening!  We will be offering incentives to new members who join on or before April 11th, 2015.