Jeremy Akin will be teaching a seminar at the Vigilance Martial Arts (Profectus Fairview) this Saturday. Classes will be closed in order to encourage attendance. It will be $60/before Friday or $100/ at the door. His teachings will revolve around the kimura trap system... a technique that translates well between both gi and no-gi. If you haven't had a chance to learn from Professor Akin this is a great opportunity!.
Support for events like this go a LONG way in your school's growth and expansion. There are many events that happen all year that students can take advantage of. Especially as a colored belt....frequent attendance to these events is paramount. Every seminar I've ever attended left me with more tools and more success on the mat.. There's so much experience and valuable knowledge to be had (which can lead to your advancement!) Try to prioritize and budget for as many of these events as your schedule allows! It really does help everyone!
- Coach Jeff
Hunter Silvers is a super important part of our program here in Lebanon, TN! We're very proud to have represented us 9x last year in competition. His dedication to Profectus Jiu-Jitsu and his help around the school has built him quite the reputation. Come out to Wilson County and train some jiu-Jitsu with the one and only Hunter Silvers!
Classes will be cancelled for the week of 11/04 - 11/10......
We will be moving from the Dragon Garage to the TOP FLOOR of the former Graves Fitness Center. Our address will be the same....We're very excited about this move but it will take many hours this week to get everything switched over. Feel free to contact coach Jeff for volunteer info and any further details...
We intend to resume our normal schedule the following Monday 11/12
Jeff Spain Jr.
If there is one thing we can count on in this sport that we love so much, it’s that Jiu Jitsu has a revolving door. There is a reason that only 1% of those that start end up making the journey all the way to Black Belt. That reason is...Jiu Jitsu is hard. Bottom line.
Those of us “Juju nerds” that have accepted and embraced the difficulties of this sport know what’s on the other side of all the sweat, injuries, and general highs and lows. That’s where we find our most authentic selves.
When a new person starts, it’s important to remember how we felt when we first stepped on the mat. We were nervous, exhausted, and repeatedly humbled, often by people smaller than us. Let’s face it, that first roll was probably the most pressure we’ve ever felt from another human being. Now we can laugh about it and even consider it a fond handful of memories. But back then, most of us probably questioned whether or not we wanted to go back for more.
This is the struggle that every new person will have to face. That’s why it’s crucial that we stay encouraging, helpful, and positive with new people. In the end though, as much as we want everyone else to get to experience who you become through this martial art, we have to accept that it isn’t for everyone. Ultimately, Jiu Jitsu will decide who stays and who goes. Keep showing up new people. It’s worth it.
- Roy Silvers (Blue)
As 2018 closes in on Profectus Jiu-Jitsu Lebanon, one thing is certain...
We. Are. Here. to STAY!
Mark your calendars for the following events @ Profectus Jiu-Jitsu Brentwood!
November 3rd - Deandre Corbe Seminar
November 17th - IBJJF NASHVILLE and Battle for Blue!
December 1st - Winter Belt Promotion Ceremony
Promotions in Jiu Jitsu are not comparable to any other martial art. They’re harder to achieve, typically take longer, and require considerably more effort and humility. These factors tend to make them feel more valuable and coveted. Getting a stripe or a new belt color is a big deal in our world. It represents a lot to those of us who have done the work and felt all the ups and downs that come with training. They’re so difficult to achieve that, other than maybe our first stripe or two on our white belts, we often question whether or not we deserve our promotion. We’re not sure if we’re “ready” for this new level of intensity and/or knowledge. We instantly remember what all we CAN’T do instead of remembering what we’ve done.
I recently received my second stripe on my blue belt bringing all these questions and doubts to the forefront of my mind. Coincidentally, we also had several other promotions at our school, which I’m sure sparked some of my training partners to have similar doubts. Talking just today with a friend who is also a blue belt and has been out of training for several years now, he was explaining how hard it was to come back because of what he assumed would be expected of him with a colored belt. This theme of whether or not we deserve to be where we are just keeps reappearing to me. So I had to ask myself why?
The answer is found not in questioning my instructors judgment, but more in questioning my own measurement in what I think the belt/stripes mean. If I’m being brutally honest with myself, I measured the meaning of belts and stripes by who I could beat and sometimes in who could beat me. This line of thinking though is based solely on ego, which we’ve all heard we needed to check at the door. I’m as guilty as anyone. If I tapped a blue belt as a white belt, I might find myself thinking they didn’t deserve that belt or maybe by default I was somehow “better” than them. This is a path of thinking that ends abruptly and most likely whoever is thinking it won’t last.
The reality is that we have to trust our instructor’s judgment. They see and know way more than we do. They have a broader view of things like goals, attendance, attitude, how we train in class, our skill level, what we need, and so many other factors that can and probably should be considered when it comes to promoting someone. All we see is how we rolled at Open mat or that one time we hit a sit up sweep on that higher belt. Trust your instructor...especially when they are putting a new stripe or belt on you.
Roy Silvers (Blue)
Big Day for Profectus Lebanon! This was our first tournament with the IBJJF. Our very own JAMES WILLIAMS brought home the gold and received a blue belt podium promotion for his hard work. Congrats to all Luiz Palharez/Profectus competitors for stepping on the mats this past weekend.
After training consistently for a while, it’s near impossible to not recognize the numerous benefits of Jiu Jitsu. It does so much for us physically, mentally, and spiritually that I could go on for hours about how this art has affected my life. Like finding an awesome movie or book that affects you on some deep level, you want to share it with everyone. It’s almost our responsibility to do so.
BUT, that’s not how enlightening moments work. The reason this hypothetical movie or book affected you the way it did had to do more with where you were in your life than how good these things actually were. It’s the same with Jiu Jitsu. We can talk about it until we’re blue in the face, relate it to every topic that comes up, and even demonstrate how effective it really is, but that’s only representative of where we are in our journey.
Our true responsibility lies in helping those that find these facts for themselves. If we have to convince them that this is special then we’ll have to convince them of much more. It’s not our place to “sell” this art. It is our place to honor those that see it for what it is. See you on the mats.
ROY SILVERS (blue)
After an epic trip to California to watch the IBJJF World’s, I had many epiphanies. Obviously it’s inspiring to meet people like Marcelo Garcia, Romulo Barral, Raphael Lovato, and others as well as see guys like Keenan Cornelius, Bruno Malfacine, Leandro Lo, and others compete, but it’s the technical aspect of the tournament that most impressed me. It really made it clear to me that there isn’t some magic technique that separates me from the highest level black belts. Watching the purple belts compete wasn’t that much different than watching the blackbelts, as far as what they knew. Everyone was playing with the same set of tools. The noticeable difference was in the details. The purple belts used all the same moves the black belts did. The difference was in all the small things like grips, position, and timing. This observation was very encouraging to me. It validated that my level of skill wasn’t necessarily because everyone knew moves that I didn’t, but more because they practiced the same things I know...just more.
I took this realization to class with me tonight. I surrendered to the fact that Jiu Jitsu is about what we can create from our tool box. It’s about exploring the same techniques everyone else uses until I can find my own version. My responsibility is to put myself in the correct scenarios that promote this learning process. Basically, to be successful in something as difficult as Jiu Jitsu, we have to be honest. We have to face our worst positions over and over. We have to get tired and then see how we do under pressure. We have to accept vulnerability so that we can grow. The alternative is to settle and become static, which isn’t a viable option. See you on the mats!
- Roy Silvers (Blue)
Jeff Spain Jr
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt