Colin has been a very curious learner since his journey began with Graves Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He will always ask the right questions and is ready to deliver the right answers. Watching his strategies develop and his ability to deal with adversity has been very rewarding for our coaches. Sign your child up for jiu-jitsu, it might be the best decision you make for them. Find our school in Lebanon, Tennessee located on the top floor of Dube Orthopedics.
Meet Jorel!!! Jorel has been a longstanding member of our kid's class since his father and sister joined. He's grown up so much since becoming part of Graves and we're thrilled to have him in class! Watch out for when he leads the warm-ups! LOL! You can train with all the Williams family here @ Profectus Lebanon, located on the top floor of Dube Orthopedics here in Wilson County! Make Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense a priority for your child!
When is it the right time to pull the trigger on a move? How do I know when it’s the perfect moment to execute? It’s something that even the most experienced practitioners still seek...good timing.
There should always be different tempo changes when sparring. For example, working very hard to pass the guard and then, when successful, controlling a dominant position while we “rest” to refill the stamina tank before moving on to the next position or submission.
On the surface, we see only one speed in that scenario...however, the tempo in which we deconstruct the guard should also be examined. How we rid ourselves of hooks and ties in order to establish grips we believe in. As if it were a dance of some sort..... of a rift in the space-time continuum.
If you’re struggling with this, it could be one of two issues. You simply don’t have enough mat experience... or you haven’t narrowed your focus and practice into specific drilling patterns. The term “drillers are killers” doesn’t come from thin air. How familiar you are with a technique will determine your success rate with it….and becoming more familiarized is as simple as practice, practice, practice…..
Practicing “what-if” scenarios when the move doesn’t work, practicing the move at different speeds, drilling the move to the tempo of different styles of music, watching different people practice the move, teaching the move itself to others. At some point, it’s on us as students to be present and involved in what we’re doing in class and taking responsibility for what results we get. Just showing up and going through the motions while expecting high returns will only prolong getting the results you truly want. We get back what we put in.
This class loves Chris! He's one of our longest practitioners in the kid's program and recently competed in the Grappling Games back in March! We're looking forward to his growth as a martial artist and young adult. We're glad you're here Christoper!
Awesome NoGi Action this week in Lebanon, TN! Become the best version of yourself @ Graves Brazilian jiu-jitsu serving Wilson County, Tennessee since 2015. Find us on the top floor of Dube Orthopedics off of Main street.
Throughout my career on the mat I've had to deal with a handful of "rolling" related injuries. I'll give you a guess as to what the keyword was in that last sentence...……
….."Rolling" ,"Sparring" whatever you want to call it. I think of it as the sweet peace we find in simulating the murder of one another. The excitement of victory and the problem solving from defeat. "Rolling," is why (dare I say) MOST of us were drawn to this sport in the first place....and it's also the number one in the "causes of injury" department.
Let's breakdown my experience....broken toes, two knee surgeries, cracked ribs, fractured forearm, broken fingers, and a laundry list of pulled muscles and stiff joints...that should be enough medical history to keep me out of jiu-jitsu wouldn't you say? Not a chance....
Every major injury revealed two things....
.1.) I can recover as long as I take the necessary steps to do so
2.) I can prevent it from happening again...as long as I learn from it.
Of course, there are occasions where someone may injure themselves beyond repair. Obviously, there's always a wild card chance something happens during a sparring match. But those circumstances represent a very small percentage of practitioners. The reality is there are concrete ways of drastically reducing your chances of injury/reinjury if we're willing to work for them. Here are three....
1. Be pro-active....
No better substitute for injury prevention. Properly warming up, stretching before and after class, having a balanced diet, self-massage, getting proper rest, prioritize drilling...…….
2. Limiting competitive/ intense sparring
Not every match is to the death and not every roll is for a gold medal. That should go without saying but do we practice it? I'll admit, I'm guilty of it as well. We can better control this by choosing our training partners wisely and communicating with our partners. Also, changing our perspective on what we can accomplish during a roll. "Flow-Rolling" or "controlled-sparring"...will challenge what knowledge you actually hold in this sport. Or as opposed to trying to defeat an aggressive training partner...instead focusing on survival .
3. Not sparring at all
Jiu-jitsu can serve us in so many ways that don't involve live-training. The solo bodyweight movements alone (shrimping, bridging, technical standups, etc....) will keep most humans physically functional through old age. Drilling, learning from instructionals, coaching, and supporting events. Learn to embrace the community and inquisitive side of this martial art!
Wanting to escape a bad position more than anything and actually getting out.
Passing the guard of any colored belt for the first time.
Rolling overly aggressive with professor because I think if I beat him.... I will make him proud.
Being too aggressive in rolls and accidentally injuring someone.
Being too passive and getting my ass kicked
Almost executing that one technique during a roll but never actually getting it.
Driving home frustrated to tears on those nights of not performing to the unreasonable standards I set for myself.
Winning my first tournament match.
Losing in tournaments in front of friends and family.
Wanting to share the news to someone of any moves I hit successfully during live training.
Getting submitted by someone who I felt I was better than
Submitting someone who I felt was better than me.
Wondering how often professor LETS me win
My first legit takedown
My first real injury from sparring
"All of these experiences have made me a better martial artist. Throughout my training, I found that the things I often felt or perceived to be true...was in fact distorted. Jiu-jitsu is a TEAM sport.....and being of service to the team should take precedence over any personal victories on the mat.. We can't get better without each other..."
As we begin our journey in jiu-jitsu, there is so much to learn and experience. Everybody starts with awkward shrimping and getting their ass kicked during rolls. The real test of jiu-jitsu is once you’ve gained some experience in our sport. This is the point where the future of most will either sink or swim…..
1. Become a more COMPLETE jiu-jitsu practitioner. It’s great when we discover a part of this martial art that we can really excel at. Whether it be leglocks, wrestling, etc.....but limiting ourselves to only one strategy that suits our comfort zone will hinder the potential of what our practice could truly become. Having a successful and dominant strategy is important....but just as important is the ability to change the systems you use in order to keep your training fresh and training-partners on their toes!
2. Knowledge is Power. The more options you have, the higher your chance of success. Make sure you’re part of a school that’s committed to the evolution of their curriculum and tactics. This responsibility falls on each individual in the school from student to instructor…..whether it be homework on “YouTube”; focused training with our peers…or investing in private lessons and seminars. Rolling is fun…but the real sharpening of your weapons comes from educating yourself constantly as a normal part of your training.
3. You’ll Never Quit. As we age...we won’t have a choice but to “stay green” if we want to continue training. Our bodies will change along with the way we train, the way we eat, and the way we think. Using the experience of those who came before us…staying open-minded...keeping our ego in check…goal setting.....these things will be our saving grace if we wish to train for the long haul.
- Jeff Spain Jr.
Mike is the longest running member of Graves BJJ in Lebanon, TN. He's been making major progress as a blue belt and has brought even more detail and techniques to Profectus Jiu-Jitsu Lebanon through his own studies of the martial art. This has been a long-time favorite take-down of his! Hope you enjoy the video!
As we head into the summer months, it becomes inevitable that our bodies sweat more and our chances of acquiring skin infections will increase. It's very important that we double down on efforts to remain clean and sanitary while we train. Below are a couple tips on how to be a fresh and clean training partner....
1. Washed/Clean uniform
2. Trimmed finger nails and toe nails
3. Fresh breath (gum/mouthwash/toothbrush
4. Covered up all open sores or abrasions
5. Not training while sick or with any contagious skin ailments...(See your instructor or doctor for guidance on various skin conditions)
6. Using hand sanitizer/washing hands before class
7. Using shoes/sandals when entering the restroom
8. Wearing deodorant.
9. Showering immediately after class
10. Bringing a towel to class for those who sweat in excess
Hopefully this will help shed some light on ways to be pro-active about your hygiene and class and make us all better training partners for the long haul! Stay fresh team!
- Jeff Spain Jr.
You can put this easy-to-learn double-leg into your gi-training arsenal! IBJJF Nashville gold medalist, James Williams, teaches his very successful "Rockstar" takedown! Come train with us down in Lebanon, TN. Choose Profectus Jiu-Jitsu in Wilson County, Tennessee!
Roy shows the traditional pull to closed guard! Let us know if there are any specific technique videos you'd like to see us make! Profectus Jiu-Jitsu in Lebanon, Tennessee! Make us your first choice for Jiu-Jitsu in Wilson County.
Samples are in! Excited for our team's annual nogi month! Pick yours up today! You don't have to be a member of Graves Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to rep the Dragon! Find us in Lebanon, TN and make Profectus Jiu-jitsu schools Tennessee's number one place for fitness and martial arts!
Ashley has a strong will to be successful here at Profectus Jiu-Jitsu in Lebanon. She not only demonstrates hard work every class but also brings joy and smiles! We're excited for her future in jiu-jitsu! Change your life today and find a jiu-jitsu school near you. If you live in the middle Tennessee area, accept no subsitute for Profectus Jiu-Jitsu academies! Serving 3 locations; Lebanon, Brentwood, and Fairview...
We had an eventful day in Clarksville, Tennessee with Profectus Jiu-Jitsu! Team Lebanon brought some serious number and performances! Excited to see what we do this summer! Make Profectus jiu-jitsu your choice for fitness, discipline and self defense!
Meet ARI!!! This young lady has been a leader since day one. It may have something to do with the fact that her father, James Williams(Open Mat Stories #3) who is one of our amazing coaches in the kid's program. She's competing in her first ever jiu-jitsu tournament on March 30th and we're excited to see her go out there and show Tennessee Jiu-Jitsu what she's made of! Empower your child with Jiu-Jitsu and choose Profectus Jiu-Jitsu in Lebanon, TN as your school! Located on the top floor of Dube Orthopedics in Wilson County, TN.
Jeff moved to Lebanon, Tennessee as a purple belt and started training with black belt Jeremy Akin...a Luiz Palhares affiliate in 2015.. That same year, Jeff started a jiu-jitsu program affiliated under Jeremy Akin's "Profectus Jiu-Jitsu". If you're looking for a quality, safe, and modernized jiu-jitsu academy, look no further than Profectus Jiu-Jitsu in Lebanon! Jeff continues to pursue his quest towards the black belt and trains frequently with Jeremy Akin. He has had many students perform successfully in local tournaments around middle Tennessee and was recently promoted to brown belt in June of 2018.
Vivian is one of our fierce athletes here at Profectus Jiu-Jitsu Lebanon! She's been preparing for her first tournament and has been quite the competitor here in our school. Protect your child and give them values that will last a life-time through the martial art of Jiu=-Jitsu! Look no further that Profectus Lebanon Jiu-jitsu in Wilson County! Located on the top floor of Dube Orthopedics in Lebanon, Tennessee (TN)
Daniel is one of our lead students here at Profectus Lebanon Jiu-Jitsu. He has demonstrated great commitment and hardwork since starting with us 18 months ago. Empower your child with Jiu-Jitsu! Find us here in Lebanon, TN of Wilson County!
Brown Belt Instructor and Owner of Profectus Lebanon Jiu-Jitsu, Jeff Spain Jr, shows one of his favorite Judo takedowns. Subscribe and hit the bell for more content from the guys here in Lebanon, TN. Jiu-Jitsu incorporates the best of both worlds when it comes to take downs...wrestling and JUDO! Come train with us in Wilson County near Nashville, TN!
Blue Belt competitor, Hunter Silvers, walks us through his favorite set-up for the single leg take-down. Hit the Like button and subscribe for more techniques by Profectus Lebanon Jiu-Jitsu. Find us here in Lebanon, Tennessee (inside Dube Orthopedics) in Wilson County. Jiu-Jitsu for life!
Meet Julie! Julie has been an ambassador for women's bjj since she started just 4 months ago. She's currently hoping to compete in the spring and continues to bring great energy to every class she attends. If you're a woman and looking to improve your confidence and self-esteem...look no further than jiu-jitsu!!! Profectus Lebanon Jiu-Jitsu @ Dube Orthopedics in Lebanon, Tennessee.
A common misconception in our sport is that you have to go 100% when sparring...or that your only goal is defeat your opponent. This kind of mentality will only lead to resentment over unreasonable expectations or worse, physical injury.
YOUR jiu-jitsu should reflect a "path". You can't skip through crucial positional steps and expect to submit your opponents on a consistent basis. The path varies and changes....it changes based on...
Be realistic and true to yourself when it comes to "live-training" It's arguably the best part about jiu-jitsu.... but without approaching it in the right mind-set, we could set ourselves up for failure.
Whether you've started late getting it together this new year or you just want to add more options to the list. Below are some health habits I've begun using daily as part of my morning routine. Whether you're eating early or late, your first meal of the day sets the tone......hope this helps!
***Intermittent fasting**** It's backed by science people.... Pick an 8-10 hour window for eating (ex: 9am-5pm or 11am-9pm) Fast for the hours outside of that time-slot. ONLY WATER ALLOWED.
- Start each day with a glass of water. (mix a small dose of turmeric and black pepper for additional super benefits)
- 3x fish oil a day (preferable with a meal) for joints and heart health
Breakfast option 1:
Oatmeal w/blueberries, banana, honey, and a teaspoon scoop of preferred protein powder.
1-cup black coffee drink
Breakfast option 2:
Scrambled Eggs cooked in grass-fed butter w/ avocado and salsa
1 bottled kombucha drink
Don't forget to keep up your water intake for every meal and GET MOVING! Exercise is doing anything that keeps you busy and off the couch.
As we become better martial artists, we also become more attune to our own bodies and weaknesses. Before any real growth occurs one must experience the pain of defeat over and over again . Coming into your jiu-jitsu class with small measurable goals is pivotal to advancing the psyche behind rolling. As Profectus Jiu-Jitsu training partners, we welcome and encourage the idea of helping each other grow past our weaknesses. Below are some examples of "focused training" methods that may work for where you are in your jiu-jitsu journey.
1. Deciding that NO ONE is passing your guard tonight
2. Deciding that you are only going for back takes
3. Deciding that you only want to work on escaping bad positions
4. Deciding that you will try to pass to "knee on belly" every roll
5. Pushing your stamina and being one of the LAST people on the mat.
6. Going back to back matches regardless of fatigue and try to survive
When we look at rolling as a series of games that can be played, our performance enhances. Decide what "game" you're most uncomfortable with and play that one the most!
- Coach Jeff
Jeff Spain Jr
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt