I discuss tips that have impacted my parenting skills in a positive way both on and off the mat. If you found this video helpful let me know! Hope everyone is staying safe and washing their hands!
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Our very own James Williams shows his take on the Scissor Sweep! James used this sweep to win GOLD in IBJJF Nashville at both White AND Blue belt. Add this legendary jiu-jitsu sweep to your arsenal! Hope you enjoy!
Anna and Evan arrived at our school with their father, Travis, who works in law enforcement. There's never a dull moment with these two and both have participated in competitions. They will be preparing for their grey-white belts in January! Stop by and try out our academy for a 30-day free trial. Profectus Jiu-Jitsu in Lebanon, TN!
This was one of the first self-defense guard attacks I learned from closed guard. Simple and super effective. It will even work in live training against a top player with high lapel grips. Due to the constrictive nature of the submission... Listen out of that tap so you don't hurt your partner! Come check out our school on the top floor of Dube Orthopedics in Lebanon, Tennessee. Choose jiu-jitsu as your martial arts choice. Profectus Jiu-Jitsu in Wilson County! Now offering After-School Pickup!
Here's an old school headlock defense against a stronger opponent. Jiu-Jitsu empowers the weak and humbles the strong! Come train with us in Lebanon, Tennessee. Profectus Jiu-Jitsu Lebanon is located on the top floor of Dube Orthopedics in Wilson County. Make Jiu-Jitsu your first choice for a martial arts school!
Here are a few testimonials from students in our kid's program! Try us out for 30-days FREE!
Our "Little Dragons" Kids Jiu-Jitsu program has grown substantially over the past 4 years. We're proud to announce the start of our After-School Pickup Program serving Wilson County Schools. Only 10 spots left to register!
Find us at 1018 West Main Street on the top floor of Dube Orthopedics in Lebanon, Tennessee. We look forward to training together!!!
Greatness starts from within
We all have different definitions of what “greatness” means to us. For some, it’s only achievable once you’ve reached the highest level in your field of expertise. For others...it’s felt each day as a result of the actions we take. Are we grateful? Do we pay our debts? Do we give freely without expecting anything in return? Do we put weight in the work and not the results? Are we present for the people who support/love us?
Society and the media portray “greatness” in such a fashion that it makes many believe it’s unattainable. When in reality, it can be found in the smallest of social circles. Jiu-jitsu schools are a perfect example. In my opinion, greatness is not found in who has the most tournament victories or who performs the best in class. I see it in the students who are relentless in their consistency. Consistent attitude, helping to preserve a positive and uplifting culture. Consistent attendance, helping not only themselves but their teammates as well. Consistent belief, that they will improve their lives by doing these GREAT things. Jiu-Jitsu is a team sport. We need solid role models more than we do world champions.
Ask yourself, “Am I demonstrating greatness in the areas of my life that matter?” “Are my failures changing me for better or for worse?” “Am I only serving myself?” We usually already know the answer. Losers who demonstrate greatness in their life never feel bad about their results. They understand their purpose is much greater than any single victory or defeat.
Young Max has developed extraordinary skills over the past year. His excitement and enthusiasm for jiu-jitsu is contagious! Max has competed several times and always grows from each experience. We're thrilled to have the Greer family as part of our team! Profectus Jiu-Jitsu in Lebanon is now offering After-School Pickup for all of Wilson County. For more information email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Graves Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, located on the top floor of Dube Orthopedics in Lebanon, Tennessee.
Head Instructor of Profectus Jiu-Jitsu Lebanon location, Jeff Spain Jr, shows one of his favorite self-defense techniques. This one dates way back in Jiu-Jitsu history and is a common techniques among Judo players as well. In this video, Jeff shows how to close the distance after defending against a punch thrown by your opponent. Come train with Team Profectus Jiu-Jitsu in Middle Tennessee with three locations. Find Jeff's school in Lebanon, TN of Wilson County.
Not a sprint...
Jiu-Jitsu is a marathon, not a sprint
Sure...there are moments of sprinting in the journey. Like when you’re trying to pass the guard or build your strength and conditioning for a tournament. However, if we wish to train into old age...there are some aspects of HOW we train that should be examined.
A child who starts jiu-jitsu at a young age has the potential to be an extraordinary human being if they stick with it. The philosophy learned on the jiu-jitsu mats will be lessons a child will take with them for the rest of their life. It’s important for both the parents and the child to know what a healthy commitment to this sport can do to improve their household and standard of living! Jiu-Jitsu forces the growth and evolution of our minds. There should be a small focus on the belt promotions and sparring/tournament performances and a big focus on the improvements made since the child’s first day of class. With this mindset, the entire family will find the rewards of jiu-jitsu as priceless.
Adults of all ages can enjoy a lifestyle revolved around Jiu-Jitsu. However, it is important for the new students to keep their expectations in check. Jiu-Jitsu can be a long road for beginners. Again, it’s important to focus on the improvements made since your first class...rather than focusing on your promotions and sparring/tournament performances. Although it’s not required for a student to compete, it’s important to understand that jiu-jitsu is building the best version of ourselves. Competing is what pushes our sport and us as individuals towards progress.
The new student must decide for themselves what jiu-jitsu can do to enhance their life. There is no right or wrong answer. The only action required is in-fact ACTION! Show up to class and allow your instructors to lead you towards your goals. Communicate your concerns and obstacles. Jiu-Jitsu is a team sport. We don’t progress without each other.
There’s a reason it takes 10 years on average for a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner to reach the black belt…..
- Jeff Spain Jr
We all get it. You work 8-12 hours a day (sometimes longer) and you’re tired. It becomes easy to get into the mindset that we’re deserving of what we want. Lazy days, unhealthy (but tasty) meals, alcohol consumption or any other mood-altering chemicals for that matter. For myself, I find that this kind of “deserving” attitude can be very dangerous. The fact is, we typically look to reward ourselves in ways that actually hinder our progress as high functioning members of society.
Now, if becoming a better version of yourself doesn’t sound appealing to you….go ahead and quit reading. For the rest of us, let’s dive into a word that doesn’t get the credit it deserves…. SACRIFICE. We all sacrifice something in one way or another each day….
We sacrifice our time, our health, and our personal relationships….for what? For work? For more screen-time? For instant gratification?
If we sacrifice anything, we should sacrifice indulgence. We should sacrifice, self-righteous behavior and the feeling that we deserve our vices.
I’ve always operated best under the idea that any selfish ventures I partake in must be earned… and that free-will means I am in control of my own actions. From how I treat people... all the way to what foods I put into my body. I decide. Not my parents or my boss at work, not my kids and not the asshole that cut me off in traffic. Me.
Wow… what a revelation. I actually have the ability to control my urges, my thoughts, my actions. Of course, it’s easy to say I’m in control...but when that moment comes to decide good vs bad, left vs right… your true priorities in life will be revealed… and the clock is ticking. Can I trick myself into making the right decisions? Can I set myself up for success by doing just ONE thing better in my life?
But life is short. If I die tomorrow, I SHOULD want to indulge in all I can today, right? Sure, but there’s a good chance you won’t die tomorrow… or next week, or month, or year. The result of living life in this mindset will lead you to only poor health, resentment, and an early death (if you’re lucky).
Nobody is going to have an easy second-half of existence. It’s important that we sacrifice our day to day excuses, vices, and comfort pillows we lean on in order to build a more quality life for ourselves…..and if not for ourselves…then do it for the people you love.
Go out there and earn it…..you may find the things you used to lean on… didn’t have the power you thought it had.
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.
Jeff Spain Jr
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt