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
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)
I wish there was some way to quantify the amount of epiphanies one has while training Jiu Jitsu, but the simple truth is that there just isn’t. The reason is because these “AHA!” moments are too numerous and readily available to try to count. I think that’s part of the reason that this art becomes so addictive. You constantly are presented with opportunities to not only improve your game but also who you are. The two basically go hand in hand.
If you think about it, you start this journey knowing next to nothing about the techniques and leverage Jiu Jitsu offers. Then you feel it. You feel some smaller person just absolutely use you and there isn’t anything you can do about it. Eventually you start to learn how this and that works and you become capable of executing a handful of techniques. Then you get to a place where you can actually help other people defeat or shut down these techniques that you’ve worked so hard to make work. This process of actually helping others defeat your go to moves ends up not only helping them become better but also expands your own game.
This is the true nature of Jiu Jitsu. You acquire technical aspects from people better than you, expand on what you’ve learned, use these techniques until they’re difficult to stop, and then help others defeat them. This process of vulnerability is what creates growth. I don’t know where else in life that someone gets to experience this crazy cycle of personal growth. It creates a measured and realistic approach to all aspects of your life. You literally help people beat you so that you can evolve. Once you’ve experienced this full circle of evolution, you can’t help but see the world and its inhabitants differently. You get to know and understand what true personal development really is. Hope to see you on the mats!
- Roy Silvers (Blue)
Having trained at another Jiu Jitsu academy several years ago, I was fortunate enough to recognize the value of getting involved in the growing process of a young school with big potential. I knew that I wanted to be a part of building a solid core group of like minded individuals who shared a common goal. This common goal had to revolve around Jiu Jitsu, its philosophy, and building upon that foundation. I found that at Graves BJJ/Profectus Lebanon. My personal goals were to help find said like minded individuals and play my part in helping cultivate and solidifying an atmosphere that honored this art. In order to accomplish this task, I knew my personal responsibility was to simply get better and try to set a positive example for everyone else. For my own Jiu Jitsu to grow, I had to try to “set the tone” that others could use to measure themselves and their own growth. As the oldest guy in the gym, I realized it was important for me to show how important it was to show up, work on details, help everyone else, and most importantly, keep the big picture of honoring this wonderful martial art and all that’s involved in it in the forefront of my approach to training. One of the best pieces of advice I could give to someone new to training is that their piers are watching. I understood that with even the slightest success, those that were dedicated to improving would be watching. They’d be watching how you drilled, how you warmed up, how you ate, how you listened while the coach talked, and mostly how you carried yourself. This is a great responsibility and one that I take seriously.
Fast forward a year and a couple months and all of the sudden we have a handful of new people ranging from young to closer to my age. As much as I’ve learned and experienced personally in this process, I can see that it’s not the responsibility of the new people to adapt to my process as much as it is that my process needs to adapt to them. Even though I have to accept that because of the nature of how physically, mentally, and spiritually difficult Jiu Jitsu is that most people won’t be able to stick it out, I still have a responsibility to help them try. I have a responsibility to Jiu Jitsu and that core group that helped me become who I am today. If I honor that responsibility then I can know I’m doing the right thing. After all the lessons this art has taught me, honoring those lessons is as important as learning them. See you on the mats.
- Roy Silvers (Blue)
This past week the boys at Graves BJJ worked a little yoga and a little guard action! Come join us on Monday and Wednesday nights for your Jiu-Jitsu FIX! OSS!!!
Jeff Spain Jr
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt