How Jiu Jitsu Helps your Child's overall Athleticism

Kids can begin training Jiu Jitsu as early as 3 years old at Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Corona. Having your child begin Jiu Jitsu at such a young age will definitely give them a jump start in their athleticism. Promoting active kids is an important aspect of their development and promotes a healthy lifestyle early on. Most kids try many different sports in their lifetime, but Jiu Jitsu makes a great compliment to any other activity. Jiu Jitsu increases body awareness and movement, increases strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health in kids. 

At Pacific Top Team we have our kids program broken up into 4 age groups so all the kids get the best training with kids of similar physical abilities. Tiny Ninjas is for kids ages 3-4, Little Ninjas for 5-6 year olds, Junior for 7-9 years old and Teens for ages 10+ 

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We love to hear directly from our kids how Jiu Jitsu has had a positive affect on their lives. A common answer we hear is how it has increased their confidence and given them skills to stand up to bullies. Recently one of our Little Ninjas, Hayden who has been training for about 6 months has also started to play baseball. He hit a home run at one of his first games of the season and was excited to come and tell us about it. 

"Guess What Coach Kim!! I got a home run at my Baseball Game!  And Jiu Jitsu Helped me get it! You know why?  Because Jiu Jitsu has made me Strong!!"

Super Congrats on your recent Home run Hayden!! We love to see you being successful in all areas of your life!!  

Hayden-a Little Ninja at PTT that was recently promoted to his White with Gray Belt in Brazilian         Jiu Jitsu and All Star Baseball Player!!!

Hayden-a Little Ninja at PTT that was recently promoted to his White with Gray Belt in Brazilian         Jiu Jitsu and All Star Baseball Player!!!

Tiny Ninjas Training Jiu Jitsu

Tiny Ninjas Training Jiu Jitsu

We are so proud of all of our Tiny Ninjas and love to be able to positively impact their lives at such a young age! If you are interested in having your 3-5 year old try our Tiny Ninja class, contact us at (951) 662-0162 to schedule your free class today. Be sure to mention our 30 day FREE Trial and get your child training today!

Do you Remember when you learned how to Type??

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                                                    What Percentage will you be??

When I first started Jiu Jitsu I remember seeing the graphic above that maps out the different belt levels spread across the population of people that try or train Jiu Jitsu. I was really surprised by the breakdown and the number of people that make it to black belt. The percentage really is very small and I began to wonder why?  I think in society today we are often looking for quick fixes. We are impatient by nature and if we don't instantly have success with something we give up before we really start. The graphic above shows this with the fact that 74% of people that begin Jiu Jitsu will only make it to the level of white or blue belt which isn't even half way to the journey of the black belt. 

Jiu Jitsu is physically and mentally hard and even if you are athletic and in shape the journey will be challenging in the beginning. I like to think of the beginning of Jiu Jitsu in relation to learning how to type properly on a keyboard. For some reason I have a very distinct memory of when I learned how to type. I was in 7th grade and back then we leaned on old typewriters. The kinds that the keys were hard to push down.  I remember thinking I hated this class. I knew how to type with my two pointer fingers looking at the keyboard the whole time. This was a boring, waste of my time class I was required to take. The very first thing I had to learn was the correct finger placement on the keyboard. My hands felt so awakard like this. I had to learn how to get to each key with my fingers correctly placed on the keyboard. After all I couldn't possibly use my right hand to get to one of the keys on the left of the keyboard. At first I had to look constantly back and forth between what I was supposed to type and the keyboard. Every movement felt weird and I was definitely slower now than when I used my old two finger chicken pecking method. After a couple of weeks of practice I felt like things were getting a little easier so I challenged myself to not look at the keys anymore. I used to have to think long and hard about where the "T" was and what finger I had to move to reach it.  At one point I thought I should just give up learning how to type. I was slow at it. For 6 month I spent 45 minutes every day typing. With time I got better. I got faster and now a couple decades later I type everyday and never even think about where the letters are. I trained my body to know where the letters were and to know how to get to each one. Typing is pretty effortless. It's as easy as anything else I do in life. 

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In the Beginning it took a lot of thought and effort. I didn't know if it would ever get easier, but as I continued to do it, it became second nature. I like to use this analogy for new students to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Even if you are athletic, all the movements in Jiu Jitsu are new are foreign to you. Our job as your Coaches at Pacific Top Team is teach you what the keyboard is and all the letters on it (Moves, positions). Once you know the keyboard and how to identify the parts you will learn how to begin to type. Moves are like letters. As you progress in jiu jitsu you learn to form words with your letters. Moves become a sequence. You begin to see the connection between the positions and moves. The first 6-12 months is going to be overwhelming and frustrating, but if you can get past this initial period, Jiu Jitsu is incredibly fun and bonus you will get into the best shape of your life, increase your health in a way that you will never dread going to the gym!!!!

Interested to try an FREE class!! Call us at (951)662-0162 to schedule your today. We offer classes for kids ages 3-5. 6-9, 10-14, Adults and Woman Only. Fun and Fitness for the whole family!!

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4 Supplements Every Jiu Jitsu Athlete should be taking

Anyone that is physically active should be taking some supplements to keep your body healthy and strong, but with so many options available on the market today, it can be hard to know which are the right ones to take or which are the. most important. As an athlete and Coach at Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Corona, here are my top 4 picks that you should be taking if you are training Jiu Jitsu. 

  • BCAA's-What are BCAA's?  Branched Chain Amino Acids.  These help stimulate protein synthesis which is crucial for muscle repair after a hard workout. Incorporating BCAA's into your daily routine will help you recover from muscle soreness quicker as well as help you to train harder next time. Not only will BCAA's help with muscle soreness and recovery, but they also promote muscle growth. When adding this into your workout regiment I would recommend having this ready to go in a water bottle for post workout. There really is benefit from taking them as soon as you are done working out. Check out your local Nutrition shop to pick up some BCAA's. 
  • Glutamine- Glutamine is an essential amino acid needed by your body in large amounts. It has many benefits to taking it including muscle growth, increased athletic performance and promoting good mental and digestive health. Jiu Jitsu is a full body workout and you can be sore and not even know why. A daily Glutamine supplement will help with the muscle soreness and help you recover faster between training sessions. Again Glutamine is best taken as soon after working out as possible, but also taking before bed when your body is in a rest and repair state is beneficial. Glutamine is available in both a powder and capsule form. While the capsule can be quicker and less messy, the powder is more rapidly absorbed.  You can find this supplement at your local Sprouts or nutrition shop as well.  
  • Protein Shake-Protein shakes are pretty familiar to most nowadays. Often they are used as a weight loss method, but they are also crucial to your diet if you are working out hard and often. Did you know that the minimum amount a protein you should have in your diet is .5g per pound of body weight. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should have 75g daily of just protein. This number should be higher if you are training since your muscles are working hard and protein is crucial to counteract muscle break down. Protein shakes is an easy way to make sure you are getting enough protein daily into your diet as most contain 20-30g of protein per serving. Not all Protein shakes are created equal though, so I highly recommend doing your research. Most protein shakes are comprised of either soy, whey or vegan protein source. Personally Vegan Protein is the best choice in my opinion, but we will go over the why in a later article. 
  • Glucosamine-This is a natural occurring chemical found in the human body that surrounds joints. A natural part of getting older we tend to have issues with our joints and many people suffer from arthritis and the pain associated with that. Glucosamine helps prevent breakdown of this fluid and will help your joints stay strong and healthy. This is a great preventive supplement and I highly recommend adding it in before you are suffering from joint pain. Costco sells a huge bottle at a very reasonable price. 

Jiu Jitsu is a lifestyle.  One of the best benefits of training is the desire to live a healthy active lifestyle! These supplements will definitely help keep you healthy and strong on the mats so you can continue having fun with your training!!!

If you would like specific brand recommendations or have any questions, feel free to follow or contact me on Instagram @femalepurplebelt

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Well Deserved Promotions

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All of our students at Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Corona have been working hard this last month!! Congrats to everyone on your well deserved promotions. From our Tiny Ninjas (Ages 3-5) to our Adults. 

                             Super Congrats to Coach Mario and Bryan for receiving their blue belts

                             Super Congrats to Coach Mario and Bryan for receiving their blue belts

Evolution of the Spider Queen-Chapter 2

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IBJJF Pan Ams 2017

Over the course of the next 16 months I saw spider guard a few more times. It really didn't interest me that much and learning Jiu Jitsu was still very slow for me. Everything took a lot of thought. After 16 months of training, I had 3 stripes on my white belt and I now found that all the new white belts didn't like to play guard either so it was a muscle match to see who would end up as the guard passer. Being a female, I didn't have many females to train with. I was okay with this and embraced training with the males, but now that I wasn't the newest person on the mat, I was finding I was on bottom getting smashed often in side control because I didn't have a guard. Without thought one day I ended up in the spider guard position and was surprised that I was able to keep the guys away.  I realized that my legs were very strong and spider guard created distance that kept my opponent far from the dreaded cross face. This was the first time I put any thought into starting to play this guard. I didn't really know how I even gotten to the spider guard position but know I wanted to know how to get there again so I went how and google "How to get to spider guard in Jiu Jitsu" I found a very simple video on how to get into the position an used this to practice always getting my feet on my opponents biceps. For weeks all I did was get my feet on their biceps and hold onto to dear life!!  Not only was I happy to not be getting smashed, but I was also have fun because I was in a new position that I really had not explored.

 

Stay Tuned for more on the Spider Guard Evolution!!!

Evolution of the Spider Queen

Hi Everyone! My name is Coach Kim and I have put together a blog series about the evolution of my journey as a guard player. I hope you enjoy and feel free to reach out to me personally with any questions or comments you may have! I always love to hear from Fellow Jiu Jitsero!! 

 

To start I want to talk a bit about myself and how I started Jiu Jitsu. I started Jiu Jitsu because I thought it would be a great form of self defense. My intentions when I started was to only train 1 day a week because I was a committed runner at the time. Quickly I fell in love with that sport and started running less and training Jiu Jitsu more. The first time I was introduced to spider guard I had only trained about 2 months. Everything was confusing. I didn't understand which leg was supposed to be straight and which one bent. I could barely move my hips from side to side. It all was really confusing and all the upper belts I trained with talked about spider guard like it was very complex and advanced. When I started Jiu Jitsu I didn't like to play guard anyways because once my guard was passed I was stuck on bottom being smashed. So I never put much thought into this first taste of spider guard and continued training for over a year as a guard for passer. Never in my life would I have thought to pull guard by choice.

Stay Tuned for the next edition of the "Evolution of the Spider Guard" In the meantime be sure to follow me on FB on my Athlete page KIMBERLY PRUYSSERS, on Instagram: FEMALEPURPLEBELT and on Youtube: Kim Bowser

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Drills of getting into the position

How to Overcome your nerves when Competing in Jiu Jitsu

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The first time I competed, I seriously freaked out for a month beforehand. Overthinking everything, worry about all that could go wrong, most of which I could not control. Don’t get me wrong, I usually still have some nerves the day of right before my first fight but nothing like it used to be. So here are the things that help me to fight the nerves and have success on the comp mats.

 

  1. Getting over the pressure of letting others down. For me I hate to let others down and I think most of us feel that way. But one of the things I realized is my professor knows where I am at. He knows what I'm capable of and not. It's not like I'm going to show up at a competition and magically roll like a black belt. My skill level is the same the day of comp as it is the day before and the day after. So what happens that day doesn't really define me.
  2. Compete for yourself, not other people. In the end, no one will be there when its time to fight but you.
  3. Envision yourself on the Podium. Want it. Believe in yourself.
  4. Think less and just enjoy the moment of the present. All the "what ifs" that are swirling in your head will not change the outcome. So every time you even have a negative thought enter, scream it out. Seriously scream until the thought leaves and then just show up and do your thing.
  5. Be mentally prepared. Competing in Jiu Jitsu, you have to be mentally prepared, present in the moment, the desire to fight, to give it your all, to work hard even when you are exhausted. I’ve seen so many people lose, not from their lack of skill but from lack of mental focus. So get there. One of the things I started doing to help me feel confident that I can “turn on” my mental focus is pick one training session the week before competition to train hard. To imagine every roll that day is like I am competing. From stepping on the mat, to shaking my partner's hand. That is the day I am going to practice my game plan, that I’m going to keep fighting even when I just want to take a break. When I do this, I don’t tell anyone, I just go in and know that it is my day to be mentally focused. It’s a test for myself, much like competition day, and seeing the result of that I can do it in the week gives me more confidence I can do it on comp day as well.
  6. Train Hard! If you kill yourself training you will feel satisfied that you couldn’t have done anymore. Now this is going to look different for everyone. Remember that. If you are a full-time Jiu Jitsu athlete, training hard is going to be 6+ hours of day. For myself I work full time and have 4 kids to care for so I obviously don’t have 6+ hours to train. So for me training Hard is making the most of the time that I have to train. So while I’m there, I work hard and make the most out of the time I have available to train. You know what training hard looks like for you. Give it your all and don’t cheat yourself.

 

Competition Morning

  • Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to get to the venue. I like to shoot for approximately 2 hours before my fight time. That way you have plenty of time to get comfortable in the environment. You can check your weight and just get situated in the comp environment.
  • Don’t do anything “different” in terms of eating or drinking. One competition I thought it would be a great idea to drink a 5 hour energy and a double shot of espresso before. I had never drank one of those 5 hours before and my heart rate was so high, I thought I was going to die, literally.
  • Don’t talk about competition that day. Just enjoy being there. And don’t drill any of your “game” while warming up. People are watching.
  • Don’t underestimate your opponent EVER!
  • Go out, Do your Best, and Enjoy the moment.

 

Things to Remember

  • You learn much more losing than winning.
  • Life should be about growth and competition forces you into an experience that will make you grow.
  • Medals mean nothing and the glory of them really only last for the short moment we receive them.
  • Don’t compete for others, do it for yourself and your own personal reasons. I’ll talk about mine in a future post.

5 Reasons Your Child Should be training Jiu Jitsu

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Kids enjoying a special class with Red Belt GrandMaster Francisco Mansor

Many People don't know what Jiu Jitsu is. To the untrained eye, it looks like wrestling, but there are so many great reason every child should be involved in training this amazing sport. Here are 5!

1. Focus and Discipline-So many kids today have trouble focusing and being disciplined. There are so many outside things that are always distracting us. But just like muscles in our body that need to be trained to become strong, we need to train ourselves to be more focused and more disciplined. Jiu Jitsu is a super fun sport, but the techniques are very detailed oriented and can be complicated to learn and execute. It typically takes learning the same techniques many times before you start to understand and retain it. Kids have to pay attention to be successful.  This helps them to build their discipline and focus and will translate into other areas of their lives. You will see your child start to produce better grades, have better relationships and overall a better quality of life. 

2. Socialization-Many kids are shy and have a hard time interacting with kids at school.  Some kids need to have a set of friends outside of school that they are able to bond with. Jiu Jitsu helps shy kids or just kids in general make new friends that they share a common interest with. Jiu Jitsu helps you work on your communication skills as well and we all know good communication skills are invaluable to have in life. 

3. Coordination and Body Awareness-Jiu Jitsu makes you learn how to move your body in new ways you never have before. In kids it forces them to use many fine motor skills they may never uses. It teaching them balance and overall body awareness that will help them be successful In any physical activity they chose to do later on. It's amazing the coordination skills a 5 year old that has trained Jiu Jitsu for a year has compared to a new student coming in. 

4. Fitness-Jiu Jitsu is a full body activity which focuses a lot on core strength. In my opinion it is the most fun activity that will keep you in the best shape while having tons of fun.  Kids don't even realize they are exercising!

5. Confidence/Antibully-Sadly Bullying is something that is so prevelant in kids today. But the great news in the #1 deterrent to being the target of a bully is to exhibit a lot of confidence.  Jiu Jitsu helps you build confidence because you learn different techniques and practice them in a "live" environment. Classes are structured where you learn a technique and practice with your partner. At the end of class, we have training time where your partner is now not going to let you do the technique. Truly knowing a technique it being able to implement it in this "live" setting. Once you begin to have success in sparring and you see that the techniques you have learned work no matter your size or strength and you gain confidence that is hard to get anywhere else. A more confident child=less problems with bullies!!!

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How to Tie your Jiu Jitsu Belt

One of the first things you should learn when you begin Jiu Jitsu is how to tie your own belt. But it is often a simple task that most schools don't teach or your instructor will show you once, but you will not remember the proper way without practicing. When I started Jiu Jitsu I didn't even realize there was a proper way to tie your belt until my instructor made a scene in front of everyone "Come here so I can tie your belt properly, I'm sick of looking at how awful it looks". I was so embarrassed I went right home to find a video on how to properly tie my belt. While there are several ways to tie your Jiu Jitsu Belt, I like this way best because it will keep your belt tied and secure for a long period of time. If you have a child training Jiu Jitsu, by the time they have some color in their belt they should be able to tie their own belt. Show them this video and have them practice at home. As with anything else. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!!!

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