Join us for a FREE Self Defense Workshop Wednesday, May 8 @ 7pm.
Open to all girls and women ages 12+
Event will be at our new Riverside location, located at 5105 Jurupa Ave #C3 Riverside 92504
Join us for a FREE Self Defense Workshop Wednesday, May 8 @ 7pm.
Open to all girls and women ages 12+
Event will be at our new Riverside location, located at 5105 Jurupa Ave #C3 Riverside 92504
Special seminar with Prof. Talita "Treta" Nogueira this Coming Friday, July 20th, at 6:00pm KIDS and & 7:00OM Adults!! Prof. Talita is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world black belt champion and a MMA fighter signed with Bellator MMA as well as being eyed by the UFC. She is a Brazilian super star in the world of Jiu Jitsu and MMA and we are very honored to have her stop by Pacific Top Team Jiu Jitsu in Corona to give a special Seminar.
Looking forward to See you there!
We have some exciting events planned for this Memorial Day weekend as well as a HUGE sale on Gear!! Check out the flyer below for schedule and sale details and join us to train this weekend and stock up!
Congrats Russel and Sophia Zika on your performances over the weekend at the Jiu Jitsu World League held in Orange County at the Santiago Canyon College. Also, Congratulations to Antonella Mareco for your Gold at the No Gi Tournament in Chile.
Competing is a very personal, but we support and help prepare anyone that has the goal to compete. Our competitors compete often and podium pics are the best reward for all the long hours of preparing for the competition.
Sophia Zika (13) has been training for 2.5 years now and is rocking the female grey belt competition scene. She is diverse player with both a strong top and bottom Game. Congratulations on your wins this weekend. 1 by submission and 1 by points
Russel Zika (15) is a naturally talented athlete training at Pacific Top Team in Corona. After defeating two top ranked boys in his Teen category, he had to bow out of the final due to an injury. We are very proud of you Russel!!!
Antonella Mareco was here in California with us at the PTT Headquarters in Corona training for a month. Her first competition back in Chile showed the time was well spent! She won Gold in the No Gi Competition finishing all fights with a Kimura! We are all super proud of our team in Chile!
Speaking of Kimura's, it's our technique of the week at Pacific Top Team in Corona. Be sure to jump into class to learn how to set up this high percentage submission and strong details to finish.
The number one reason why most people take up a martial art is for self-defense, and pretty much any style is a great way to learn how to defend oneself. Not only will the martial arts teach you the techniques to defend yourself, but also the way to think about defending yourself. They also help you build up the reflexes you need if you’re ever in a pickle, and give you the confidence to fight back – which leads me to my next topic…
As children become more proficient in their selected style of martial arts, their confidence gets a big boost. They become more self-assured and confident. Their Teacher’s encouragement goes a long way to help them achieve this goal, but the confidence level will extend far beyond the Dojo (Martial Arts Academy).
3. Belts and Ranking:
I know that this might seem like a stupid reason at first, but you’d be surprised how much belts and ranking help build your child’s confidence and their desire to succeed. For the uninitiated, most Martial Arts styles use a system of Colored belts to indicate the knowledge and skill levels of their practitioners. In many cases the first belt promotion can be attained in as little as a few weeks and when children obtain that first belt, it shows them that with the right motivation, they can succeed. One belt is always not enough, once a child passes one belt test he or she is already thinking about the next one. Belts are a great way to help children track their progress and motivate them to strive higher.
The mantra of any martial art is ‘practice makes perfect’ There is constant repetition in drills and practices with emphasis on details and rhythm. Techniques are repeated over and over. Even while sparring or competing – where a martial artist shows how creatively he or she can apply their well-honed skills – there are still rules and protocols to be followed. All of this teaches children to respect one another, their opponents and colleagues, and how to play games fair and square – lessons that follow them in their non-Martial Arts lives. It also teaches them the benefits of frequent practice, and the patience to get there (Remember the Karate Kid and Wax On/Wax Off?!).
5. Emphasis on Individual Achievement:
In basketball there are only five starters, yet there are seldom only five people on a team – which means that someone has to start each game on the bench. This applies for most team sports as well. In team sports there are also positions, and each has connotations. Although teamwork and sportsmanship are emphasized in team sports, at some point you’ll need to explain to your child why they aren’t a starter or why their stuck in right field batting 9th instead of playing first base and batting cleanup. In the martial arts, however, each child’s success is based on his or her own individual merits. Yes, your kid may not be the most winning JuJitero in his Jiu-Jitsu class, but that will be because he tried and lost, and not because he wasn’t good enough to make it off the bench. Your child will also not be stuck on a ‘bad team’ as her own ambition will help her achieve success. Knowing that their own ambition and abilities will drive them to succeed, will lessen the chances that your child will say to you ‘I hate this sport’. Since each child has an opportunity to play, there is also no scapegoat to blame if they don’t win, and the opportunity to do better at the next tournament.
6. Gender Equity:
I am sure that while many of you would consider martial arts for their sons, not nearly as many would consider it for their daughters. However the martial arts are one of the few sports where both boys and girls can play together. There are also tremendous international opportunities in Women’s martial arts as well. Your daughter’s black belt will not be any easier for her to attain than your son’s black belt will be for him. It also gives brothers and sisters an opportunity to practice together and learn from one another as well (not to mention the convenience of having all of your kids in one place at a time). My Kids Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, Coach Kimberly Pruyssers, competed for the Academy representing US on an international level, and she is a great coach and an excellent Jiu Jitsu practitioner, in addition, one of few Americans Champions, in IBJJF Europeans, came from Kim in the women’s Jiu-Jitsu competition in 2018 in Portugal. Maybe your daughter will become a European champion too someday?
The typical 2-hour martial arts class will often be comprised of warm-up calisthenics, teaching and practicing of moves and possibly some sparring. The warm up and practice comprise the bulk of the time, and for that time your child will be constantly on the go – stretching, crunches, etc. The workout each child gets will not only assist in the natural development of his or her muscles, but also help them build stronger Cardio-Vascular systems. Even in the most active of team sports such as Basketball, Hockey, or Soccer, children don’t get that much of a workout simply because they generally don’t play the whole game and even if they do, there are still breaks in the action.
8. Respect for Strength:
The first thing the parents of (even slightly) mischievous children think about when they send their kids to martial arts class is: “Is my kid going to use this to hurt others?” Although this is a legitimate concern, it is always addressed early by instructors who remind students that the techniques they learn in the Academy stay in the Academy (except in self-defense), and shouldn’t be used to bully people (unless your Sensei is John Kreese from The Karate Kid). As children learn the ropes, they will learn to respect their newfound strength and techniques. They will also gain a disdain for bullying as well.
9. You can do it with them:
Many martial arts schools offer classes for both adults and children. While most do not run those classes simultaneously, they are usually one right after the other. This means that you can watch your children workout, and then they can watch you. If you have the proper space for it, you can practice with each other at home, and learn from one another. This will give you a special activity to use as a bonding tool with your kids. You can also become physically fit together. Granted, you can play Basketball in your driveway and have a catch in the backyard, but it is just not the same as working on your kids’ takedowns or sweeps in a group.
10. The Never-Ending Season:
Many team sports, especially those primarily played outdoors, or in specific weather (think Skiing, Hockey) are seasonal. The Martial Arts are a year-round affair. A bad tournament only puts you out until the next tournament, and your exercise routine remains constant the entire year. Having this consistency also helps build upon discipline, and allows children to progress very quickly.
11. They will exercise their minds too.
While all martial arts teach you to fighting strategies, Jiu-Jitsu really teaches much more. While learning Self Defense and throwing techniques, they learn Mechanical Physics. Combination techniques and follow-ups teach them improvisation.
12. Jiu-Jitsu isn’t about brute force, it is about control:
BJJ emphasized the concept of maximum efficiency. This is evident, as the crux of many Jiu-Jitsu techniques is not necessarily brute force, but using your opponents’ movements, leverage, and strength against him or her. While physical strength and size are important, mental strength is probably the most vital factor in competition.
13. Your child will be well coordinated (and we’re not talking about Fashion)
When you’re using your opponents’ moves against him or her, timing is everything. Many of the techniques in jiu-jitsu will simply not work if you don’t time them correctly. Feet, hands, hips, and head all need to move in fluid and exact timed motions to properly execute them. As your child practices he or she will learn more complex techniques and, in turn, will demonstrate better reflexes and coordination as a result.
15. Jiu-Jitsu is Universal
If a Karate practitioner travels to another city he or she might have a hard time finding a dojo to work out in that has the exact same style and philosophy as their home dojo. Not so for Jujiteros– because the techniques and principles are practically universal. A New Yorker can go to California for a week, and still find a place to play. There are over a hundred member countries in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, the competing Jujitero came from places as diverse as Cuba, Israel, and Kazakhstan as well as from the expected countries like Brazil, Japan, USA, Russia and France. Although the styles of teaching and ranking and promotion standards vary slightly from country to country – Jiu Jitsu is Jiu-Jitsu. Which helps your child stick with it, even into adulthood, as it will never be hard to find a dojo to train in, and the material will always be the same even if the location is not.
Our head Instructor Juan Pablo Garcia grew up in Ecuador and has received his Black belt degree in Jiu-Jitsu after training in South America and the U.S.A. being today 2th degree Black belt.
Prof. JP as he is commonly called in the Jiu-Jitsu because of the meaning of the word “professor” in Portuguese meaning Teacher received started BJJ and receive his black belt from Grand Master Carlos Gracie JR. son of Jiu-Jitsu Founder. (Carlos Gracie Sr.)
Prof. JP was also a Participated in Vale Todo fights back in Ecuador, now call MMA (having 11 fights back in South America) and one of the first Ecuadorian representing in international competition, experience in Jiu-Jitsu Competitions (being 1st, 2nd 3rd place at the SJJIF worlds, NAGA, Pan American and Nationals IBJJF Tournaments) Boxing for 7 years.
Our Instructor is the Founder of Escuela De Jiu-Jitsu, an organization focused in spread jiu-jitsu in the world making our Facility (Pacific Top Team BJJ) a very international Training center with students coming from all over the USA, Canada, Chile, Germany, Ecuador, Brazil to learn, train and teach.
Prof. JP had traveled the world to Learn, Teach, train and compete but mostly to spread Jiu-Jitsu in countries like Ecuador, Canada, Germany, and all over the USA. He has developed training camps to help teach and form instructors.
Escuela De Jiu-Jitsu Systems delivers the most innovative, and comprehensive Jiu-Jitsu training program for kids, adults, and women.
It is designed not just to teach theory, but to build unstoppable athletes.
It was a fun filled day beginning with the kids belt promotions, followed by a couple fun hours playing with the kids and a bounce house inside the Academy!!
Up next we had our Annual team picture and 3 FREE seminar hosted by Professor Boris Yee, Professor Erik Klinger and Jared Papazian. Special Thanks to all the Professor's for coming and sharing their knowledge with us!
Thank you Everyone who was able to make it and everyone who is part of our academy success!
you all make this team very special and we feel blessed to have you all in it! Looking forward to many years to come!
Interested in Joining our team? We start with kids classes at age 3!!! Contact us today to set your first FREE Trial Class!!
To the outside eye, fighting may sound violent, Jiu Jitsu teaches you how to fight in a controlled manner but what most people don't realize is that the heart of jiu jitsu is not fighting other people, you are fighting against your own demons and trying to beat them. Doing jiujitsu opens the doors to a journey of introspection in which you end up realizing that you have a much greater strength than you think you have. Not only for women, who socially and consistently have been perceived as weaker beings, but on a general level as a society. Everyone has their own problems and, in one way or another, we have all have felt vulnerable or unable to meet the goals we set for ourselves. Through jiujitsu, one learns to channel all those mental and physical frustrations, and carries out along a path of constant learning and corporal and mental rediscovery.
The body gradually becomes used to movements that were completely foreign and those trainings that seemed eternal and impossible to complete become more bearable and you begin to understand that you are able to do so much more that you thought you were. On top of it all you are learning and the enjoyment of acquiring knowledge makes them a constant feeling of joy.
Everything starts with setting small but important goals to be met daily or weekly, For example: train three times this week or train three times a week for three months; then make them happen. Little by little the mind becomes used to a more positive way of thinking and leaves behind blockages that led it to feel that it was or deserved failure.
Jiujitsu works as a therapy to demonstrate to the mind, through the body, how strong it is and how what could previously torment it today, through hard work and perseverance, becomes a new tool.
Professor Juan Pablo Garcia is the owner and head coach at Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu here in Corona, but many don't know his own journey in Jiu Jitsu. We sat down to learn some more including how he started in this art, his journey and why he is so passionate about teaching.
Professor JP started Martial Arts at the age of 13, training boxing and judo as jiu jitsu was not prevalent in Ecuador, JP's hometown at the time. JP Saw the first UFC, where Royce Gracie beat bigger opponents with Jiu Jitsu and knew he wanted to train this martial art, so his search began. Initialy he trained Judo because he couldn't find Jiu Jitsu in his hometown. After training Judo for a year, he began training at a school named Bidokan, a mixed martial arts school affiliated with Royce Gracie and participated in MMA. He attended a seminar with Royce Gracie, who gave him his blue belt after seeing him at the age of 16. In his search to pursue more Jiu Jitsu he traveled to the US and Brazil for seminars and competitions. Since there was not very many instructor in jiu jitsu in Ecuador, he would bring back what he learned to teach friends.
Professor JP was always traveling and searching to learn and expand his Jiu Jitsu and traveled and trained with well known Jiu Jitsu practitioners like Draculinho, Marcio Simas, Cobrinha, Marcelo Garcia, Daniel De Lima and many others in Brazil and USA.
He competed in Worlds the last year they were held in Brazil as a purple belt. After the Worlds in Brazil, he traveled back home to Organize the first grappling tournament in his home town city in Ecuador. He helped Found Gracie Barra and was responsible to establish various other Jiu Jitsu Teams in Ecuador.
After many years helping to establish schools in Ecuador, he started to focus on his own career and pursue achieving his black belt in the United States. From Ecuador, he traveled to Florida to train. Then spent 2 years in New Mexico training with multiple time world champion Roberto Alencar and received his brown belt. In 2010 he moved to LA to start teaching in multiple Gracie Barra schools and received his black belt in 2011 and his first degree from the legendary Master Carlos Gracie Jr. in 2014.
In 2015, Professor Jp finally opened his own school, Pacific Top Team in Corona. Having his own Academy was something he had worked his whole life for other than receiving his black belt. Throughout his Journey, he has always traveled to Canada, Chile, Ecuador and Europe teaching seminars and has now has affiliated schools in Germany, Chile, and Ecuador. Currently he continues to learn and expand his knowledge with privates with 8th degree Coral Belt Master Joe Moriera
Traveling so much during his own Jiu Jitsu Journey exposed him to many instructors, teaching methods and styles. This experience prompted him to fond Escuela de Jiu Jitsu which teaches courses on how to run Academies, equipping others with the tools they need to be successful and follow their dreams of opening their own schools. Since he didn't have any guidance, he is passionate about providing it for others.
Professor JP has a deep love for Jiu Jitsu and says it changed his life in a positive way and brought him more focus and discipline. Competing and traveling has helped his to face his fears, meet new people and help others have the positive change that Jiu Jitsu brings to lives. He loves to teach, build up and empower others to become instructors as well
There is a lot of things you need to be successful in your Jiu Jitsu Journey, but these 3 will set the tone for the rest!
The journey to reach a black belt is long-approximately 8-10 years. Throughout this journey you are going to have highs and lows, you are going to want to learn quicker than the pace you are moving at. You will be frustrated that you are progressing fast enough or feel like you are slow to move forward. Have patience and in the right time everything will fall into place perfectly for you on this fun and exciting journey!
2. Let Go of the Fear of Loosing
The fun part of Jiu Jitsu is sparring. Its a chance to try all the techniques you learn in class. In the beginning I think everyone looks at each round as a super fight where you want to win no matter what. But if you are always looking at it as winning or loosing, you will never be able to evolve. You have to take chances to grow in Jiu Jitsu. If you are constantly afraid to loose, you will probably quit, because let’s face it everyone looses jiu jitsu, its part of the journey. They say a Black Belt has tapped ore than anyone to get to that level. So embrace the loss and one day you will be on top
To be good a Jiu Jitsu you will have to be dedicated. 3 times a week is the minimum. The more dedicated you are the more reward you will receive from the mats. So even if you are not seeing the results, jus keep up the dedication. Always have drills you are working on. Invest and spend 10 minutes after each class doing your drills and you will reap the benefits.
Jiu Jitsu is not just starting a new sport, It’s starting a journey toward better health, better fitness, better lifestyle. We will be there when you win and loose, through the ups and downs, the highs and lows. It’s joining a team, joining a family. We are a team.
We offer martial art instruction and brazilian jiu jitsu classes in Corona for men, women, and children. A friendly and safe training atmosphere. Everyone starts at a level appropriate for their existing skills, and advances at their own pace.
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