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Pass the gwardAll Level 2 and up BJJ classes at Revolution BJJ for the month of February 2014 will focus on passing the guard!  Last month, we focused on guard maintenance, so this month is extremely timely.  We’ll deal with very modern, recently evolved types of guard (including reverse De la Riva guard, berimbolos, and more modern forms of spider guard) as well as very fundamental basis, depending on the level of the class.  Stay consistent and you’ll get a great deal out of this valuable theme!

If you’re new to jiu jitsu and would like to start training with us, please consider registering for one of our upcoming introductory programs.  If you’ve been around for a while and would like to check out a class, just contact us to set it up!

19 BJJ Black Belts in Attendance!

19 BJJ Black Belts in Attendance!

January 25th, 2014 marked an enormous day for Revolution BJJ, the BJJ Revolution Team, and the jiu jitsu community in the Virginia area as five individuals joined the ranks of the elite:  black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!  Four instructors at Revolution BJJ were promoted:  Daniel Frank, Dan Staats, Vince Newton, and Keith Parknow, and Absolute Jiu Jitsu’s head instructor Dee Smith made five.

Promoted to brown belt:  Fahs Wood, Mark Pushinsky, and Ben Winn.

Promoted to blue belt:  Ryan Pope, Dylan Martin, and Jason “Tink” Steed.  Huge congratulations to all 10 guys promoted, and a very big thanks to the 19 black belts in attendance, including head instructors of other gyms in the area.

Special thanks to “the Godfather of the BJJ Revolution Team“, Julio “Foca” Fernandez for not only seeing over the belt promotion ceremony, but also giving an epic 3-hour seminar on passing the guard!

An open mat that began at about 4:15 (immediately following the belt promotions) saw dozens of purple, brown, and black belts, and visitors from several different states in attendance.  At 5 PM, a feast arrived, including buffet-style Chipotle, hand made spring rolls, and more desserts than anyone could eat, memorializing the day with the best ending imaginable!   Huge thanks to everyone who made the trip out, and we look forward to making 2014 a great year at Revolution BJJ.

Check out our Facebook page for an updated gallery of photos, and our youtube page for seminar highlights and belt promotion videos coming this week!

January  2014 brings about some big news for Revolution BJJ and Muay Thai.  First off, we have 2 new class time slots, covering all three levels of Muay Thai training at our gym!  The full schedule can be found here.  Level 1 classes (also called “intro classes”) will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 PM.  Level 2 classes (the “Fundamentals”) will be from 6:30-7:30 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays, along with 1 PM on Tuesdays.  Finally, the Level 3 classes (more advanced) will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 PM.

The technical theme for January is the clinch.  The clinch is a necessary and valuable tool for fighting;  it will happen, whether you want it to or not!  Learn how to utilize off balancing techniques to keep your opponent guessing, land effective knee and elbow strikes, and how to get in and out of the clinch effectively (including defending from the worst positions in Thai Boxing!).

We’re now reserving spots four our next 8 week introductory program for Muay Thai kickboxing that begins in March 2014.  Reserve your spot today by contacting us here - this program will sell out quickly!

Finally, come enjoy the additional space as we finalize our expansion!  There are more improvements coming in the near future, but the extra room starts right away.

January 2014: Guard Maintenance

01 of January 2014

The technical theme at Revolution BJJ for the month of January 2014 is open guard maintenance.  You are likely to spend the overwhelming majority of your time rolling trying to pass the open guard or trying to maintain it.  We will study this crucial area in considerable detail all month long.

All of our 6 AM classes, along with 5:30 PM BJJ on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and Saturday at 11 AM (all of our Level 2 classes) will revolve around this theme, as will all of our 7:30 PM (Level 4) classes.  This month can make a dramatic difference in your overall guard game in a very short amount of time!

We are also currently taking reservations for our next intro program for BJJ.   Reserve your spot today!

January 25th, 2014 will be a very big day for Revolution BJJ!  January marks the 8th year anniversary for the gym’s existence, and thanks to all the growth over the years (and especially more recently), we’re expanding to a facility that is three times the current facility’s size!  To commemorate this momentous occasion, we’re offering four events during the day.

First, Julio “Foca” Fernandez will visit Richmond to conduct a three hour Brazilian Jiu Jitsu seminar on passing the guard!  Julio brings a legendary status as a sixth degree black belt under the legendary Carlson Gracie, and is one of the founders of our team.  We are honored to begin the festivities with Julio giving one of his high energy, information-packed seminars on passing the guard!  For more information on the seminar, check out the official event page on Facebook and contact us to reserve your spot early.  The seminar will be from 12-3 PM.

Next up, head instructors Andrew Smith and Trey Martin will oversee BJJ belt promotions for several highly deserving students.  Julio’s presence and blessing will make the occasion even more memorable!  Everyone will take a seat at 3 PM, and the entire ceremony will last one hour.   More info is available here.

Then… open mat!  Come roll with some of the best grapplers in the area, as several students from Revolution BJJ and quite a few visitors from other gyms take to the mats at 4 PM to do the type of training that represents our gym- relaxed and fun!  Here’s the Facebook event for more info on what to expect.  There is no charge for the open mat.

Finally, at 5 PM, refreshments and food will be offered, including catering from Chipotle (nearly everyone’s favorite option for catering!).  This is a great time for friends and family who don’t necessarily train to come check out the new facility and hang out with good friends.  Open house info is here.

Of all these events, the seminar at the beginning is the only one that costs any money.   If you use Facebook, please RSVP to any of the above events so that we can get a good estimate of the numbers in attendance.  Otherwise, feel free to contact us via email.  Let’s make it a great day!

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