<![CDATA[Eat.<br />train.<br />​lift. - TRAIN.]]>Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:16:05 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[BJJ Tips: How to Flow Roll with a Smaller and/or Injured Teammate]]>Mon, 30 Jan 2017 02:52:00 GMThttp://eattrainlift.net/train/bjj-tips-how-to-flow-roll-with-a-smaller-andor-injured-teammate
​In this video my teammate Josh Whalen demonatrates how to flow roll with a much smaller and injured partner. He uses transitional movement and low intensity with continuous motion, as well as a catch and release approach to submissions.
Guidelines for flow rolling
  • Use the opportunity to pratice unfamiliar techniques
  • Focus on transitions
  • Avoid strength-based movement and pressure
  • Apply submissions slowly, or trap and release
  • Keep it playful!
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<![CDATA[Eddie Bravo on His Match at Metamoris 3 Versus Royler Gracie and The Inaugural EBI Tournament]]>Wed, 21 Dec 2016 14:14:47 GMThttp://eattrainlift.net/train/eddie-bravo-on-what-his-match-at-metamoris-3-taught-him-and-the-inaugural-ebi-tournament

During my first few years of training Brazilian jiu jitsu, I didn’t watch a lot of jiu jitsu matches or really keep track of who was the champion of what. I wasn’t aware of the huge online presence BJJ has and I had no idea who any of the competitors were unless they had done something so impressive, everyone was talking about it. One name I did know, even back in my early days as a white belt, was Eddie Bravo, the founder of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu.
Frustrated at how jiu jitsu fighters were limited without the gi in MMA when they were taken down by wrestlers, Eddie created 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu to help them to utilize their jiu jitsu techniques, as well as avoid injury during ground and pound. Bravo is also a third degree black belt under Jean Jacques Machado and shot to stardom in the BJJ world by being the first person to ever submit Royler Gracie in competition at the 2003 Abu Dhabi Submission Grappling Championships.
Many people were shocked at the victory. It had been written off as a fluke by some and others have gone as far as saying Eddie hates jiu jitsu and that training in his system is a waste of time. On March 29, 2014, possibly the most anticipated rematch in the history of jiu jitsu took place at Metamoris 3: Royler Gracie vs Eddie Bravo. I watched the event with three other purple belts and all of us sat in silent disbelief as Eddie clearly dominated Royler. I wasn’t familiar with either man’s game, to be honest, but after hearing years of trash talk about Bravo’s system, I thought it was a given that Gracie would win mostly because he’s a Gracie.

In the Bravo Breakdown on the 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu site, Eddie said what pleased him most about his performance at Metamoris 3 was that it made his team and his family proud. He was happy to bring so much joy to people who had taken so much shit for following him, trusting him and having faith in the system. He has certainly proven that learning the 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu system is not only beneficial to his students but to the jiu jitsu community as a whole.
​I recently spoke to Eddie about the match at Metamoris 3 and asked whether he felt he proven that his submission victory over Royler wasn’t a fluke.  He responded that regardless of what happened on March 29, 2014 it still could have been a fluke back in 2003. Eddie feels that back then, the odds were stacked in Royler’s favor; that if they had had ten matches, Royler could have beaten Eddie six or seven times out of ten. After his experience at Metamoris, Bravo feels that his game has improved to the point that the balance has shifted and the odds would favor him.

Because Metamoris was a submission only match and points weren’t tallied, neither Royler nor Eddie can claim to have beaten the other, however Eddie feels it was obvious that he outplayed Gracie. People in the jiu jitsu community were so impressed by Bravo’s performance that he’s seen a huge increase in student enrolment, subscriptions to his online technical instruction and book and DVD sales.

During our conversation, Bravo mentioned that a subscription to his online training program was only $5 per month. I wasn’t sure I had heard him correctly so I visited his website to confirm. Sure enough, the listed price was $5! The description explained,

“Eddie's goal with his Pro member pricing was to make it so cheap, that everyone could afford it. He wants all practitioners to be able to benefit from all the techniques being drilled in Hollywood. Additionally, it is a small cost for each of us to ensure that we can continue to offer this well into the future! It takes a lot of time to do so much filming, editing, and publishing!”

I signed up to see what was going on in Hollywood and among all of the 10th Planet system techniques, the Bravo Breakdown of his Metamoris match was available with Eddie explaining what he was thinking at each point and why he chose to do what he did. It’s a very cool service and well worth the $5. I’ve been seeing a lot of Lockdowns and Electric Chairs on the mats lately so sign up to make sure you’re doing it right!

In addition to his technical instruction, I had heard that Eddie was planning a submission only tournament. I asked him how a champion could be determined if matches ended in a draw as many did at Metamoris. Eddie went over the various formats that were used in events like Gracie Nationals and laid out the rules to his Inaugural Sub Only Worlds Tournament.
​In the first invitation only event, two weight classes will be represented by sixteen competitors each. The matches will be ten minutes long and if competitors have a draw in the first round, they will be disqualified. Athletes who have submitted their opponents will be given one point and will advance to the finals. Yellow cards will be given out to stallers to ensure the action is ongoing.

In the case of a draw in the finals, there is overtime but rather than risk having the overtime period turn into a wrestling match with a fight for the takedown, the competitors will be placed in a position where they will be forced to either escape or be submitted. One positional option is to start with one competitor on the other’s back with both hooks in and seatbelt, the alternative being one competitor in the mounted armbar position with spiderweb.

During overtime, times are kept for how long it takes a competitor to escape or submit his opponent. During the first round, if one competitor both submits and escapes, he gets the win. If both competitors submit or escape, it goes to round two, then three rounds if it happens again. In the case of a tie after three rounds, the winner will be the competitor who escaped and/or submitted the fastest. 
This event will be televised on Latin TV and promises some very exciting matches with a line up including Geo Martinez, Richie Martinez, Nathan Orchard, Ben Eddy, Gerry Tonin, Jason Manley and Ulysses Gomez so be sure to “Like” them on Facebook to find out how and when you can watch and see who will win the inaugural title!
<![CDATA[Channeling l'Appel du Vide with BJJ, One Day at a Time]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 19:40:53 GMThttp://eattrainlift.net/train/channeling-lappel-du-vide-with-bjj-one-day-at-a-time
Back in the early 90s, Brazilian jiu jitsu athletes all over the world had to depend on VHS tapes or magazines to learn new techniques. They relied on trial and error and the odd trip to established academies to develop their games. Things are much different in 2016. With a click of the mouse, we can not only find any technique we are interested in, we can also talk to other athletes all over the world.

I study BJJ online a lot and I've been fortunate to hear some incredible stories about how the sport has changed lives. One of my favorites is that of my friend, Zack Lee (we've kept his real name confidential). 
​Zack was an opiate addict beginning at the age of 19. For seven years, he battled his addiction until, with the help of his family, he entered rehab at the age of 26. Post-recovery, Lee participated in CrossFit, working hard to make those gains. He was a fan of the Barbell Shrugged podcast and one day, Jon North was a guest. They talked about how much they loved the Joe Rogan Experience and from there, Zack found himself falling down the BJJ rabbit hole: "I was like fuck it, I'll give it a go."

This is Zack's story.
Sally: What led to your addiction to drugs?
Zack: This is a tough one to pinpoint, I think it was an amalgamation of a few things. I think I naturally have an addictive personality, I have to stay vigilant constantly. One of the main contributors to my addiction was depression and social anxiety. Some people can have fun with certain drugs, using them here and there recreationally, but I am NOT one of those people. I started to self-medicate with opiates until it got to a point where I would need them to even function.

Sally: What were you addicted to?
Zack: I started smoking weed occasionally when I was 12, but it never turned into a serious compulsion. Weed just wasn't my thing. Next came alcohol. I would drink with friends on weekends and at parties - I think my first time getting drunk was around age 14. There were times of excess with drinking, but they weren't that common.
Then I found opiates. Acquaintances started experimenting with prescription pain killers, but I was pretty adamant in not doing them. I had heard the stories of the damage they caused and knew of their close relation to the big H word, so that was enough to scare me off... for a while. Curiosity got the best of me. I think my first experience with opiates was with vicodins or percocets, I don’t quite remember. My first few sessions I didn't even like the feeling and I got sick to my stomach from them. Something kept pulling me back to them. After a few times of discomfort the experiences began to get enjoyable.

Sally:  What was a day in your life like as an addict?
Zack: A typical day for me as an addict was pretty erratic. When you get to the point of chronic addiction, drugs are the first thing on your mind in the morning even before you open your eyes. Also, you get to a point where the price of your usage outweighs the amount of money you have. I was lucky enough to have decent-paying jobs for most of my time as an addict, but the money you make always ends up being not enough. This is when you have to come up with alternative ways of making money to supplement your habit - dealing, pawning stuff, random side jobs for dealers. I am really lucky to have a clean record after all of that - I’ve never been arrested.
​Sally: What is a day in your life like now?
Zack: A day in my life is pretty normal. I wake up early and go to work like a normal, contributing member of society now. Ha. I try to make it to BJJ every day except Sundays which is my rest day. I’ve also started doing Muay Thai which I’ve been doing Monday through Friday. Weekends are usually the only time that I have any sort of downtime. I like it that way though, I think it’s important to keep busy. That whole devil and idle hands thing, you know?
Sally: How did you recover from addiction?
Zack: I was lucky enough to have a means of getting into a great drug treatment center. I was penniless and miserable at the time, so my parents stepped up and got me into a facility. Words can't express how much gratitude I have for them for being there for me every step of the way. I am still in recovery now as far as I’m concerned, you have to keep working on yourself in order not to take steps backwards.

Sally: How did you rebuild your life?
Zack: ​I'm still in the process of rebuilding, haha. I just try to adhere to the old adage of “one day at at time”. I just try to do my best at my career and with my relationships with people now; I try to put in the work now instead of looking for the quickest reward. I think that was one of the best lessons I’ve learned coming out on the other side of the whole addiction thing. Fast and easy is often times not the best way to happiness, you end up paying for it in the end. I’m also still rebuilding my credit and financial side of things, but as long as I stay the course I know it won’t be hard to iron things out.
Sally: Has BJJ played a role in keeping you on track? If so, how?
Zack: BJJ has played a huge role in my sobriety and my mental health in general. I was really into CrossFit for a while and it will always be dear to me. When I got into BJJ, though, nothing compared. It keeps me centered and present like nothing else I have ever done. It gives me a great outlet to clear my mind and blow off steam. Someone asked me the other day why I like fighting and it was hard to explain on the spot. It’s such a personal and intense thing I feel. I also love the community and respect aspects of it. I am lucky to have awesome training partners and friends at that can physically destroy me in sparring and then hang out afterwards.

Sally: What are your goals in BJJ?
Zack: My goals in BJJ are pretty basic for now, I just want to continue to get better every day. I think as long as I can continue to do that and stay healthy, everything will work itself out. Oh, some gold medals would be nice, too.

Sally: Do you enjoy competition? What was it like competing in your first tournament?
Zack: I love competition. I am a pretty competitive person by nature and I've played some form of sport since I was about 5. I was actually less nervous than I anticipated going into my first tournament. It was an awesome experience and it helps having great teammates there to support you. 
Unfortunately, Zack experienced a setback last year; he fell back into addiction for ten months before he could pull himself back out. After a month of rehab, he is four months clean again and participates regularly in group therapy. He's also back on the mats and working harder than ever.

On his return to BJJ, he said, "It feels great to be back, I missed BJJ and muay Thai a lot even when I was out there running and gunning; I never stopped thinking about it. The coaches have been supportive even though most of them didn't know the exact reason I was absent. They all welcomed me back warmly. All of my old training partners, too, which makes me super grateful and reminds me of how great the BJJ community is. My goal is to have my body weight in medals haha!"

Thank you so much to Zack for sharing his story. I have been inspired by him since I heard about it and I hope it will inspire others to take those first steps towards improving their own lives.
<![CDATA[Chokes by the Ocean Competitor Profile: Shawn McManus]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:08:39 GMThttp://eattrainlift.net/train/chokes-by-the-ocean-competitor-profile-shawn-mcmanus
It's difficult to say what will be more in danger on July 30, 2016 at the Chokes by the Ocean Brazilian jiu jitsu submission only event: Shawn McManus's legs or Oliver Taza's arms. Both men are avid competitors who have recently burst onto the submission only scene and are quickly making names for themselves. 

Taza is a star pupil of the famed Danaher Leg Lock System which has served BJJ stars like Garry Tonon, Eddie Cummings and Ryan Gordon so well. But can he keep those chicken wings tucked when he faces McManus on stage? As you can see in the Stigma Submission Fire highlight reel above, once Shawn gets a grip, it's game over.

Where Shawn has only recently began competing locally in BJJ, we don't know a lot about him. Fortunately, he was kind enough to answer a few questions so we can all become better acquainted before the big event.
Q. What is a day in your life like?
A typical day in my life includes working as a geotechnical engineer, spending time with my wife and kids, and training (6 times a week at the judo club and 1 to 2 times at synergy).

Q. What is your athletic history? 
I started judo in February of 1996, when I was 13. From 2000 to 2012 I competed at the national level where I was known for my newaza (groundwork). From 2012 until 2016 I only competed in a handful of judo tournaments, spending most of my efforts on coaching. In that time I have helped train 10 national medalists, with several of them being multi time medalists. 

Q. What led you to begin training BJJ? 
What drew me to bjj? Well I always took great pride in my groundwork in judo, and always did well when training with bjj guys. But I had no real motivation to try it until I watched Jon Judo Williams compete in 2 submission series pro cards. The IJF (international judo federation) keeps making dumb rules and watering down judo... and here was Jon fighting in matches that didn't have any referees calling dumb rules. You either won or lost by submisson, or it was a draw. There was no subjectivity, no playing for points. The results were in your own hands. This appealed to me greatly. So I went to train with Jon at Synergy, in hopes of one day competing in an event like him. Fortunately for me, shortly after I mentioned my interest to Jon, Cat Clark announced that the Nova Scotia BJJ Open would have an absolute division with sub only rules. Jon spoke with Cat, and got me registered for the tournament. I had to win my division at the purple belt level or higher in order to fight in the absolute. Fortunately I was victorious at both, and absolutely hooked. 

Q. Why do you compete?
I compete because I like the challenge. It's a one of a kind rush.
Q. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Accomplishments I'm most proud of... winning the Nova Scotia BJJ Open Absolute division, winning the light weight bracket at Mind Games and getting to fight my brother in the absolute final, winning a judo match against the U18 judo world champion (a match in which I was a massive underdog, was loosing, and came back to win in the last 3 seconds), finishing second in the heavy weight division in the Pedro Challenge in Boston (I was the lightest in the catagory of 12 men, being out weighed by everyone else by 20 to 40 kg, and only lost to the former South African National Champion in a very close match), and being invited to teach armlocks to a Japanese private high school judo team. 

Q. What will it mean to you to win at Chokes by the Ocean? 
A win at Chokes by the Ocean would be huge for me. Oliver Taza is quickly making quite a name for himself with some very big wins. And he is part of 2 amazing camps. A win would not only be huge, but it would likely get my name out there for more events like this. 
Q. What message would you like to send to your opponent?
A message for Oliver? Thank you for taking this fight. It is an honor to compete with you. But come fight night, I'll be giving it my all.
Visit the Chokes by the Ocean Facebook page to purchase the pay-per-view on July 30, 2016 at 9pm AST for only $7.99! You don't want to miss twenty-six warriors facing off to either tap, snap or nap!

Thank you, as always, to David Brown for the competition photos. Be sure to check out his amazing gallery on Facebook at Maritime Jiu Jitsu.
<![CDATA[Chokes by the Ocean Competitor Profile: Dainis Nguyen]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:05:47 GMThttp://eattrainlift.net/train/chokes-by-the-ocean-competitor-profile-dainis-nguyen
​On July 30, 2016, there will be a few more sharks descending upon the waters of Pictou, Nova Scotia as twenty-six incredible Brazilian jiu jitsu athletes come together to put it all on the line in another submission-only event: Chokes by the Ocean.
Back again from the wildly successful Submission Series Pro competitions is Ribiero black belt Dainis Nguyen, who is scheduled to take on Nova Scotia's own Renzo Gracie black belt Mike Kitson. 

Nguyen was kind enough to answer a few questions so we could get to know him a little more leading up to his main event bout. 
Q.What is a day in your life like? 
Wake up, read, train BJJ/Judo, teach, do work for the academy and then sleep.

Q. What is your athletic history? 
I've been doing Judo on and off since I was 7 years old, I've been doing BJJ for 7 years (consistently for the last 4 years). I've always loved sports, I also played soccer when I was younger.

Q. What led you to begin training BJJ?
I started BJJ to supplement my Judo training, more info in my martial arts bibliography: 
Q. Why do you compete?
I compete because it challenges me to put the skills I have learned to the test. It also motivates me to continue to eat healthy, train hard, and stay in good shape. I do it to set a good example for my students, and most of all because I love it!

Q. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Getting a bronze medal at the Abu Dhabi World pro last year. I overcame a lot of adversity and injuries that year to just win the abu dhabi trials. Then at the World Pro in Abu Dhabi, I fought to the best of my ability and beat some really tough opponents and then lost in the semi finals to the eventual winner by a decision and then came back to win the bronze, what a day! I'm proud of receiving my black belt from one of the most best and most reputable professors in Canada, Jorge Britto. I have learned lots from him, including the RIbeiro Jiu-Jitsu system and I am still learning lots to date.

I'm proud to have myself and my students representing Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu on the local and world stages. Being the head instructor at Team DNA and running the BJJ program there has brought my lots of joy in that I have been able to positively impact many peoples lives through teaching them jiu-jitsu, how to eat properly, living a healthy lifestyle amongst many other things, seeing my students and friends making great progress makes me very happy.

​I especially love teaching and working with our kids/teens and molding them into young champions on the mats and more importantly champions in life, I see the huge impact that BJJ can make in their lives.

Q. What will it mean to you to win at Chokes by the Ocean?
It's an honor to be able to compete on another one of Derek's events. He lit the scene on fire and has really left his mark, his events are second to none and my first experience competing at his event in Ontario was unforgettable. I'm looking forward to fighting a tough opponent in Nova Scotia in an awesome event which is outdoors and right by the ocean, I want to go for a swim afterwards! Win or lose, I will give it my all. If I am able to walk away with a victory at this prestigious event, I would be happy that my hard work is paying off and if not, then it's time to keep working hard and continue getting better.

Q. What message would you like to send to your opponent?
Let's put on an awesome show for the fans and showcase with BJJ is all about!
Witness the battle between Nguyen and Renzo Gracie black belt Mike Kitson, also a Judo black belt, live at the DeCoste Entertainment Center in beautiful Pictou, Nova Scotia! Can't make it? No problem! Tune in to see this, and many more epic matches, on the pay-per-view on Saturday, June 30th, 2016 at 9pm!
<![CDATA[How to Counter the Waiter Sweep with Renzo Gracie Black Belt Josh Wincey at Titans MMA]]>Sun, 19 Jun 2016 15:52:15 GMThttp://eattrainlift.net/train/how-to-counter-the-waiter-sweep-with-renzo-gracie-black-belt-josh-wincey-at-titans-mmaRenzo Gracie black belt Josh Wincey has a very innovative BJJ game and many times when I ask my teammates where they learned a particularly effective move, they say, "Wincey showed it to me."  Although I am a brown belt now, I still enjoy staying after advanced class and participating in Wincey's beginner's class. He is a very detailed and conceptual instructor and our Women Only BJJ class is very fortunate to team up with his co-ed class on Monday nights to broaden their knowledge. 
The beginner class focuses on more fundamental techniques but in the video below, we learn a more advanced submission chain from top half. When we learn the waiter sweep, we sometimes think we have solved all of life's problems. Wincey demonstrates that that is not the case. 

Thank you very much to Josh for taking the time to show us all how to crush the souls of our opponents. If you've ever thought about trying Brazilian jiu jitsu, you can come to a beginner class and try it for free. Titans has more black belts than any club in Atlantic Canada and the majority of our classes have the benefit of their instruction.

​Our schedule for beginner's class is:
Mon/Wednesday, 8:30-9:30 and
Tues/Thursday, 8-9pm.

For Women Only BJJ, the schedule is:

Until July 31, 2016
Mon/Wednesday from 8:30-9:30
Sunday 3-4

Friday 8-9 is a bonus class when I am available, which is usually always.

Starting August 1, 2016
Monday from 8:30-9:30
Thursday from 8-9pm 

Sunday 3-4

Friday 8-9 is a bonus class when I am available, which is usually always.

I hope to see you there!
<![CDATA[10 Tips for How to Prevent Rape in Jail]]>Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:33:36 GMThttp://eattrainlift.net/train/10-tips-for-how-to-prevent-rape-in-jail
My name is Sally Arsenault and I'm the women's jiu jitsu instructor at Titans Fitness Academy in Halifax, NS. Brazilian jiu jitsu is the best martial art for women's self-defense for many reasons.
  • It uses leverage and strategy to defeat much larger opponents.
  • It focuses on joint locks and chokes (in many cases, a smaller woman may not have the power to defeat a male attacker with strikes).
  • It turns having someone between your legs from a weak position for a woman being attacked, to a dominant position with multiple options.
  • It helps you to become comfortable in uncomfortable positions.
  • Live sparring gets you into the kind of physical shape that can help you to outwork your opponent and escape.
  • Sparring at 100% resistance gives you the confidence that your technique will actually work during an attack. Repeating techniques make it more likely that you will remember them under pressure.
Sometimes I cover the men's beginner class as well and I feel that my experience in teaching women to protect themselves lends itself well to educating men about self-defense. Self-defense is much more than physical tactics; prevention is key.

​What if a man was put into the same position a woman is in every day of her life? You may have forgotten, there are men who are in the same danger as we are. Men like Brock Turner who had a bright future swimming from one end of the pool to the other until he was sent to prison for six months for dragging an unconsious woman across the ground to the gentle shelter of a dumpster, pulling her dress up to her neck, inserting his fingers into her anus and vagina and humping her until he was seen and stopped by two passersby.

​So what can a guy like Brock do to prevent fingers and more from being inserted into his body against his will?
These are my ten tips:
  1. Rapes are most likely to happen within the first few days. Be cautious but try to have fun and enjoy life.
  2. Men with short hair are less likely to be raped. When interviewed, men said they looked for victims with long hair that was easy to grab and hold. Don't let this stop you from wearing your man bun, just know that you are in danger.
  3. Don't grow a goatee. It might be mistaken for a vagina.
  4. Don't dress provocatively. Keep your shirt on at all times. Don't allow your underwear waistband to show over the waist of your pants. It will make attackers think about your underwear and what's under them (your bum).
  5. Use the buddy system. Don't go to the bathroom or walk the yard alone. If you are alone, walk with confidence and purpose. Don't dilly dally or daydream.
  6. Don't carry a shiv. It may be taken from you and used against you.
  7. If you are attacked, yell, shout and draw attention to yourself. I recommend saying, "Call 911 now!"
  8. Be assertive. If you feel threatened tell the person to back off. Don't worry about being polite. Trust your gut.
  9. Don't leave your drink unattended. 
  10. Consider not being a rapist next time. Only you can prevent going to jail.

I hope these tips will serve you well as you serve your time but if you do happen to get raped anyway, I recommend that you make sure it wasn't your fault before you even think about reporting it. You could ruin someone's life.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy your new home!
<![CDATA[Titans Women's BJJ FAQs]]>Sat, 04 Jun 2016 22:41:40 GMThttp://eattrainlift.net/train/titans-womens-bjj-faqs
Titans Fitness Academy is pleased to offer a Women's Only Jiu Jitsu program. I've received a lot of emails with questions about the class and I hope this post will answer all of them for you.

What's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the ideal women’s self-defence system! Students will learn to use leverage and joint locks to overcome larger, stronger opponents on the ground. If you want to learn to defend yourself, compete, get in shape and be involved in a community of strong, supportive women, Halifax Titans Women’s Jiu Jitsu is for you!

I've gone to a lot of yoga classes in my time and although I enjoyed them, I never felt that sense of connection and family that I do when training Brazilian jiu jitsu. At yoga, I didn't need anyone else to move forward in my training but at BJJ, it would be impossible to progress without the help of my teammates. All of us are invested in each other's success because as each of us gets better, we all get better. We grow as a team.

Hot yoga helps to rid the body of toxins through sweating; I've seen people lose 7 pounds of sweat in one BJJ class. You are never more centered and focused on the now than you are when you are rolling. Jiu jitsu is the ultimate reality check and I've seen people transform from cocky bullies into humble friends, just from training.
Article: The Hidden Benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

So do I just show up or what?
Yes. You will be asked to fill out a member form when you arrive.

What can I expect from my first class?
Article: 10 Tips for Surviving your First BJJ Class
Article: The Beginner's Guide to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Who is the instructor?

My name is Sally Arsenault and I am a brown belt under Renzo Gracie black belt Kevin Taylor.

More data can be found in the articles below.
Article: 12 Reps with Sally Arsenault, BJJ Coach and Competitor
Article: Jiu Jitsu Makes Women Feel Safe
Interview: Shop4MartialArts Martial Artist of the Month December 2013 
Interview: Combative Corner: 10 Questions with Sally Arsenault
Contributor Profile: Breaking Muscle

​Although I am the primary contact and instructor for the women's program, on Monday and Thursday nights, we are on the mats at the same time as the co-ed beginner class. Once technical instruction is given, the women train separately. On Thursday nights, I teach both the coed class and the women's class. On Monday nights, black belt Peter Martell teaches technique. Peter also teaches the MMA classes.

Our class could separate and focus on a different curriculum, but I prefer that the class learn directly from my instructors, when they have the opportunity. Everyone has a different set of skills and this is a great way to broaden your knowledge.

Where is Titans Fitness Academy l?
174 Horseshoe Lake Drive
Halifax, NS
Email:  sallyarsenault@gmail.com
Facebook: Halifax Titans Women’s Jiu Jitsu
What are the class times?
Note: Gi class means it's a class where we wear BJJ uniforms. No gi means we wear spats, shorts and tops. See below for guidelines.

Monday: 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm (gi)
Thursday: 8:00pm to 9:00pm (gi)

Sunday: 3pm to 4pm (no gi)
(We often have an additional class on Friday from  8pm to 9pm (no gi) when I am available)
Open mat is a time when all Titans BJJ students can come in and roll with each other, from the white belt to black belt level. Rolling is the term used to describe sparring in jiu jitsu. It’s a great time to come in and get tips from advanced students and instructors. Students generally wear a BJJ uniform, or gi, to this class but it is not required.
Sunday: 1pm to 3pm
What should I wear?
It is best to wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible as you will be in contact with other people. Also because of this contact, transferable cosmetics should not be worn as it can stain the clothing of your partner.  Waterproof cosmetics are a good option if necessary. All jewellery and hair clips MUST be removed so as not to injure your training partners or yourself. Fingernails and toenails must also be trimmed short. I also suggest that you pick up a mouth guard at SportChek for about $10, but if you can get a fitted mouthguard from your dentist, or an online service, it may improve your breathing during training.
Personal basics:
  • Do not wear make up
  • Do not wear jewellery
  • Tie back hair
  • Ensure fingernails and toenails are cut
  • Please wear deodorant
  • Please practice good oral hygiene

Article: The Best BJJ Gear for Women: No Gi, Gi and Random Girl Necessities
Article: The Top Ten BJJ Rashguards for Women
Article: Don't Stink and Wash Often: Hygiene for BJJ Gyms and Athletes

Important: Athletes with cold sores or other skin infections are not permitted to train until the infection has disappeared. 

You can wear whatever you want but I discourage revealing clothing such as hot pants and low-cut tank tops or sports bras. Wardrobe malfunctions are always something to consider and we prefer not to see each other’s private parts. The video below depicts my worst nightmare: no one wants to be triangled by someone in hot pants. I would be surprised if the women in that video actually train BJJ.


I tried the class and some of the women are wearing uniforms. Do I need one?

​The class can be trained in gi or no gi, but as time went on, most of our students decided to purchase a uniform, or "gi". The gi is a very important part of jiu jitsu and is useful in self-defense training as most people are wearing clothing when they are involved in a physical altercation. If you try jiu jitsu and you think you will continue to train for some time, I recommend purchasing a gi as soon as you can. It is tricky to find a gi that fits, but I have reviewed several types of gis and offer my opinions on them on Breaking Muscle. I've also written an article featuring my top 5 gi choices for BJJ. Below you can find other links to gi reviews.
Article: The 5 Best Gis for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Article: Definitive List of Women's Gis and Kimonos
Site: GiReviews.net
Site: MegJitsu
Site: Georgette's Jiu Jitsu World

I have no martial arts experience. Can I still come?
Yes. This class is designed for beginners.

Will I get beat up?
No. BJJ is a martial art that can be practiced safely with 100% resistance.  We focus on technical skill rather than strength and aggressiveness. Using strength to dominate weaker students in class will not be tolerated.
Article: The Pleasures of Drowning
Article: How to Spot a Toxic Martial Arts Club
Article: My Case for Women Only BJJ Beginner Classes

Do I have to be physically fit to do BJJ?
No, but BJJ will increase your fitness level if you train regularly.  Check out these articles to see how BJJ has helped others get in shape.
Article: To the Fat Person Googling Jiu Jitsu
Article: The Life Changing Benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
As a beginner, the best way to get in shape for BJJ is to do BJJ but I have also developed a simple bodyweight program for people who want to do extra work at home.
Article: Bodyweight Strength and Conditioning Circuit for BJJ

Am I too old for BJJ?
Article: Starting Jiu Jitsu Late in Life

Why aren’t more women training BJJ?
They probably don’t know how awesome it is. The women in the video below seem to do OK with it.
I’m nervous about trying something new. What if people make fun of me?
If anyone makes fun of you, I will choke them out. None of us knew each other before we started training but you will find that you make fast friends.

Will I have physical contact with men?
No, this is a women’s only class although it is my hope that you will try the co-ed classes once you are comfortable at Titans.

Why should I choose Titans?
Halifax Titans Women’s BJJ is a class meant to introduce women to the sport, although I will be teaching some of the same techniques as the advanced classes. Our team has been very successful in tournaments throughout Canada and the US and we have direct instruction from eight Renzo Gracie black belts:  Kevin Taylor, Peter Martell, Kyle Sandford, Josh Wincey, Aaron Jollimore, Jon Gale, Scott Nauss and Josh Presley.
Our instructors have traveled and trained with some of the best BJJ athletes in the world and brought their extensive knowledge back to our club to share with our students.

We also have affiliate clubs in Truro and New Glasgow so you can stay in the Titans family when you travel! Overall, Titans boasts ten black belts including three in New Glasgow; we have a very high percentage of advanced students in our membership as compared to any other club in Atlantic Canada.
I am proud to be a part of Team Titans and I hope you will too.
What are the facilities like?
Please view our Facebook album for photos.

If I want to join once the month is up, how much will it cost?
Women’s BJJ is $60+tax per month. We offer discounts on family memberships and long-term packages. Maybe if you ask Santa, he will buy you a new membership! Or maybe some gear!
Discount options:
3 months: $180+27=207-41.50=165.50
6 months: $360+54=414-124=$290
1 year: $720+108=828-331=$496.80
Article: Sally's BJJ Holiday Wishlist 2012

How much do the other programs cost at Titans?
All of our programs, prices and class times can be found here.

I want to learn more about BJJ. What sites do you recommend?
Article: Top 10 BJJ Online Resources

Do you have any advice for beginners?
Of course! Ask me anything.  Also, I have advice from the experts!
Article: Advice for Beginners from MMA and BJJ Pros
Article: Beginning BJJ: Solutions for First Year Problems
<![CDATA[When Your Best Defense is Bad Offense]]>Tue, 24 May 2016 04:10:45 GMThttp://eattrainlift.net/train/when-your-best-defense-is-bad-offense]]><![CDATA[countering the knee shield]]>Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:21:38 GMThttp://eattrainlift.net/train/favorite-coachesThis is a great fundamental series I recorded several years ago with Renzo Gracie black belts Josh Presley and Josh Wincey at Titans Fitness Academy.