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Judo Foot Sweeps & Leg Throws w/Chris Howell 12.20.18 12/20/2018
Judo Foot Sweeps & Leg Throws with Judo black belt Chris Howell at Kogen Dojo on Thursday, December 20th at 8pm. Chris Howell – Shodan I started my study of judo in Michigan in 1995 under the instruction of James Peacock (yodan). My interest in judo began in Ethiopia back in 1993 when my wife
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Taikyoku Budo Grappling for Survival: Weapon Retention & Extraction in Ground Grappling w/Patrick MV 12.20.18 12/20/2018
Taikyoku Budo at Kogen Dojo presents Grappling for Survival (Not Submissions): Weapon Retention and Extraction In Ground Grappling w/ Patrick MV Most of today’s grappling focuses on achieving submissions regardless of the position the grappler finds him/herself in to do so. There is nothing wrong with this submission-focused approach to grappling. It is undeniably effective
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Taikyoku Budo Grappling for Survival (Not Submissions): NoGi Judo Osoto Gari w/ Mark Pare 12.18.18 12/19/2018
Taikyoku Budo at Kogen Dojo presents Grappling for Survival (Not Submissions): NoGi Judo Osoto Gari w/ Mark Pare Most of today’s grappling focuses on achieving submissions regardless of the position the grappler finds him/herself in to do so. There is nothing wrong with this submission-focused approach to grappling. It is undeniably effective on the mats,
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Wrist Locks w/Keith Jackson 12.17.18 12/17/2018
Keith Jackson has been training in martial arts since age 11. He began training in Kung Fu and BJJ in 1999, earning his black belts in 2003 and 2014 respectively. During that time he’s had the pleasure of coaching several pro and amateur fighters and grapplers. His concept-based approach to BJJ instruction leads to faster
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Kogen News 12/17-12/23 12/17/2018
Anne Arundel County Food Bank: Please bring in non-perishable packaged foods for donation before 12/22/18. Jiu-Jitsu Guest Instructor: Wrist Locks w/ Keith Jackson on Monday, December 17th at 8pm Taikyoku Budo presents Grappling for Survival (not submissions) NoGi Judo Throws (Osoto Gari) w/ Mark Pare on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:15pm Gracie Jiu-Jitsu w/ Toney
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FREE Women’s Self Defense Workshop w/Jen Werner & Charlene Dixon 12.14.18 12/13/2018
FREE Women’s Self Defense Workshop Taught by: Jen Werner and Charlene Dixon When: Friday, December 14th 7pm-8pm Where: 549 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park, MD 21146 SPACES LIMITED! Find the Facebook event HERE
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Taikyoku Budo Grappling for Survival: Clinching & Single-Leg Takedowns w/Tim Gramiccioni 12/11/2018
Taikyoku Budo at Kogen Dojo presents Grappling for Survival (Not Submissions): Clinch Basics & Single Leg Takedowns w/Tim Gramiccioni on Thursday, December 13th at 7:15pm Most of today’s grappling focuses on achieving submissions regardless of the position the grappler finds him/herself in to do so. There is nothing wrong with this submission-focused approach to grappling.
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BJJ Sweeps w/Ron Hicks (Centreville BJJ) 12.10.18 12/10/2018
Sweeps: We’ll begin class with a couple of warm up drills so Ron can see the skill level of the class and we will move to sweeps until 9:15. Additional drill until 9:30. Then rolling and summary. About Ron Hicks: Coach Ron Hicks was awarded the rank of Brown Belt in October of 2014 and
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A Systematic Approach to Judo w/Stuart Ramos 12.8.18 12/7/2018
A Systematic Approach to Judo Throwing with Judo/BJJ black belt Stuart Ramos When: Saturday, December 8th at 12pm Where: Kogen Dojo of Severna Park Cost: $35 (cash preferred) Stuart was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. At age 5, he began training Judo with his father Franklin Ramos, who is now a 6th-degree black belt
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Judo Falls, Throws, & Footsweeps w/Chris Howell 12.6.18 12/6/2018
Chris Howell – Shodan I started my study of judo in Michigan in 1995 under the instruction of James Peacock (yodan). My interest in judo began in Ethiopia back in 1993 when my wife was the victim of a mugging. A man attempted to steal her purse and when she screamed I turned and caught
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Taikyoku Budo Grappling for Survival: Knee-On-Belly w/Naqi Sayed 12/5/2018
Taikyoku Budo at Kogen Dojo presents Grappling for Survival (Not Submissions): Knee-on-Belly Entries and Maintenance with Naqi Sayed Most of today’s grappling focuses on achieving submissions regardless of the position the grappler finds him/herself in to do so. There is nothing wrong with this submission-focused approach to grappling. It is undeniably effective on the mats,
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Omoplata Entries and Attacks w/John Gilbert (Relson Gracie) 12.3.18 12/3/2018
Omoplata Entries & Attacks with Relson Gracie black belt John Gilbert A black belt under Relson Gracie, John trained Ninjitsu and Taijitsu as a kid and decided to get back into martial arts later in life. In 2006, a friend who John lifted weights with did jiu-jitsu and he convinced John to try it with
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Taikyoku Budo Grappling for Survival Vol 1: Coyote Half Guard w/Billy Wunderlich 11/29/2018
Taikyoku Budo at Kogen Dojo presents Grappling for Survival Not Submissions Vol 1: Escapes and Sweeps using Coyote Half Guard taught by Billy Wunderlich Most of today’s grappling focuses on achieving submissions regardless of the position the grappler finds him/herself in to do so. There is nothing wrong with this submission-focused approach to grappling. It
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Takedowns & Guard Passing w/James Dillon (Vicente Junior/Bowerhouse MMA) 11.26.18 11/24/2018
Gripping strategy, takedowns, and guard passing with Vicente Junior black belt James Dillon from Bowerhouse MMA in Frederick, MD. 8pm on Monday, November 26th. Guest Instructor Monday at Kogen Dojo is a weekly mini-seminar featuring the best jiu-jitsu instructors in MD/DC/VA. FREE to Kogen Members. $25 for visitors. To view our Guest Schedule, request to
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Kettlebell for Fighters with Ryan VanBrackel 12.1.18 11/23/2018
FREE for Kogen Members $20 for Visitors A lot of the time I see people try to mimic different moves in fighting when they want to make a fighting specific program. Trying to mimic certain movements and load them can a lot of the time be counterproductive because it makes a move slow and heavy
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Thanksgiving Schedule 2018 11/21/2018
Kogen Dojo will closed for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, but we will be hosting two (adult) Open Mats for the Thanksgiving holiday Thanksgiving Turkey Roll 8am-9:30am on Thanksgiving morning (11/21/18) Black Friday Turkey Burn 10am-11:30am on Black Friday morning (11/22/18) Come out and have some fun!
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Back Attacks with Patrick Gaul (Relson Gracie) 11.19.18 11/19/2018
Back Attacks w/Relson Gracie black belt Patrick Gaul at Kogen Dojo on Monday, November 19th at 8pm. Patrick is a Black Belt under Relson Gracie. He began his martial arts career in the Marine Corps. In 2006, he had his first training session with Relson Gracie. After that, he was hooked on Jiu-Jitsu and has
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Leglock Entries & Attacks w/Naqi Sayed (Relson Gracie) 11.5.18 11/5/2018
On Monday, November 5th, 2018, Relson Gracie brown belt from Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Maryland, Naqi Sayed will be teaching leglock entries and attacks at Kogen Dojo in Severna Park based on the principles and techniques taught by John Danaher and Gordon Ryan at their recent seminar at Gracie Maryland in Columbia, MD. Guest Instructor Monday at
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Lasso Guard with Mateo Nunez (Abmar Barbosa) 10.29.18 10/29/2018
Lasso guard entries, drills, sweeps, and attacks with Abmar Barbosa brown belt Mateo Nunez. Guest Instructor Monday at Kogen Dojo is a weekly mini-seminar featuring the best jiu-jitsu instructors in MD/DC/VA. FREE to Kogen Members. $25 for visitors. To view our Guest Schedule, request to be a Guest Instructor, or to request a specific Guest
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Grandmaster Relson Gracie Kids & Adult Seminar 11.12.18 10/23/2018
GRANDMASTER RELSON GRACIE AT KOGEN DOJO Monday, November 12th, 2018 Kids 6pm-7pm $30 (Limited to 20 People) Adults 7pm-9pm $100 (Limited to 30 People) PRE-PAY AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW Relson Gracie Seminar Kids Seminar $30.00 USDAdult Seminar $100.00 USD [contact-form to=”kogendojo@gmail.com” subject=”Relson Seminar”][contact-field label=”Name” type=”name” required=”1″][contact-field label=”Email” type=”email” required=”1″][contact-field label=”Phone” type=”text”][contact-field label=”Message” type=”textarea”][/contact-form]
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Back Attacks with Andrew Mosedale (Relson Gracie St Augustine) 10.15.10 10/15/2018
Andrew Mosedale, BJJ black belt and photographer from St Augustine, FL (originally from Maryland), will be back at Kogen Dojo on Monday, October 15th at 8pm to teach some slick back attacks from his eclectic arsenal of moves. Guest Instructor Monday at Kogen Dojo is a weekly mini-seminar featuring the best jiu-jitsu instructors in MD/DC/VA.
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FREE Women’s Self Defense Workshop 10/15/2018
  FREE Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Women’s Self Defense workshop at Kogen Dojo in Severna Park. Ages 13+ We will be learning tips and techniques to help you avoid dangerous situations and help you avoid being a victim. This event will be taught by Pedro Sauer purple belt Charlene Dixon and Relson Gracie blue belt Drew Marino.
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Omoplata Workshop with AJ Rosales (Pure Performance/Pedro Sauer) 10.8.18 10/8/2018
Aaron (AJ) Rosales has been coaching Adult and Kids Muay Thai and BJJ since 2011. He has background in multiple styles including Taekwondo, boxing and wrestling as well as some traditional martial arts such as Kunfu Sanso, Ikedo and Karate. In late 2007, he began his Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai journey. He found his
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De La Riva Sweeps with Topaz Navarro (Renzo Gracie/Ground Control) 10.1.18 10/1/2018
Topaz Navarro from Ground Control Columbia (Team Renzo Gracie) will be teaching a series of De La Riva Guard sweeps at Kogen Dojo on Monday, October 1st at 8pm. ————————— Guest Instructor Monday at Kogen Dojo is a weekly mini-seminar featuring the best jiu-jitsu instructors in MD/DC/VA. FREE to Kogen Members. $25 for visitors. To
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Deep Half Guard with Monroe Hall (Baltimore BJJ) 9.24.18 9/24/2018
Monroe Bostwick Hall IV. After seeing his first mix martial arts tournament at the age 15, he immediately became obsessed with the martial arts world. Determined to separate martial arts fact from martial arts fiction. He began interviewing friends and family who were familiar with the martial arts world, and reviewing many hours of mixed
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Kenneth Brown (2nd Gear BJJ) 9.17.18 9/17/2018
Kenneth Brown is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Mike Moses and Evolve Academy. Kenneth is an avid competitor who been training in BJJ since 2007. He currently owns and teaches at 2nd Gear BJJ in Laurel, MD and offers online courses at BJJCanvas.com Guest Instructor Monday at Kogen Dojo is a weekly mini-seminar featuring
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Andrew Mosedale (Relson Gracie St Augustine) 9.10.18 9/10/2018
On Monday, September 10th, at 8pm, BJJ black belt from Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu St. Augustine, Andrew Mosedale will be teaching at Kogen Dojo. In addition to being a highly skilled jiu-jitsu practitioner, Andrew is also an accomplished artist and photographer. Check out his work at: http://andrewmosedale.com/
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Mount Escapes with Jason Bodi (Bay View Jiu-Jitsu) 8.31.18 8/31/2018
Mount Escapes with black belt Jason Bodi from Toledo, Ohio. Friday, August 31, 2018 at 6:30pm. Jason Bodi is a black belt with the Jiu-Jitsu for Life Team under Chris Blanke and a sponsored instructor with Origin Combat wear. Owner of Bay View Jiu-Jitsu in Toledo, Ohio, Jason has been training for 12 years now
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Armbar Defenses & Escapes with Nick Buecker (Gracie Maryland/Relson Gracie) 8.27.18 8/27/2018
On Monday, August 27th, 2018 at 8pm, Nick Buecker from Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Maryland will be showing variations of how to escape armbars, as well as how to prevent/defend armbar set ups. Nick has studied jiu-jitsu under the Gracie Maryland flag for 4.5 years. He received both his blue and purple belts from Grandmaster Relson Gracie.
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Competition Strategies with Jeff Mount (Baltimore BJJ) 8.20.18 8/20/2018
Jeff Mount will be teaching a competition strategies workshop at Kogen Dojo of Severna Park on Monday, August 20th, 2018 at 8pm. Jeff Mount has been training jiu-jitsu under professor Lee Synkowsk at Baltimore BJJ for over 10 years. He has experience in over 100 gi and nogi tournament matches and several amateur MMA fights.
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Closed Guard Attacks with Mike Johnson (Pedro Sauer/Gracie Maryland) 8/13/2018
Monday, August 13th at 8pm, Pedro Sauer Black Belt and lead instructor at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Maryland in Columbia, Mike Johnson will be teaching Closed Guard Attacks at Kogen Dojo for Guest Monday Black belt under Professor Pedro Sauer, Mike Johnson has been training in the art of Jiu-Jitsu for over 17 years. He is the
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Mike Stewart Jr (Relson Gracie – Gracie Maryland) 8.6.18 8/6/2018
Relson Gracie Open Guard Sweeps w/Mike Stewart Jr at Kogen Dojo on Monday, August 6th, 2018 Mike Stewart Jr. and his brother Jordan are the owners and founders of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Maryland. Mike is a lifelong student of the Martial Arts who has been training for over 25 years. After achieving black belts in several
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Naqi Sayed (Relson Gracie – Gracie Maryland) 7.30.18 7/30/2018
Naqi Sayed has been training Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu focusing primarily on self-defense aspects of the art. Naqi has competed at local, national and international levels winning the 2014 IBJJF NY Summer Open as a blue belt and at purple belt he came in third at the 2016 IBJJF World Masters and he won the 2016
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Sean Diviney (Yamasaki) 7.23.18 7/23/2018
Knee Shield System Clinic w/Yamasaki Academy Competition Team Coach Sean Diviney Sean Diviney is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and has been training for 19 years. He is a Pan Am silver medalist and multiple time IBJJF gold medalist. Sean was promoted to Black Belt by Fernando Yamasaki and he trains and teaches at Yamasaki
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Toney Waldecker (Relson Gracie) 7.19.18 7/19/2018
Relson Gracie 5th degree black belt Toney Waldecker (Kaizen MMA) will be at Kogen Dojo on Thursday, July 19th, 2018 at 8pm. Bring a notebook! FREE for all Kogen Members. $25 for guests.
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Daniel & Cesar Paredes (Alliance/Sauer) 7.9.18 7/9/2018
Daniel (Alliance BJJ) and his brother Cesar Paredes (Urbana Academy – Team Pedro Sauer) will be teaching at Kogen Dojo on Monday, July 9th at 8pm. Guest Instructor Monday at Kogen Dojo is a weekly mini-seminar featuring the best jiu-jitsu instructors in MD/DC/VA. FREE to Kogen Members. $25 for visitors. Visit the Facebook Event HERE
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Nicole Sebastian Armlock Seminar 7.7.18 7/5/2018
Armlock Seminar (NoGi) and Fundraiser with Nicole Sebastian at Kogen Dojo. Only $20! Saturday, July 7th from 1pm-2:30pm at Kogen Dojo 549 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park, MD 21146 Nicole Sebastian is looking to compete at an event in New York, July 14th. In order to pay for travel expenses and fees, she will be
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Rhalan Gracie Seminar at Kogen Dojo 7.2.18 6/27/2018
Rhalan Gracie Seminar (Child or Adult) Child $40.00 USDAdult $50.00 USD Monday, July 2nd, 2018 Rhalan Gracie, son of Grandmaster Relson Gracie, will be teaching a Jiu-Jitsu Seminar at Kogen Dojo in Severna Park.  This will be divided into two sessions, one for children and one for adults. Kids 6pm-7pm is $40 (15 Spaces) Adults
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Mike Johnson (Pedro Sauer) At Kogen Dojo 6.25.18 6/22/2018
Mike Johnson is a law enforcement officer, head instructor at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Maryland in Columbia, and a jiu-jitsu black belt under Pedro Sauer. Mike will be teaching at Kogen Dojo at 8pm on Monday, June 25th, 2018. Guest Instructor Monday at Kogen Dojo is a weekly mini-seminar featuring the best jiu-jitsu instructors in MD/DC/VA. FREE
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Anniversary Party & Summer Registration 6/19/2018
Join us this Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 from 4-6pm as we celebrate the 1 Year Anniversary of Kogen Dojo, Severna Park’s First Self-Defense Academy! Food, Music, Games, Face-Painting, Prizes, and More! Event Info HERE Facebook Event HERE
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Jordan Stewart (Relson Gracie) at Kogen Dojo 6.18.18 6/18/2018
Relson Gracie brown belt and co-founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Maryland, Jordan Stewart will be teaching at Kogen Dojo on Monday, June 18th at 8pm. Guest Instructor Monday at Kogen Dojo is a weekly mini-seminar featuring the best jiu-jitsu instructors in MD/DC/VA. FREE to Kogen Members. $25 for visitors. Click HERE for the Facebook Event
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The Hidden Value of Tradition 4/25/2018
In our fast-paced results-driven lives, it is easy to look at an activity like martial art training from a perspective of what is immediate and explicitly practical. However, the benefits offered by martial art training go much deeper than what can be perceived on the surface, even if immediately practical goals such as self defense
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Empower Children to Stop Bullying 4/3/2018
Note: This article was originally published in Your Health Magazine Every day, in schools across America, children are being bullied.  Often, children who are bullied lack the size and confidence necessary to successfully stand up for themselves.  Simply telling a child to stand up to a bully is a hollow sentiment if the child is not also
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The Meaning of the Name Kogen Dojo – The Story of Kogen Dojo Pt 4 3/17/2018
When Dwayne Bowie and Robert Van Valkenburgh first sat down to talk about how their new martial art school would be structured, they realized that that their concept did not yet have a name. They started brainstorming. Robert’s home dojo, out of which the original members of what would become Kogen Dojo were training, was
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Top 3 Things to Look for in a Martial Art School 3/13/2018
NOTE: This article was originally published in Severna Park Voice as The 3 F’s of Finding the Right Martial Art School and in Your Health Magazine as Finding the Right Martial Art School. Finding the right martial art school for yourself or your child can be a daunting task, but it does not have to be. We
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How to Train While Traveling 3/11/2018
  Whether you are on a business trip, a family vacation, or simply exploring a new town, training at a new martial art school on the road can be an extremely rewarding experience.  Visiting new schools is a great way to meet amazing people, to refresh and regroup, and to create wonderful memories and friendships.
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How to Defend Yourself (On The Mat) 1/18/2018
A lot of people these days are talking about ‘self defense.’ We hear a lot about what martial art is the best for self defense. There is talk about what techniques or systems are most effecive ‘on the street’ (wherever that is): “This art works. That art is bull$#+! That would never work in MMA.”
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The Most Interesting Man in Anne Arundel County 12/31/2017
Wrestler, Navy Deepsea Diver, Helicopter Pilot, Firefighter, Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, husband, and father. These sound like the credentials of a Hollywood action hero or The Most Interesting Man in the World, but this is just a small slice of Anne Arundel County resident and Kogen Dojo Jiu-Jitsu coach Isaac ‘Ike’ Haertel’s real world resume. A graduate
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Self Defense aka “Real Jiu-Jitsu” for Kids – The Story of Kogen Dojo Pt 3 8/8/2017
By the time I walked into Gracie Maryland, I’d been training in martial arts for about fifteen years or so. I’d trained many places and I’d seen many different class and instruction models. Watching the kids classes at Gracie Maryland was eye opening to me. Kids classes were divided into two groups, ages 4-7 and
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Generostiy and Real Jiu-Jitsu – The Story of Kogen Dojo Pt 2 8/7/2017
In mid-2016, after recovering from a back injury* that kept me off the mats for nearly half a year, I was looking to resume my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training. I had earned my blue belt and some stripes at a Pedro Sauer affiliate near my home, but the school moved and I wanted something new. My
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