Jiujitsu? What is Jiujitsu? Why do you train so much? What do you get out of training so much? Don't you worry about getting hurt? These are all questions I am asked at least 2 to 3 times a week by different people. And to tell you the truth, the one answer that I always fall back to is, "For the love of the Art."
Training at Humble Jiujitsu has never been an obligation or a duty. Its never been because I paid for the month so I felt the need to be there. Now at first, it was about the desire to WIN. I wanted to be the best. Not necessarily my best self but I wanted to win in competition. I wanted to have an edge over not just my Team mates, but whoever I may have face in the next competition. Winning always feels good. The congratulations, the cheers, the pride you feel in the victory. Man but the thing people don't realize is that glory fades. No one really remembers your victories or defeats in competition.
What they do remember is YOU! They remember how you acted in victory or defeat. They remember your work ethic. Your actions on and off the mats. They remember whether you helped them grow in their own training. They remember your positives as well as your negatives. They remember YOU!
So, the older I got and the less I found myself competing, the more I thought about this. Why do I train At Humble Jiujitsu? Don't get me wrong, the thrill of victory or defeat. That feeling right before you get on the mats to compete. The energy. The excitement. The emotions. I still have that stirring within me. However, my focus has changed. At least for myself. Competition is not what drives me anymore. To make all those around me the best they can be at Jiujitsu. This is my goal now...
Why do I train? For the love of the Art? When your in the middle of an awesome roll, your partners trying to take your back, there is nothing else going on in your world, or mind except, DEFEND YOUR BACK!!! Don't let them get their grips, stop the choke. If you blink, if you allow yourself to focus on anything except that moment, you bet your @ your tapping.
Man, to be so caught up in a single moment in time that time doesn't even exist. To be so focused that nothing else in your day to day life, good or bad, has meaning. The complete gratifying feeling you have when your training session is over. That basic calm, cool, and collected emotions as you thank your partners for the butt whoopin they just put on you. No victory. No defeat. Just fun. The Art of Jiujitsu. A living game of chess. The only game of life and death where a simple TAP, saves you. I get worked up just writing about it!!!
Davis Martial Arts is about the Art. We're about Team. We're about the family and friends we teach and train with everyday. There are some highly skilled grapplers here. I feel each and everyone is here for the similar purposes and goals. To bring out the best within themselves. To be more than just a person who trains. If you allow the Art of Jiujitsu to enter your life. I can promise you this, you'll never be the same. From that moment, you are a changed person. Jiujitsu is more than a sport. More than grappling. More than competitions or training. Its a way of life...
Come train and see for yourself. Don't take my word for it. The Life I talk about is waiting on you. Its never too late to start. Answer that question for yourself. Why do you train? Come train!
DAVIS MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY
Practice Makes Permanent
For the last three weeks or so, we have been in the process of changing Humble Jiujitsu's location.. There were several reasons that have lead to this decision but the one most important has to be visibility. Our original location was somewhat secluded on a side street away from most driving traffic and all walking traffic. Moving is going to definitely improve the schools visibility.
We took over Humble Jiujitsu about 6 months ago and its been one heck of a crazy ride. Lots of ups and downs. At Davis Martial Arts we know our training, instruction, and instructors are top notch. Then where are the PEOPLE? Where are the students? Why are we not growing?
These questions are not easily answered. There are a few factors involved. We felt one of the main factors was LOCATION.... Since we took over we had not had a single drive up walk in student. Most of the new students either heard about us from a friend of a friend, the internet, and mostly signs I put out on the weekends. Most of them have stated, "We didn't even know you were around here." Eye opener for sure. Kick in the gut! So what do you do? MOVE or slowly fade away. I love Jiujitsu and all these guys, so fading away was out of the question.
So, my wife and I, along with the instructors and close friends made the decision, we gotta move. So the process started. Finding a descent location with good drive by and walk by visibility along with affordability isn't easy. But, as always we have a lot of people looking out and two of our good friends Ugo Arimo,(aka THE BLACK SPIDERMAN) and Johannes Azucena of Fit Crew(no aka) turned us on to our new spot. 19333 Hwy 59, Humble Texas 77338. Lots of driving traffic, and even a ton of walk bys. Man, this spot is gonna be great. I cant say "Thank You" enough to these guys.
Man so we got the place, put the money down, and started the build out. What did we get ourselves into? Days. Nights. LATE NIGHTS. Weekends. Dude, I even worked extremely late on my birthday. I know, 42 who cares. Its just another day. Luckily I have an awesome wife, Sarah, that kicks ass and doesn't mind getting her hands dirty. Together we get stuff done. But, it was going slow. I got my sons there to help. And thankfully some of the guys did a WHOLE lot as well. Overall as a TEAM, once again we kicked ass. And I feel the place rocks.
Its definitely an ending of an era for some of us. Jacob Allphin said it best, " This is where we all got good." And man no matter what anyone says, he is right.
Davis Martial Arts moves on. We keep training. Building a better you for tomorrow. Making each one of us a better person. that's what I feel Jiujitsu does, takes a pretty good version of you, and makes a FREAKIN AWESOME YOU!!!
Humble Jiujitsu takes its first steps to a bigger and better tomorrow. Tell a friend. Tell a neighbor. tell a relative. If your looking for something different. If your looking for something new. If you want to be a part of something special. Then look no further than Davis Martial Arts in Humble Texas.
Training For Life
Practice Makes Permanent
For the most part, everyone that trains Jiujitsu knows who these guys are. Pretty infamous pic. Seeing a guy with his leg like that and not tapping, makes me cringe.
Training Jiujitsu at Davis Martial Arts in Humble, you see some crazy stuff from time to time as well. We make sure to encourage our guys to tap "EARLY" rather late. The tap is just part of the training process. I feel that tapping is a tool to learn what not to do. Put your arm in the wrong place, TAP. Leave your neck unprotected, TAP. Your always learning in Jiujitsu.
Recently we were at a tournament and I saw a kid in a bad position. The kimura was locked in,TIGHT. The kid wouldn't tap. Well, if you don't tap in certain situations, what tends to follow is the SNAP. Tough lesson to learn at such a young age, but hopefully its one that will stick in his mind forever.
One of my good friends jokingly, maybe, tells me "I don't tap to B.S.(You know who you are). We laugh and joke about it but I think its a real dangerous mind set to have. But for him, he can probably get away with it. For the majority of us however, the reality is you TAP.
With those that train, they tend to have a competitive edge to them, whether they ever compete or not. Class training is sometimes their tournament. So, as an instructor you have to make sure they stay safe and they keep their partners safe as well.
We want guys to fight. We want you to try and escape. We want guys to be successful. When your training everyday with the same guys, they learn your game. Plus, your training with skilled guys everyday that are learning the same things you are, so at the least, its difficult.
Convincing the new guys that the tap is part of the training process is extremely difficult. Most new people have one thing only in their arsenal, STRENGTH. Being new to Jiujitsu means you have no technique yet, so they tend use what they do have.
On the flip side to that, is that new guys also tend to tap way early. I grab the collars, tap. I am in mount, tap. Knee ride, TAP. I can see the knee ride tap. Knee ride sucks. Its all a learning process. Baby steps. No Jiujitsu for dummies is gonna save you from the dreaded TAP.
At Humble Jiujitsu, we focus on technique. Leverage over strength. The fundamental basis to Jiujitsu. The idea is that the smaller man can overcome the power and size of a larger one, through the application of leverage and technique. How beautiful is that? 125 lb guys can submit 200 lb guys with Jiujitsu all day long. SWEET....
As the new guys come along, they build up a few techniques. They have escapes, counters, and a submission or two. The tend to move away from the no tap zone.
Tap early rather than late. Learn from the tap. With every loss you gain a little more knowledge. What to do and not to do. You just have to be open to the experience. Every roll is a class within itself. Every sweep, counter, pass, or position a side note to remember.
As always remember
Practice Makes Permanent
Davis Martial Arts Academy
Owner and head instructor of Davis Martial Arts Academy in Humble Texas