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Tue, 2006-09-19 10:03 — Groundfighter
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Gracie Barra is the shit. 72:D
hmmm, so how did you lure Gracie Barra to Arkansas? Are you already a Gracie Barra advanced belt? What about guarantees in terms of facilities and income? How is the school doing?
And lastly, why did this pop up after I performed a search for "wristlocks"?:confused:
Not sure. Little Rock may have a good following. I grew up in Louisiana and have been to Ark. Not amny cities with a large population but if you are the only onw around then there is money to be made.
arkansas is not a place one thinks of when thinking about places to train or places that should have training. have known people in that area. there seems little interest in martial arts generally. at least not anything real. karate schools seem to flourish in those areas, but nothing that might attract the word "fighter". most smaller towns (unless right next to a really populated area) do not want "that element" around.
good luck. you may need it. however, if it works out, then enjoy. those that want it should get it!!!
The School is doing great. Althought we are not in a huge town, we have generated alot of interest. Int he first month, I have over 20 adult students,a few teens and alot of people requesting childrens BJJ and grappling classes. We will begin youth BJJ classes March 5th (Pre-registration has already began and has equalled the Adult class size already).
I moved here after serving in the Army and working for the US Government for the past 16 years, and have found the area to be just perfect for rasing my family and continuing my love for training and teaching BJJ. The Gracie Barra Arkansas Team hase been very successful in the first two BJJ/Submission Wrestling tournaments we participated in and have a small group of fighters training for Amature MMA events.
Two of our fighters fought in Tupelo MS this past weekend, to return victorious, both with 2nr round wins. One Knockout and one submission.
Thanks for all the support and questions.
Gracie Barra Arkansas
I live in abilene texas, wish we had a bjj school here..... for now we have this guy named mike nottingham and is a blue belt (after doing a massive research on him) advertising bjj training classes at his school Universal Martial Arts -- http://www.abilenekarate.com/programs/teen-and-adult-martial-arts.asp .... anywho.... there's all kinds of mma schools... just no "real" bjj school... and i know purple belt's very bottom rung for bjj instruction.... i think his bjj is a gimmic to get you hooked into his classes of TKD or something... would rather take MTB any day over TKD... just my opinion... not to mention, i know there would be a long line of people wanting to learn bjj and other forms of grappling.... might be something to look at... just a thought
PS here's the email confirming what was stated above, from David Thomas from Austin Jiu Jitsu here in Texas:
Good for you for doing your research! He’s a BJJ blue belt, which means it is arguable if he is at an instructor level. Most folks consider purple belt to be the bottom rung for instruction. Also, it doesn’t appear he has done any competition in BJJ, so he’s likely to be pretty limited. Slim pickings means you may have to settle for a blue belt in the Abilene area. Whatever you do, don’t get sucked into that TKD junk. Chances are, they will try to teach you (and charge you $ for) TKD and will throw some BJJ in on the side. Not worth the time if that’s the case. I’ve written some articles on what to look for (and what to avoid) in an instructor. See http://austinjiujitsu.com/ajj/articles/index.html.
Best of luck!
hey, mpeacock75!! it may come to nothing, but worth a shot here. in texas, pekiti tersia is really big. most of these ptk guys have schools with many students. alot of these students also have experience in other systems (sometimes lots). it may be worthwhile to check with them and see if they can help you out (they may have guys that can teach, but don't have thier own schools).
worth a try. later, will post some links for you.
hope it works.
hey mpeacock75!!! here are a couple of links. hope they help.
humble, tx 281-540-8443
texas kali association
contact everybody. there should be something you can use.
congradulations to groundfighter!!! glad to hear that your school is doing so well!!! keep it up!!! and post some pics from the tournaments if you have them!!
keep on keepin' on!!!!
Right on brother! Great news! Never thought of visiting Arkansas but maybe I'll rethink that. Sounds like a place I'd like to be at ... and Congrats on your successful school!
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