We’re Growing!

What a blessing. As of 3/29/17, both beginning classes are full. It’s time to bring in more help and think about adding more classes. Volunteers do not need martial arts experience. A patient heart and an energetic spirit are all you need. Please contact coach Kristen directly if you are interested info@up-ma.com . Any new classes will be announced and posted on the schedule page.

Adaptive Athletes Come to Orange County

Adaptive Athletes Come to Orange County

You’ve heard us talk about the benefits of a martial arts program several times now. You may even have followed some of the links that took you to more in depth articles. Now here is a chance to see first hand how martial arts and specifically jiu jitsu can benefit people with disabilities. This is also a chance to witness adaptive athletes at work, fighting hard for victory, just like everyone else.

Last year, Brazilian Top Team Orange County hosted the second annual Grappler’s Heart Tournament. This is a tournament organized specifically for adaptive athletes of all kinds to test their skills against one another. Following the tournament was a seminar taught by the amazing Kyle Maynard. Pasando Guardia provided us with some amazing footage and interviews from that day. If you are at all hesitant to take the plunge and try a class, let this be your motivation.

Physical Benefits of Enrolling a Child in Jiu Jitsu

In the past, we have covered many of the reasons why Jiu Jitsu is good for kids. We have looked specifically at how it is beneficial for kids with disabilities in the fact that it builds confidence, etc. We have not taken an in depth look at how it is physically beneficial. Here is an article written by Jiu Jitsu black belt Samantha Faulhaber that explains some of the physical benefits. This is an especially important read for parents of kids with physical disabilities who tend to be afraid to let their kids participate in sports.