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Back to School Martial Arts - A Teen's Perspective Part 3

Posted: August 13, 2019

The whole time I have been involved with Judo and JiuJitsu, I have had exceptional coaches, mentors, senseis and friends who have shown me the importance of hard work and dedication to making yourself a better martial artist, and person. I still do martial arts today to try and give back all that martial arts have given me . Plus, they are tons of fun. Everyone gets to have their own style and everyone reacts differently while grappling. It is a very creative group of sports, among other things. The challenge, fun and workout that martial arts provide benefits my life today. 

More importantly, they have provided me with a mindset that has helped me through difficult times in life. Martial arts are very challenging and everyone struggles. You become very familiar, comfortable and confident in challenging positions. Off the mat, the same mindset has been very helpful. I am very grateful for having found martial arts and I hope that I will be able to continue to improve myself and help others in their martial arts journey. 

My goal is to obtain a black belt in Judo and Jiu Jitsu and help others on their path. To instill the value of discipline, hard work, humility and confidence to make them better martial artists and people. I believe that one of the best things someone can do is to practice martial arts. It shows the importance of learning through conflict and failure. Failure is an opportunity, a sign that there is more to be learned and improved upon. Martial arts are very effectively applied to teach values to those who practice them. It is my goal to engage as many people of all ages in martial arts to share the meaning and code which I have been shown.


Back to School Martial Arts - A Teen's Perspective Part 2

Posted: August 13, 2019

My name is Luke Gillett. I am 16 years old and I have been involved with martial arts since 2010. I am a student at Elevate Judo & Jiujitsu. I have benefitted both mentally and physically from my time involved with Judo and JiuJitsu in particular. 

Like many people, I began martial arts as a physical activity that would help me meet more people. I became very physically fit and met new people but there was something more I did not know was coming. 

 Often, people will say they want to do martial arts to lose weight, stay active or have something to do. Deep down, I think they are looking for mental benefits; increased work ethic, comfort in difficult situations, discipline and determination. If they aren’t, they will find them. Many people find themselves with these benefits, including me. My brain has learned to thrive in challenging situations where I struggle, and has shown me that resilience and determination are all it takes to accomplish my goals. Currently, I have been distance running for my high school and I believe that the mindset has carried over. Running is a test of the strength of your will to push harder and run faster. Being able to thrive in a difficult situation is a benefit that is priceless. There is no competition anxiety either since I have become so familiar with it through constant competition in martial arts. In school, when there is a week where my class is bogged down in work, I stay composed and the discipline learned from martial arts helps me to finish my work before it becomes too much. 


Back to School Martial Arts - A Teen's Perspective - Part 1

Posted: August 13, 2019

My name is Luke Gillett. I am 16 years old and I began my martial arts journey in September 2010, just before my 8th birthday. I was always a shy kid who didn’t have tons of friends. I had just moved to a new town in Rhode Island and I was looking for a way to meet new people and find a new afterschool activity. At the time, I was signed up for a recreational baseball league when my stepfather urged me to try Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Doing JiuJitsu was tons of fun. I remember that we would do hour long classes 2 nights a week, just like Elevate. I absolutely loved it and so did my stepfather. We became closer through Jiu Jitsu and he would go out of his way to get me to practice. (Side note, I would like to thank all of the parents who take their time to bring their children to practice. I never quite appreciated exactly what was being done for me at the time, but cannot stress enough that part of my success was having someone who was just as committed as I was). I made countless friendships and became less shy and more confident talking to others. Some of my closest friends and mentors were found through Jiu Jitsu. Recently, I actually found an old video from when I did martial arts as a kid. Here's a video from my old martial arts school.

When I was 9 years old, I met Sensei Brett at a Jiu Jitsu practice. I wish I had known just how influential he would be in the rest of my martial arts experience. In February of 2012, a year later, Sensei Brett and his wife Sensei Sandra, began a Wednesday night Judo practice. I was one of the youngest students in the class but I had something others didn’t. My experience with Jiu Jitsu was incredibly helpful. My familiarity with the mat separated me from others. Judo is very hard, much harder than Jiu jitsu. In fact, Sensei Brett argues that Judo is the hardest martial art. My first year of Judo was full of failures and difficulties. Judo was an uphill battle, that was one of the best things I have ever done. It instilled in me a mindset of working hard and pushing through struggle. I had faith that my hard work would pay off and it eventually did. I became better at Judo and my Jiu Jitsu benefitted as well. My composure in difficult situations on and off the mat improved. Martial arts have had a profound positive effect on my life and I am glad to have found them when I did. I look forward to the future to see where my path takes me.


How Your Brazilian Jiujitsu Gi Should Fit

Posted: May 24, 2019

For our new students, we actually provide a uniform (Gi) when you sign up for your first month at Elevate Judo & Jiujitsu. Not all gyms provide this. And for the ones that do, often they provide an entry level uniform.

We believe in providing our new students with a high quality Gi when they first sign up. We think it's important for our newest students to feel not only comfortable in what they are wearing to practice, but also valued.

Here in the video below is Travis Stevens, Judo Olympic Silver Medalist and Renzo Gracie Blackbelt, wearing a similar gi that we provide to our new students. He also explains the proper fit and function of the Gi as well.


Starting Martial Arts in College

Posted: April 04, 2019

I didn't find Judo or Brazilian Juijitsu until I went to college. In fact, I orginally went to school at the University of Redlands in Southern California to play on their soccer team. I had started learning Karate in high school while still in Rhode Island, but I had never even heard of Judo or Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ).

One of my best decisions that I have every made was to go out of my comfort zone and search out both Judo and BJJ. It was as if a whole new world opened up to me. Through engaging in Judo and Brazilian Jiujitsu I was able to meet AnnMaria Demarrs and train with her daughter, Ronda Rousey. I was even in Blackbelt Magazine with her as her Uke (throwing partner). These two martial arts allowed me to travel around the United States to learn from other great Judo and BJJ players and coaches such as Jeff Glover, Kurt Osiander, and Marcelo Garcia.


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