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    My Jiu-Jitsu Career Has Started at Caio Terra's Gym in San Jose

    I have been training off and on in Muay Thai and San Shou for a total of 5 years. I have learned a lot from the training but have been pretty bored lately and have wanted to learn something new. I have always been interested in Jiu-Jitsu like most people watching MMA, all the way since UFC 1 and watching Royce Gracie. I have always been putting off training in Jiu-Jitsu for some reason though.

    After reading the thread Revo posted, The Pleasures of Drowning, either a light bulb went off in my head, or I got a spark of interest and told myself I need to learn Jiu-Jitsu.

    I started looking around the Bay Area at different Jiu-Jitsu gyms and asked a few of my friends about where they train. I tried out a couple gyms, which were VERY expensive. But then a co-worker of my GF's gave me information about the Institute of Martial Arts in San Jose. The IMA was created by Caio Terra, a black belt under Reyson Gracie and Paulo Mauricio Strauch.

    I went there for my first class and walked in. Caio Terra was at the counter and welcomed me to his gym. The Fundamentals class got started and I was welcomed by Flavio Meier, a black belt under Ricardo Liborio at American Top Team, and Augusto Quexinho, a black belt under Augusto Mendes Tanquinho. I had only trained twice at other Jiu Jitsu gyms, so the instructors helped me a little more with rolling and shimping and such. Then the instructions began for how to complete a Kimura and/or an arm bar. The instructions were concise and they made sure every one understood what was happening before we got to practice the moves. The students I rolled with were very helpful and were giving me pointers during the excercises, even on my first day. After a few instructions and practices, then we got to "roll" with the other students. I was continuously tapped/ and or put into half guard, mount etc. So I had to keep getting up and going to the back of the line. But I went in with no ego and a positive attitude. At the end of the class, the instructors both came up to me to asked if I was okay and how I liked the class. I told them I loved it. On my way out, Caio Terra stopped me to ask me if I enjoyed the class. I said yes and planned on coming back the next day.

    I went back yesterday and signed up for 6 months. I also ordered a gi online. I am really excited about learning something new. And I feel very lucky to have this gym only 3 miles from my house with all of these world class instructors.

    Also, in only my second class at this gym last night, I was able to pull off 3 submissions. Two Americana's, and one rear naked choke. And the rear naked choke I have never learned. I just emulated what I had seen in MMA (LOL!). But I got the tap.

    So to my brothers at Ninjashoes. Thanks for all Jiu Jitsu related posts and keep them up. I will keep updating this thread as I progress.
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    its a lot of fun at first, just dont let yourself get bored later on. BJJ is a relatively mellow martial art so its not gonna be like MT or SS. really work on your stretching too buddy. it will make for rolling to be more comfortable. hopefully youll have a good group of guys that like competing with each other, that makes a big difference in your progression. have fun kurlee!!

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    How awesome, welcome to the rest of your life ....... I haven't been able to get on the mats and train for about 3 weeks now, no time. Great instructors too.

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    Congrats on Caio winning his division at pans!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussjj View Post
    Congrats on Caio winning his division at pans!
    Thank you Aussie. He was at the gym yesterday. I shook his hand and congratulated him.

    Here is more info on the match he won. http://www.bjjsanjose.com/2012/04/02...-ams-champion/
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    Have you got to get owned by him yet? The awesome thing about jiu-jitsu is how Caio probably submits everyone in his gym at will and yet he is also tiny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussjj View Post
    Have you got to get owned by him yet? The awesome thing about jiu-jitsu is how Caio probably submits everyone in his gym at will and yet he is also tiny.
    No not yet. I think he may only teach the morning classes. In the last month, this is only the second time I have seen him. He is very small, and looks like a porcelain doll. And at this point, I get tapped out by at least 98% of everyone at my gym.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kurleedaddee View Post
    No not yet. I think he may only teach the morning classes. In the last month, this is only the second time I have seen him. He is very small, and looks like a porcelain doll. And at this point, I get tapped out by at least 98% of everyone at my gym.
    That's par for the course in the beginning. Jiu-jitsu is pretty fucking powerful, put a year of training on the average Joe and they will own 99% of the population on the floor. People like to think it's dying in mma, but those people don't understand the sheer amount of defensive jiu-jitsu, anti-jiu-jitsu practiced by anyone capable of shutting down a good bjj game. Anyway I don't really know my point I just love jiu-jitsu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussjj View Post
    That's par for the course in the beginning. Jiu-jitsu is pretty fucking powerful, put a year of training on the average Joe and they will own 99% of the population on the floor. People like to think it's dying in mma, but those people don't understand the sheer amount of defensive jiu-jitsu, anti-jiu-jitsu practiced by anyone capable of shutting down a good bjj game. Anyway I don't really know my point I just love jiu-jitsu.
    Very true...I started in Jan and im lovin it! I've gained newfound respect for MMA guys who are good Jiu-Jitsu players....crazy how some guys can just chain subs off their backs WHILE getting punched in the face. One of my instructors said it best "...Being a former kickboxer I can easily say Jiu-Jitsu is the best martial art to learn. Anyone can throw a punch but, it takes real skill to take someone down and submit them."

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