My martial arts journey started in 1988, when I was 10 years old. After being ruthlessly bullied by kids in my neighborhood, my mother enrolled me in a local karate program to help me build confidence and discipline. Through the years I’ve trained in karate, Aikido, Jeet Kune Do and for the last 12 years, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I earned the rank of black belt in 2022. My son also trains and is currently in the kids program that I teach at Fishkill on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s.
As a parent, I see the benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu first hand. Through regular training, the kids develop a high level of strength, flexibility, and agility. It is also an excellent way to maintain health and develop lifelong habits that promote physical well-being.
In addition to the physical benefits, BJJ is an effective tool for developing discipline, respect, and perseverance. The children are taught to set goals and work towards achieving them, which boosts their self-confidence and self-esteem. BJJ also teaches children to solve problems without resorting to violence, promoting non-violent solutions to conflicts.
Moreover, BJJ provides a sense of community and belonging that can benefit children both socially and emotionally. The gym is a space where children can form strong bonds with their teammates and learn to work together towards a common goal. It can also provide an outlet for children to express themselves and learn to control their bodies and emotions in a healthy way. – Coach Al
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Interested in competing? On April 15th Gaman BJJ will be hosting their Spring Open in Newtown, Connecticut. Because of EGA’s incredible team performance last fall, you may register for this competition at 30% off! Normal registration is open till March 20th and then the registration fee goes up until the deadline of April 9th. To register visit gamanbjj.com.
Opportunities to Support Our Tribe
On March 5th, join us in cheering on our newest Black Belt, Ricky Kolmel, as he competes at the Balance & Flow Invitational in Mahwah, NJ. You can cheer him on in person (info found on the poster) or by tuning into the LIVE event for FREE on YouTube (more info can be found on IG).
Then on April 1st we’ll head to the Newburgh Armory to support Malang Susso as he steps in the cage for a 155lbs MMA bout through RFC Promotions. Later that night, Therese Shkreli will headline in the Main Event for the RFC National Featherweight Title. Stay up to date on ticket sales via RFC’s IG page.