No Gi Technique of the week

Gracie Barra Westchase - Monday, September 29, 2014
MMAWIN Technique of the Week
Back take from half Guard withProf. Inacio Neto
With the No-Gi worlds just around the corner MMAWIN's sponsored athlete, Inacio Neto, will be demonstrating some of his favorite attacks from half guard. Without the help of a gi it may be difficult at times to control your opponent when you play bottom game. The person on top also has an easier time passing the guard as his opponent does not have anything to hold on to and theres less friction allowing one to easily slide threw someones half guard. Part one of this three part series demonstrates how to take someones back easily from half guard.





Again special thanks to our friends at MMAWIN to stay up to date with the latest MMA and BJJ news make sure to follow MMAWIN at MMAWIN.COM

 
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Why we plank during Cardio Kickboxing

Gracie Barra Westchase - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

THE PLANK

During our Cardio Kickboxing classes we like to mix in a number of different body weight exercise to maximize muscle development, for that reason we constantly add the plank! 


If you are unfamiliar with the plank you may be confused to why we recommend it, planking seems simple you just balance on your toes and your forearms; However, Planking works almost every major muscle in your body. Starting from the front your traps are on of the first muscles being used, in order to keep your neck up. Following down is your shoulder muscles which are connecting to your traps, and holding all that up is your biceps. Three major upper body muscles being worked all at once by just holding up your body. 

Moving towards the midsection of your body we have the chest, abs and lower back! All three of these muscle groups are needed to keep your balance keeping a nice balanced plank, one where you're hips are not not raised to high or to low. 

Next follows your lower body, your gluteus, your thighs and your calfs. Just like your arms in the upper half, your thighs, calf and gluteus are keeping your entire lower body working in order to help maintain balance!

Although this exercise strains you most physically, planking takes a toll on you mentally as well. In the Cardio Kickboxing class the instructors may ask you to hold plank for one minute, or even more, and this is towards the end of the workout when you are already exhausted and tired. This is were the mental part comes in, you may feel like quitting and stopping and putting your knee on the ground for a break. Your arms will begin to shake and your legs well begin to go numb, but being around your peers and having a coach motivate you to keep going will help you get through your mental block of quitting and help you stay up to get in the best shape possible. For that reason we love adding the plank to our cardio kickboxing classes!

 
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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Technique of the week

Gracie Barra Westchase - Wednesday, September 24, 2014
MMAWIN Technique of the week
X-Gaurd sweep from half guard part 2 with Ulpiano Malachias

Yesterday Professor Ulpiano demonstrated how to perform a highly effective X-Guard sweep starting from half guard. Unfortunately not every move in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is guaranteed to work, which is why the sport is very exciting and highly addictive. Today Professor Ulpiano Malachias demonstrates a second variation to finish the X-guard sweep in case your opponent defends the first move. We hope you are able to add this beautiful sweep to your game and if you are looking for more special techniques taught from various professors around the country make sure to follow our friends at MMAWIN




 
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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Technique of the week

Gracie Barra Westchase - Tuesday, September 23, 2014
MMAWIN Technique of the week
X-Gaurd sweep from half guard with Ulpiano Malachias

The X-Guard is a very common position in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, for many upper belts its their go to position, and for many lower belts they find themselves stuck there but not knowing where to go from their. We recently had the luxury to have our friends at MMAWIN come in and film Professor Ulpiano Malachias demonstrate how to get to the X-Guard from the Half Guard and easily sweep them for an easy two points.


Again special thanks to Joaquin Garay and Daniel Lopez of MMAWIN for coming out. For your source of weekly Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts techniques head over to MMAWIN

 
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Cardio Kickboxing in Houston Texas

Gracie Barra Westchase - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CARDIO KICKBOXING

Our Cardio Kickboxing classes are designed to give you the best workout possible in just one hour. We mix traditional kickboxing techniques along with various body weight exercises to turn your body into a calorie burning furnace. The classes begin with a 15 minute warm up and light stretch to get you ready for the intense 30 minutes that follow. After the warm up you will be place in front of a punching bag and be commanded to throw various Muay Thai and American Kickboxing techniques. At any given moment you will be instructed to perform various body weight exercise to also promote muscle growth while performing a cardiovascular exercise. We mix the calisthenics from upper body workouts to lower body workouts to ensure a total body workout is achieve. Also by mixing in the bodyweight exercises this also ensures that you don't become bored with just hitting the bag for 45 minutes as most gyms offer and instruct you to do. Also we have three highly trained kickboxing instructors so that you get different styles of teaching keeping the classes fun and exciting. If you are ready to get into the best shape of your life while having fun give us a call to set up your first class at 713-977-7418 

 
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Kids Jiu Jitsu Muay Thai and more!

Gracie Barra Westchase - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

 

Parents Night Out Returns!

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As stressful as it is for kids to be returning to school we understand its just as stressful for the parents who have to get everything ready for their young ones to go back. So in attempt to give parents a night of freedom we will be hosting Parents Night Out! This will give parents the chance to drop their kids off for a night of games and training while they get to go out and enjoy a night to themselves!

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Upcoming Tournaments and Fights

World No GI 2014 Tournament
No-Gi Jiu Jitsu

Professor Inacio will be competing at the No-Gi Worlds in less than a month so lets make sure to go to the No-Gi class wenesday nights for some tough training!

Jiu Jitsu Tournament-Houston Tx

For those looking to compete locally, Grand Prix Grappling will be returning! We have a number of students competing so make sure to make it to the competition classes to help your team mates!

Mixed Martial Arts-Houston Tx

After winning the belt at 135, Mike Trinh of Gracie Barra will be making his professional debut at Legacy Fighting Championship. Tickets on sell now at the front desk!

Muay Thai-Kingdom-Houston Tx

Also coming off a fresh win, Muay Thai coach Oliver will also be returning to the ring and will be fighting at Muay Thai Kingdom!

Kids Jiu Jitsu-Compeitition-Houston Tx

Gracie Barra Katy will also be hosting an internal tournament for kids! This is a great opportunity to start your kids competing in a family friendly, safe environment.

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Capoeira Classes

Aula

For those that won't be going to Dallas we highly recommend coming to our new Capoeira classes! This is an exciting new way to learn about the Brazilian Culture, learn some Portuguese as well as learning a new Martial Art!

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Kids anti bullying-Houston Tx

Next month we will be hosting an Anti-Bullying seminar for kids! Stay tuined for exact dates.

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Time Change

Kids Kickboxing

Due to the hard commute of bringing kids to kickboxing at 4:45 we are bumping the class up to 5:00 in attempts to make it easier for parents to bring their kids!


 
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Cardio Kickboxing classes at Gracie Barra Westchase

Gracie Barra Westchase - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

 
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Parents night out, Upcoming tournaments and more!

Gracie Barra Westchase - Monday, September 15, 2014

 

 

 

Parents Night Out Returns!

poster from postermywall

As stressful as it is for kids to be returning to school we understand its just as stressful for the parents who have to get everything ready for their young ones to go back. So in attempt to give parents a night of freedom we will be hosting Parents Night Out! This will give parents the chance to drop their kids off for a night of games and training while they get to go out and enjoy a night to themselves!

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Upcoming Tournaments and Fights

World No GI 2014 Tournament
No-Gi Jiu Jitsu

Fresh off his win at the No-Gi Nationals Profess Inacio will continue his training getting ready for the No-Gi worlds. The 10 AM competition training class will now be No-Gi till after the tournament.

Jiu Jitsu Tournament-Houston Tx

For those looking to compete locally, Grand Prix Grappling will be returning! We have a number of students competing so make sure to make it to the competition classes to help your team mates!

Mixed Martial Arts-Houston Tx

After winning the belt at 135, Mike Trinh of Gracie Barra will be making his professional debut at Legacy Fighting Championship. Tickets will be on sell soon!

Muay Thai-Kingdom-Houston Tx

Also coming off a fresh win, Muay Thai coach Oliver will also be returning to the ring and will be fighting at Muay Thai Kingdom!

Kids Jiu Jitsu-Compeitition-Houston Tx

Gracie Barra Katy will also be hosting an internal tournament for kids! This is a great opportunity to start your kids competing in a family friendly, safe environment.

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Capoeira Classes

Aula

For those that won't be going to Dallas we highly recommend coming to our new Capoeira classes! This is an exciting new way to learn about the Brazilian Culture, learn some Portuguese as well as learning a new Martial Art!

***
Kids anti bullying-Houston Tx

Next month we will be hosting an Anti-Bullying seminar for kids! Stay tuined for exact dates.

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Time Change

Kids Kickboxing

Due to the hard commute of bringing kids to kickboxing at 4:45 we are bumping the class up to 5:00 in attempts to make it easier for parents to bring their kids!


 
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Jiu Jitsu Tournaments, Parents Night Out, and more

Gracie Barra Westchase - Thursday, September 11, 2014

 

Professor Inacio American National No-Gi Champion!


This past weekend Professor Inacio competed at the American Nationals and did exceptionally well taking 3rd in Gi and 1st in No-Gi. This is professors first big tournament since receiving his black belt 4 months ago!

 

 

 

 

 

 

His training doesn't stop though, this weekend is the IBJJF will be coming to Dallas and we have been training extra hard these last couple of weeks to get ready! A large number of students will be participating this year!


 

Capoeira Classes


 

For those that won't be going to Dallas we highly recommend coming to our new Capoeira classes! This is an exciting new way to learn about the Brazilian Culture, learn some Portuguese as well as learning a new Martial Art!

 

 

 

 

Time Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the hard commute of bringing kids to kickboxing at 4:45 we are bumping the class up to 5:00 in attempts to make it easier for parents to bring their kids!

 

 

 

 

Parents Night Out Returns!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As stressful as it is for kids to be returning to school we understand its just as stressful for the parents who have to get everything ready for their young ones to go back. So in attempt to give parents a night of freedom we will be hosting Parents Night Out! This will give parents the chance to drop their kids off for a night of games and training while they get to go out and enjoy a night to themselves!

 

 

 

 

 


 
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Kids Jiu Jitsu Touranment

Gracie Barra Westchase - Thursday, September 11, 2014
Gracie Barra Katy will be hosting the next kids day! The tournament will be Saturday October 11th and we highly recommend everyone come out and participate in some family friendly grappling. This tournament will be exclusive to Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu kids so you know it will be a safe environment.


 
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