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Styron Smith reviewed Vagabond BJJ
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My first steps into vagabond bjj, first and foremost was welcoming. Second was the humbleness of not just the coaches, but from the students as well. There is literally no egos in vagabond bjj, everyone is humble and there to learn. The coaches and the students are uplifting you in any way they can. Also, there is a home feeling to vagabond bjj, I am so impressed by the coaches that I took my three kids out of taekwondo and enrolled them in vagabond. Vagabond is the place to go for bjj, stop by and let the camaraderie speak for itself.

Morgan Smith reviewed Vagabond BJJ
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A welcoming energy and hospitality second to none. Well balanced top tier training. A throw back to what the martial way, and an old school Jiu-Jitsu academy is meant to be. Honored to call it my new training home and family.

Josh Keller reviewed Vagabond BJJ
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Vagabond has quickly become my home away from home since I signed up on 12/15/17. I love the friendly atmosphere here among the instructors and students that makes you feel at home from day one. The BJJ instruction for kids and adults, whether beginners or experienced grapplers is top notch. The laid back and friendly atmosphere helps students learn quickly so the training is excellent. In my first month here I lost 30lbs...just from learning and having fun with my friends. You really can't beat that. My wife trains here as well and loves it as much as I do.

I can and do recommend Vagabond to everyone I know. No matter what your goals are this is the place to achieve them in the Permian.

Daniel Powell reviewed Vagabond BJJ
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Vagabond has been an amazing experience for my son and I. Don’t be confused Jujitsu is challenging and will push you regardless of your athletic ability, age, or cardio shape but we are all forged in fire. The greatest growth comes from challenging your body, mind, and spirit and in the short time at Vagabond I have experienced that. I look forward to the growth and life lessons I know I will learn.

Jennifer Burdett reviewed Vagabond BJJ
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Coaches are awesome, the kids love it and they teach real skills. The kids grow in confidence, discipline, and respect. My son has been going there for about a month and has already had great improvements in his attitude and he’s excited for class days. I highly recommend this great group of folks.

Jerod Masters reviewed Vagabond BJJ
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I have been here a few weeks and have been very impressed with everyone. I've trained in several places and with quite a few people. the coaches here are very good and very encouraging. I have yet to meet an ego. Even Prof. Hantz who has taught the 530 a.m. one morning was humble and was very patient and encouraging with me. The higher belts aren't egotistical. Both of my young sons train here now and have been seeing improvement in them since day one. there are at least 4 coaches helping with the children's classes and they spend time with every kid to help and teach each individual kid. I have been very impressed and would definitely recommend this place to any age, sex or skill level. I also love that they have a 530 a.m. class. Often it is the only one I'm able to attend. Love this place so far!

Yvonne Lozoya Tarango reviewed Vagabond BJJ
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My 3 year old Son loves going to 'Jitsu'! Vagabond has great coaches and great staff!!

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BJJ Is a Video Game

BJJ is a Video Game

Man. First off, if you have friends that haven’t played video games, they are OLD AS HELL!

After a monster training session on the mat at Vagabond BJJ, a student and I were talking about how to get their friends interested in BJJ. He has a couple of buddies in their early 30’s and he wants to be able to describe jiu jitsu to them in a way that isn’t some mysterious budo story, or therapeutic personal story.

Cause, in reality, telling your buddies that you put on some shit that looks like pajamas and choke your teammates with them. Then they’re gonna roast you and your blue belt.

There are a million ways to describe Jiu Jitsu and most of them are boring as hell like, “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was designed for the smaller man to takedown blah , blah, blah.” or something like, “Seen the UFC? Seen someone tap out? That’s BJJ.”

Yes, training martial arts is therapeutic and manages stress for some. But, how can you tell your friends that your favorite past time is strangling your other friends without sounding like you a complete psychopath?

I believe jiu jitsu to be many things.

Describe it as a lifestyle, a sport, a hobby, an interest or, everyone’s favorite, a journey.

Can it be one of these without the others? Is it more than just a lifestyle? Is it more simple than we make it out to be?

I like to explain BJJ as a free roam, video game. People come into the academy with certain physical or mental aspects that benefit or hinder their jiu jitsu character but, mostly, all have the same baseline cognitive & physical function of an average human.

Hopefully, you dig it.

Here’s one way.


When you first start the game, you SUCK. You think you’re unequivocally bad, that no one has ever sucked as bad as the suck that you are sucking. But, everybody sucks, everyone was just as vulnerable as you when they first stepped into the new world.

Throughout the game, you find weapons/upgrades. At first, the upgrades suck. You think, “Why the hell is Coach handing me this crap?!  I want BADASSERY!”

They are sloppy, slow and most of the time end up getting your ass handed to you when you use them.  But, with time, that shitty pistol Coach picked off of the dead zombie turns out to be ONE BADASS PLASMA PISTOL OF FREEDOM! Saving you from the monotony of getting your face rubbed into the mat by every blue belt that has some new stuff they want to try because they saw it on Instagram.

The further you get in the game, the more diverse your skill set/weapon cache need to be.

Great, you submit the other white belts now. Smashing on every arm that dares enters your field of vision and ripping it from its owner like you could use it in the next round. You’re finally figuring out that your body can do more than exert massive amounts of force followed by long awkward pauses of deep, heavy breathing.

You are understanding that the techniques you have been drilling are things that are supposed to be used! They have a purpose and your weapons are getting more precise. But, you have no idea there are more weapons to choose from because “This game is really weird and I can’t figure out the controller set up yet.”  and “Why does Coach always shake his head and look so dissapointed when I do that badass move?”

But really, you have a basic understanding of the outline of the game and you’re ready to explore the map. At least, you thought so.

At your level, there is an ENORMOUS pressure to catch up. You want to move about and try your hand at the higher belt level but, every time you do you get slaughtered. Every time you try your hand at a blue belt you wonder if it’s worth it. A purple belt? A Purple Belt, you go home, wondering what your life is, “even about” and if you’ll ever level up enough to get to that section of the map. What the hell is even over there?!?!

Frickin’ pizza? COME ON!

So you come to class. You drill. You level grind.

Eventually, like, 6-12 months later, something clicks. It’s not tangible. You don’t even know it happens. All of a sudden you’re shutting down attacks, feeling like a freaking ninja and, going a full six minutes without being submitted and Coach is telling you “Bow Ah” or something like that, a lot.

You don’t know what it is but it’s fuckin’ awesome. You find yourself in familiar places; knowing that your Plasma Pistol of Freedom still has some “Surprise Motha Fucka” left in her and you can slap that bad mamma jamma on at any time to an unsuspecting blue belt and all the newbs that don’t know to not extend their arms.

You’re like, “Pfffft. Frickin’ n00bz.” into you’re headset.

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