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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.

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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.

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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!

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My 3 year old Son loves going to 'Jitsu'! Vagabond has great coaches and great staff!!

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First of All…What the Hell is Jiu Jitsu?

For Real Though. What the Hell Is It?

Look, I can give you the history of this and how far back in history that goes but, really, that ain’t all that interesting and I’d lose you by the end of the next paragraph. So, I’ll tell you something cooler.

I started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in mid-2006. Before that? ZERO martial arts experience. The only form of fighting I did was in the What-a-Burger parking lot at 2:00 a.m. on a sloppy, Friday night or outside of a local brew-stop at roughly 1:50 a.m. on that same Friday.

The first class I took was pretty memorable/embarrassing.

The instructor, who is still my friend to this day, handed me a uniform that was 3 sizes too big and said, “Got any questions or are you ready?”

The only question I could think of was, “What the hell am I doing here?” so, instead I told him that I was, IN FACT, ready.

I, IN FACT, was not ready. *insert Kevin Hart’s bit “Noooo…”*

First of all…wtf is happening?!

Alright, the class began with some basic calisthenics and stretching and eventually, we started to learn some techniques of Jiu Jitsu.

I learned a very simple move that involved me tripping my partner to the floor, controlling him by having my knee on his stomach while he is on his back (because I tripped him) and, finishing the sequence with a choke called an “X-Choke”.  You can watch that choke below.

 

After we learned these moves, we moved on to the sparring session of the class. I was instructed to “tap” if something was uncomfortable or I couldn’t breathe.

Wait. WHAT!? WTF is a tap? *Bell rings*

So, the guy I partnered up with, in my most unhumble, 20-year-old, dumbass opinion, was smaller, weaker and waaaay less alpha than I was. I was gonna beat this dork’s ass.

As we began to grabble on our feet, I got ultra-aggressive and tried to bully my partner with my strength. I guess he could read minds and heard me call him a dork in my head cause, damn. I had never felt so helpless, angry and, confused (ALL AT THE SAME TIME) in my young life.

The more aggressive I got, the more he took advantage of it. By all standards in my mind, I should have been able to do what I wanted.  I quickly learned what the “tap” was and thought to myself, “This is madness.”

Each time I tapped to a choke or some other submission, we stood back up, slapped five, bumped fists and, started again.  I did this for an hour with multiple people and achieving the same results.

The reason I came back? It was the hardest, most interesting thing I had ever done. Also, I was gonna figure out how to beat up that dork that made me feel feelings!

Cool story, bro. So, what is Jiu Jitsu?

The obvious answer and most common is, Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that teaches you how to control and defeat an opponent by taking them apart on the ground or having them take a street nap without having to through a strike and with minimal damage to you.

That’s the answer you get from everyone. Cut. Dry. Logical.

But, that’s whatever.

When I would leave Jiu Jitsu class, I’d feel like a million bucks! I’d drive home hoping that Limewire hadn’t destroyed the computer with a virus-laden porno instead of the Pride Fighting Championship videos you were trying to get.

  • I developed relationships with my training partners that are some of the longest and strongest friendships I’ve ever had. I could afford to stop being lonely.
  • I started competing. That helped me keep my diet and overall piece-of-shitness in check. Which resulted in a healthier lifestyle.
  • HAPPINESS! I was freaking EXCITED to do something other than work, pay taxes and, die.
  • I was learning something new for the first time since Algebra 2. This really kept me interested in learning more about BJJ.
  • ACCOMPLISHMENT! The individual achievement I felt was unbelievable! Completing a technique that I’d tried time and time again and failed at, it felt like I’d just won the Olympics!

I was almost obsessed. Almost.

That does sound good. But, why would you keep doing something that sounds so difficult?

Well, luckily, I learned from my experiences and have created a beginner’s class at Vagabond BJJ. That way, your experience doesn’t mimic mine. You train with folks your same level first. THEN, move on to more advanced classes.

But, for my brain? Because it’s it IS difficult. It’s like a video game I can’t beat and every time I throw the controller across the room I pick it back up and try again.

The longer I train, the less I throw the controller.

Also, doing hard shit makes you a better person in some ways. It makes you tougher, more versatile, WISER! You know your body and what limits you can push it to AND through!

You’re confident that you could not just get yourself out of a physical confrontation but, also totally avoid that confrontation altogether. Having that confidence is not just transferable to the physical.

It’s transferable THROUGHOUT life. Jiu Jitsu is good for my life. I learned the value of small victories and incremental goals and have applied that across all areas of my life.

So yeah. First of All…What the Hell is Jiu Jitsu?

Jiu Jitsu is life, man.

Sometimes life tries to smother you; choke you out and forget about you. You have to be able to have the presence of mind to be able to take it down and control it until it gives in to you.

GO TRAIN. Change it up and have some fun.

Check these links more opinions on Jiu Jitsu from other personalities.

Navy Seal, Jocko Willink on Self-Defense, Martial Arts, CCW and BJJ

Jiu-Jitsu Perspective from Joe Rogan – MUST WATCH

Russel Brand and his beginner’s experience! WOW!

Click here to hear Russel’s experience as a complete beginner.