Brazilian Jiu Jitsu helping us thrive in the new Normal
While we continue with our fight against Covid and adjusting to our new normal, we are seeing that BJJ continues to be a great source of mental relief and release for our students. TGA's philosophy of Tribulation, Patience and Hope are not only the corner stones for practicing and improving on our BJJ but also the philosophy for managing the stresses of life under our new normal. Tribulation presents itself with the adversities that life presents us either in the form of unforeseen events such as the global pandemic or in training against a stronger or more experienced opponent. We will always face new challenges in life which at first will seem unsurmountable but once past, will be a great source of learning and strength. Patience is a virtue not only in understanding that as with all things in life that this too shall pass. We believe that with good governance in our society and community-minded responsibility that we can emerge from the crises stronger and ready to take on greater challenges. In the practice of BJJ, we have patience and trust in the technique and training such that we seek to drive a 1% improvement everyday and compound the returns that we get from our daily investments. Hope is not blind hope, but a gentle confidence that by doing what is right, we will reap the benefits of our sacrifices and hard-work in a society that will eventually emerge from the pandemic. The Hope with BJJ is that it takes on average 10years to acquire the coveted black belt, time will eventually pass and the years will fly by, why not work towards the achievement that, while may seem unobtainable, can be yours with the right mindset. Human connection and development of a growth mindset is more important than ever in these trying times. At The Gentle Art Academy our dedicated Black Belt coaches are fully committed to providing the best training and support for you. We would love to see you on the mats. Come by and say hi anytime
Chris Haueter Tactics & Techniques
On Feb 20th The Gentle Art Academy hosted Chris Haueter and Rob Abeyta Jr for an exhibition of their art. We present a video summary of the event. Chris's art will be available for purchase on our web-store shortly. tribulation. patience. hope.
Competition Experience? Check!!
Happy New Year and Welcome to 2018. We wanted to start off the new year by giving you more background to our Coaches extensive and successful competition history. Arthur has competed extensively in the highly challenging Brazilian circuit with the main achievement's of note being: 2000-2003 Norte Nordeste Tri Champ. Fortaleza/Ce BR. BlueBelt 2004-2006 Norte Nordeste Bi Champ. Recife/PE BR PurpleBelt 2007 Norte Nordeste Champ. Fortaleza/Ce BR BrownBelt 2015 Nordeste Open Champ. Natal/RN BR Blackbelt Froilan has been competing since he started training BJJ, racking up the following wins along the way: 2004 Philippine BJJ Open Men’s white belt 76.1-85 kg - Gold 2005 Philippine BJJ Open Men’s white belt 79+ - Silver 2005 Pan Asian International BJJ Competition Men’s white belt 76.1 to 85.0 kg - Gold 2006 Pan Asian International BJJ Open Men's Blue Belt 88.1-98.0 kg – Silver 2006 Philippine National BJJ Open Men's Blue Belt 79.1-88.0 kg - Silver 2007 Pan Asian International BJJ Competition Men's Blue Belt 72.1-79.0 kg - Silver 2007 Philippine International Submission Grappling Challenge Men's Intermediate 76.1-85 kg - Bronze 2007 Philippine National Grappling Championships AGIP Most Technical Fighter Award Men's Intermediate 76.1-85 kg - Gold 2008 Pan Asian International BJJ Competition Purple Belt Over 79 kg - Bronze Purple Belt Absolute – Silver 2008 Philippine National BJJ Championships Men's Blue Belt 79.1 to 88.0 kg - Gold 2010 Pan Asian BJJ International Men’s Purple Belt Medio – 79 Kg - Gold Men’s Purple Belt Absolute – Open Weight - Silver 2010 Philippine International BJJ Open Men's Purple Belt Pesado +79kg – Gold Men’s Purple Belt Absolute – Open Weight – Silver 2015 Philippine BJJ International Open – Gi MEN'S Brown Belt Over 79 kg – Silver 2015 Dumao Philippines International Open Men’s Brown Belt Middle (up to 82 kg) -Gold 2016 , 1st Luzon Regional Open Male Adult Division Purple/Above - Under 94kg – Gold Male Adult Division Purple/Above – Absolute - Gold Jar is a current active competitor and is one to watch on the regional and global circuits in the future: 2011 Gold Adidas Novice Championships. 2012 Gold Rollapalooza Tournament 2012 Bronze Kalasagan Tournament 2012 Gold Philippines Novice Games (Open Weight Division) 2013 Gold Pan Asian Jiujitsu Championships (NoGi) 2013 Gold Rollapalooza Tournament 2013 Gold ADCC Southeast Asia Championships (Division) 2013 Silver ADCC Southeast Asia Championships (Open Weight) 2013 Bronze Pan Asian Jiujitsu Championships (Gi) 2014 Bronze Rollapalooza Tournament 2015 Gold Philippines International Open 2015 Gold Rollapalooza Tournament (Division) 2015 Bronze Pan Asian Jiujitsu Championships 2015 Silver Rollapalooza Tournament (Open Weight) 2016 Gold Rollapalooza Grand Prix 2016 2016 Gold Pan Asian International Jiujitsu (Division) 2016 Gold Philippines National Championships (Division) 2016 Gold Philippines National Championships (Open Weight) 2016 Gold Rollapalooza Road to Japan part 1 (Division) 2016 Gold Rollapalooza Road to Japan part 2 (Open Weight) 2016 Gold Rollapalooza Road to Japan part 4 (Open Weight) 2016 Gold Rollapalooza Road to Japan part 5 (Division) 2016 Gold Rollapalooza Road to Japan part 5 (Open Weight) 2016 Silver Rollapalooza Road to Japan part 1 (Open Weight) 2016 Silver Rollapalooza Road to Japan part 2 (Division) 2017 Bronze Abu Dhabi National Pro Qualifiers 2017 Silver Pan Asian International (Division) 2017 Gold Dumau Asian Championships Nogi (Open Weight) 2017 Silver Dumau Asian Championships Gi (Division) In addition to having successful competition records, the coaches are dedicated to teaching and empowering the next generation of BJJ practitioners. We look forward to meeting with you on the mats! TGA
Dumau Champions 3 years in a row
The Dumau Cup was held on 17th August 2019 with a record number of competitors in attendance. There was a good number of regional representation with competitors flying in from Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia and the Philippines. The competition and officiating was at a much higher level than previous years. All of our competitors had a great time and learnt alot which will be added to their future game plans.
Our final medal tally was 12 gold 15 silver and 8 bronze medals.
Pics of all our champions below:
Dumau Cup Kids Champions!
The Dumau Cup official tallies have been released and The Gentle Art Academy are leaders in gold and silver medals and overall points champions. Whilst we are proud of this achievement, the medals are only representations of the hard work and discipline that the students continue to put into their training. With Asia's best coaching team, our proprietary syllabus and focus on strong fundamentals, we aim to grow from strength to strength with the eventual goal to prep the students for regional and world championships. We thank the parents for their support and trust in us and we will ensure that we will continue to keep same quality of coaching for their child's entire BJJ journey.
Dumau Cup Kids Competition March 2018
On March 11th 2018 TGA kids and coaches went to war and WOW did the team impress! The morning started with the team meeting at Aperia Mall at 8 am to do registrations weigh ins. During that time the coaches also warmed the kids up, gave them some last minute prep and reminders to stick to our game plan. Lots can be said about the day and the fights but in short the team not only performed to expectations, but massively exceeded them, accumulating 27 medals comprising of 9 golds, 13 silvers and 5 bronze!! In addition Professor Arthur got a silver medal in his absolute weight black belt fight where he competed against an opponent who outweighed him by 30kg and Coach Jar won gold in his purple featherweight category. The success was mainly due to the kids hard work as well as the new TGA proprietary syllabus structure which has greatly improved the kids knowledge of ground fundamentals, point scoring, offensive take-downs and submission defence. The interesting and scary fact is that we have only just begun!! The kids are only halfway through the fundamentals syllabus and will soon be moving to advanced positions and submissions. The kids also followed the competition strategy to a T, listening well to the coaches and maintaining their dominant positions throughout their matches and as much as possible minimising the possibility of weak positions and submissions. We look forward to showing more improvements in the next Comp! Please enjoy the pics below TGA
Father's Day Class
We had a special session today to honour the dads that make the big sacrifices as well as spending the time to bond with their kids. Today's class focused on games that the parents and kids could jointly play and techniques that they could practice on each other. The dad's had a chance to roll with their kids as well as other dad's that they wouldn't normally get a chance to.
Everyone had a blast and we're looking forward to organising more activities to promote family time through BJJ. Thanks all for coming!
Future Proofing TGA's Kids through Coding with Potato Pirates
At TGA we reinforce the values of confidence, resilience and resourcefulness. So when we heard that Aditya (one of our adult blue belts) was running a successful program to build educational capacity within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), we knew that we needed to partner to host an introduction to coding session for our students. Aditya' company Codomo had created one of the most successful coding card games, 'Potato Pirates' which teaches 10 hours of coding in a simple 30 minute game. This Saturday morning we got 30 TGA members together at The Mox to play Potato Pirates. Both kids and adults had a great time learning and applying coding concepts. It got very competitive and everyone picked up the rules very quickly. At the end of the session Aditya explained how the game taught concepts of complex coding languages in a non-threatening and accessible way.
Many students took home the box set and we'll all be practicing to battle each other in the future and uplift our coding knowledge.
Thanks Again Aditya and Codomo!
How to Fight Giants
In March 2018, Professor Arthur fought a highly skilled opponent who was bigger, stronger, taller and who outweighed him by more than 30kg. Arthur performed extremely well within the regulation time fight, however was outscored in the golden points during overtime. As we say in combat sports, win or lose we are always learning. Here is a breakdown of the fight: Arthur's opponent recognising that Arthur had strong takedown defence, chose to pull guard and attack for sweeps and submissions During the fight, Arthur managed to maintain a dominant top position, avoiding the attacks of his opponent. The main attack utilised by the opponent was to try to get Arthur to cross his right arm across his centre-line to either take his back, or to attack for the arm bar. Arthur defended both by continuing to control his opponent's hip with his right arm and also using his right leg as a hip blocker to stop his opponent from getting leverage to complete the arm bar During the middle of the fight, Arthur countered a sweep attempt by his opponent and managed to advance to a half guard position which he managed to push for a guard pass and mount attempt. unfortunately he couldn't hold for the required 3 second minimum and was reversed by his opponent. At the 4:35 mark it becomes very clear the height difference between the two, when his opponent stands up, and Arthur's head doesn't even touch the ground The fight continues and finishes with a tie in regulation time and his opponent securing 4 points from a back control position in overtime. Takeaways: While Arthur lost on points, this fight was a great demonstration of technical BJJ in action and how a smaller opponent can still be competitive even against larger, stronger opponents. Both opponents relied on strong fundamentals throughout the fight, matching technique with technique Keeping a level head and maintaining good hand and hip positioning kept Arthur safe within the opponent's dangerous guard All else being equal, technique overcomes all BJJ is a game of physical chess as demonstrated during this fight, where the smallest mistake could have resulted in defeat at any time While TGA is focused on developing the strongest kids and adults competition team in Singapore and the region, we will continue to field our coaches in all available local and regional tournaments to ensure that the techniques we teach within our proprietary syllabus is battle-tested and effective. Doubt Us, Know Us, Fear Us
Hugo and Lulu go to Brazil
This was the final day of the Hugo and Lulu campers on their trip to Brazil to learn the mysterious art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at The Gentle Art Academy. http://www.thegentleart.co/kids-bjj The kids learnt, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is about learning how to protect yourself from bigger people using technique and intelligence. As part of the day's activities, the campers learnt how to tackle the giant and sweep the giant to collect their golden eggs for their teachers. All the participants did great and had allot of fun. All parents of the kids are invited for a free trial at The Gentle Art Academy where we have Singapore's #1 kids team and we specialise in instilling confidence, resourcefulness and resilience in your kids. http://www.thegentleart.co/single-post/2018/03/19/Dumau-Cup-Kids-Champions We look forward to seeing the campers again real soon. Please enjoy the pics of the action today below.
Hugo and Lulu learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Day 1
Today was Day 1 of the Hugo and Lulu's adventure to Brazil. Hugo, Lulu and the Learning Horizon campers came to The Gentle Art Academy to learn about the mysterious art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The campers learnt that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was invented by a young man named Helio who was small sized and very sick as a young boy. Other people were often larger than him and were sometimes mean to him. He developed Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to defend himself from larger people and also in turn made himself stronger and more confident. http://www.thegentleart.co/brazilian-jiu-jitsu Helio eventually became one of the world's best martial artists and taught his sons and many others, Brazilian Jiu jitsu which is one of the most effective martial arts today The Learning Horizon campers learnt some basic techniques such as tackling the giants and sweeping the giants which they used to win golden eggs from the land of the giants and also rode elephants. They all had a great time and the coaches did as well. We hope to see them again soon. Below are some action pics of the day.
Hugo and Lulu learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Day 2
Today was Day 2 of the Hugo and Lulu's adventure to Brazil. Hugo, Lulu and 90 Learning Horizon campers came to The Gentle Art Academy to learn about the mysterious art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The campers learnt that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was invented by a young man named Helio who was small sized and very sick as a young boy. Other people were often larger than him and were sometimes mean to him. He developed Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to defend himself from larger people and also in turn made himself stronger and more confident. http://www.thegentleart.co/brazilian-jiu-jitsu Helio eventually became one of the world's best martial artists and taught his sons and many others, Brazilian Jiu jitsu which is one of the most effective martial arts today The Learning Horizon campers learnt some basic techniques such as tackling the giants and sweeping the giants which they used to win golden eggs from the land of the giants and also rode elephants. They all had a great time and the coaches did as well. We hope to see them again soon. Below are some action pics of the day.