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Get in the best shape of your life, while relieving stress. Or give you child the gift of true confidence and the long lost art of self discipline and self control. All while learning the best self defense system on the planet... Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (GJJ) also commonly called Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). We guarantee success. Come and see why the health and fitness clubs fail where we succeed.

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American School of Martial Arts is located at 14869 Hwy 13 S, in Savage Minnesota.

Get in the best shape of your life. 100% money back guarantee! Overcome your fears and phobias. Make this your year for a new you, by training in Rodrigo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, from the family that started the UFC!

No matter your age, weight, size, strength or natural athletic ability, we guarantee you will learn practical self-defense, get in great shape, tone up and slim down, all while having fun. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (GJJ), commonly referred to as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), is the only martial art that can stake a claim that a smaller person can defeat a larger person.

Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu and all other assorted Martial Arts make that claim, but come see why Gracie Jiu Jitsu stands head and shoulders above the rest. Enter your information in the opt in box below for all your free stuff, and one of our professional courteous, staff members will contact you shortly.

Training and instructing equal parts self defense and ground grappling, our goal is to make sure you have fun while learning the most effective martial art on the planet (which is Gracie Jiu Jitsu, or GJJ).

Gracie jiu-jitsu/Brazilian jiu-jitsu is without a doubt the single most effective self-defense system on the planet. This was proven over and over again in many different arenas before 1993 but on November 12, 1993 what myself and many others witnessed change martial arts forever! There have been many key pivotal points in the world of martial arts/combat sports but none can hold a candle to what happened when the first no holds barred match was shown on that eventful day.

Thereís been many fads in Martial Arts in America since the first serviceman brought over their training from the Far East. I wasnít around for all of them, but I have been around for most because see, martial arts in America, at least the popular idea of martial arts in America, isnít that old. It didnít really take off until after World War II, and never really became mainstream until the 1960s. Now keep in mind that Iím talking about mainstream here, not eclectic Native American knife disarming or bareknuckle boxing in the 1800s. I am talking about most of the country as a whole riding the wave of pop-culture/mainstream martial arts movements.

Thereís been Judo crazes, a Kung Fu phase, old-timers bareknuckle point Karate tournaments. Those gentlemen laugh at the point tournaments nowadays because of its unrealistic gymnastics interpretation that they referred to their era as the blood and guts era. Which I happen to agree with. Iíve seen many hours of footage on the old tournaments knockouts, missing teeth, broken noses, and ambulances were the norm, not the exception. There were the Ninjitsu years, the Karate Kid decade and so on and so forth.

Iím not forgetting, just saving probably the most influential person, besides whatís happening now with mixed martial arts for last. Bruce Lee popularized as well as debunked all of the mystical myths surrounding martial arts and propelled it forward like no other before his time!

But even he and his movement cannot hold a candle to what is happening today and that was propelled forward by Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Style versus style, Gracie Jiu Jitsu/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is almost unbeatable. I say almost because nothing is 100%, but this is pretty close.

All martial arts claim that when trained properly a little guy can take on a big guy and win. We found that those were mostly just claims. Thereís no testing around America and 95% of the martial arts community were living on theories instead of proven facts. When the first UFC came along, it was hard for a lot of us to grasp, including myself. I was long out of the fantasy of board breaking, katas, forms or whatever you want to call them. Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Kenpo were in my daily diet of Full Contact training. But I was having a hard time digesting how easy it was for Royce Gracie to breeze through the strikers without a punch or kick ever really doing any damage to them.

In UFC number four, I thought okay Dan Severn 260 pounds of solid, skilled monster of American wrestler taking on 175 pound pajama wearing Royce Gracie, surely Gracie is doomed to defeat, especially after watching big Dan smash his opponents with dynamic wrestling throws and moves. It was a strategic match of 16 or 17 minutes with Gracie Jiu Jitsu coming out victorious by triangle choke.

That sold me. I had to have Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. So in 1995 I started traveling anywhere within a 1500 mile radius from Minneapolis-St. Paul anytime a Gracie held a seminar close by. There was nowhere to train Gracie Jiu Jitsu/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Minnesota at that time, so I did what any insane martial arts addict would doÖ I scoured the ads in the back of Black Belt Magazine every month for an upcoming seminar. To you younger folks, old-timers like me had to do stuff like that to find out what was happening in our world because I didnít even own a PC and even if I did I probably wouldnít have been able to find the seminars on the PC. I would cut out of work Friday morning, drive straight through to wherever, train Saturday and Sunday and drive all night back to Minnesota.

Receiving my Blue Belt from Royce Gracie May 6, 1997 in Springfield Missouri was a happy day. Proud to say I am still addicted to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The older I get, the more I appreciate the gentle art.


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