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  • Tim Hull's Perspective on Training in Brazil at Curu Curu Land

    Tim Hull's Perspective on Training in Brazil at Curu Curu Land

    2019 Visit to Riberio Jiu Jitsu in Brazil
    I am extremely fortunate to be able to say I just returned from my fifth trip, in the past six years, to the headquarters of Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu in Brazil - A.K.A, Curu Curu Land in Niterói, Brazil. Frequently, Five Rings academy members ask me, “why do you go to Brazil for Jiu Jitsu training?” I respond by pointing out things like how much the training challenges me, how I enjoy the Brazilian culture, or how Professor Pagani’s style of BJJ is a good fit for the way my body works. In retrospect, however, I don’t think my responses give a clear picture of why I go through all of the trouble to train in Brazil. ....

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  • Professor Pagani Seminar in BC and 4th Degree Awarded

    Professor Pagani Seminar in BC and 4th Degree Awarded

    Seven folks from Five Rings traveled up to British Columbia this last weekend (Dec. 20 + 21) to train with Professor Rodrigo Pagani.
    Professor Tom Oberhue
    Professor Dan VanDetta
    Tim Hull
    Leonard Jones
    Paul Lively
    Ryan Tool
    Kris Lamping Five Rings has a long history with Professor Pagani. Both Tom and Tim have been to Professor Pagani's Curu Curu Land in Brazil five times. Also, we've had Rodrigo to Five Rings four times over the last ten years. We consider him our Jiu Jitsu uncle. ;-) We took a semi-private, participated in both of his public seminars (over 5 hours of content) and hung out with him on Friday night at dinner to catch up. It was terrific to ....

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  • Youth Black Belt Club - What is it and how do I join?

    Youth Black Belt Club - What is it and how do I join?

    Five Rings has just recently launched our Youth Jr. Black Belt Club!
    What is it? The Jr. Black Belt Club (BBC) is a special group of kids that are committed to earning their Jr. Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu at Five Rings. The group has three core focuses: 1. Having fun and encouraging a deeper love for Jiu Jitsu - both the martial art and the life style. We focus on techniques and moves that are not a part of the belting curriculum. The emphasis is on discovering all the cool facets of Jiu Jitsu. 2. Warrior Kid Series - the attitude of a Warrior (growth mindset, grit, etc) + staying on "the path" 3. Being a support group to help young boys and girls get through the ....

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  • No-Gi Worlds 2019 - A HUGE Success!

    No-Gi Worlds 2019 - A HUGE Success!

    HUGE congratulations to the four competitors from Five Rings that traveled down to Anaheim, CA, to compete in the IBJJF No-Gi World Championships this last weekend. Just the very fact that you all participated in such a big event (a five day tournament with thousands of competitors doing top level Jiu Jitsu) is fantastic in and of itself. It's so cool to see how our sport is growing, evolving and flourishing. Also, for all those folks that have been attending Coach Kevin's No-Gi class and wondering why folks are so good ... now you know. Let's keep up the great training and evolution. ;-) Alan Barthold took Gold at Brown Belt / Master 5. Matt Krier took gold at Blue Belt / ....

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  • 1st Degrees Awarded to Coach Kevin Dadik and Tim Hull - HUGE Congrats! ! !

    1st Degrees Awarded to Coach Kevin Dadik and Tim Hull - HUGE Congrats! ! !

    1st Degrees Awarded to Coach Kevin Dadik and Tim Hull - HUGE Congrats! ! !
    Promotion to 1st Degree Black Belts
    Coach Kevin Dadik and Tim Hull The month of December represents Coach Kevin Dadik's and Tim Hull's three year anniversary of earning their black belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Both are positive role models in different ways. Coach Kevin began training when he was fourteen years old and in high school. He's maintained his connection to Jiu Jitsu through many chapters of his life over the last fourteen years and is still going strong. He is always striving to evolve and grow while remembering to enjoy and appreciate all the good things Jiu Jitsu brings to his life. ....

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  • 2019 Winter Break Holiday Schedule

    2019 Winter Break Holiday Schedule

    The academy will be in spin-down mode
    for the winter holiday (Dec. 21 - Jan. 3). There will be no instructional classes during this period; however, open gym times will be available. 12/21 | Sat | Open gym | 8:30 - 10:00 am 12/22 | Sun | Open gym | 8:00 - 9:30 am 12/23 - 26 | Mon - Thur | Academy closed
    12/27 | Fri | Open gym | 7:00 - 8:30 am | 4:00 – 6:00 pm 12/28 | Sat | Open gym | 8:30 - 10:00 am | 12/28 | Sat | Youth Intra-Gym Tournament | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 12/29 | Sun | Open gym | 8:00 - 9:30 am 12/30 | Mon | Open gym | 7:00 - 8:30 am | 4:00 – 6:00 pm 12/31 + 1/3/20 | Tue - Fri | Academy closed
    1/4/20 | Saturday | Full class schedule resumes ....

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  • Youth SKILLZ Fall 2019 Graduation Week

    Youth SKILLZ Fall 2019 Graduation Week

    Youth SKILLZ Fall 2019 Graduation Week
    Big congratulations to our Ninja, Samurai, Dragon, and Warrior / Shinsengumi kiddos (over 100 strong) for successfully completing their Fall Graduation ... lots of hard work, good focus, and a never give up attitude were displayed at all levels of last week's testing. These guys crushed the fall curriculum cycle. Hard work pays off. Five Rings strives to be a profoundly positive place for children to grow up strong, resilient, and capable. Keep up the GREAT work and striving to become the best version of yourself! ! ! :-) One of the Twelve Graduation session over the Week | Warrior / Shinsengumi
    Front Row: Matthew, ....

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  • Youth Curriculum Cycle for December 2019

    Youth Curriculum Cycle for December 2019

    December Curriculum Cycle

    Game Plan Development
    We want to help our kids develop a Jiu Jitsu game plan; to increase the overall understanding of the sport (how to play the game) and for those boys and girls wanting to participate in tournaments. Our focus will be on giving them a clear sense of what to do and how to do it. Week 1 Dec. 2 Starts (single legs, double legs, osoto gari, guard pulling) Week 2 Dec. 9 Getting to their hot spot (mount, back, guard) Week 3 Dec. 16 Maintain point advantage and finishing (armbars, chokes, etc.) Dec. 20 – Jan. 5 Winter Holiday Break / No formal classes Week 4 Dec. 28 ....

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  • Thanksgiving 2019 Holiday Schedule

    Thanksgiving 2019 Holiday Schedule

    We hope that everyone has a wonderful, safe Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. There is much to be thankful for! Here is the 2019 Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
    : 11/25 | Mon | Regular classes for youth and adults 11/26 | Tues | Regular classes for youth and adults 11/27 | Wed | Regular morning and noon-time class for adults. No afternoon / evening instructional. Open gym | 4:00 – 7:00 pm 11/28 | Thu | No instructional classes 9:00 - 10:30 am | Special “Turkey Day” Open mat – Jiu Jitsu
    11/29 – 12/1 | Fri – Sun | Academy closed for Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend 12/2 | Mon | Regular schedule resumes May everyone ....

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  • Grapple-A-Thon 4 a Success! ! !

    Grapple-A-Thon 4 a Success! ! !

    Grapple-A-Thon 4 a Success! ! !
    What an absolutely AMAZING day! ! ! On Saturday, September 21, over 100 folks participated in Five Rings' 4th Grapple-A-Thon. Five Rings strives to make the world a better place --> striving to uphold our motto of Fun, Fortitude, and Philanthropy. And what better way to do that then raising money so the boys and girls in the Friends of the Children - Portland Chapter get full funded year round Jiu Jitsu via Five Rings and our amazing Coach Dan VanDetta? Thank you to everyone for all their support - via donations, volunteer hours and participation, rolling, and just being a part of this amazing community. We had a small army of folks ....

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