About Hendo BJJ
At Hendo BJJ, we're more than a martial arts academy; we're a community rooted in the principles of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Our training philosophy and core values guide our training and our interactions with each other.
We follow the Gracie and Machado families' training philosophies, emphasizing leverage, timing, and fundamental perfection in our BJJ techniques.
Regardless of size, speed, or strength, we believe that with proper training and dedication, anyone can master the art of Jiu-Jitsu. We stress humility, self-control, dedication, and the pursuit of perfecting techniques over beating training partners.
We believe that BJJ can be a life-long sport when practiced safely and with good training partners. We're not here to hurt people but to lift people up.
Our Core Values
1. Safety & Humility Are First And Foremost
If you have an ego, then you can't keep your safety and the safety of others as a priority. Safety and humility go hand-in-hand. This is rule number one. This rule also applies to the culture and environment of our gym; we believe people should feel safe, comfortable, and accepted.
2. Respect The Lineage And The Academy
We teach fundamentals from the source. Professor Larry Shealy learned Gracie Jiu-Jitsu from legendary figures such as Rickson, Royce, and the Machado Brothers. Larry is a 4th-degree Rigan Machado black belt. We believe fundamentals and perfect practice are core to growing excellent Jiu-Jitsu skills. Rorion Gracie once said, "The water is the purest the closer it is to the source."
3. This Ain't Tennis
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a complete fighting system designed and adopted for self-defense. At Hendo BJJ, we focus on the martial art vs. sport jiu-jitsu. We believe Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is more about being a competent fighter to defend yourself and others than it is about scoring points for competition. If you want to travel to other gyms to train, or compete every once in a while, you will do well. But know that this gym is focused on real self-defense, not sport. We often mix Brazilian "Vale Tudo" into our practice to keep our Jiu-Jitsu honest.
4. Everything is Earned
No participation trophies at Hendo BJJ. If you get a stripe or a new belt, be proud; you earned it. This is as important with our kids programs as it is our adult programs. There are no shortcuts.
5. Just Show Up
If you come train, stay safe, and keep your ego out of it then you will get better. The safer you are, the more you can train. The more you train, the more you learn. The discipline to show up even when you aren't motivated shows your heart. Motivation is hit or miss, discipline is consistent.
6. Be a Great Training Partner
We are a team. We are here to learn and teach each other, always. We are not training to 'beat' our teammates or to 'win' practice. We are here to make ourselves better and to help our teammates get better, as iron sharpens iron. Whether it's your first moment experiencing martial arts, or you've been honing your Jiu-Jitsu skills for 30 years, we believe that everyone has something new to learn.
7. God Created All Necks Equal
While anyone is welcome to train with us, Hendo BJJ and our core values are anchored in Christian values. We support several non-profits that raise money for things like shoes and food for those in need, and are a huddle group with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Come join us on Saturday mornings for Bible study prior to training.
What will get you fired from Hendo BJJ
- Not abiding by core value #1. Being unsafe, or demonstrating repeated ego-driven behavior without correction will lead to you being asked to train elsewhere.
- Not trusting the program. Not listening to your professor or coaches, asking about belt promotions (or being too obsessed with stripes/belts vs. learning) or doing things your own way will not only cause you to stall in your Jiu Jitsu journey, it will degrade your ability to be a good team member.
- Foul language, or putting down/hurting others with your words and actions.
- Racism or Sexism and any harassing behavior comments or behavior.
We're committed to creating a safe, comfortable, and accepting environment for all our members. If this interests you and/or your kids, please give us a call or email Professor Larry at the number and email below.
The Hendo BJJ Kids Creed
I intend to develop myself in a positive manner, and avoid anything that will reduce my physical health and mental growth.
I intend to develop my self-discipline, to bring out the best in myself and others.
I intend to use what I learn in class constructively and defensively, and never be abusive or offensive.