Larry Shealy // Uncategorized


November 11  

Here is a  quick reminder about who we are at Hendo BJJ.

We are a traditional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu school that emphasizes the worlds greatest self-defense system which is indeed GRACIE JIU-JITSU.

We prepare consistently for real world aggression.  Our assumption at Hendo BJJ is that if an unavoidable fight comes to us, the opponent will be bigger, faster, stronger and more athletic than we are.  Period.

So with that said, we practice real life scenarios-The Gracie Way. In an unavoidable violent encounter, there is no forewarning, no time limits, no time outs, no weight limits, no rules and no referees.  You are on your own, without foreknowledge of the violent encounter.  The fight is upon you, and you must be prepared and react accordingly… time to think, you MUST DO, and that is what we prepare for.

At Hendo BJJ we do not make tournament Jiu-Jitsu a priority. 

Why? Because there are various weight classes, time limits, referees, points, unrealistic street fight positions & super athletic tournament techniques, with no risk of kicks, elbows or punches.  There is nothing wrong with tournaments, but frankly it’s not in our primary wheel house. We practice traditional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, for the above stated reasons.

Our goals are a bit different.

One of our goals is to help the bullied, school aged children, to be able to defend themselves and thrive in any environment. School, Park, Church Youth Group, etc., where there may be no one available to have their back or to defend them. They must be ready.

Another one of our goals is to empower women to become hard targets to the would-be attacker, and provide them plans to resist, escape , to take minimal damage and to safely come home to their family.

My goal is for the middle aged dad or 50+ year old grand dad, to know how to subdue someone who’s trying to attack him or his family. In this scenario we don’t have to win, we just need to know how “not to lose”.

If this is what you or your family are looking for; Hendo BJJ is indeed your place to train!

With that said, if you are super interested in learning only tournament Jiu-Jitsu, I’m going to 100% honest with you…Hendo BJJ is probably not the best place for you to train.

There are many other good Jiu-Jitsu gyms locally who emphasize tournaments much more than we do. I would recommend if tournament competition is your major interest, try out some of those places. 

Best wishes in you and your family’s particular Jiu-Jitsu Journey!

Train Hard. Train Smart. Be Humble.

Larry Shealy 

About the Author

Training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu since 1994. 4th-Degree Rigan Machado Black Belt Instructor. Christian, Husband, Father, Grateful Small Business Owner.

Larry Shealy