*155 and under
*190 and up
*115 and under
*155 and up
Beginner: up to a year
Intermediate: 1 - 3 years (blue belts and wrestlers required to do intermediate)
Advanced 3 years +
ILLEGAL TECHNIQUES / SERIOUS
Serious violations are marked with an asterisk and are grounds for immediate disqualification without a second warning.
NO striking of any kind
NO pressure points or nerve centers
NO eye gouging, biting, hair-pulling, ear-pulling, pinching, etc. *NO neck cranks(twisting the neck( twisters OK )
NO small joint manipulation (fingers or toes)
No Heelhooks(reaping knee OK)
Minor violations are violations nonetheless. Repeated warnings may result in disqualification.
NO covering of the opponent’s nose or mouth with your hands
NO wrestling shoes, no sambo shoes – Bare feet only
Stalling will result in a warning for the first offense. Possible disqualification if continues. The referee will use his judgement to determine if it warrants a standup or a DQ.
No time limits, no points. Win by submission only.
Competitors must be clean. Competitors with offensive odors will not be permitted to compete.
If you have Ringworm, Staff infections, Athletes Foot or any other contagious disease, you may not compete.
Fingernails & toenails must be clean & clipped.
Remove all jewelry.
Cover up all open wounds.
Leglocks, including knee bars, are legal at all levels. Heelhooks are illegal at all levels.
Twisters, compressions, muscle locks legal at all levels.
Both competitors must engage at all times. If one person butt scoots and other backs away, the person sitting will be forced to stand.
Congrats to Roger, Robert, Will and Michael for winning gold and silver medals at the NAGA tournament on Saturday April 28th, 2012!
Great job guys, we’re proud of you!
On Wednesdays, we will be adding an extra hour to practice your BJJ skills. From 6.15-7.15pm, you can come and roll (free sparring/grappling) with others (BJJ members only). No technique will be taught during this hour (there is another BJJ class at 8.15pm), this hour is for rolling only.
Please note: This is a trial run and temporary. This hour can be switched back towards other classes or workshops so keep an eye on the schedule! When anything changes, we will notify you as always on this page or our Facebook page.
A little more about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at our Define Defense studio:
Our No Gi Jiu Jitsu Classes
My main background in martial arts is stand up fighting and self defense (for almost 19 years now). I have also been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2008. For the first three years, I only practiced with the gi, based on Gracie Jiu Jitsu.
Before opening Define Defense, I met Drew (our BJJ instructor) and he introduced me to the world of no gi Jiu Jitsu. This was a huge change for me since I had never done Brazilian Jiu Jitsu without the gi before.
Drew doesn’t only teach no gi Jiu Jitsu, he also shows great techniques from catch wrestling, Judo and (my favorite): 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu.
This has made my grappling game improve tremendously and now, I feel much more confident and skilled. Of course, we still go over the basics to have a solid foundation but being able to supplement this with techniques from other forms of submission wrestling has made a huge difference. I am now able to catch Twisters, control people with Rubber Guard, catch calf slicers etc. For me, it has made a huge difference, both skill wise and mentally. I can put things together better and am able to think out of the box and make transitions easier.
Gi Jiu Jitsu is still great and I am very thankful I have learned the basics the way I did. However, I feel much more versatile now that I don’t have to rely on the gi anymore (my opinion, I am aware others may have different experiences).
Also, having so many classes each week makes it convenient for everyone else to fit it in their schedule. It’s also a great workout and combining it with strength & conditioning classes simply makes you stronger and more skilled.
More info on the No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Program here.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Self Defense
For self defense purposes, Jiu Jitsu is the ultimate way to protect yourself on the ground. That being said, there is a certain amount of skills you should possess BUT more would be irrelevant for pure self defense situations.
After all, the chances of your attacker knowing a gift wrap choke is extremely small or doing a banana split would be useless. A great self defense course absolutely needs to teach some Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but it should never be the only thing to rely on. After all, if you can avoid going to the ground, you always should (for example: a sexual assault situation), no matter how good your grappling is. There is the issue of ground and pound, plus your attacker’s accomplice may be just around the corner.
Jiu Jitsu is extremely important for self defense since you do not have to rely on strength; instead, technique will help you get back to safety. Knowing how to avoid situations, accurate striking, stand up self defense locks and techniques etcetera play a very important role as well and a self defense course should offer a complete package of all these aspects.
By Sander Vanacker, Define Defense’s certified personal trainer and head martial arts instructor, based in Boulder, Colorado. Take a look at www.DefineDefense.com, www.TrainerVanacker.com or check out our videos on YouTube.com/DefineDefense !
Define Defense in Boulder, CO
- Modern Martial Arts
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA
- Self Defense Classes & Workshops
- Personal Training
- Cross Training / TRX Classes
1805 11th Street Suite B
Boulder, CO 80302
Ill keep this short. If you didnt get to check out ADCC last week you missed out, as it was possibly the most impressive grappling tournament ever. And for those that say rubber guard doesnt work at a high level... Vinny Magalhaes put two-time heavyweight champion through the basic rubber guard path to catch a sweep and win the gold in the heavyweight division. Another big topic was Rousimar Palhares, but I wont give an opinion as there are currently a plethora of articles on the subject as well as it currently headlining one of the most popular mma websites out there. Marcelo Garcia proved to be as nasty as everyone thought he was, making quick work of nearly everyone he faced. He nearly tapped from a guillotine from Kron Gracie in the semi-finals, but got out and won on points. No competitor he faced even scored a point on him. In short, this performance solidified him (in my mind) as the greatest around. Now go train.
Define Defense is proud to announce that Conor “Hurricane” Heun is our new Mixed Martial Arts & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor. Conor is teaching the following Friday nights and will be teaching 2-4 times every week starting the end of February. The other MMA classes will be taught by instructor Sander Vanacker. NOTE: All MMA & BJJ classes will be 1.5 hour long!
Conor is a highly skilled and experienced professional MMA fighter who fought under the Strikeforce banner and who also has a brown belt in 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu under Eddie Bravo. He is known for his will power and mental strength as well as his work ethic and technique.
Our 1.5 hour classes will be a blend of MMA and MMA specific Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As for now, Conor is teaching MMA skills step by step, therefore since a fight starts standing, we cover the standing skills first. In March, we will go over grappling from the bottom, followed by dominant top position etc.
Come train at Define Defense with our instructors Conor Heun and Sander Vanacker now! This month, we give FREE strength & conditioning classes along with our MMA memberships (12mo: $125, 6mo: $140, 3mo: $160), which gives you unlimited access to our 15 classes/week in TRX, Kettle Bell and Warrior Training.
Here is more info on Conor Heun:
9 - 5 - 0 (Win - Loss - Draw)
1 (T)KOs ( 12.5 %)
5 Submissions ( 62.5 %)
2 Decisions ( 25 %)
Unsatisfied and unwilling to give up on his goal of becoming champion, Conor enrolled at Div. III wrestling powerhouse, Ithaca College. Following a redshirt year on the sidelines, Heun notched 20 wins and qualified for the NCAA tournament. He failed to place. Faced with injuries and rising academic pressure, Heun would never again see the NCAA tournament.
After graduating with a BA in English Literature, Conor moved back to Boulder where he opened a silk screening business and became an assistant wrestling coach. Feeling like he was destined for bigger things, Conor moved to southern California where he took a job selling dental equipment. Looking for a way to stay fit, Conor began training at Eddie Bravo's 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Academy. Encouraged by training partners Jason Chambers and Amir Rahnavardi, Conor stepped into the cage for the first time on May 12, 2006 winning his pro debut by rear naked choke.
Conor soon began training full time under the tutelage of Chris Reilly and Eddie Bravo at Legends MMA. His exciting and aggressive style soon caught the eye of Bas Rutten who recruited Conor to fight for the Los Angeles Anacondas in the International Fight League. After fighting in the IFL for one season, he moved on to fight for Elite XC and now is under contract with Strikeforce. Always one to bring the fight to his opponents, his never boring style continues to make him a star to watch as he battles for the belt.
There will be NO classes Friday evening 10/9/12 or Saturday 11/10/12.
We are going to the weigh ins on Friday evening and have the Fight to Win grappling tournament this Saturday. We wish our participants the best of luck and see you either Friday morning or Monday for classes!