This blog post is… well about myself. I am not writing this because I love talking about myself or out of narcissistic tendencies. I am posting this because I have had many questions about my background in martial arts, fitness, education etc. This is a great visual way to show everyone what I’ve done since I was a child that relates to my profession now.
I have been involved with a lot of different sports (especially in college of which I don’t have any visual materials for) and always continue to learn and try new things.
Define Defense will be hosting ‘Buddy Days’ during September 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th. During these days, everyone can bring friends, family, spouses and whoever else they want to join them in our classes.
It doesn’t matter if your guests have done any martial arts or fitness classes before, just invite them to show them what you do and to have some fun!
Anyone is welcome! The person who brings the most ‘Buddies’ will get a free Define Defense T shirt.
From August 15th until September 15th, we will be running a Back to School promo!
Youth MMA Program:
Any child who signs up, gets a free custom Define Defense Gi (value: $49.99)
Mixed Martial Arts & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Program:
New clients get a free custom Define Defense rash guard (value: $40)
TRX / Cross Training Program:
New clients get a free Define Defense T Shirt (value: $19.99)
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
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Traditional martial arts are very rigid and more often than not unrealistic and ineffective. That is why we created our own program and curriculum by combining the elements that DO work and put them together. Our program includes everything from striking, kicking, armlocks and chokes standing and on the ground, takedowns, throws, self defense, weapons defense and grappling. It was our goal to step away from the one sided traditional practices which are outdated and offer something better... much better. You'll be more diverse and better skilled when you train Modern Martial Arts with us.
Only techniques that meet our standards and we believe are practical in a real situation were accepted and made it into the curriculum. Once you master our entire program, you will be a very complete martial artist because you are know what to do in all these different situations. If you combine the Modern Martial Arts with the No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program, you will learn everything you need to know for competition and MMA. However, that is a decision you make for yourself, depending on your goals.
Our Modern Martial Arts program offers the best of many different styles, for example:
- Muay Thai
- Krav Maga
- Japanese Ju Jutsu
Not only will you be learning more effective techniques, you will also experience strength and conditioning classes, enjoy complimentary yoga classes etc. Creating our own program and curriculum makes our program and clients more open minded towards learning more skills and evolving with martial arts/self defense instead of being stuck with a firm skillset that has been the same for decades or centuries.
Underneath you can see our curriculum, which has all the belt ranks and test requirements (excluding the amount of classes needed to test).
As you see, our curriculum is very strong and well rounded. Every single attack has 3-5 self defense escapes (not shown) so you won't get stuck in a situation. Testing is not mandatory as some of our clients simply come to get in shape or to learn how to defend themselves, compete etc. Other clients do want to get higher ranks and reach that black belt. If you look through the curriculum, you will see our black belts earned it as they master a great amount of skills and also learn to be critical towards what is effective and what is not. We do NOT want to teach our clients anything that is ineffective as this gives false confidence and can put you in serious danger.
Our black belt curriculum is available to view in our facility (degrees 2-6) and includes physiology, coaching, CPR and much more.
At Define Defense, we guide our clients and teach them the best way we can to make them the best martial artist possible.
Modern Martial Arts Curriculum at Define Defense LLC.
Originally, martial arts was developed to increase the chance of survival. Later on, it started to be used as a sport, in competition, as an art form and more. Mostly, the code of honor and respect was central and utterly important for the practitioners. Of course, there are always bad apples and all human advancements are always used for good and bad causes (think about samurais who valued honor vs. ninjas who were spies and mercenaries).
Some of these traditional martial arts styles are still widely practiced but unfortunately are also very outdated. This will be a ongoing discussion but someone practicing Tai Chi, Karate, traditional Judo etc. will learn many techniques that are simply not functional in a real life situation. This does not mean however, they are less worthy as an art form or for personal development. For self defense, these and many more styles are very overrated and sometimes even useless.
On the other side, martial arts has also evolved over the last decades. Think about Mixed Martial Arts. This is the ultimate competition martial arts form and has proven itself over and over again. For self defense reasons, it may also not be 100% effective though (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will not work with multiple attackers, an MMA fighter will not know how to defend against a knife or gun attack…)
The issue with this progress is that the self defense aspect is often overlooked and the honor and respect are mostly forgotten. The ratings have gotten so important that most fighters talk badly about each other and have very little respect left. There are exceptions, think about Georges St. Pierre, who has very strong values and is also one of the best martial artists and fighters in the world.
Martial arts and fighting overlap each other, no doubt about it. For me, it is your personal attitude that shows which one you are. You do not have to be mean or disrespectful to be a good martial artist AND fighter. Talking badly and insulting others only shows a bad attitude (and fear?) Honor and respect are extremely important in our facility. We respect our friends, instructors and teammates. We push each other and ourselves and test each other during training to become the best we can be. But there are no egos, disrespect, insults or anything else.
Our clients have different goals. Some want to become a martial artist to defend themselves, other want to get in shape and others want to compete. But we only train martial artists… that are really proficient in what they do, whether it is being prepared for protecting themselves/other or testing themselves in competition. Many martial artists can become fighters but not every fighter can become a martial artist. You will gain a huge amount of knowledge and skills to reach your goal and at the same time, you will gain friends and have fun.
Define Defense focusses on being the best studio in Boulder and offers a modern approach to martial arts, which consist of the most effective and realistic ways in martial arts. But we have also not forgotten about honor and respect. These are values that should never be forgotten. We don't practice traditional martial arts by any means but these values are timeless. We train individuals to better themselves and learn martial arts so they can feel safer, better about themselves or compete. We respect everyone's goals and do everything we can for you to meet those.