Category Archives: Events

January Women’s Self-Defense Seminar

In response to a recent attack in NYC, where a woman was dragged by her ponytail from a public place to an isolated location, the Gracie Academy Certified Training  Centre’s around the world are offering FREE Women’s Self Defence Seminars on Saturday, January 23rd.

Our seminar runs from 3:30 to 5:30 and is open to the general public.  We would like to show you some of our ideas and suggestions about how to use the ponytail grab as an opportunity rather than a threat. As women, we shouldn’t have to change the way we style our hair just to stay safe in public.

Please invite all the special women in your circle.  The concepts and techniques we will introduce you to may one day save a life.

For more information on the attack and the content of our presentation, please check out this video:

https://www.facebook.com/GracieAcademy/videos/10153800754639076/

For more information on this seminar, please call 705-222-7655 or email jenn@sudburybjj.com

See you on the mats,

Jenn and Steve

December Events – 2015

We’ve been announcing all of these events in class all of November, but just to make them even more official, here are our events and details for December 2015:

Charity In-House Tournament – Saturday, December 12th

Our final chapter in our Children’s Character Development Program is Charity and what better way to incorporate the lessons we are learning into a day full of Jiu-Jitsu fun!

As you know, competing is just an option we offer to allow our students to have some fun with Jiu-Jitsu, test their skills in a safe environment, and help out a local charity at the same time.  Only compete if you are 100% sure you want to.  If you have any questions about whether your child is ready yet, please talk to one of our instructors.  We match the children up into categories based on weight, age and experience.  It is our goal for everyone to walk away from this with an awesome experience whether they win or lose!

Our charity of choice is the Food Bank.   Admission to the tournament is a non-perishable food item plus $5.  The same fee is for spectators.

Please be mindful when choosing your food item.  Legumes, lentils, brown rice, brown rice pasta, canned tomatoes are all good options that are really useful in the kitchen as well as in the body.

The tournament will be held at our New Sudbury location.  All Hanmer classes and New Sudbury classes will be cancelled that day.  The kids will start weighing in at 10am and the tournament will start at 10:30.  Please show up on time.

If any adults are interested, we will be having a submission only division for you starting at 1pm!

Adult Christmas Party – Thursday, December 17th, 7pm

Our annual adult Christmas Party is going to be a good one this year!  Steve was keeping this a secret (I was not lol).  He used to be in a band in the 90’s called The Cooperative.  Some of you might remember them playing around town.  I only hear stories and apparently they were kind of a big deal back in the day.

Well our Christmas Party is going to welcome them back for their first show!  I’ve been listening and watching Steve practice for this event and the music is funky and fun, it will surely get you out of your seats and on the dance floor.

The party will be hosted by The Fromagerie on Elgin St., downtown.  The tickets are $25 and will include food as well as the live band!  Everyone is welcome, students, parents of students, everyone!  Please join us to celebrate another great year at the Academy!

Kid’s Christmas Party – Saturday, December 19th – 10am

Of course we can’t forget the kiddos when we are celebrating Christmas!  This party is totally FREE and will be held at our New Sudbury location.  All kids in our program are welcome.  We will have some snacks, fun, games and a dance party!  The little ones don’t want to miss this!  All kids classes will be cancelled  so everyone can come to the party.  Hanmer classes will be cancelled for the day and New Sudbury schedule will run as usual from 12pm – 3:30pm.

If anyone has any questions about any of these events, please let us know!

See you on the mats,

Jenn

Who’s in for Date Night?

If you’re tired of the same old dinner and a movie date, we have an idea for you.  Join us on Saturday, November 28th for our first EVER Jiu-Jitsu Date Night.

Let me stop you right there as your mind wonders to ‘oh this is for experienced Jiu-Jitsu couples only’…it’s not!  Do you ever ‘play fight’ with your spouse?  I’ve always been a natural ‘rough-houser’ which is why Jiu-Jitsu is a perfect match for me.   Physical playfulness is so natural in relationships…add Jiu-Jitsu skills to the mix, and it makes for a fun time.

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What should you expect?  We will teach you a handful of techniques and then incorporate them into partner games so you can practice the skills and have fun doing it.  Think of couples yoga on 5 shots of espresso.  After that we will have a catered dinner from P&M’s Kouzzina and watch one of our favourite movies!

Jiu-Jitsu can be an intimidating activity to try – so why not try it with the person you love the most.  You have no choice but to Keep it Playful!

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And don’t worry about getting all sweaty on your date. (this might apply to newer couples, because some of us have seen it all!!)  We have showers in our academy, so if you get super sweaty from all the action, we’ve got you covered.

Have I covered everything?  If not, feel free to call 705-222-7655 or email info@sudburybjj.com to ask more questions.

If you are like HEY!  Sign me up right now! You can purchase your tickets below.

See you on the mats!


Date Night



 

Bring a Buddy Week – October 26th – 31st

Hey Everyone!

We are halfway through Bring a Buddy Week and I’m just making a blog post about it.  Better late than never!  We are seeing lots of new faces around the club and it’s fantastic.  Everyone is sharing their passion for Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and Fitness with their friends and families.  Are they just really want our super awesome prizes….which one is it?  Either way, we love the fresh faces on the mats!

Haven’t brought a Buddy yet?  What are you waiting for?  Did you know what you can win?  Every time you bring a friend in to try a class you get a ballot.  It’s up to you which box you put your ballot in, one is for a Brand New Hayabusa Grappling Gi, one is for Leather Boxing Gloves and Shin Guards and one is for 5 Private Lessons with any of our awesome instructors!

We still have invitations available at the front desk for you to hand out to your friends.  They look like this:

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And don’t forget to sign up for our Halloween Sleepover Party!  Spots are filling up FAST!!!!

See you on the mats!

Jenn

Women’s Jiu-Jitsu Night – October 21st!

Next Wednesday, October 21st from 7pm – 9pm we are hosting a Women’s Jiu-Jitsu Night at our Hanmer Location (5931 HWY 69N).

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Everyone is welcome!  Members and Non-members.  This event is for all of the women who have been interested in trying Jiu-Jitsu but haven’t for whatever reason – shy, intimidated, unsure etc.

This event is for all of the women who are looking to add variety to their workout, who are looking for an empowering activity that will increase your confidence and body awareness.  This event is an introduction to Jiu-Jitsu for women who are interested in taking their safety into their own hands.

This event is for women who know a friend who could really benefit from Jiu-Jitsu and want to be supportive and come be a great partner!  This event is for all the women who have watch a significant other train in our Jiu-Jitsu class and has been tempted to try.

Most importantly, this event is for women to connect with other women interested in training Jiu-Jitsu.  My goal is that you will take these connections, make plans, and meet each other in class, on the mat to work together in our Beginner Jiu-Jitsu classes.

Did I mention you in any of these descriptions?  If I did, then this event is for YOU!

The session is free for Members and $10 for Non-Members.

Bring a friend and get 1/2 price off the second person’s entry fee!

The event will also have our Holistic Nutritionist, Dana Clark, serving up smoothies and giving a short talk on creating a post-workout nutrition routine.

Here are some fun pics from our last session!  Remember, Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone!  It is based on leverage and was designed for the smaller, weaker person to survive and thrive in any attack situation.

Join me.

Jenn Joncas

 

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You can register via phone 705-222-7655

In person at either locations – 790 Lasalle Blvd – Montrose Mall OR 5931 HWY 69N – Hilltop Plaza

Or Online


Women’s Jiu-Jitsu Night



7th Annual Halloween Sleepover Party!!

Hey Everyone!

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Halloween is approaching fast and this year it lands on a SATURDAY!   There is tons of buzz about some great parties happening around the city, are you wanting to attend one?  But what to do with the kiddos?

We have the ANSWER!  Send them to us!  This is our 7th year running our Night of the Ninja Halloween Sleepover Party and we are very excited to share it with your little ones.  The party starts at 7pm, perfect timing for them to go out trick or treating then come over to the Academy at 790 Lasalle Blvd in the Montrose Mall for our Costume Party, Haunted House Party Favours, Tons of Games and of course, a Movie!

The next morning we will fill them up with a delicious, nutritious breakfast smoothie and they will be ready to be picked up at 9am!  We also have a party only option.  They can be picked up as late at 11pm!

Sounds too good to be true right?  Well listen to this, we have another idea for you!

Are you not looking forward to having all that Halloween Trick or Treating JUNK around the house?  Who needs the temptation?  Plus, a couple of treats on occasion are ok for kids but do they really need a pillow case full?

May I introduce you to THE SWITCH NINJA!!

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Ok, it’s actually Steve, but he is a ninja and he will be switching all of that Halloween Candy out for a SPECIAL PRIZE!!  The kids can keep 5 pieces of their candy, and the rest comes to THE SWITCH NINJA.  In return we will give them………………………they will just have to make the switch to find out!

Sign up for the Party Here


Halloween Party!



 

 

Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Professor Scott Schilling Seminar

We always love having special guests come in and share their knowledge with us.  It’s a great opportunity to get a new perspective on some of the most basic moves, and learn some new techniques that will blow your mind.

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Group Shot!

Professor Scott Schilling joined us last Wed. Oct 7th for a two-hour adult seminar.  Professor Schilling’s enthusiasm for Jiu-Jitsu and teaching was infectious.  He opened the floor to questions, problems, scenarios that the students were having trouble with and offered an excellent solution every time.  After the seminar, the group stuck around for a 30 min sparring session.  This session was optional, of course.  We rolled for 5 min rounds while Professor Schilling came around to offer advice and suggestions about the positions we happened to be in, in that moment.

The following night, Professor Schilling joined us for a Kids Only Seminar!  For some of them, this was the first time meeting a Black Belt!  They had a blast!  Here are some pics!

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If you missed out on this event, don’t worry too much.  You missed a lot but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the action next time!  Stay tuned for our next Guest Instructor!!

Happy Weekend!!

Jenn

 

 

 

 

 

Sudbury Jiu-Jitsu Tournament

We had an awesome weekend at the Budo Open this Saturday, July 25th at Cambrian College. Our team was small, but mighty!

As you know our number one priority on the mats is self-defense training, the original application of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. But there is a sport side to the art. And some students choose to test their skill set in this arena and of course we 100% support them. How can we not? It is very exciting helping and watching our students prepare and challenge themselves.

The day started off with Kane – the Animal – Chartrand. This kid is just like his dad, Scott. He has this intense drive to get and stay on top of the fight. His first match he faced a kid who had the same drive. It was an intense back and forth exchange and Kane ended up with less points, losing the match. We still say it was the most exciting match of the day! He went on to win his next two matches and places second earning a silver medal. Check out this young warrior on the podium.

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Check out that smile!

Next up was Cody Therrien.  This wasn’t Cody’s first tournament and you can definitely see the experience and improvement in his Jiu-Jitsu game.  This kid is 14 and already over 6 feet tall!  He competed like a warrior winning his first match and losing his second.  He handled the win and loss the same, like a true gentleman.  With awesome parents like Mike and Jen, there was no doubt he would represent our school with the honour and grace like he did.  We are proud of you Cody!

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Always smiling!

On to the adults!  Scott Chartrand and Steve Fortin delivered the excitement we were looking for in their matches!  Steve took the gold in the Adult White Belt Medium Heavy Division.  He showed great patience, strength and technique.  And a huge amount of improvement from his last year of competition.  So much he was honoured with an award for Excellence in Competition.  tournament2

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Scott Chartrand won Gold in his Gi division

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He also won Gold in the absolute division.  These matches were some of the more nerve wracking, exciting matches of the day.  Scott was getting tired competing against these big guys and of course his last match he had to face the biggest guy in the division!  He showed his huge heart and drive and came out with the Win!

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Scott got to rest a bit, have some lunch before he competed again in his No-Gi division where he learned a valuable lesson and something to take back and work on at the academy.  After all, you either win or you learn.  I think all of our competitors learned something at this tournament.

Silver Medal in the No-Gi division.
Silver Medal in the No-Gi division.

Steve and I had an amazing time watching these guys compete.  Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.  And a big thanks to all of our amazing students at the academy who helped prepare these competitors for the last couple of months, who kept them safe from injuries and helped create the amazing learning environment that we all flourish in.

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See you on the mats!

Jenn