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Covid-19 Update – February 16th

We are open! Nous sommes ouvertes!

Sudbury District has been designated Orange – Restrict.  The Ontario government has redefined the colour coded system, and as a result, the Orange-Restrict is now essentially the new yellow.  After careful review, we have determined that the restrictions for us are precisely the same as when we were in Yellow – Protect last fall.  Class sizes are restricted to 10 participants per room per class, and members are required to pre-register for classes. (See below for registration help.)  We ask that you monitor yourself for symptoms. Please use this tool to pre-screen before you attend our academy, and we ask that you stay home if you have any symptoms or have been at risk of exposure. Masks do not need to be worn while training on the mats. Due to Covid-19 regulations and restrictions, we ask that you exit the premises in a timely manner after your training/business at the academy has been concluded for the day. We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this policy. 


Le district de Sudbury a été désigné Orange – Restreindre. Le gouvernement de l’Ontario a redéfini le système de codes de couleur et, par conséquent, Orange-Restreinder est maintenant essentiellement le nouveau jaune. Après un examen attentif, nous avons déterminé que les restrictions pour nous sont exactement les mêmes que lorsque nous étions dans Jaune – Protéger l’automne dernier. La taille des classes est limitée à 10 participants par salle et par classe, et les membres sont tenus de se préinscrire aux cours. (Voir ci-dessous pour l’aide à l’enregistrement.) Nous vous demandons de vous surveiller pour les symptômes. Veuillez utiliser cet outil pour effectuer un pré-dépistage avant de vous rendre à notre académie, et nous vous demandons de rester à la maison si vous présentez des symptômes ou avez été à risque d’exposition. Il n’est pas nécessaire de porter les masques pendant l’entraînement sur les tapis. En raison de la réglementation et des restrictions Covid-19, nous vous demandons de quitter les locaux en temps opportun après la fin de votre l’ entraînement/enterprise à l’académie pour la journée. Nous sommes heureux de répondre à toutes vos questions concernant cette politique.

Covid Status Update

Sudbury District – Orange- Protect level

EDIT: We will be opening Tuesday 16th with a new schedule. The updated schedule will be posted by Monday. Please check the new schedule before planning your class attendance. Emails with updates will be sent soon to our membership.

Original Text:

As of February 16, the Sudbury District is moving into the Orange – Restrict level. We are reviewing the criteria for Orange – Restrict and will be informing you as to the necessary details as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience and thank you once again for all your support. You guys are AMAZING!!

~Love, the Sudbury BJJ family.

Covid Financial Help For Parents

Hey guys, in case you haven’t heard yet, the Ontario government has a one-time Covid payout to families of 200$ for each child or youth up to grade 12 for the 2020-2021 school year, and $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs. We have very much appreciated your continued support during this difficult time, and we want to make sure you are equally supported. Deadline to apply is February 8th, so hurry fast! Apply here!

Live Reading Tonight!

 Join us tonight at 8pm EST for a Facebook live reading of the awesome kids’ book ‘Kalyn Finds Her Power’! This book explores the concepts of verbal and social bullying, and offers some suggestions to deal with them. This empowering story was written by Victoria Gracie and is perfect for any kid who finds themselves looking for options that feel right for them. 🙂

Watch the replay here!

Year In Review – Adult BJJ

There’s no denying that 2020 has been a year of challenges, but our members have shown incredible resilience and determination. In fact, many have taken this opportunity to rise to the challenge and charge full steam ahead towards their belt promotions, while others have been recognized for their steady and consistent dedication to their training. Every one of these people have shown incredible strength of character, and we can say without reservation that we are proud and humbled to count each and every one of you as part of our Sudbury BJJ family. Congratulations for your accomplishments so far, and we can’t wait to see your continued growth in the new year!

PURPLE BELT

Ivan Depatie, August 16th, 2020 – Purple belt promotion
Troy Moutsatsos, November 10th, 2020 – Purple belt promotion
Kyle Donnelly, November 24th, 2020 – Purple belt promotion
Scott Chartrand, December 14th, 2020 – Purple belt promotion

BLUE BELT

Anastasia Martin October 15th, 2020- Blue belt promotion
Mollie Dobson, December 14th, 2020 – Blue belt promotion
Kyle May, December 16th, 2020 – Blue belt promotion

GRACIE COMBATIVES® BELT

Brady Wallace, February 4th, 2020 – Gracie Combatives belt promotion
Bruce Aubertin, February 6th, 2020 – Gracie Combatives belt promotion
Zach Strong, February 21st, 2020 – Gracie Combatives belt promotion
Chad Scott & Julie Tsang, March 2nd,2020 –Gracie Combatives belt promotion
Justin Marchioni, November 19th, 2020 – Gracie Combatives belt promotion
Charles Palmer, November 25th, 2020 – Gracie Combatives belt promotion
Denise Wright, December 8th, 2020 – Gracie Combatives belt promotion

WOMEN EMPOWERED® BELT

Marissa Sikora, April 12th, 2020 – Women Empowered belt promotion

Congratulations once again! Thank you so much for being a part of our team, and we can’t wait to see what you all do in the new year to come!

Year In Review – Kids

January 27th, 2020

2020 has been an unusual and challenging year, but our kids have shown what they are made of and have risen above it all, and we want to share their success with you! These kids have been hard at play, learning both life and jiu-jitsu skills. They have been very busy earning their stripes and belt promotions. We want to recognize each and every one of you for your focus, dedication and for showing up for your classes each week, and to congratulate you all on earning your well deserved belt promotions! We’re so proud of you, keep it up!

Photos below are arranged by rank and date.

March 10th, 2020 – Orange/green belt promotion
January 27th, 2020 – Orange/ white belt promotion
Fall 2020 – Orange white belt promotion
January 24th, 2020 – Yellow belt promotion
October 28, 2020 -Yellow belt promotion
January 24th, 2020 – White/ yellow belt promotion
January 25th, 2020 – White/ yellow belt promotion
January 31st, 2020 – White/ yellow belt promotion.


Congratulations once again to all our Sudbury BJJ kids for achieving your new belts! We can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store for you!

Is your child missing from this year’s belt promotion post? Contact us so we can add them to our celebration!

Happy Holidays!

What a year! This Christmas might look a little different from what we are used to, but one thing is for sure, the people we love have become more important than ever. Pandemic and return to lockdown is going to present unique challenges as well as blessings for us this holiday season, but we are a resilient, creative bunch, and as always, we will overcome. Please remember during this time that those who live alone may pair up with one other household, so let’s do our best to make sure we take care of each other. 😎

We originally announced our return from Christmas break to be January 4th, but we are now looking at January 9th. Please understand that at this point, the best we can offer you is a tentative date for return to class, nor can we tell you with any certainty at this time exactly what that return will look like. We can, however, tell you this: We will absolutely be keeping you up to date via website, Facebook and email as we gain further information.

Please know that we appreciate you all very much, and we thank you for supporting us and each other during this most challenging of years. Stay safe, be creative, have fun! We’ll see you again soon!

~ Much love, from the Sudbury BJJ family

Click on the image below to see the current holiday/lockdown calendar full size – Last updated December 23rd.

Holiday/ Lockdown Schedule, subject to change.

New Member Help

Congratulations!  You’ve taken that first step and have become a part of our family!  It is at about this point when you get excited about getting your new gi, and it’s not long before you pose that age old question… “How do I tie my belt? ?”  No worries!  You’re not alone!  I have just the right video for you, my friend.  Watch the video below to see Rener Gracie break it down for us step-by-step.  He gives us three options to use, so you get to choose the one that works best for you!  Feel free to use this video as many times as you need!  You might even find that different ways to tie your belt work best in different situations.  It’s all good!  

3 ways to tie your belt.

Now here’s something I bet you never even thought you needed to ask!  “How do I tie my pants?”  I mean… it sounds like a simple enough task, does it not?  And yet… here we are.  There’s a reason why we might be having difficulties with our jiu-jitsu pants.  We expect to tie them the same way we tie our drawstring shorts, or our jogging pants, right?  And why wouldn’t we?  But it turns out, that tying them in the same way as we do our daily clothes can actually cause that mysterious loosening of our pants during class.  Watch the video below as Rener explains how and why that happens, and what to do to fix it.  

How to properly tie your pants.

Has your string fallen out of your pants? Are you a bit confused as to how to put it back in? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this instructional video from Rener, check it out!

How to restring your pants.

Whether you’ve experienced one or more than one of these problems, don’t worry! These are common issues that come up all the time, and as Rener said, sometimes even very experienced jiu-jitsu practitioners have had these same problems! You are not alone. I hope I have helped you learn more about how to use your new jiu-jitsu uniform, and as always, don’t be afraid to ask us if you need further help or have any more questions. After all, we’ve all been beginners, and in many ways, we will always continue to be beginners. Always remember that, and as always, have fun! ;0)