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Spring 2011 Volume 1, Issue 2

Interesting Articles

Boran Jiu Jitsu Academy Ultimate Self-Defense for Men, Women, and Kids

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 2011 Pan Am Results 1  Why Jiu Jitsu?


 About your Professor


 Photo Gallery


 Competition Team 4  BJJ Etiquette


 Class Schedule


Team Avalanche celebrates success at 2011 Pan Ams For Team Avalanche, March came in like a lion and left like a roaring lion! Beginning with the Copa Pacifica, where Ed Beneville(Gold Sr Black), Chuck Holland(Gold Sr Purple) and Damon VanOostendorp(Silver Sr White) stepped up, and finishing with the Pans where thirteen members of Team Avalanche entered and came away with eight medals. Highlighted by Gold Medals for Bill Messick(Sr 2 Black Belt Super Heavy), Bret McCarroll(Sr 1 Purple Belt Absolute), and Pete Melgoza(Sr1 Purple Belt Light Weight) at one of the toughest competitions in the world, the Pan Jiu Jitsu tournament. Other medal winners from the Pans are listed below. Keep up the great work, there's more where that came from. Go Team Avalanche!

“Every black belt is a white belt who never gave up.” Anonymous

Professor James Boran Sr 3 Absolute- BRONZE and Sr 3 Black Belt Super Hvy- SILVER Bill Messick Sr 2 Black Belt Super Heavy- GOLD. Luis Roman Sr 3 Black Belt Absolute-BRONZE Nick Gentile Sr 1 Brown Belt Middle- BRONZE Pete Melgoza Sr 1 Purple Belt Light - GOLD Bret Mc Carroll Sr 1 Purple Belt Absolute- GOLD Peter McCarroll Sr 3 Blue Belt Heavy-BRONZE Brian Mussenden Adult Purple Belt Heavy Weight Lawrence Pham Sr 1 Purple Belt Light Francisco Isiais Blue Belt Adult Rooster Chuck Holland Sr 1 Purple Belt Middle Weight Bryan Luxemberger Master Purple Belt Super Heavy and Absolute Marc Sheyka Sr 1 Purple Belt Ultra Heavy.

2011 COPAs Ed Beneville Sr Black Belt GOLD Chuck Holland Sr Purple Belt GOLD Damon Van Oostendorp Sr White Belt Silver Bradly Curl White Belt Adult

Boran Jiu Jitsu

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Why Jiu Jitsu?

“A submission hold is the equivalent of checkmate.”

“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” Vince Lombardi

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting with the goals of gaining dominant positions and using joint-locks and chokeholds to force an opponent to submit. The art is based on early 20th Century Kodokan Judo, which was then a recentlydeveloped system (founded in 1882) based on multiple schools (or Ryu) of Japanese Jujutsu. It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant. BJJ training is essential for self-defense, sport grappling (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition. Sparring (commonly referred to as "rolling") and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes ground-fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds also found in numerous other arts, with or without ground fighting emphasis. The premise is that most of the advantages of a larger, stronger opponent come from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are somewhat negated when grappling on the ground. BJJ permits a wide variety of techniques to take the fight to the ground after taking a grip. Once the opponent is on the ground, a number of maneuvers (and countermaneuvers) are available to manipulate the opponent into a suitable position for the application of submission technique. Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of the BJJ Style, and includes effective use of the guard position to defend oneself from bottom and passing the guard to dominate at the top position with side control, mount, and back-mount positions. This system of maneuvering and manipulation can be likened to a form of kinetic chess when utilized by two experienced practitioners. A submission hold is the equivalent of checkmate.

Professor Boran: an inside look My athletic career began in football, playing linebacker for the Ivy League at Columbia University, and was later signed as a free agent by the New York Jets in 1979. In college, I began to study martial arts and received a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. In 1983 I moved to California and decided to study Hapkido for four years, searching for more effective fighting techniques. One day, a student of the Hapkido school that was training with the Gracies from Brazil, came in and tied me in a knot, even though I outweighed him by 70 pounds! I immediately attended a private lesson with Professors Rorion and Royler Gracie. What a great experience! I never looked back and received my blue and purple belt from Professors Royce, Rorion, and Rickson Gracie, as I took weekly private lessons from them. I received my brown and black belt from Professor Joe Moreira. With all of my experience in athletic competition and martial arts training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 1991, Boran Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy individuals and their families will receive excellent instruction in a safe and friendly environment. James Boran Third degree Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Competition Highlights Photo Gallery

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Team Avalanche Competition Team members

Ultimate SelfSelf-Defense This month Team Avalanche Kids Program added a class for 4-7 year olds on Mon, Wed, Fri,

4:00PM-4:45PM. The class for 814 year olds is held Mon, Wed, Fri, 5:00PM6:15PM. Bring the kids in to learn the best confidence builder on Earth, Jiu Jitsu!

James Boran, Black Belt Bill Messick, Black Belt Jim Dunk, Black Belt Luis Roman, Black Belt Ed Beneville, Black Belt Pat Tasson, Black Belt John Bennis, Black Belt John Mendiola, Brown Belt Nick Gentile, Brown Belt Mark Shayka, Purple Belt Brian Luxemberger, Purple Belt Chuck Holland, Purple Belt

Pete Melgoza, Purple Belt Darren Deflutier, Purple Belt Bret McCarroll, Purple Belt Shawn Favilla, Purple Belt Lawrence Pham, Purple Belt Brian Mussenden, Purple Belt Francisco Isaias, Blue Belt Pete McCarroll, Blue Belt Shane Timothy, Blue Belt Alex Walterspiel, Blue Belt Damon Peters, White Belt JR Fuller, White Belt

Congratulations go out to Brian Mussenden as he was awarded his Purple Belt this spring. If you are interested in being a part of Team Avalanche, Boran JJ’s competition team, and want to participate in specialized training, physical conditioning, team building, and fun, please see Professor Boran as soon as possible.

BJJ Etiquette

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Contact Professor Boran! Phone: 714-751-7505

Upon entering the school, bow facing the flags and the picture of Grandmaster Helio before walking on the mat. Bow in the same manner upon final departure from the school.

Never walk on the mat with your shoes.

Always wear a clean gi and gear before training.

Keep finger and toe nails trimmed.

Recover with dignity. Always keep your gi on with belt tied, no matter how hot or tired you get during training. Change in the locker/bathroom. Never walk onto the mat bare-chested.

Be on time for class, but if you are late, ask permission to participate from the black belt or high belt in charge upon entering the mat.

Class Schedule Monday 8:30am-11:00am Adult Group Class BJJ


4:00pm-4:45pm Kids’ Class (ages 4-7) 5:00pm - 6:00pm Kids' Class (ages 8-14) 6:30pm -9:00pm Adult Group Class BJJ Wednesday 4:00pm-4:45pm Kids’ Class (ages 4-7)

Go Team Avalanche !

5:00pm - 6:00pm Kids' Class (ages 8-14) 6:30pm - 9:00pm Adult Group Class (No Gi) Friday 8:30am - 11:00am Adult Group Class BJJ 4:00pm-4:45pm Kids’ Class (ages 4-7) 5:00pm - 6:00pm Kids' Class (ages 8-14) 6:30pm - 9:00pm Adult Group Class BJJ

Tuesday 8:30am-11:00am Adult Group Class BJJ 5:30pm - 6:30pm Fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu Thursday 8:30am – 11:00am Adult Group Class (No Gi) 5:30pm - 6:30pm Fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu 6:30pm - 9:00pm Adult Group Class BJJ Saturday 10:30am - 12:30pm Adult Group Class BJJ Sunday 10:00am - 12:00pm Open Mat - $20.00 mat fee for non-Boran students

Boran Jiu-Jitsu Spring Newsletter 2011  
Boran Jiu-Jitsu Spring Newsletter 2011  

Boran Jiu-Jitsu Spring Newsletter 2011 contents: - 20011 Pan Am Results -Why Jiu-Jitsu -About your Professor -Photo Gallery -Competition Te...