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 Local Martial Arts School on a Roll

KENTUCKY  (03/18/2015) – Kenco news staff were in attendance during two seminars held Saturday March 14th at Myers Martial Arts in Madisonville. The two seminars were both taught by Jorge Jimenez, who is the founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Balance Academy, located in Sharpsburg, GA. Mr. Jimenez holds the rank of third degree black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, which is a martial art, based partially off of its’ Japanese counter parts Judo (Gentle Way) and Jiu-jitsu (Gentle Art).

Gracie jiu-jitsu was developed in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. It differs from most other martial arts and fighting styles such as Karate or Tae Kwon Do in many ways. The most noticeable distinctive of this art is that it does not rely on physical strikes driven by power and strength, but on using techniques that make extremely efficient use of leverage and timing in order to defeat ones opponent through the use of chokes and joint locks.

During the first of the two seminars Mr. Jimenez taught extensively not only about the physical skill set of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, but also the mindset of the art. Calling it “a puzzle that never ends”, he encouraged those in attendance to work together in their training and be willing to help the other person, underscoring that by doing so, one often learns more themselves. First class teaching like this is what enables martial arts programs like the ones offered at Myers Martial Arts to not only teach people to defend themselves but to also develop leaders with exceptional character.

This reporter saw the willingness to help teach others in many of the students in attendance. One outstanding example was, Mr. Lalo Diaz, Owner of Acapulco Mexican Grill in Madisonville. Throughout the three hour presentation Mr. Diaz was observed not only demonstrating rock solid techniques but using leadership while helping two younger students develop their skills. There is no doubt to anyone who observes for even a few moments of any given class at Myers Martial Arts that such attitude and character development is by far the most import concept that Eric Myers, the founder and lead instructor, seeks to develop in students.

The second seminar offered, was free to the public. It was a ladies self-defense workshop. Utilizing a few common situations, Mr. Jimenez and Mr. Myers taught some simple basic techniques that would allow a woman to quickly escape a violent encounter. Although the techniques taught were not overly involved, they were very effective, serving as a good introduction to the many techniques taught in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Awareness of situations and surroundings was also covered.

While such techniques can be quickly grasped and used effectively, it is important to note that while a few effective movements are better than nothing in a violent encounter, it would be a wise thing for anyone to note that nothing replaces being well-trained and prepared to defend oneself utilizing the programs such as those offered at Myers Martial arts. Myers teaches that one of the most responsible things anyone can do is to have some basic self-defense skills, consistently maintain awareness of their surroundings and have a plan if the worst happens and you are attacked.

Chris Nelson
KenCo News