So You Want to be a BJJ Blue Belt? Top 5 Adjustments to Make for White Belts

In The Beginning I Put Blue Belt Promotion on a Schedule I recall my first Jiu Jitsu class at the old Ralph Gracie academy in Mountain View, now relocated to San Jose. It was taught by our black belt instructor Justin "Machine" Holder who was ably assisted by "Mr" David Lee who was blue belt …

Ralph Gracie San Jose Team Debuts in Jiu-Jitsu World League’s NorCal Champions Cup 2019

San Jose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament On Saturday, June 30, 2019, the competition team at Ralph Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in San Jose made its debut. Our first tournament as a team bonded the group and set off a chain reaction for competition. Three members from the dojo stepped up and the day ended with two gold medals …

Carnival Fundraiser at Williams Elementary School of San Jose

Another May 2019 fundraiser event for Ralph Gracie Jiu-Jitsu took place at Williams Elementary school in the Almaden Valley area of San Jose. The annual Carnival event is hosted by the PTA at the school called WINS Foundation and in turn funds many activities for students throughout the school year. It is special because Carnival …

First Adult Promotions Award Stripes to BJJ White Belts in San Jose

In May of 2019, Justine "Machine" Holder made his first adult promotions as the new location of Ralph Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in San Jose. These three students represent a new younger demographic at the gym. They each started in the Mountain View location and continued their journey here. Physically, each has shaped into a more athletic …

BJJ in a Thong? BJJ Academies Continue to Get Trolled by “Paulinda”

Jackie got trolled! The "Paulinda" BJJ prank is still alive and active. For what appears to go back at least 6-years may be the longest running practical joke on BJJ academies according to an article written in 2017. More specifically, a woman named "Paulinda" (or in other cases Gabby) called our Ralph Gracie gym in …