Chris Creamer Houston IBJJF international open Blue Belt Medalist

Way to go Chris!!  You are assembling quite the collection of Medals!

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Naga Champ Chris Tong

Chris Tong competed in the NAGA Houston open last weekend and brought home a Gold and a Silver Medalin the white belt Division!  Great job Chris!

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Congrats to our new Blue Belts!!

We would like to thank Chris Tong, and Bryn Stilson for all their hard work!

Everyone loves having you both on the mats, Congrats and well deserved!

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New belt promotions

I would like to congratulate and thank everyone for their hard work and dedication to our school.

Our new Black Belts :

Griff Dabadie and Kat Harrison earned the coveted Black Belt!  I cant tell you both how proud I am to have you as my students.  A well deserved promotion and congratulations!

Lyle Garza and Tim Burton earned the rank of Purple belt.  You both are very tough!  Thanks for your dedication!

Cassie Burton is our newest Blue Belt.  So proud of you, your game is getting very technical!


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Have you heard of Yasuhiro Yamashita

Have you heard of Yasuhiro Yamashita? If you haven’t, you should get to know his story. One of the best judokas of all times, Yamashita —at one point in his career— had won 203 consecutive matches. I will be posting some excellent quotes that I have taken from Yamashita’s book, “The Fighting Spirit of Judo” (which I strongly recommend for martial artists, regardless of their art).


“Your opponent is not as weak as you think. Your opponent is not strong as you think”. Yasuhiro Yamashita

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Thanksgiving week hours of operation



We will be closed for classes on Wednesday and Thursday the week of Thanksgiving.  We will reopen for normal classes on Saturday AM.


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Claunch Academy welcomes new students

We would like to welcome our newest  BJJ team members !  Welcome !

Max Gove

Meredith Davis

Claudia Nava

Vitaly Khuzeev

Arteim Geydonas


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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – New Class times as of 8.30.17

Schedule:  AS OF  8-30-2017


TUES/WED/THURS: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Open Mat SAT: NOON – 1:00pm
SUN: 5:30pm – 7:30pm


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White belts ; by Pedro Alberto

White Belts

SamuraisBeginners in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, as in almost all martial arts, wear white belts until they receive their first rank. In the 80’s, when I was still a blue belt, I started taking lessons from Professor Sylvio Behring on “how-to-teach-jiu-jitsu”. Sylvio believed that teaching jiu-jitsu was a skill to be developed, and —during such “how-to-teach-jiu-jitsu” lessons—, he taught me that the most important students in a jiu-jitsu school are the white belts.

White belts need special attention. The ones without any martial arts background need even more attention. In the best jiu-jitsu schools in Brazil, senior students —blue belts or higher ranked ones— usually spend class time helping out their instructors teaching the white belts. Such schools believe that not only the higher ranks’ teaching help out the lower ranks, but that teaching jiu-jitsu to beginners make senior students learn while they teach. When you are drilling a certain move with your training partner, and you critique his move, you are —informally— teaching him. But when —at the request of your instructor— you “formally” teach technique to beginners, explaining to them why a certain technique is performed a certain way, you are not only helping out the school but being pushed to learn jiu-jitsu correctly. Teaching jiu-jitsu is a way of learning jiu-jitsu.

If white belts don’t receive special attention —until at least such time when they have enough knowledge and skill to start rolling—, they may get seriously injured and leave the school (jiu-jitsu is a fighting system, and the reality is that sooner or later you will injury yourself, but white belts should not get injured). Also, most white belts are unclear about their goals in jiu-jitsu and even their reasons for studing it. If the same class is taught to both beginners and more advanced students —and if the white belts are allowed to roll with such advanced students—, chances are that the white belts will not follow the class, will not understand what is being taught and what jiu-jitsu really is, and may get injured.

Every jiu-jitsu school needs white belts to grow. A jiu-jitsu school is like a pyramid, as it is built up by a large number of white belts (the instructor is at the top). And the pyramid will not grow unless the base is enlarged and the school’s foundations strengthened. A jiu-jitsu school needs a large number of white belts, because —as training increases in difficulty and complexity, and jiu-jitsu is a little rough— many beginners will leave sooner or later. As the ones staying will be advancing to higher belts, the number of white belts will decrease in number. Without a good number of people to roll with, one cannot develop his jiu-jitsu skills and advance.


  1. White belts are the basis of jiu-jitsu schools.
  2. Higher ranked students should assist their instructors in teaching lower ranked students, specially the white belts. This will benefit both the lower ranked ones and themselves.

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Bowing in Jiu Jitsu

Bowing in Jiu-Jitsu?

P30900161Etiquette in jiu-jitsu varies from school to school. Bowing, for instance, is not practiced in most Brazilians schools. Students don’t bow to their instructors, to the other school’s black-belts, to a picture of Hélio Gracie (considered the founder of jiu-jitsu), or to anyone else in the school.

Neither there is any bowing at the opening of a class or training session, nor there is one at the end. Before and after rolling, jiu-jitsu fighters don’t bow to each other, like —for instance—  judokas do before and after they practice randori.

Jiu-jitsu fighters shake hands before rolling and before and after a training session, and the handshake —and an occasional back-slapping— plays the same role of the bowing tradition in Japanese martial arts.

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