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Training with the Valente Brothers

Visit to the Valente Brothers’ in Miami

 

In August of 2017 I had the rare privilege of participating in a week-long training program at the Valente Brothers Jiu Jitsu Club in Miami Beach, Florida.  I have been there several times before to attend private lessons, and my experiences each time have been nothing short of phenomenal, so I was really looking forward to an entire week of training with their team this year.  The focus for this visit was Royce Gracie’s new program called “Royce 360”.  As part of the continual improvements to strengthen his network, Professor Royce has recommended that all of the Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu Network (RGJJN) Instructors attend this training with the Valente Brothers in the near future.  

 

To summarize my overall perspective after the week of training - it was both exceptional and invigorating as an RGJJN instructor to experience this level of expert training and quality technique.  The program curriculum is well constructed and scaffolded to allow for gradual progression and growth at a steady pace.  Foundation techniques build on each other and progress toward more complex techniques.  After a warm up and an informal exchange of previously learned techniques with a partner, the instruction often begins with a story to provide context and cautions associated with the technique, and then transitions to a methodical breakdown of the critical parts of the movements of the technique being learned, as well as, the nuances that help facilitate mastery (angle, posture, timing).  

 

I repeated the same classes several times and felt more capable each time, not only due to the repetition, but more importantly due to the manner in which the material was taught.  As a student of martial arts for 40 years and as a professional school teacher for over 20 years, it was refreshing to participate in such a well structured, kind, and respectful learning environment steeped in tradition and history.  

 

Most importantly, I had the opportunity to train with each of the brothers, and also had an extraordinary experience in training with Professor Pedro, who not only educated me in technique, but took the extra time to sit with me to gain a better sense of what I was seeking, and to understand my views on the quality of the training.  In fact, Jaoquim Valente also took the time to sit and talk with me during the week to answer my questions, and make me feel as though I was a valued student (not simply a visitor to their class).

 

Not only do these gentlemen have amazing teaching practices, fantastic and comprehensive self-defense training, they also have the premiere facility in North America, and a true sense of what Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu is intended to be.  In my view, their training facility truly is the Valhalla of martial arts, and you can discover this Valhalla without dying on a Norse battlefield.

 

I feel invigorated after this experience, and as an RGJJN instructor I look forward to my next trip to Valhalla.

See the following sites for more information:

http://www.graciemiami.com/our-story/

http://roycegracie.com/royce-gracie-network/




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