Welcome to Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training Center
Ricardo Cavalcanti was born in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil . There he obtained his 5th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the world famous Carlson Gracie. He won several championships, including the 1998 Pan American games in Hawaii, the 2001 Pela Federacao International de Jui Jitsu World Championship, California Games in June 2002, and the most recent Worlds No-Gi Championship in 2010.
He has instructed Judo and Jiu Jitsu at several schools, including the Carlson Gracie Academy, the Rio Sports Center, Park Palace, the Academia Da Praia, and for the past 10 years at Carlson Gracie Team Las Vegas. As well as his Jiu Jitsu instruction for the Henderson police depatment and S.W.A.T. Team.
His true love has always been teaching children the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and kids love his classes, where he combines a fun atmosphere with important lessons that teach balance, confidence, and skill. Ricardo specializes in teaching kids with Down's Syndrome and children under 5 years old. He also specializes in self defense for women and executives.
Ricardo is also avilable for private lessons and seminar by appointment.
WHY TRAIN WITH THE GI?
As you practice Jiu-Jitsu, you will find it useful as both an offensive and defensive tool. You will also realize its value as a common uniform to promote safe and technical practice of Jiu-Jitsu.
The Gi game obviously has a lot more to it. Everything that can be done with the Gi, can be done without it, making it a more complex game. Additionally, taking away the Gi allows physical attributes such as size, strength, and athleticism to come to play with greater effect due to the lack of levers and friction. Working with the Gi is generally considered more of a "thinking man's" game. Training "No-Gi" can also be a thinking game, but because the gi removes many physical advantages, it adds more techniques.
For now, you should view your Kimono as a set of training wheels. As you develop a higher level of proficiency, you will learn to perform Jiu-Jitsu techniques with and without a Kimono. The kimono will add a level of sophistication to your game that will result in you, as a student, becoming a more advanced and technical fighter.
FIGHTERS BECOME MORE TECHNICAL
The Gi "levels the playing field" by taking away many physical attributes. Without the Gi, a bigger person can use more of their strength and faster opponents, more of their speed. The addition of the Gi therefore forces fighters to slow down in order to be more aware of their movements. The point of any art is to use more technique and skill than strength; using the Gi will help develop that skill. As a fighter progresses, and their understanding of the use of the Gi grows, they can then learn to apply their physical traits to their advantage.
Category: Martial Arts