To develop a confident, competent and complete martial artist. You can achieve many personal objectives – such as learning self-defense skills, losing weight, improving physical condition, and gaining self-confidence – on the journey to becoming a confident, competent, and complete martial artist.
Combine the standing techniques of tang soo do (Korean karate) with the
ground techniques and fight strategy of Gracie jiu-jitsu and whole body,
focused fitness training. At Norfolk Karate Academy, we supplement
tang soo do (a standing/striking art) with Gracie jiu-jitsu (a complete
martial art in itself that relies on taking your attacker to the ground
then neutralizing them using leverage rather than strength or speed).
Tae kwon do and boxing footwork and stand-up combinations supplement the
karate training. We also offer yoga as a means to more fully develop and increase strength, flexibility, and balance, all important components of any martial arts training.
The two programs for adults are ADULT KARATE (Beginner, Intermediate,
Advanced) and ADULT GRACIE JIU-JITSU (Gracie Combatives and Master
Cycle). See the detailed descriptions of each class in the following
paragraphs. You may attend all classes that are appropriate for your
skill level. A beginner, for example, may attend the two beginner ADULT
KARATE classes and five GRACIE COMBATIVES classes, that's seven
opportunities to train each week. To qualify as a black belt at Norfolk
Karate Academy, you must complete the ADULT KARATE curriculum and earn
your blue belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The YOGA program is also offered as a supplement to training as a means to help develop a strong, flexible, and well-balanced body.
In our Adult Karate classes, we use Tang Soo Do (Korean word for
"karate") to teach how to strike with power, move with balance and
coordination, and avoid being hit. Each class consists of a brief
warm-up stretch followed striking drills (kicking and punching
bags/pads), sparring drills, and forms (kata) practice. Forms (kata)
serve as our link to traditional training methods and is a proven method
for developing powerful stances and understanding of body mechanics. We
supplement the standing techniques of karate with Gracie jiu-jitsu (a
complete martial art in itself that relies on taking your attacker to
the ground then neutralizing them using leverage rather than strength or
speed). We borrow some techniques and training methodology from Tae
kwon do, boxing, wrestling, and krav maga, but this is NOT a
mixed martial arts class. The focus is on self-defense, not sport.
The program encompasses approximately 196 hours of instruction divided
into Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced classes culminating in
examination for 1st degree black belt. We require that you earn a blue
belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as a prerequisite for award of a black belt
from Norfolk Karate Academy / Gracie Jiu Jitsu Norfolk.
ADULT GRACIE JIU-JITSU
"A real jiu-jitsu fighter does not go around beating people down. Our defense is made to neutralize aggression."
In the late 1920s Grand Master Helio Gracie created Gracie or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after he realized that he was physically too frail to utilize the traditional Japanese techniques. Proven over the last 80 years to be the most reliable system for a smaller person to defeat a larger, more athletic opponent, the techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu are based on precise timing and effective use of leverage so that virtually anyone can do it, man or woman, regardless of their size or athletic ability. Although Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of over 600 techniques, studies of fights conducted by members of the Gracie Family have shown that 36 techniques have been used more often and with greater success than all the other techniques combined. Soon after these studies were conducted, the Gracies realized that the fastest way to effectively prepare any new student to defend themselves against a larger, untrained opponent was to focus entirely on teaching them these 36 essential techniques. This realization led to the birth of the Gracie Combatives course. The techniques featured in Gracie Combatives have been adopted by the U.S. Army, Navy Seals, Secret Service, FBI, and countless other law enforcement agencies around the world. The techniques featured in Gracie Combatives have been adopted by the U.S. Army, Navy Seals, Secret Service, FBI, and countless other law enforcement agencies around the world. Norfolk Karate Academy / Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Norfolk and the Bushin Martial Arts Academy in Williamsburg are the exclusive providers in the Hampton Roads area of this exceptional course developed by the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, California. For more information about Gracie Combatives, visit here.
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Step 1: Learn the Techniques
The 36 Gracie Combatives techniques have been strategically divided into 23 one hour classes so that you can complete the course at your own pace. Each lesson is taught using unique Gracie Teaching Methods so that no previous experience is required to participate in any of the 23 lessons. As a result, you can complete them in any order. Upon enrolling, you will be issued a Combatives Card on which all your progress will be tracked and each month you will receive a Combatives Calendar that depicts which techniques will be taught in each lesson throughout the entire month.
Step 2: Develop Your Reflexes
Once you complete each of the 23 Gracie Combatives lessons two times, you will qualify to participate in the Reflex Development Classes. In these classes you will learn to execute all 36 techniques in every possible combination by conducting carefully scripted Fight Simulation Drills. Once you master all techniques in the context of the Fight Simulation Drills you will be considered “Street Ready."
Step 3: Earn Your Blue Belt
Once you complete each of the Gracie Combatives lesson a third time and you master the 36 techniques in the context of the Reflex Development Classes, you will be considered for promotion to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt! The test for blue belt requires successful demonstration in video format of each of the Gracie Combatives techniques in four drills and then in a freestyle fight simulation. The video test is graded via internet by an instructor at a certified training center and is personally verified by the Gracie Academy in Torrance.
Since its inception, Gracie Combatives has been more effective at taking students from no knowledge to “street ready” than any other course in the history of Gracie or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. What makes Gracie Combatives so unique, besides the street applicability of its techniques, is the structure of the course and the way in which we present the techniques. In place of the random curriculum that characterizes nearly all other BJJ programs, we designed Gracie Combatives specifically to ensure that each new student understands the principles, learns the techniques, and builds their reflexes, without confusion, in the absolute least amount of time!
THE MASTER CYCLE
Beyond blue belt, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of hundreds of advanced techniques, all of which we have organized into a clearly defined, systematic curriculum called the Master Cycle. In order to streamline the learning process, we have divided all the techniques in the Master Cycle into seven Positional Chapters: Mount, Side Mount, Guard, Half Guard, Back Mount, Leg Locks, and Standing. For more detailed learning, we further divided each positional chapter into 2-4 specialized subsections.
In the Gracie Combatives course, the objective is to give the students a broad understanding of the essential principles and techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. In the Master Cycle course, the objective is to take each student from basic understanding to positional mastery by dedicating 8-16 weeks to the study of each chapter before moving on to the next. By spending such a prolonged period of time on the specialized study of one position, students learn several closely related techniques. This enables them to “connect the dots” more effectively than if they were learning random techniques, from random positions, every day of the week. This type of scrambled learning, although entertaining in the short term, greatly increases the amount of time it takes for the students to master each position.
The secret to success as a Master Cycle group class student is disciplined attendance. Since we will dedicate a finite number of weeks to the study of each position before moving on to the next, the students who benefit most are those who attend class most often during each chapter. Students understand that once we complete a chapter, we will not repeat the instruction until we have cycled through the other six chapters. Each time a student recycles through the 7 chapters they have the chance to learn new techniques as well as strengthen and expand their foundation of existing skills. This cyclic process continues for several years until the student becomes a master in every position of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, one of several prerequisites for promotion to black belt.
In our yoga classes, we teach the hatha style of yoga. This style of yoga offers many benefits including increased flexibility, strength, and balance, as well as stress reduction and improved overall health. The core components of our yoga classes are the poses, a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility, and breathing techniques that are aimed at promoting relaxation. A student at any level of training or fitness is invited to participate in these companion classes as a means to help achieve their personal martial arts goals and improve overall physical and mental health.
"In the practice of Yoga one can emphasize the body, the mind, or the self and hence the effort can never be fruitless.”
Why should you train at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Norfolk or Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Chesapeake?
Norfolk Karate Academy has brought together a community of martial arts practitioners from all walks of life who share a passion for learning. There is something for everyone here, with classes for kids and adults at all levels and a self-defense program specifically for women. Whether you start as a complete beginner to martial arts as I did, or have many years of experience under your belt, you will find the atmosphere supportive yet challenging enough to keep you growing and improving. -- Gabriel Robinson
Everything they claim and more. If you are looking for practical martial arts instruction, look no further. -- Drew Stephenson
State of the art instruction, and no ego in this place; it feels like family. Very proud to call this my dojo. -- Ryan Mekkes
Address: 814A W. 45th Street, Norfolk, VA 23508
BILL ODOM is a 7th degree black belt in tang soo do and purple belt in Gracie jiu-jitsu. He is an accomplished martial artist with 40 years experience as a practitioner and instructor. He traces his lineage to some of the most respected masters including James Roberts and Rorion Gracie