Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Basic Self Defense for Women – Watch the Video

Special Thanks to our students and Officers for joining us on Saturday to assist with our Women’s Self Defense Class. It was an informative and fun meeting and our time was well spent, learning about awareness, assertivenes, building confidence and dealing with potential aggressors. Assisting with the class were the following: Tom Reusing, Head Instructor Gracie Barra Corona, Cipriano Macabuhay Youth Instructor Gracie Barra Corona, AJ Polder Instructor Gracie Barra Corona, Ivan Lumba Riverside County Youth Prevention Specialist, Chris Guerrero Rialto SWAT, Robert Montanez City of Corona Police, Joe Mendoza LAFD, Charan Dancer Muay Thai Head Instructor, and Holly Reusing, MA Women’s Instructor GB Corona.

Click here to see a cool video that Bryan de la Puenta was so kind to make for us:

BJJ Outreach Program – Know Means No-Self Defense for Every Woman

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ATTENTION: As part of our BJJ Outreach program we will be hosting our
free monthly seminar “Know Means No-Self Defense for Every Woman” this
Saturday 8/28 from 2-4PM. Since my next door neighbor was robbed and
assaulted while she was home last week, you can bet we are heavily
focused on this weeks curriculum. We will have a panel of instructors
sharing what they feel is most important and as always, an opportunity
to try techniques with resistance. We will have pizza and time to talk
afterward (that’s not on the Gracie diet). BRING YOUR GI IF YOU HAVE ONE.
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Gracie Barra Corona Beach Party

We had a great time at the Beach yesterday. It was a beautiful sunny day. The kids had a blast playing. So many people made the drive over and brought their families and food to share. We can’t wait until the next party. Here are couple of photos towards the end of the afternoon. It was really great to hang out and relax at the ocean together.

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THE MOST IMPORTANT BLUE BELT YET – RIALTO SWAT OFFICER CHRIS GUERRERO

The Most Important Blue Belt Yet  

by Holly McClung Reusing    

Chris Guerrero was with us in the beginning when we only had three classes a week. On a Saturday in April 2009, he trained with us, left the school and did not come back. After a few weeks of missing class, we began to wonder where he was and shockingly discovered that he was in a coma after sustaining an unknown illness. For 15 harrowing months, Chris’s family, fellow police officers and friends watched him fight for survival with awe and grave uncertainty. Among the early challenges were complete kidney failure, a full tracheotomy and a gall bladder which burst, infecting his whole body, and was subsequently removed. At this time, the CDC, WHO, and FDA were investigating his case.

For 8 months, Chris was on complete life support and dialysis. He lost over 100 lbs and the ability to walk and talk. We all waited for a hopeful prognosis but the doctors continued to report uncertainty. When he miraculously emerged from this state, the heart surgery he desperately needed was delayed until his health was sufficient. Chris would have to regain some strength in order to proceed with his treatment. During the wait, Chris survived congestive heart failure and was able to receive mechanical heart valves and a pacemaker in order to survive.

When Chris tells you his story, it sounds very surreal. There are many occurrences that sound unbelievable and medically impossible. At one point he was resuscitated for 1.5 hours. The usual time limit is 15-20 minutes but the rescue team kept going. Chris says the guys mentioned later that they knew he was a SWAT officer and they said “We know who this guy is. We’re gonna keep going”.  During all this Chris says he thought about jiu-jitsu all the time and just wanted to be able to come back. Sometimes he wanted to give up, but as we can happily see, he made it through those times and is here to tell us about it.

With the help of some very special friends and amazing doctors, Chris is now on the road to recovery. He has regained the ability to talk. He has learned how to walk again!!! He says his one wish while being incapacitated was to get his blue belt and come back and train. Chris still needs to take baby steps. You will find him watching our classes and doing a little yoga on Thursdays. He is swimming a alot. He says he benefits from hanging around the school and being a part of something.

This past Tuesday he shocked us by putting on a gi. He told me, “I thought about this all day long. It’s the only thing I thought about today.” In front of a big class of 40 or 50 students, Tom presented Chris with his BJJ BLUE! Many of the students watching have come along in the last year and did not know Chris before he got sick. Everyone quickly realized they were witnessing something miraculous.

Chris has a blue belt at home that Tom brought him one night at 2:00am while he was in the Los Angeles Kaiser Hospital. He was ready for the blue in April 2009, but Tom had not given it to him yet. It is amazing how deeply our goals can affect us through dark times. We did not know he was planning to put on a gi that night and step on the mats with us but we had the blue belt and a spot marked off for him since the day he stepped off the mat 15 months ago.

Chris will tell you that everything has changed. We can only try to imagine what it must have been like. Something we know for sure: We must not underestimate the power of our friendships and relationships and our personal goals and our intentions as a community.

   

Chris Guerrero, our beloved student and Rialto SWAT officer officially receiving his blue belt. 

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Beach Party – Sunday, August 22 at Capo Beach


BEACH & BONFIRE PARTY

 

 

1ST ANNUAL GRACIE BARRA CORONA BEACH PARTY

 

SUNDAY AUGUST 22TH

10:00am – dinner

JOIN US FOR FUN AND FOOD ALL DAY LONG

BRING FOOD & DRINKS AND WHATEVER YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE

 

At Beautiful Capistrano Beach

Beach Rd.

Capistrano Beach, CA 92624

1 mile south of Doheny State Beach in Dana Point

 

There is a parking lot right at the sand after you turn on Beach road and cross the RR tracks where you can drive up and see where we are situated. If the lot is full, you can drop off then park on the PCH. There is free parking on the PCH and metered parking south of Capo beach.

 

 

BRING FOOD, TOYS, GAMES, AND BE READY FOR FUN!

 

Please bring a variety of options for clothing – the weather varies this time of year!

 

BONFIRE IN THE LATE AFTERNOON

This Weekend in Vegas – Intl Open/American Natl

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MONDAY CLASSES – SCHEDULE CHANGES


STARTING MONDAY AUGUST 16TH

 

JUDO KIDS (ALL AGES) – NEW MONDAY CLASS TIME

 

MONDAY CLASS WILL MEET FROM 5-6PM

 

WEDNESDAY JUDO KIDS SCHEDULE REMAINS THE SAME

 

 

 

 

 

REMAINING MONDAY (STARTING 8/16) SCHEDULE WILL BE


 

ADULT JUDO WILL MOVE TO 6-7PM

 

BJJ FUNDAMENTALS MOVES TO 7-8PM

 

BJJ ADVANCED 8-9PM

 

LIVE TRAINING 9-9:30PM

 

STARTING AUGUST 23RD WE WILL ADD A NEW CLASS:

 

BJJ JUNIORS (AGES 8-12) – 4-5PM

 

KNOW MEANS NO – Self Defense for Every Woman


 

 


Integrity     Confidence       Awareness

 

FREE SEMINAR FOR WOMEN

 

“KNOW MEANS NO – Self Defense for Every Woman”

 

JOIN US FOR A FUN AND INFORMATIVE WORKOUT

SATURDAY AUGUST 28TH

2:00-4:00 PM

 

 LEARN THE PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF

BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU SELF-DEFENSE

 

defending attack and submitting attackers with

armbars, chokes, triangles

 


 

Strength = Preparedness and Knowledge

Beach Party – Sunday, August 22 at Capo Beach

 

BEACH PARTY-BEACH PARTY

 

1ST ANNUAL GRACIE BARRA CORONA BEACH PARTY

 

SUNDAY AUGUST 22TH 10:00am – dinner

JOIN US FOR FUN AND FOOD ALL DAY LONG

BRING FOOD & DRINKS AND WHATEVER YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE

At Beautiful Capistrano Beach

Beach Rd.

Capistrano Beach, CA 92624

1 mile south of Doheny State Beach in Dana Point

 

There is a $15 parking lot right at the sand after you turn on Beach road and cross the RR tracks where you can drive up and see where we are situated. If the lot is full, you can drop off then park on the PCH. There is free parking on the PCH and metered parking south of Capo beach.

BRING FOOD, TOYS, GAMES, AND BE READY FOR FUN!

Please bring a variety of options for clothing – the weather varies this time of year!

BONFIRE IN THE LATE AFTERNOON

 

 

 

 

Paul Thatcher from FIGHT Magazine

Last night we had a surprise visit from our friend of 20 years and FIGHT magazine Director of Photography, Paul Thatcher. He stopped to see us on his way up from San Diego to see Nate Diaz in Oakland.  Paul is a black belt under Roberto Traven in Atlanta. 

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