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  • Jiu-Jitsu Mindset

    Jiu-Jitsu Mindset

    There is a very important lesson professor Asche learned as a blue belt student while training under Master John Machado and as a black belt professor under Roberto ‘Gordo’ that still holds strong in his teaching today. Is the fact that your training is only as good as you make it. That rule holds true to both Professor and student alike. If you teach class, no matter what the surrounding circumstances of life are holding (good or bad) and give 100% of yourself the results of successful comprehension greatly outweigh those of failure. As a student, no matter where you are or who you are training with in class, even if you are training solo it can still be an outstanding class. ....

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  • BJJ and COVID-19: How we continue to train and maintain social distancing

    BJJ and COVID-19: How we continue to train and maintain social distancing

    Covid-19 and Training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) in Bend, Oregon
    Interactive live online Jiu jitsu courses are taking place six to seven days a week during the COVID-19 quarrentine. During these strange times of 'social distancing', self quarantines and government mandated closures of many businesses that include Jiu-Jitsu academies, we have run into some of the most challenging obstacles to date. With everyone anxious to return to the mats and continue training while at the same time respecting the government's request for social distancing; How can we train a martial art that requires physical contact with other participants in order to practice? The immediate answer is online, ....

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  • Rugby to BJJ - My first Competition by Ausin Britts

    Rugby to BJJ - My first Competition by Ausin Britts

    I’ll be honest - my initial motivations for trying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu were twofold: 1 - I was admittedly having a bit of an identity crisis (maybe with a splash of mid-life crisis?) and 2 - I really, really hate going to the gym. For the better part of the last 20 years a big part of my identity has been as a rugby player. Much like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Rugby is more than a sport. It’s a global community, a culture, a way of life. Rugby is how I found my career, met multiple business partners, made the majority of my friends, and even how I met my wife. So, when at 38 I was forced to admit my body could no longer play the game, I didn’t exactly take it well. I was ....

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  • COVID-19 Closures and Social Responsibility

    COVID-19 Closures and Social Responsibility

    As many of you know the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading throughout the world and has made its appearance in Oregon. More specifically, it has surfaced in Deschutes County. We have been making our best efforts in educating ourselves about the situation as much as we can and believe that we are taking the correct measures in keeping our academy safe and clean through daily sanitation procedures as best we can. The President of the United States declared a national emergency and Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency, temporarily suspending public schools through April 28th as of yesterday, strongly urging no gatherings of 25 people or more in attendance. While there are ....

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  • Conditioning for BJJ

    Conditioning for BJJ

    Looking for Strength and conditioning to improve your Brazilian jiu-jitsu in Bend, Oregon? Connection Rio BJJ knows the best gym for you in Central Oregon. If you are serious about improving your BJJ faster and better maintaining your health, strength and conditioning is a great option for you. First off, to clarify, by no means are we recommending that you replace your Jiu-Jitsu classes with strength and conditioning. However, programming that is geared specifically towards your BJJ training can be a great benefit that works hand in hand with your Jiu-Jitsu. There are many benefits of a well put together strength and conditioning regiment for BJJ that can range from injury prevention, ....

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  • Why BJJ is the Best Martial Art for Children

    Why BJJ is the Best Martial Art for Children

    Kids Martial Arts in Bend, Oregon: Why should my child be involved?
    Martial Arts in Bend and Central Oregon has a number of different options to choose from between varying styles. Out of those available styles from Karate to Kali, Boxing to BJJ we recommend Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ for short) for a child’s first martial art. BJJ, the ‘gentle art’ from Brazil by way of Japan has numerous advantages over other styles that will greatly benefit your children. Here are a few tips on selecting the right martial art and gym, as well as what the benefits are for kids martial arts training. Choosing the Right Martial Art for your child:
    In choosing a ....

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  • Drop-in BJJ Training in Bend, Oregon

    Drop in BJJ Training in Bend, Oregon at Connection Rio Jiu-Jitsu Academy BJJ training in Bend, Oregon at Connection Rio Jiu-Jitsu Academy is second to none. We take pride in offering students the best technical training in an environment that complements all levels of athletes, from beginner to advanced. If you are working in the area for a weekend or a few months, looking for the best BJJ gym in Central Oregon, we are where you want to be. On vacation with the family and want to keep your Jiu-Jitsu on point? Connection Rio is your best choice. We have always and continue to welcome in traveling athletes from around the world with open arms to share the mat at CRA BJJ. ....

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  • BJJ Competition Training in Bend, Oregon

    BJJ Competition Training in Bend, Oregon

    BJJ in Bend Oregon: Jiu-Jitsu Competition Training
    At Connection Rio Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Bend, Oregon the experience we have in competing, teaching and coaching athletes has provided us with all of the necessary tools to meet the needs of our competitors. From IBJJF World champions to first time white belt competitors in regional championships like Subleague, Professor Dennis Asche has taught and helped prepare countless athletes for competitions in numerous venues and events around the world. If you are an avid competitor ready to take on the competition this year, we are where you want to be honing your skills and preparing your athletic abilities for success. The ....

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  • Gordo Jiu-Jitsu Pacific Northwest (BJJ) Bend, Oregon

    Gordo Jiu-Jitsu Pacific Northwest (BJJ) Bend, Oregon

    Gordo Jiu-Jitsu Pacific Northwest (BJJ) in Bend, Oregon
    Gordo Jiu-Jitsu Pacific Northwest is represented by third degree Gordo BJJ
    black belt Professor Dennis Asche
    in Central Oregon's premier martial arts academy, Connection Rio. Upholding the pure technical discipline while carrying on the lineage of Brazilian jiu-jitsu that traces back directly to the founders of the Art Suave in Brazil (by way of Japan), CRA represents Jiu-Jitsu as it should be. Professor Dennis Asche with King of the Half-Guard Roberto 'Gordo' at Connection Rio Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Bend, Oregon Who is 'Gordo'? Roberto Correa de Lima or 'Gordo' is a sixth degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt know ....

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  • 3 Reasons You NEED to Practice Throws and Takedowns in Your Jiu-Jitsu

    3 Reasons You NEED to Practice Throws and Takedowns in Your Jiu-Jitsu

    3 Reasons You NEED to Practice Throws and Takedowns in Your Jiu-Jitsu At Connection Rio Jiu-Jitsu in Bend, we understand that throws and takedowns are a crucial part of training. That’s why, we begin nearly every class with entries and takedowns. In addition CRA also offers Judo classes during the week to focus solely on our stand-up. We understand that many academies don’t practice stand-up game out of fear, lack of knowledge or safety concerns, but the risk of injury from throws or takedowns is no higher than that of armbars and other joint locks. In fact, neglecting stand-up game during training can actually put the athlete at risk of injury in other scenarios. ....

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