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  • 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 martial ....

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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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  • BJJ and PTSD: How training Jiu-Jitsu at CRA can make a difference

    The Benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for PTSD and Stress Relief For decades, the martial arts world has recognized the effectiveness of training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for managing stress and anxiety. And in 2017, what BJJ practitioners knew intuitively was backed up by scientific research. BJJ purple belt Özdemir Kizilkan conducted a study in Istanbul that compared the stress levels of individuals who practiced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to those who maintained a more sedentary lifestyle. The study found that those who practiced Jiu-Jitsu were both less affected by the stress of daily life and better able to cope with the stress that did come their way. According to the study, the ....

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  • BJJ in Bend Oregon: More about Connection Rio Jiu-Jitsu Academy

    BJJ in Bend Oregon: More about Connection Rio Jiu-Jitsu Academy

    Connection Rio Jiu-Jitsu Academy is your connection to the heart of BJJ's motherland Rio de Janeiro Brazil. CR BJJ founder, 3rd degree black belt (graduated by world champion, master of the 'Half Guard' Roberto Correa de Lima ) Dennis Asche invested more than twelve years of his life living and training Jiu-Jitsu on Brazilian soil. In Rio de Janeiro professor Asche developed his BJJ through training with innumerous world champions, masters of the arte suave and teaching literally thousands of jiujiteiros from around the world.The experience that has been accumulated over a decade in Brazil has been brought back to Bend, Oregon and is now being passed on to our students at CRA. ....

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