Maven Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Maven Jiu-Jitsu Academy teaches the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in The Woodlands, Texas with BJJ Revolution Team Black Belt James Quan.

Too old to do Jiujitsu?

Jiujitsu is for the young. This is a very common notion shared by many older people. In our academy we have quite a few members who joined in their 40’s. Their experience in the art will be very different from our younger members but they can still enjoy the benefits of the art.

There are certain things that you should be mindful of when practicing Jiujitsu at an older age. The first is to manage your expectations. No matter the type of athlete you were 20 years ago you are not that same person. When going against a much younger practitioners most of the time you are not going to be able to match their speed, strength, and explosiveness. Over time those that consistently try either end up extremely frustrated or injured. Focus on great defense and pick your shots. Use your technique and timing to your advantage and do not match the aggressiveness head on.

Protecting your body by being mindful of your positioning is paramount. One of the hardest things to do is when you get to a position where you have to add a little more power or explosiveness to get out of a twisted position and you have to give it up. There is no shame in pulling back when you are in a compromised position. Recognize where your body is and back up to keep your body safe or tap early to not get injured.

The goal as an older grappler is to keep you on the mat for years to come and to not get hampered by major injuries over time. The fun comes from the interaction, mental chess game, and brotherhood with your teammates.

Most important part of the lesson is...

the question.

Many times throughout a lesson there are moments where your instructor will ask if anyone has any questions. As a student studying under my instructor (Rodrigo Medeiros) I found asking questions was one of the best ways to increase my learning curve. I was always careful not to bombard him as there were other students in the class but I always made it a point to generate questions to ask him or one of the upper belts.

Some of the best questions come about during sparring sessions and live drills. With the music pumping and the adrenaline rushing it is very easy to get emotional during your training sessions. Remember to stay conscious and keep an eye out for reoccurring problems during your interaction. If you are getting armlocked from the same position multiple times it is time to log that in and ask a question later. Keep in mind that your goal is to increase your skills; therefore sparring sessions should be treated like an experiment where data is collected and analyzed. Just like any study it is not wise to toss out the data after the experimental phase. Use that data to generate questions that can be asked later.

Another important mental practice is to have some sort of introspection time. Take the time to reflect on the dynamics of the roll. Think about not only what you did wrong but what you did correctly against your opponent. There is absolutely nothing wrong with sitting out one or two rounds in order to process everything that just happened. You will find that you are going to have more questions than you ever dreamed of. That is where a lot of the powerful learning starts that can be transformative to your game.

Seasons for Competition?

15 years ago it was a challenge to find tournaments to test your skills in jiu-jitsu. Amateurs were forced to travel very far to compete against their peers. The IBJJF Pan American Championships and American Nationals were the major tournaments in the U.S. at the time. Today there is an abundance of national and local tournaments with many different organizations in every major city. Athletes can compete almost every weekend if they choose to do so.

As an amateur competitor in jiu-jitsu you should be splitting up the year into a competition phase and a learning phase. Putting your body and mind through extreme stress from competition training can take its toll in the form of burn out and injury. It is important to use the time to recover from both major and minor injuries. Even minor injuries that are neglected over time will explode into problems that you will be dealing with decades later. In almost every other pro sport there is an off season where athletes recover and strengthen their bodies for the next season.

Perhaps the most important aspect of having an off season is it gives both the athlete and coach the time to analyze data you gathered from the previous season. New skills take time to learn and that time can be well spent focusing on improving a weakness or underdeveloped part of your game. The primary goal of an amateur athlete should be an improvement of skill. Jiujitsu is a marathon not a sprint and we should be striving to be better than we were yesterday. We all want to be competent and healthy enough to enjoy this art well into our golden years.

Maven Academy Lineage

Is it a kimono? A gi? A uniform?

Many different names are thrown around in different academies and styles. In jiu-jitsu it is basically a tool used for training. Traditionally, we trained with the kimono during the year and in the summers we would take it off. The obvious purpose of the uniform is for cleanliness as it acts as a thick barrier between opponents. However, the use of the kimono during grappling is especially helpful for beginners. The extra friction lessons an anxious student’s athleticism so that they must focus on technique to solve their grappling problem. Slowing down their speed also reduces a lot of injury from explosive scrambles. Once that mindset develops grappling without the kimono offers the benefits of focusing on tightening your attacks and managing your opponents speed and power. In time you will develop a preference to train more with or without the kimono.

How is your mount?

Mount position is one of the most dominant positions in jiu-jitsu but also one of the most difficult to master. Most people prefer side control but experienced practitioners know that mount and back are the best positions to finish their opponent. There are 3 main positions in mount - low, mid, and high mount. Each mount has very specific types of controls and ways to attack. Here we see a traditional low mount being used to control their opponent using a combination of hip pressure, hooks, and a cross face.

We all can find fulfillment in being part of something larger than ourselves. Whatever organization you choose to become a part of, in some innate way we know that there is always a benefit to ones self within a group.

Hey is the professor looking?

Always great to have friends.

Maven Jiu-jitsu Academy

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Academy in The Woodlands, Texas

Guess the submission?

Enjoying the process is the best way to learn!

Growth everyday. We are never very good at things in the beginning but with time we can work our way to proficiency.

It is a beautiful thing to watch the transfer of knowledge from teacher to student.

Guidance and friendship!

"Quality is not an act, it is a habit."

Having great defense means you can smile in bad positions.

Learning by sharing, growing by doing.

The most common question in jiu-jitsu. "Where do you want to start?"

Focusing on the details.

Jiu-jitsu is fun!!

Father and daughter sharing the art of jiujitsu.

One of the keys of building a winning mindset is focusing during times of struggle.

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Proper foundation leads to a great structure.

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Teaching the next generation of Mavens.

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Maven Jiu-jitsu Academy




538 Sawdust Road
The Woodlands, TX

Opening Hours

Monday 17:30 - 20:30
Monday 12:00 - 13:00
Tuesday 17:00 - 21:30
Tuesday 05:30 - 06:30
Wednesday 17:30 - 20:30
Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00
Thursday 17:00 - 21:30
Thursday 05:30 - 06:30
Saturday 10:30 - 12:00
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