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At Coachella Valley Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, we value our student’s time and dedication to their study of martial arts. With that at heart, EVERY CLASS is instructed by judo and jiu jitsu black belts, Anthony Mantanona or Dan McCown.

Warm Up and Stretching
Each class begins with a warm up that consists of a variety of exercises, with a focus on core strengthening and jiu jitsu specific movements like shrimping, shoulder rolls, and more. A series of stretches follows the warm ups to increase flexibility and prevent injuries.

Technique
The technique portion of the class is made up of hands on instruction and drilling with a training partner. Each class has it’s own focus, and usually consists of a wrestling or judo inspired takedown, followed by ground grappling moves. Dan and Anthony’s method of teaching is based on a full strategy for each technique shown. For example, each move is accompanied by a series of approaches to setup the method, and follow-up tactics to overcome an educated opponent’s defense.

Rolling
Live sparring or randori, is often referred to as “rolling”. Each class is ended with a session of rolling. Students are paired by instructors based on size, skill, and style to allow them to practice and apply the techniques they have learned against a resisting opponent. This is a detail that sets jiu jitsu apart from many other martial arts. Because of the nature of the art, it is possible to train with a partner at full strength without a high risk of injury. Few other combat systems (if any) offer this opportunity. This prepares the student for a real-life defense situation better than any other practice.

Etiquette
Respect for your instructors and training partners is paramount. With that in mind, hygiene is of the utmost importance including cleanliness, wearing a clean dry gi, manicured nails, and brushed teeth. No shoes are allowed on the mats and if a student needs to exit class, footwear is required to prevent the spread of bacteria to the training area. Please do not attend class if you are ill or have any skin infection. A positive attitude is requested of every student as hard work and support of your teammates will be directly related to progression and success in our martial arts.


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