For the kids

Gra­cie jiu jitsu, kick­box­ing now of­fered in cap­i­tal.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

A kids pro­gram for mar­tial arts that blends both kick­box­ing and Gra­cie jiu jitsu for boys and girls ages 8 to 12 will be held Mon­day to Thurs­day at 165A Maple Hills Av­enue (Char­lot­te­town Air­port In­dus­trial Park be­hind Stan­tec build­ing) in Char­lot­te­town.

The fo­cus of the pro­gram­ming is to learn self-de­fence, build self-con­fi­dence, and have fun while prac­tis­ing in a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

In­struc­tors in­clude qual­i­fied black belt in­struc­tors with var­i­ous back­ground in mar­tial arts. To view pro­files visit http://gra­ciepei.com/academy/in­struc­tors/

Cur­rently, in­struc­tors in­clude head in­struc­tor Paul Abel, a se­cond de­gree black belt in Brazil­ian jiu jitsu (BJJ) un­der Royler Gra­cie, Ja­son Saggo, black belt in BJJ and con­tracted fighter in the Ul­ti­mate Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship -UFC, and Kertsi Kass a black belt in Kyokushin karate and blue belt in BJJ.

The classes are two kick­box­ing classes and two Gra­cie jiu jitsu classes each week. Mon­day/Wed­nes­day classes are held 4:30- 5:15 p.m. and Tues­day/Thurs­day classes are held 5:15-6 p.m.

“Try the first class for free al­ways or re­quest a free 15 minute pri­vate ses­sion with an in­struc­tor, avail­able only un­til Fe­bru­ary 1,” a news re­lease states.

Gra­cie jiu-jitsu is a grap­pling mar­tial arts.

“It em­braces the con­cept that a smaller, weaker per­son can suc­cess­fully de­fend them­selves against a big­ger, stronger as­sailant if he or she can safely ob­tain po­si­tional con­trol through the ef­fi­cient use of body me­chan­ics. If avail­able and nec­es­sary, joint-locks and choke­holds are em­ployed in or­der to sub­mit the as­sailant.”

How­ever, at the heart of Gra­cie Jiu Jitsu, the abil­ity to ob­tain po­si­tional con­trol and main­tain per­sonal safety-even when placed in the most un­com­fort­able po­si­tions-is far more im- por­tant than the abil­ity to sub­mit an op­po­nent.

Head in­struc­tor of Wul­frun MMA and Gra­cie jiu-jitsu Paul Abel says that “Gra­cie Jiu-Jitsu’s great­est ad­van­tage is that it can be taught to any­one, re­gard­less of age, size or abil­ity, and can prac­ticed reg­u­larly at near full speed and in­ten­sity, be­cause it pro­motes con­trol over one’s body in or­der to ob­tain po­si­tional con­trol over an at­tacker.”

For more in­for­ma­tion to learn about the kids or adult classes in self-de­fense, Gra­cie Hu­maita jiu-jitsu, wrestling, MMA, or Muay Thai/kick­box­ing classes visit www.gra­ciepei.com Con­tact: Paul Abel Tel: 902-394-6789 or Email:paulgra­ciepei.com@

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Owen Abel, right, places his father, in­struc­tor Paul Abel in a body lock, dur­ing a re­cent prac­tice. A kids mar­tial arts pro­gram has just started in Char­lot­te­town.

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