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Join Emerald Gym today, whether you are a beginner seeking to master the basics or a professional trying to learn more advanced techniques. Set in the beautiful Ao Nang beach, one of the most famous beaches in Thailand, Emerald Gym offers opportunities to learn the different techniques used in Muay Thai and BJJ, training sessions by former professional boxers, and a heavenly natural backdrop while you work out a sweat.
They offer dormitory, private, fan, and air conditioned rooms. All of which are inclusive of cable tv, hot shower, Western toilets, fridge, safety box, towel, bed sheets, and maid service.
Warm Up (30 minutes): The warm up usually consists of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and grappling specific movements and even shows some conditioning exercises and drills. Expect the warm up to be pretty hard if you are a beginner as the movements are somewhat different from your usual warm up. It is designed to get your body ready for working on the ground and while standing, get the joint liquids flowing so you can move smoothly and prepare your lungs and heart for the soon to come aerobic / anaerobic endurance work. The warm up is usually the most important part of training as it will get your mind ready and will help prevent injuries due to your muscles being cold.
Technique (30 minutes - hour): This is the main part of training. You will learn pins, \holds, submissions, escapes, sweeps, and all there is to learn about BJJ. Learning techniques is the foundation of a good Jiu Jitsu game and is crucial to being able to actually fight. In this part of training you will usually learn between 2 and 4 different techniques which often will be chained techniques or movements and counter-movements. After you have learned the technique it is time to drill them and repeat them as often as possible to carve them into your muscle memory in order to achieve a fluid, instinctive movement.
Sparring (30 minutes - 1 hour): After learning techniques, it is time to apply them while fighting against a resisting opponent, your friends from the gym. Respectfully, you will try to take advantage of your opponents wrong movements and apply the previously learnt techniques as well as develop a sense for timing, a feeling for your opponents movements and get to know your own body and your capabilities. Please note that fighting on the ground is a kind of endurance which you will have never experienced before and even if you are in very good shape, you wont be able to prepare for this, so just go to class and enjoy the training. Sparring in BJJ can take many forms. You can start in specific positions with a goal in mind (for example start in the guard and the goal is to pass the guard) or you can spar free with the goal to submit your opponent. Each and every form of sparring and each and every minute will help you to a more solid Jiu Jitsu and you will gain the necessary experience to apply techniques in real life scenarios.
Cool down / stretching (15 minutes): This should be pretty clear. Your muscles are very warm, especially after sparring, and you will take the remaining time of class to cool down and stretch. This is also the time to talk with your training partners/instructors about your flaws and strengths, how to get better at BJJ or just about your daily life. Everyone in the gym should be your friend as you strive for the same goal in the end, to get better.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Grappling Martial Art which specializes in ground fighting techniques. The Aim is to control the opponent and eventually use a Submission technique to render him unconscious or attack joints. Of course this is trained in a friendly and respectful manner without any danger.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from early 20th century Kodokan Judo ground fighting (Ne-Waza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie by master Mitsuyo Maeda. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Hlio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge on to their extended family.
BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground, most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense.
Sparring (commonly referred to as rolling) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system. Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of Judo was separated from older systems of Japanese ju-jitsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: it is not solely a martial art: it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way (Do) of life.
Style of fighting
Upholding the premise that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are mitigated when grappling on the ground, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes getting an opponent to the ground in order to utilize ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds. A more precise way of describing this would be to say that on the ground, physical strength can be offset or enhanced by an experienced grappler who knows how to maximize force using mechanical advantage instead of pure physical strength.
BJJ permits a wide variety of techniques to take the fight to the ground after taking a grip. While other combat sports, such as Judo and Wrestling almost always use a takedown to bring an opponent to the ground, in BJJ one option is to pull guard. This entails obtaining some grip on the opponent and then bringing the fight or match onto the mat by sitting straight down or by jumping and wrapping the legs around the opponent. Once the opponent is on the ground, a number of maneuvers (and counter-maneuvers) are available to manipulate the opponent into a suitable position for the application of a submission technique.
Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of the BJJ style, and includes effective use of the guard (a signature position of BJJ) position to defend oneself from bottom (using both submissions and sweeps, with sweeps leading to the possibility of dominant position or an opportunity to pass the guard), and passing the guard to dominate from top position with side control, mount, and back mount positions. This system of maneuvering and manipulation can be likened to a form of kinetic chess when utilized by two experienced practitioners.
A submission hold is the equivalent of checkmate in the sport, reflecting a disadvantage which would be extremely difficult to overcome in a fight (like a dislocated joint or unconsciousness). Renzo Gracie wrote in his book Mastering Jiu-jitsu: The classical jujutsu of old Japan appeared to have no common strategy to guide a combatant over the course of a fight. Indeed, this was one of Kanos most fundamental and perceptive criticisms of the classical program. Maeda not only taught the art of judo to Carlos Gracie, but also taught a particular philosophy about the nature of combat developed by Kano.
And then, further refined by Maeda based on his worldwide travels competing against fighters skilled in a wide variety of martial arts. The book details Maedas theory as arguing that physical combat could be broken down into distinct phases, such as the striking phase, the grappling phase, the ground phase, etc. Thus, it was a smart fighters task to keep the fight located in the phase of combat that best suited to his own strengths. Renzo Gracie stated that this was a fundamental influence on the Gracie approach to combat; these strategies were further developed over time by the Gracies and others, and became prominent in contemporary MMA.
Benefits of BJJ
Ground Fighting Techniques
Conditioning before coming to the camp is recommended. Although Emerald Gym welcomes all levels and will adjust the training schedule according to each students pace, above average physical condition and stamina is expected of this 1-month training program.
The camp is located in the south of Thailand, in the province of Krabi, and more exactly in Ao Nang Beach. It is situated 800 km from Bangkok and 180 km from Phuket. Rapidly growing, this region is nevertheless protected from the mass tourism, allowing the practice of the camps sports activities and the discovery of this magnificent region.
Its very beautiful beach allows us to make some of our activities in an idyllic atmosphere, but it is also a place of rest and relaxation, as well as a point of access towards the visit of islands aboard charming long tail boats. If the sport is your passion we will be able to advise you to practice other activities within the best structures of the region (diving, climbing, trekking, and kayaking). Naturally the region is convenient for the tasting of the excellent thai dishes.
Food is not included in the price. Participants are responsible for your own food expenses during the stay.
Ao Nang Beach
Tiger Cave Temple
The fastest way to arrive to the gym is by plane, about 1 hour 15 minutes from Bangkok to Krabi (town) and about 20 minutes by bus or by taxi from the airport. Book your flight ticket with these companies Air Asia, Thai airways, or Bangkok airways.
A cheaper solution and more local style is to take a bus on the regular line Bangkok - Krabi. Book your ticket directly at the southern bus station Sai Tai Mai at Bangkok. It takes around twelve hours to reach Krabi.