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Ava’s Blood Drive

We’ll supporting NCFit and our teammate Jason Khalipa as he continues to raise awareness on the importance of donating blood and childhood cancer awareness (his daughter Ava has been battling Leukemia).   More information by following:  https://nc.fit/ava/   Ava’s Blood Drive is an annual drive aimed at continuing to raise awareness of the importance of

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Free Introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class Saturday September 2 9:00 AM

Heroes Martial Arts is restarting our famous Fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Cycle in September!  This program is designed for beginner to intermediate students as an introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and refinement of basic skills and concepts.   This is an excellent time to enroll in our school! To kick things off we are offering

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Gumby’s thoughts on Belt Promotions

This article on Heroes Head Instructor Gumby’s thoughts on belt promotions originally appeared on Reddit in 2016 and can be viewed here along with commentary https://www.reddit.com/r/bjj/comments/402vgq/my_thoughts_on_belt_promotions/ Belts are a highly subjective matter at best. Where to the outsider what your ranking is a cut and dry answer, those of us who are more in the

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Reflections on Monday Nights Promotions

There is always so much more to say, but sometimes in the moment it’s hard to get the words out exactly. Having led Heroes Martial Arts for the last 8 years, having been a black belt for 11 years, and having been on the mat for 21 years and counting I can honestly say that

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Monday Comp Class: Gathering of the Tribes

Heads up, this Mondays Competition Class (Scheduled from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM as usual will have a twist! We’re “Gathering the Tribes” together and the affiliates are coming together including Heroes downtown, Samurai BJJ, Modern Tae Kwon Do and the Hip Hop Chess Federation.  It will be a good opportunity to see old friends

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Flash Back: BJJ Instructor Interview: Alan “Gumby” Marques

Interview from 2014 originally appearing on http://groundworkbjj.com/articles-and-books/the-academy/bjj-instructor-interview-alan-gumby-marques/   General Instruction People sometimes find this question tricky…What are “the basics”? I don’t think of this as a tricky question. A basic is something that requires little to no knowledge beforehand. Something is advanced because it has a prerequisite of knowledge of a basic. What constitutes a

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