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How Does Jiu-Jitsu Help Improve Mental Health? 

How does bjj improve mental health?

In martial arts, Jiu-Jitsu isn’t just about physical training – it’s also a great way to boost your mental well-being. Beyond the physical moves, there’s a strong connection between your mind and body that can really improve your mental health. Whether you’re young or old, practicing Jiu-Jitsu a few times a week can make a […]

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Top 5 Benefits of Jiu Jitsu for Women and Girls 

Benefits of jiu jitsu for women

In my 20-plus years of experience with jiu-jitsu, I’ve seen firsthand the incredible transformation that happens when women and girls step onto the mats.  Jiu-jitsu isn’t just a male-dominated sport – it’s for everyone. Many women might feel apprehensive about starting a training regimen in jiu-jitsu, and at Sakura JJ, we welcome female students of […]

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11 Alive News Visits Sakura BJJ in Woodstock GA

11 Alive News Visits Sakura BJJ in Woodstock GA

We’re so excited to announce our 11 Alive News segment. 11 Alive News visited Sakura BJJ in Woodstock Georgia today to discuss the roots of our BJJ school. They interviewed our owner, Chris Civello and discussed how COVID affected his business, his family and his dreams. Thanks to the team at 11 Alive and all […]

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Why Train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

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Sakura BJJ is a martial art school in Woodstock, GA that focuses on proper body mechanics to achieve victory on the ground. We teach advanced techniques, such as how to sweep, submit, and avoid sweeps. We also teach basic techniques like how to be more physically fit, how to prevent injuries, and how to perform […]

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The 11th Hour

By: Professor Chris Civello Some of you may know that on Saturday the 8th of September, I set out to raise 11K for a no-kill animal Shelter called 11th-hour rescue. The rules were simple. Go 11 hours in the Gi with no breaks, stream it online, help a great cause. I had heard about people […]

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Keeping Kids Safe from Bullies with Jiu-Jitsu

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Keeping kids safe from bullies is a common problem faced by many parents today. Even though there are numerous campaigns focused on making the public aware of the harms associated with bullying, it remains a constant part of many youngsters’ lives. Lack of self-confidence is what plays a strong role in the suffering of the […]

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Proving your point

What is the measure of a mans heart? How do we go about finding out? As of very recently my students at Sakura BJJ have taken a bigger interest in competing. At first this made me very nervous as an instructor and mentor. How was I to soften the blow of losing? No one likes […]

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Black Belt

This belt has alluded me most of my life in different forms. In TKD I was denied by my teacher as a young man, maybe 13/14 years old, because I wasn’t coming in enough. I was previously training 3xs a day, weekly for years, sparring with grown men since I was a small child. Not […]

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Train to Improve; Not to win

Jiu-Jitsu can undoubtedly be a highly competitive martial art.  Every day we train live against a sparing partner it is very easy to train to win.  Unfortunately, while training to win has its uses, when solely focused on the tap,  personal growth and learning gets stunted.  People who train to win tend to only play […]

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