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  • We are SIA! Sharpen Iron Academy Same World Class Jiu Jitsu Instructors and World Champions! Just a new name!

    Our Plano location changed ownership at the beginning of January 2015, under the Gracie Gym name. Our first instructor, Alex Faria joined us then. (For his full bio, including being a Head Instructor at Roger Gracie Academy, see our staff page). Since then we grew to 3 locations (Plano, Allen, Richardson). In 2019, after much thought with our Head Instructors and staff, the name SIA Sharpen Iron Academy was born. Our staff and ownership remain the exact SAME! And better name, better services, better merchandise! Our newsletter announcing specific changes, were shared with students first. SIA has 2 locations, one family! Both locations are being expanded to double in size, and to ....

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  • Gracie Gym nominated 'Best Gym' by Plano Magazine

    in 2017, nominated 'BEST GYM' by Plano Magazine. We are honored and proud of this nomination, as it indicates that the view of this popular martial art is changing! Jiu-jitsu is not just for men, it is for the whole family! It is a challenging exercise routine that beyond the usual fitness, provides many more benefits to all ages. For kids, and teenagers, it works on the elements of discipline, respect, patience, and focus which develop confidence and independence. If ever in an exchange with kids at school, kids learn how to control without having to use punching and kicking to defend themselves. Defending many times gets them in trouble with old martial arts and techniques. For ....

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  •  in Plano - Sharpen Iron Academy - Bullying has become a Pandemic in the US

    Bullying has become a Pandemic in the US

    Did you know that 25% of public schools report that bullying among kids happens on a daily or weekly basis? And that 1 in 5 high school students report being bullied in the past year?
    The good news is that because bullying has made national headlines, schools and communities (and even celebrities) are taking a strong stand against bullying. You can do your part at home, too. Here are 5 smart strategies to keep kids from becoming targets - and stop bullying that has already started. Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD Talk about it.
    Talk about bullying with your kids and have other family members share their experiences. If one of your kids opens up about being bullied, ....

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  • Nominated in 2016 by Plano Magazine 'Best Gym for Men'

    Nominated in 2016 by Plano Magazine 'Best Gym for Men' In its inaugural year, Plano Magazine with very few categories, has nominated Gracie Gym for Best Men's Gym. We also offer classes for Kids starting at 4 years old, and women. We strive to bring out the best in each individual, and offer tools of self defense, from the best known martial arts family in the World, the Gracie family. We invite you to come and try a class with us, and see why we were nominated as Best Gym. See you on the mat! http://planomagazine.com/bestofplano/ ....

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  • The Gracie Diet


    The "Gracie Diet" is a method of eating developed during 65 years of research and first-hand use by Grand Master Carlos Gracie. It is based on the proper combination of foods that make it an alkaline diet. An alkaline diet is known to keep diseases away, such as cancer. Roger Gracie’s mother, Relia Gracie, wrote a biographical book about Carlos Gracie and the Gracie family. It describes the start of the diet, and how he was subsequently hired by a hospital to create their nutritional diet. This was due to his success in avoiding contracting tuberculosis while visiting his wife in the hospital for years. The Gracie Diet is the secret of health for the ....

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  •  in Plano - Sharpen Iron Academy - Why and How Does Jiu Jitsu Help Kids against Bullies?

    Why and How Does Jiu Jitsu Help Kids against Bullies?

    Why and How Does Jiu Jitsu Help Kids against Bullies?
    Feb 13, 2016 BJJ , bullying , children , jiu jitsu , Kids , Lifestyle Before we address the issue of Bullying, we must first define it. Schools are getting blasted with complaints, and unfortunately most parents, and kids do not have the correct definition of bullying. There is a difference between Bullying and ‘Bad Behavior’, as mentioned by a school Director in Plano, Texas. The difference between the two? The number of instances in which it happens, with bullying ‘being a recurring behavior that harms its subject, mentally or physically’. A child that is pushed by ‘bad boy A’, and it only happens once, ....

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  •  in Plano - Sharpen Iron Academy - What to Expect from a Blue Belt

    What to Expect from a Blue Belt

    WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A BLUE BELT practicioner In this article we will discuss what a Jiu-Jitsu blue belt should know, what positions must be learned, as well as give you some tips. We will also cover common errors made by a Blue belt. Check out some of the items that all Blue Belts (or wannabe Blue Belts) should know: Control your cardio
    We are not saying you need to finish a sparring session completely rested, but you should not have to take a break because you are too tired, after the first bout. Know how to use your cardio sparingly, and get into ‘resting’ positions when necessary. Learn Defense
    Roger Gracie has always said “I built my game on top of a ....

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  • The Beginning of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    How Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr. Created a Legendary Jiu Jitsu Art 2000BC – The origins of Jiu-Jitsu It is difficult to say precisely when or where Jiu-Jitsu originated. Despite the efforts of many historians trying to find the origins, and evidence of Buddhist monks in India being the ‘first’, the elements of grappling can also be traced back to Greece, China, Rome, and America. Modern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a natural and intuitive way of fighting that has basic origins from various cultures and time periods. One cannot simplify its origins as belonging to a ‘single’ source, person, group, or period. For as long as there were man, there was combat. A martial art is more ....

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  • Know Your Roots

    For those who have forgotten their roots and like to call themselves sometimes "family" or friends of the most prestigious family in the BJJ World (The gracie family), and were all students of CARLOS GRACIE Jr, ROLLS GRACIE, RILION GRACIE, CROLIN GRACIE, RENZO GRACIE... and don't follow the same belt system as they do, i'm sorry but you don't know your roots!!!! To know your roots you need to follow your professor The Masters system until the day you die "Loyalty"! Renzo Gracie was ask in a interview, how can you be a black belt when there are so many people that call themselves your "family" or "friends" and have a higher belt than you (Red and Black Belt) and they all came from the same ....

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  • Grandmaster Carlos Gracie - 12 Commandments

    Carlos Gracie, Crolin Gracie, and son Rulivan Gracie(deceased) 1-Be so strong that nothing can disturb the peace of your mind. 2-Talk to all people about happiness, health, and prosperity. 3-Give to all your friends the feeling of being valued. 4-Look at things by the enlightened point of view and update your optimism on reality. 5-Think only about the best, work only for the best, and always expect the best. 6-Be as just and enthusiastic about others victories as you are with yours. 7-Forget about past mistakes and focus your energy on the victories of tomorrow. 8-Always make those around you happy and keep a smile to all people who talk to you. 9-Apply the largest amount of ....

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