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Fifty-50 Jiu Jitsu, Ballston


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For those of you that don't know, I've been doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the better part of 4 years. Fifty-50 is by far the best school that I have come across, and the one that I call home. It's led by Ryan Hall, who has won the Mundials in both gi and no-gi divisions, won multiple North American tournaments, and is one of the few non-Brazilians to have ever medaled at the Abu Dhabi Championships. When he's not teaching at Fifty-50, he's training with Marcelo Garcia, generally considered to be one of, if not the best Jiu Jitsu practioners in the world. Ryan has done seminars across the world, and is renowned for his teaching prowess both in-person and through his bestselling DVD's. In addition to him, the other instructors have similar credentials, winning multiple local and national tournaments.

Here's one of the more famous videos of Ryan, detailing a particularly memorable sequence of moves that he used in a victory against UFC vet Hermes Franca: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mJT_PgVgPY

But what sets this school apart is the level of camaraderie and the lack of arrogance or ego from the instructors down. There's no pretense or attitude in the school towards new students or visitors, which is surprisingly rare. Laughing and jokes are common during classes, but training proper technique is taken seriously, and the environment is intensely geared towards making every student succeed. If any of you are thinking about starting Jiu Jitsu, I can't recommend Fifty-50 highly enough. There's a free trial week for anyone interested.

Here's the website: http://5050bjj.com/

Adam Litchfield

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