One down – Many more to come!


 Jedi Jiu-Jitsu recently celebrated our first-year anniversary with a huge blowout featuring a seminar, cookout and karaoke! 

So here we are – one year into Jedi Jiu-Jitsu’s journey.  The first year brought both challenges and growth.  But most importantly, it brought in a lot of new family members to JJJ.  Our goal has always been to help people enrich their lives through Martial Arts and build a community of like-minded people.  Our first year anniversary showed the goal is happening.  Through stellar instruction, welcoming atmosphere, and camaraderie, we are building a legacy.

The celebration began with a fantastic three-hour seminar taught by our Judo Instructor Dr. Gorospe, and four of our black belt professors – Blake and Tarah Hayes, Robert Hale and Jamie Mickle.  The Judo that Dr. Gorospe taught was very well received and eye opening.  His knowledge base is second to none in the Judo community and his use of Judo for self-defense is not like any other sport Judo taught in the area.  The Jiu-Jitsu portion started with Professor Mickle teaching a sneaky “lightsaber” choke. The choke purposefully puts your opponent in a traditionally superior position, only to take it away by implementing a surprise choke on him. Professor Hayes followed up using the lightsaber choke as a setup for an armbar and a triangle choke.  Professor Mrs. Hayes then demonstrated great adjustments to make executing the techniques easier while still allowing users to hit the correct angles.  The seminar switched to weapons disarm section.  Professor Hale demonstrated a quick and efficient way to remove a gun when pointed directly at you in close proximity.  Professor Mickle applied a wrist lock to remove the gun. Lastly, Professor Hayes went over mindset, timing and principles to remove a weapon.  We had over 30 attendees who gleaned valuable knowledge from all instructors.  Many of the self-defense concepts were eye opening and the sport Jiu-Jitsu techniques were applicable so that practitioners could use them immediately.

 Next we had a fantastic cookout and fed over 70 people.  We had hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and spinach sausages, tater salad and some reeeaally good beans by Miss Jennifer Scott that stole the show.  Everyone loved the opportunity to interact, mingle, and share camaraderie.  Finally, there was karaoke provided by Ray Martinez.  Everyone cringed at Professor Jamo’s awful singing, but loved the little Jamettes throwing in back up. 

The day was an absolute success and was a prime example of what sets us apart.  At Jedi Jiu-Jitsu, you will find an atmosphere unlike any other.  We believe that a relaxed yet engaged fun vibe allows for the students to be more open minded to the learning and growing process.  Plus, Jiu-Jitsu is a hobby – it should be fun.

 Thanks to all who helped coordinate, cook, bring food, teach, clean up and thanks to our amazing members for making the first year so great!!!


It seems like only yesterday we had our tremendously successful grand opening, featuring multiple black belt instructors, full mats, door prizes, beverages, and of course tacos!!


Well here we are one year later and want to thank everyone for such an amazing first year.  So it’s about time we topped that Grand Opening party with a One Year Anniversary celebration!!  Soooo on Saturday July 13 we are planning a day full of festivities, fun and of course knowledge.  We will have our normal morning classes and at 1pm the fun starts!!  We are having a loaded seminar open to all with all of our Jedi Masters sharing their knowledge.  Below is a schedule of all activities;


1pm – Hour one of the seminar featuring Judo 6th Dan Dr. Luis Gorospe.  Dr. Gorospe will be teaching Judo for self-defense.  This is not sport Judo but rather old school street proven self-defense Judo that anyone can use.  Dr. Gorospe is the most experienced Judo instructor in the Tulsa area and his style can be utilized and effective for anyone.


2pm – BJJ with all four Jedi Professors.  Professors Sharp, Hale, Hayes and Mickle will each be taking 15 minutes to focus on one aspect of the ground game.  This will be a great opportunity to see different concepts, ideas and teaching styles. 


3pm – Weapons disarms.  For the final hour of the seminar, all of the instructors will share a different unique weapons disarm.  Once again this provides the opportunity to receive different viewpoints and instruction styles from highly experienced instructors.  Plus this part is going to be really kewl and lot of fun!!


4pm – Cookout.  We will be having burgers, dogs, snacks, and beverages for everyone. 




We will also have karaoke afterwards with Ray Martinez.  Prizes will be involved.  You get a prize ticket for singing, two tickets for singing with your gi on, three tickets for singing with your gi on and singing a song chosen by Ray Martinez!


Door prizes!


Commemorative anniversary shirts will be available to purchase!  These are bound to become a collectors item!


Anyone can attend and is welcome.  You do not have to participate in the seminar to take part in the cookout, prizes, karaoke and revelry.  There will be a $25 charge for the seminar.  This will go towards purchase of the food for the cookout.  A seminar with this much instruction would easily be worth much much more.


Once again, this is our way of thanking everyone and celebrating our first year.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!!!

In the Beginning....

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Just a little Jedi humor! But on a serious note, Jedi Jiu-Jitsu has been trialing a class that may be right up your alley.

Jedi Jiu-Jitsu is known for its welcoming atmosphere and desire to help anyone and everyone achieve their self-defense goals.  A large aspect of self-defense incorporates some level of physical fitness and mobility.  With this in mind, we are officially offering a weekly class designed specifically for this purpose.  Every Saturday morning at 8:15am, we are offering a 45 minute class called Day One.  This class is a great opportunity for newer students to drill movements used in Jiu-Jitsu. This will improve their mobility and build better muscle memory for movement so their body will naturally go to the techniques used in class.  There is also the opportunity for increased conditioning exercises.  While students are encouraged and pushed to do their best, everyone works at their own ability and level.  In this environment, each student has the ability to achieve their maximum potential, individually.  Thus, this session is not a cookie cutter exercise class but rather a program geared towards the individual. 

We encourage anyone to come try the class out regardless of athletic ability.  Day One is included with your membership at Jedi Jiu-Jitsu

Growing Kids Up the Right Way!

Recently Jedi Jiu-Jitsu has had a growth surge in our kids program.  Part of this is due to the new 4-6 year old program we have instituted in addition to some well-placed advertising.  We spent several months working with a smaller group of kids in this age range and have had tremendous success so we opened the gates to more kids in this age range.  The results thus far have been great.  For kids in this age range, we teach focus, discipline, physical fitness and respect in a Jiu-Jitsu atmosphere.  Kids will do drills that build muscle memory for later use in more complex moves required for BJJ.  They learn the foundation of Jiu-Jitsu,  folk-style wrestling as well as Judo unbalancing techniques to allow them to control a bullying situation, get the aggressor safely to the ground and establish a dominant position.   They learn basic self-defense skills as well as how to better communicate when dealing with an aggressor.  Kids do not learn submissions in the beginning stages of this program.  Ages 7-13 continue with the established program from our instructors who have spent over 20 years teaching kids Jiu-Jitsu.

 Too often, in today’s media, you see the buzzwords “anti-bullying.”  Our instructors have been teaching three generations of kids how to handle bullies.  If a child is forced to defend themselves in a school environment, and does so by striking the aggressor, they can also be held liable. In most instances, schools today have a zero tolerance policy – meaning both kids will be suspended and possibly expelled.  This can affect a child’s progress in school and slow them down tremendously in terms of missed school and possibly being held back a grade.  The child may become wary of defending themselves for fear of being punished. Jiu-Jitsu offers an alternative. It allows a child to defend themselves by clinching, securing a take-down and establishing a dominant position while never throwing a punch.  Teaching a child that a zero tolerance policy exists and they are to not fight back – opens the door to becoming a victim of assault.  We do not believe this to be an acceptable option and thus teach our methods of defense.  

In addition to the obvious self-defense, your child will also gain the following benefits: 

  • Exercise and living a healthier lifestyle.  Gym classes in schools are not what they used to be and it is no secret that our children are becoming more sedentary.  Jiu-Jitsu provides a great physical activity for kids of all ages and athletic abilities.

  • Making friends.  In today’s world of video games and tablets, children are not developing as many relationships as in the past.  Jiu-Jitsu provides a team environment where they socialize in person, learn to work with others and strive to help others.  At JJJ we put a strong emphasis on the theory “Helping someone else improve, makes us better”.

  • Better grades.  Studies have shown that kids participating in any Martial Art have improved grades.

  • Respect.  We require kids to show respect to instructors as well as parents/guardians.  This becomes habitual and that respect is carried over to also include school teachers and anyone of authority.

  • Leadership and drive.  Having measurable goals whether it be belt rank or competition teaches kids goal-setting and gives them a sense of accomplishment when goals are reached.  This provides self-confidence and drive to achieve/attain goals.  

Our instructors are the most experienced kids Jiu-Jitsu coaches in Northeastern Oklahoma.  Our programs are presented in a fun environment where kids can progress at their individual pace.  We can accommodate the kid who needs to get off the couch and be more active, all the way up world class competitors.  Come in and try a class and see the difference for yourself.

All About The Ladies!

Women participating in BJJ is quickly becoming a norm and at Jedi Jiu-Jitsu, we are feeling the love! We have increased our membership from just 2 females to over 10 female members in 6 months and are actively recruiting for more! (We want the bigger dressing room, fellas!) Thank you ladies, for being the strong, capable women who have taken the leap into unfamiliar waters. You are courageous, and we are so blessed that you have chosen our facility to enrich your life. Our gratitude extends far beyond what words can express.

At Jedi Jiu-Jitsu, we strive to create a clean, friendly and fun atmosphere where all genders, nationalities and fitness levels can learn a tangible skill in a family-oriented environment. We encourage all to come and try us out and find out why our program is growing so rapidly. Not only have we been blessed with a phenomenal network of BJJ professors and practitioners providing support and guidance, we also pride ourselves in promoting a culture that supports our vision of family, camaraderie, and knowledge sharing. Take a chance, and see why the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is growing so rapidly.

Hey New Year!

New Year’s are all about new beginnings. 2019 is no different for Jedi Jiu-Jitsu. We are starting off by offering a new special where you can get a free gi and by offering a new class known as “Day One.”

To find out about the free gi, just come in and ask about it. Our instructors will be able to provide all of the information you need and we would love to meet you.

Day One is a movement and conditioning class designed to provide natural movement flexibility and strength training to perform the movement required to execute positions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The class is designed for anyone to come in and gain mobility and strength in a comfortable environment where you can move at your own pace. We offer this class for beginning students to get just a little extra training in. It is offered at 8:15AM on Saturdays and will last until 9:00AM. Come on in and join us! We have a blast learning and moving together.

10 Great Reasons to do Jiu-Jitsu!

This is a great post from that provides 10 reasons for doing jiu-jitsu. I found lots of value in it, and re-blogged it. Enjoy!

Why should you learn Jiu-Jitsu?

Jiu-Jitsu is one of the fastest growing and one of the most popular martial arts. But… is it for you? Here are the top 10 reasons why you should learn Jiu-Jitsu.

1.) Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most effective, realistic fighting systems… EVER.

If you are looking for a realistic self-defense system that teaches you how to fight and dominate the worst position situations, then you should definitely check out Jiu-Jitsu.

Jiu-Jitsu is a realistic self-defense martial art

2.) Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone.

You don’t need to be a 20 year old super-star athlete to train, anyone can learn and get the amazing benefits of Jiu-Jitsu.
We have kids as old as 4 and adults over the age of 60 training on a daily basis. All you need is the willingness to learn, and you’ll be fine. Worried about being the new guy/girl on the mat? No worries! We ALL had to start somewhere and the Jiu-Jitsu community is built upon sharing and helping others.
BTW – if you are a 20 year old athlete and want to get into MMA and BJJ competition – we have a comp team too!

Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone – including kids and adults

3.) It’s an INCREDIBLE workout!

Whoever thought that learning something cool, gaining self-defense skills, and hanging out with your friends; would also be one of the best workouts you’ll ever do!

It doesn’t matter if you’re not in perfect shape. When you first start Jiu-Jitsu, it starts slow and builds. Before you know it you’ll find that you’re losing weight, building muscle and have cardio for days.

Training Jiu-Jitsu is an incredible workout

4.) Jiu-Jitsu sharpens your mind.

Some people consider Jiu-Jitsu “human chess”. Jiu-Jitsu is like combat problem solving. It’s not just a bunch of dudes rolling around on the mat. You will learn hundreds of techniques and concepts that you’ll use on a daily basis to challenge yourself and sharpen your mind.

Learning Jiu-Jitsu is fun!

5.) Jiu-Jitsu relieves stress, anger and frustration

It’s almost like therapy! It is impossible to be in a bad mood after Jiu-Jitsu. Training washes away the stress and frustration of the day so that you go home happy after an incredible workout.

Jiu-Jitsu relieves stress and frustration

6.) It fills a void.

Humans fight. It is part of our DNA. Most people try to fill this void by watching TV or playing a game. But what they really want is Jiu-Jitsu. It is a real life – completely immersive game of developing the ability to move, escape, defend, attack, and win.

Jiu-Jitsu teaches you to win

7.) Jiu-Jitsu Cult.

Yea… it’s like a cult that accepts everyone, but when you’re a part of it, you can kick all the other cults asses.

Jiu-Jitsu students are family

8.) Power of Control.

Gain control of yourself, your opponents and your life. Develop patience, determination, and disciple to win on the mats and in life.

9.) The Art of Learning.

Jiu-Jitsu teaches you to learn. You essentially “level-up” each day on the mats. You learn to problem solve, ask questions, and find solutions. You are consistently testing your new found abilities and techniques to see how they work, and how to make them better.

10.) Jiu-Jitsu Mirrors Life.

Jiu-Jitsu is a journey. It’s not something you ever “finish”. The only way it stops… is if you quit.
There will be highs and lows, victories and defeat.
You’ll feel stupid one day, then feel unbeatable the next.
You’ll lose sleep over it, get angry at it, but deeply appreciate what it has done for your life.
Want to quit 1000s of times, but you don’t… because you know that you have to keep moving forward.
You’ll experience these movements of incredible joy and victory, and learn how to come back from defeat

Tulsa BJJ - Open Mats and Open Doors

I started training Jiu-Jitsu in Tulsa in 1994 shortly after the first UFC.  Having an amateur wrestling and Japanese-based Martial Arts (Aikido and Aiki-Jutsu) background, Jiu-Jitsu was a perfect fit for me.  At that time, Jiu-Jitsu training opportunities were very limited.  Warrior Way Martial Arts, taught by Calvin Metz, was one location.  Apollos also offered some training demonstrated by Dr. Patrick Sharp and Greg Douglas.  Dr. Sharp began training at Warrior Way and Greg trained with a few other guys around.  A few years later, Mikey Burnett traveled to California and trained with Ken Shamrocks’ guys at the Lion’s Den. Mikey came back to Tulsa and opened the Lion’s Den.  As you can see, this only provided a few places to train Jiu-Jitsu.  As the popularity of the UFC grew (especially right after the TUF 1 finale on free TV, which was HUGE at the time), more schools began to emerge.  Many were unsuccessful, however, some are still running today.  Piet Wilhelm opened Triton Fight Center in the early 2000s as an MMA gym, Mikey’s gym became Absolute Combat Alliance (and today’s 918 Factory) and a few others.  Apollos expanded their MMA and Jiu-Jitsu programs by hiring myself, Mikey Burnett, Dr. Sharp and a few others.  At this time, it was highly discouraged to cross-train at other gyms.  Negative attention on message boards was directed towards individuals who did attempt to cross-train, but for the most part everyone left everyone else alone.  Most people were friendly and cordial face-to-face, but the barriers and walls were always there.

In the mid 2000s (Sorry I do not know the exact year – would guess 2004 or 2005) Piet Wilhelm attained the first Brazilian Affiliation in Tulsa  – Renato Tavares.  This allowed his students to get true ranking in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Others followed suit – Noguiera, a brief Lovato Affiliate, Apollos became a Carlos Machado Affiliate and Christian Derr with a Jean Jacques Machado Affiliation in Owasso.  This was when the BJJ craze really took place in Tulsa.  Doors slowly started opening for cross-training.  Triton produced Piet as one of the first BJJ Black Belts in Tulsa, and others from his Affiliation.  As students progressed in skill and rank, so did the branches of the tree.  You started to see additional Triton and Clinch Affiliates in town and the outlying areas.  This created even more cross-training.  In mid-teens of the 2000s, more people in the area earned black belts from other Affiliations such as the Gracies and myself, along with the other Apollos instructors, earning their black belt directly from Carlos Machado along with his brothers Roger and John.  With various affiliations, students quickly realized the benefit of training with multiple gyms, taking advantage of the opportunity to absorb more information.  To accommodate this new trend, most gyms in town have open mats at various times during the week.

This has caused a huge cultural shift in the BJJ community in Tulsa.  With people from different schools and affiliations training together, a system of support has developed.  Each gym supports and encourages the others.  Our goal, as martial artists, is improvement and self-growth.  This scenario has created an opportunity for much more improvement and growth.  Recently competitors from multiple gyms and affiliations from the area traveled to the IBJJF Masters World Championship in Las Vegas.  Tulsa BJJ produced numerous World Champions - all pushing, supporting and encouraging each other.

Jedi Jiu-Jitsu encourages taking the opportunity to cross-train.  We do request that you give your instructors the courtesy of making them aware you are cross-training.  When going to other gyms, we encourage our students to pay a mat fee regardless of the gym’s policy.  If they refuse to accept money, ask them to please donate the funds to their cleaning supplies or charity or needy students.  We are all small businesses struggling to keep the doors open and provide students a solid service.

I shared the history of Tulsa BJJ to explain why Jedi Jiu-Jitsu offers Friday Night Open Mat/Happy Hour.  Every Friday at 6:30, we welcome anyone from any affiliation to come get some mat time in.  You may drill, roll, workout, ask questions, share, etc.  We only ask that egos are left off the mats.  This is THE best way to start your weekend.  You get rid of the work week stress and get your weekend started on a positive note with endorphins flowing.  (And we occasionally have a frosty beverage at the end to also clear the stress and start your weekend right!)  Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you soon.


Exciting News Afoot!

Jedi Jiu-Jitsu is proud to announce the addition of Judo classes!  The Lead Instructor is Dr. Gorospe.  Dr. Gorospe is a 6th Degree Black Belt in Judo and Jiu-Jitsu.  His training began in the 1960's in the Philippines.   In addition to Judo and Jiu-Jitsu, Dr. Gorospe has trained in Aikido, Tae Kwon Do and Self Defense

Dr. Gorospe has been honored from the following institutions:

Oklahoma Judo Association - Master Coach (2 years)

United States Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame - Master Coach

Please join us in welcoming such an accomplished Professor to our organization.

Friday Night Fun - BJJ and Good Times

Every Friday evening at 6:30PM, we get together for Open Mat.  For those of you who are not familiar with this term, "Open Mat" refers to an informal grappling/technique building session.  All are welcome.   We do not scrutinize affiliations or pressure individuals for memberships.  It is for both Gi and No-Gi.  This is an inexpensive opportunity where you can work with instructors and higher level belts.  Both the lead instructor and assistant instructors will be available to answer questions and work on your technique or grapple.  When you are finished, we offer some beverages to our participants as a thank you for coming out.  

The cost for non-members is $10.00 for the evening.  We typically stay onsite for this service until approximately 9PM.  You are free to train for the duration that the facilitators are on site.  We offer a clean facility, friendly partners, and promote an injury-free environment.  We believe everyone's journey can be an engaging and fun experience.  If you are new to the facility, please sign the waiver below.  We look forward to seeing you.  

Grand Opening Success!

We were able to kick off the Grand Opening Celebration on July 10, 2018.  We had so much support and are so grateful for the BJJ community.  We hope that everyone who made it out had a wonderful time and comes to visit us again soon.  

As a No-Contract, No-Fuss gym, we are fostering a culture that promotes training and camaraderie with excellent customer service.  We believe that this gives those who train exclusively with one lineage the ability to exchange their techniques with new techniques and philosophies honed by RCJ Machado.  Grow together, learn together.  See you on the mats!