Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and COVID-19

March 15, 2020 

The date that changed the landscape of martial arts training.  The State of Illinois put a shelter in place mandate in place to help hospitals and medical professionals from being overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases.  Because of this request, Frequency Martial Arts closed its doors to teammates and the public.

Two-weeks, turned to several-weeks and several-weeks became months. Frequency Martial Arts offered Zoom classes while closed to help teammates stay active. On June 1, Frequency Martial Arts reopened to teammates and NON-MEMBERS began calling to learn if we were open.

Back On The Mats

As teammates returned, they needed to reserve their spots because we could only have 8 teammates in the school. Additional protocols were also added to the Health & Hygiene protocols.  These new protocols included having teammates take their temperature and use the restroom before coming to class.  These new protocols were put in place to help limit contact to doorknobs at the school.  Teammates also have their temperature checked as they enter the school to ensure they do not have a fever.  Their hands and feet are sprayed with sanitizer as they prepare to step onto the mats.

Phase Four

On July 1, 2020 gatherings of 50 individuals were allowed in Illinois.  The doors reopened to the public and we were flooded with trial classes.  These individuals wanted to take charge of their health.  Some were parents who were looking to enroll their child into an activity and over 30 new members joined the team since reopening the school.  

Frequency Martial Arts will continue to offer classes for our youth and adult teammates who continue to do their part to keep the teammates and their families healthy.

November 2020

The 7-Day Rolling Positivity Rate for McLean County went over 10%.  To ensure we continue to keep the facility safe for our teammates, we are having all intro class participants schedule their classes 21-days out while they continue to practice their efforts to remain healthy.  When McLean County drops under a 7-Day Rolling Positivity Rate of 8%, we will resume booking intro classes within 24-hours of contact.

If you would like to schedule a tour of our facility or a free intro class, simply select the program that interests you.

Drilling vs. Rolling

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Which do you prefer?

When it comes to training jiu jitsu you will find that there are THREE camps when it comes to these two aspects of training.

  1. People who love to drill, but dislike rolling/sparring.
  2. People who hate to drill and only want to roll.
  3. The people that do both.

When it comes to your training, the ultimate goal is to get better.

Every single class that you come to is an opportunity for you to improve on what you were working on the previous day.  You should push yourself in your training, whether it’s going all the way down the mats during line drills, getting extra reps when you are drilling techniques or doing one live sparring round at the end of class.

When you roll/spar, you are going to be tested as your partner looks to pass, sweep, submit and control the round as you look to counter their moves to stay ahead.  You’re going to be put in uncomfortable positions and over time you will become more comfortable in those positions as you gain the confidence in the techniques you have to escape from those bad positions.   During your rounds, you are going to see if you really know what you are supposed to be doing in various situations.

The downside to rolling is that you are at a greater risk of injury. 

Drilling on the other hand will improve your knowledge of the technique as you break down the small details that make the technique effective as you build the muscle memory to execute the move.  As you increase the muscle memory through the drills, you will be building a solid foundation as you fine-tune the movements of the technique.

Rolling is the heart of what makes jiu jitsu work. When it comes to rolling,  you can start off in a bad position or a neutral position as you work to secure a submission.  These rounds can be intense, so make sure if you are dishing it out that you are also prepared to take it as your teammate looks to control to situation.  Having a good knowledge and feel of your teammate will help you determine how “hard” you should be going.

Injuries take time to heal, so you want to make sure that you’re not in full tournament mode when you are training with your teammates.  Both of you should be able to walk out of the school and be able to work the next morning.

You will also discover what you need to work on as not everything will go as planned.  You’ll miss submissions, have your guards passed and get swept.  Make notes of these missteps and focus your time on cleaning them up.

What a perfect segue into why you should spend quality time drilling the technique!

When you start out, drilling will help you learn the steps of a single technique.  You’ll understand why you move a certain way as you build your foundation by breaking down the details of the techniques.  Having the correct form is key to improving the techniques that were failing you when you were rolling.

As you drill, you and your coaches will be able to easily identify a bad technique that may have been missed during the rolling portion of your training that could have been viewed as your partner simply countering or defending your technique.

The downside of drilling is that it simply isn’t realistic.  

While you are building muscle memory, if you spend too much time on the drill, you will miss out on your ability to react to what your teammate is doing.

To really get better, you should be doing both: Drill and Roll!

Five Years

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Where Do You See Yourself In FIVE Years?

If you would have asked me that in 2015, I wouldn’t have imagined that I would be in my current position.


In 2015, I was in my 13th year working in rock radio; getting paid to play songs that I love on the radio while sharing my thoughts on current events and things taking place in my life.  The owner of the jiu jitsu school I had been training at for the last two-years had decided to close the school down but gave me the opportunity to buy the school from him.

My amazing wife supported me to take the leap but she also gave me a hard deadline to make the school pay for itself.  THANK YOU MOLLY FOR THE SUPPORT!  There were NINE full-time students when I took ownership of the school.  As of this post, the atmosphere created by the team has allowed the school to grow to 100 students!

A year after rebranding the school, after changes with management at the radio station that I had worked at since 2002, I decided to leave at take my services across town.  Again, with the amazing support and encouragement from my wife, I took that leap.  Going from playing the music I love and seeing all those concerts as “part of the job” to go play TOP 40 music, i.e. Maroon Five, Sia, Justin Timberlake was tough.  However, it was better hours, pay and more time to run the jiu jitsu school since my workday was done at 11a.


In April of 2018, I pulled the trigger and moved the school out of its original location that was under a bridge, limited parking and lighting.  While the rent was cheap, the school was growing and I had just found out that the limited parking that I did have was about to be even less spots due to the city fencing off the lot we were using.


Just 6-months after the move, my bosses at the radio station asked me to change my position within the company.  Going from being on the air, to sales.  I had spent 15-years being on a microphone and now I’m being asked to knock on doors to get business owners to spend marketing dollars with me.  It was a little nerve racking and I honestly thought the I wouldn’t last 6-months. 

The pressure was on to grow the school in case radio sales flopped.

It’s been close to two-years since the move to radio sales.  I have been excelling at the position and hitting my weekly goals.  I’ve applied what I have learned on the jiu jitsu mats and from running the school to my daily routines of working with the business owners that I meet.

There is never going to be a “perfect time” to do something.  The time is going to pass, so I encourage you to take that leap as the uncertainty of what’s on the other side could be the motivation that you need to being even happier.


Where were you five years ago?  What did you do that led you to your current situation?  What actions are you going to take to get to the goals you are setting for the next five years?

Where do you want to be in FIVE years?

Is Jiu Jitsu Right For Me?

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Frequency Martial Arts has been offering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes for children as young as FIVE in addition to adults since 2015.  Many of the new teammates that come to our academy are worried that they have never trained BJJ or martial arts before.  That’s not an issue as everyone that trains on the mats has been the NEW student and they are all here to help you improve.  Simply take it one class at a time.

What Are You Looking For?

Are the classes for you or your child?

  • If they are for your child, have they been bullied?
  • Do you want to learn a new skill?
  • Are you looking to improve your heath, fitness and mental wellbeing? 

 The teammates on the mats all have their own reasons as to why they train, but one reason that they all share is it help their teammates improve as they work towards their goals.

Find The Right School For YOU!

Is Frequency Martial Arts the right fit for you and your family?  We would hope so, but we encourage everyone to do their own research on the various martial arts programs that are offered.  Contact the schools and tour their facilities before you join a club.  Talk to members, other parents and do a Google Search to see reviews of the school as-well-as the instructors at the school.

  • How many classes are offered AND how often do they allow you to train?
  • Drop in to observe the class structure and get a feel for the atmosphere. 
  • What qualifications do the coaches and professors have?
  • Do they have Policies and Procedures in place?
  • What measures are in place for your safety?

If they don’t answer your questions to your satisfaction or make you feel uncomfortable in any way, it would be best to walk away. 

Am I Too Old?

This goes back to our first question: What are you looking for?

Once you know why you want to train jiu jitsu, that will help you determine which club is right for you.

To answer your question: No, you’re not to old to train, just make sure you listen to your body and avoid over doing it.  You will be moving your body in unfamiliar ways, you’ll be sore and you’ll improve your conditioning by easing into your training.  Understand your limitations and don’t be tempted to over do it, because you will regret it later.

Medical Conditions?

There is risk of injury doing any form of martial arts.  Be sure to speak with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise program.  Once you have been given the green light from your medical professional, simply let the coaching staff know.  Your coach is going to push you to improve during classes.  Make his job easier to help you improve by sharing that information.  The coach will then be able to modify the movements for you.

You're The Customer

When you find the school that is right for you and your needs, remember that you are still the customer.  Express your concerns with the owner when they come up and be sure to take it one class at a time.  Jiu Jitsu will enrich your life by improving your fitness levels, confidence, concentration, flexibility, self discipline, socialization and perseverance.  To be successful at Jiu Jitsu, is like anything else:  you need to be dedicated to improving.  Show up to class with an open mind, be optimistic and have the courage to practice the movements.

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