Jiu Jitsu for a Lifetime & Gracie Jiu Jitsu Weapons Self-Defense

Jiu Jitsu for a Lifetime

Saturday 9 December

This event is expired and no longer open for registration.

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Lavin Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness
655 Del Ganado Rd.
San Rafael CA 94903

About this event:

Jiu Jitsu for a Lifetime, or: How to Endure.

Are you a dedicated Brazilian jiu jitsu player or other martial artist? Do you intend to train in your sport for decades and through life's milestones? Steve has a lot to share on this topic.

In this seminar, Steve will present the movements, exercises, drills, and mental techniques he credits with keeping him in the grappling game for over a half-century.

  • Learn why jiu jitsu training on its own is not enough for superior physical fitness, and which supplemental measures every grappler and fighter should include in order to remain youthful, vigorous, and pain-free.
  • How the fighting arts -- especially the jiu jitsu "guard -- compromise the posture and what to do to correct
  • Learn Steve's singular shoulder complex that will keep your shoulders strong, mobile, and pain-free -- especially good for rounded shoulders, or internally-rotated arms
  • How and why over-gripping is harmful to the wrists and elbows -- plus a terrific exercise to overcome the effects of excessive grippping
  • The importance of foot and ankle integrity, strength, and mobility -- and what this has everything to do with preventing knee injuries
  • Why most jiu jitsu players suffer from gluteal amnesia -- and how to correct this
  • The major source of back and knee problems -- and how to improve your situation
  • Why most jiu jitsu players have poor abdominal muscle control, relying on hyperactive hip flexors to get the job done
  • Experience Steve's deep abdominal-activating drills to keep you out of pain and injury and in glowing spinal health
  • The importance of neck and spinal mobility -- and its direct relationship to youthfulness, mental and physical health, and injury prevention


Andrew Nerlich here, the 60-year old that came to some of your BJJ classes and your Jiu Jitsu for life seminar in Sydney. I thought you might like to hear an old man Jiu Jitsu story - I entered Black Belt Master 6 at the Sydney IBJJF Open and yesterday fought a 56 year old. He beat me on points but I was super stoked I went the distance.

Your dogpile drill really helped me stay calm on the bottom and successfully fend off multiple choke attempts. I'm doing my mobility exercises every day and after tapering for the comp is now over, intend to add one day a week of bodyweight strength training, following your seminar advice and your Bodyweight Basics video, to my four BJJ sessions.

Thanks Steve, and happy trails.

Click here and read Andrew's great blog post about his experiences at this seminar

Steve & The Team,

Just wanted to give you some feedback on the seminar.

I enjoyed it but only now am I starting to realise it could be life-changing.

I realised I've been overtraining, doing heavy lifting 3 times a week and BJJ twice a week. I've replaced my weight training with isometrics, stretching and loosening up exercises and already I feel better.

Above all the thing which has helped me though was what Steve showed us about shaking our bodies... I've actually been doing this for years because it felt good, but not as much as I could have as I had never seen or heard of anyone else doing it...

Knowing that there is also some science around it and seeing everyone do it at the seminar has encouraged me to do this on a daily basis without feeling quite so weird!

Steve is a great guy and I hope to see him again.



The price for this seminar is $100
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Gracie Jiu Jitsu Weapons Self-Defense

Sunday 10 December

This is event is expired and no longer open for registration.

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Lavin Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness
655 Del Ganado Rd.
San Rafael CA 94903

About this event:

"Helio Gracie told me one time, 'I could show you everything about jiu jitsu in just a few hours... and it would take you the rest of your life to master it.'" -- Steve Maxwell

Most people's experience with Brazilian jiu jitsu is primarily that of sports-oriented jiu jitsu. Most sparring sessions will start with a fist bump and immediately sitting on your butt on the floor.

That can be a fun game -- and Steve likes to play it, too, but, theres a part of Brazilian jiu jitsu that most players are never exposed to, and that is the classic self-defense, as taught by Master Helio Gracie and his progeny.

"I think every young man and woman owes it to themself to know how to handle themself in a realistic physical confrontation." -- Steve Maxwell

A crucial aspect of the Gracie system is defense against weapons. The jiu jitsu techniques against knife, stick, and gun are very well-thought out and effective defenses from these weapons.

While many jiu jitsu classes do address defenses from punches and kicks, few address attacks with weapons and every jiu jistu practitioner should back himself up with these techniques.

"Definitely have fun and play your sport -- but back yourself up with the confidence of mastery of the self-defense." -- Steve Maxwell

In this course you will learn

  • How to disarm a pistol-wielding assailant
  • When to take the gun -- and when not to
  • Six defenses to the most common knife attacks
  • How to disarm a knife-wielding assailant
  • Why a knife-to-the-throat (from behind) is actually the easiest disarming defense
  • How a simple spiral technique can redirect a stick attack and keep you out of harm's way
  • The importance of making -- and maintaining -- contact with the opponent
  • Effective takedowns and throws to put the enemy down to the ground
  • Devastating joint dislocates from the standing position
  • When to fight... and when not to fight

This material is nothing new -- it's been taught by the Gracies since the beginning of their time but Steve has observed in his travels that it is little-known.

Trust yourself to be able to handle yourself in a fight, using your own wits and physical ability.

God forbid you should ever need any of this stuff and I hope you never do. I advocate non-wiolence and avoidance wherever possible, but should you ever find yourself in a situation where this comes up, you will be thankful you took this course. -- Steve Maxwell

Steve is not promising that in one course you can master these techniques; Proficiency requires consistent practice.

Caveat: Learn the difference between the common street thugs and assailants and a professional stick or knife fighter. 99% of assailants out there are untrained in skills of stick, knife, and gun, and can therefore be disarmed -- and easier than you might think.

Learn why gun disarms are actually easier and much less dangerous than knife disarms.

Steve won't kid you: against a professional knife fighter, there is no defense other than shrinking... but most people carrying knives, and intending ill-will, are not trained, and will predictably make mistakes that can be exploited.

The same can be said about guns: most gangsters are not disiplined in gun handling, although you should not expect to be disarming anyone with professional police or military training.

Note: this is an entry-level seminar


The price for this seminar is $85
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More info: John Lavin, 415-479-5899 or Maxwell service desk