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In less than two weeks, Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will open its Menifee facility. Considered to be the world’s best self-defense, the art of jiu-jitsu uses the body’s weight as leverage instead of speed or size, making it a successful martial art for even those who are smaller or weaker. There is no punching or kicking in jit-jitsu like in karate and kung fu, but more so strategy and thinking.
“It’s not a race, it’s a journey that you take at your own pace,” says owner and instructor Orlando Alonso.
Alonso has been practicing martial arts for over 20 years with seven solid years of on the mat experience, and has developed not only an admiration for the sport, but a real love for teaching the techniques. With a passion for the art of jiu-jitsu and the Carlson Gracie name to back him, he will open the first Menifee chapter on April 29, along with his wife Amy, and son Elric. Orlando trained and earned his rank directly from Carlson Gracie Jr. himself, so opening a studio under his name is not only a dream but an honor.
Orlando has lived in Menifee for six years but has been training at Carlson Gracie in Temecula, and thus saw a need for a jiu-jitsu right here in Menifee.
“I like to see people change,” he explains, when asked what he enjoys most about teaching jiu-jitsu. “I’ve seen small women defeat large men, and witnessed overweight individuals begin losing weight immediately.”
Because jiu-jitsu relies on leverage and not strength, it’s for any body.
“There is a lot of thinking involved with jiu-jitsu,” says Amy. “You have to figure out the puzzle.”
Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Menifee offers classes Monday through Friday for all skill levels and all ages, both child and adult. From now until April 29, the first 12 people to sign up for classes will receive a complimentary private training session as well.
Website: Carlson Gracie Menifee
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