Texarkana Jiu Jitsu is
the premier martial arts
training facility in
Texarkana. We are NOT a
Karate (Shotokan Karate, Kempo
Karate, or Kenpo
Karate), Tae Kwon Do (tkd),
or a 'ninjitsu' school.
We are a reality based
martial arts school that
teaches Brazilian Jiu
Jitsu (BJJ) and Mixed
Martial Arts (MMA - as
seen in the UFC). We
weren't a karate or tae
kwon do school that
learned a little bjj or
mma. We have classes
taught by 2 Brazilian
Jiu Jitsu black belts.
We have a very
successful grappling and
MMA competition team,
but really most of our
students aren't fighters
- they are normal
everyday people that
want to get in better
shape, have fun, learn
self defense, while
reducing the stress that
they experience in their
You can find out more
about what we have to
offer by contacting us
OUR ADULT BJJ and MMA MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES:
What can you expect in our our
1. Learn a highly effective self defense system
(Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, also known as Gracie Jiu Jitsu after the Gracie family
that developed this system in Brazil).
These techniques could save your
life or the life of someone in your family.
2. Get in great shape quickly to improve your health and self confidence. You can get in the
best shape of your life without running for endless hours on a treadmill. You
will feel more confident as you lose body fat and improve muscular conditioning.
Get in shape by working out with a purpose!
3. Relax, have fun and reduce stress. Participation in our classes allows you to
forget about work and other problems that you may be facing in your life. You
will find that classes are an excellent escape from many of life’s stresses.
You won't feel out of place in our
adult classes and beginning students are always welcome!
5. Participate in
one of the fastest growing sports in the United States.
Students that are interested in competing have the opportunity to participate in
many local, national and international events. This provides an excellent outlet
for those with a more competitive nature to participate in an individual sport
against others. Our students have experienced phenomenal success in
6. Classes are taught in a fun, relaxed environment.
You won't have to make funny faces, yell kiaaa, or bow to a 'master.' Side note:
I was thinking of placing a life size statue of me in the school and having
everyone bow to it before and after class, but it was met with fierce resistance
so I have put this on temporary hold. But seriously, these
activities are related to other martial arts, but are not necessary to improve
your self confidence, discipline, fitness (or anything else).
7. Every one is welcome, regardless of experience. Our classes are open to the
absolute beginner to those with years of experience in various martial arts - AND
you won't feel out of place. We enjoy helping those just starting out in the
8. Your current physical condition should not prevent you from experiencing the
benefits of training. Students range from mothers wanting to get back in shape
after a pregnancy to athletes with years of training to kids with boundless
energy. It is not too late to start, we can help YOU accomplish more in
life - call us today (903-793-1085).
Texarkana Jiu Jitsu bases
of its programs on functional training, training that works. We are unlike any
other school in the area.
Texarkana Jiu Jitsu offers its students
cutting-edge, modern martial arts instruction from
the only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt in East Texas!
We offer only the most proven and highly effective martial
arts training available. We also utilize modern coaching techniques for
We will never waste training time by
performing mindless movements that don't work in real life. We believe that if
something doesn't work, then it has no place in training. Not only that, but we
practice techniques safely and have an excellent safety record at our school.
Beginners are always welcome and you can start NOW with a no risk, special offer
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU CLASS
Jitsu /BJJ (that
were originally brought to our country by the Gracie family and Royce Gracie who
proved its effectiveness in the early MMA fights (UFC)) Classes are perfect for
men and women to be introduced to martial arts in a safe
environment. Classes are taught by a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt
class will allow
you the opportunity to develop solid, technical
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills while improving your fitness levels (no
matter what that level may be now). Students have the opportunity to
compete for our highly successful BJJ team (if interested).
the style of fighting that has proven itself as a dominant force in fighting
competitions held over the entire globe!
We can help you achieve your goals, no matter what your goals are:
learning self-defense skills
or even competing
amateur and professionally
at Texarkana Jiu Jitsu you'll find a program that suits your needs.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS CLASS
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) classes are
taught by a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt (Dr. Hagebusch). Techniques utilized
include striking (primarily from boxing and thai boxing modified for MMA),
clinching (primarily from wrestling and thai boxing - modified for MMA), and
ground work (primarily from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - modified from MMA).
MMA classes will be available for students that
have developed good basic BJJ skills first (also note: some basic elements
of MMA are incorporated into our BJJ classes)
MMA students must also be enrolled in BJJ classes.
classes are structured to ensure safety of
excellent workout for getting in better shape
serious students have the opportunity to join and
compete for our highly regarded MMA team (if interested)
team competitors with their current record, (other team members have not fought
Channing Ward (2-1)
K Lewis (1-0)
Daniel Weber (1-0)
Brian Henry (1-0)
Richard Wareheim (1-0)
INTERNET ONLY ADULT SPECIAL
GET A FREE WEEK OF ANY AND ALL CURRENT ADULT MARTIAL ARTS and
FITNESS CLASSES (does not include UBC Cardio Kickboxing Bootcamp- but
see above for special offer on UBC).
This special unlimited training offer is worth over $100.
This special offer includes unlimited
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training and Kettlebell Fitness Training. That's a week of training-
come to one or come to all of the classes!
OR e-mail your
name, which class you are interested in, and when you would like to start your
(you must mention the internet special )!
Limited time offer will end without warning;
for new students only!
RISK, NO HASSLE, 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
If you are not satisfied with our classes for any reason
during the first 30 days of your adult martial arts training, then we will
refund 100% of your tuition without any hassles!
You really have no risk and there is no
reason not to take advantage of our special offer.
email us here to find out when you
can start experiencing our classes.
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Marc Hagebusch © Copyright 2009. All rights
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Texarkana Adult Martial Arts (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, BJJ,
Mixed Martial Arts, MMA)
History of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is considered the most
effective form of self-defense in the world.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Gracie Jiu Jitsu is a
martial art indigenous to Brazil. It was founded and developed by the Gracie
family. The art was derived from Kodokan Judo, western wrestling, and various
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu utilizes grappling techniques
to control and subdue any opponent utilizing holds, arm locks, chokes, leg
locks, and strikes. This strategy takes away the advantage of a larger, stronger
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu favors simple techniques that
were tested in numerous challenge matches by the Gracie family and their
students. In Vale Tudo (which means "anything goes") tournaments in Brazil,
Gracie family members and their students have fought in these no-holds barred
fighting matches for over 65 years and have fared very well against a multitude
of combative arts both western and asian. Many traditional martial arts have
lost their combative rationale and ability. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has led the way
in changing traditional martial arts and ‘self defense’ classes.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has proven itself, with real
confrontations being won again and again, as the most effective form of
self-defense in the world. It is now the basis of mixed martial arts or "Vale-Tudo"
tournaments and has a large sport competition following. BJJ has something for
everyone from the competitive athlete to the weekend warrior. Law enforcement
and the military use BJJ as their main self-defense system for hand-to-hand
The sportive aspect of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is
embodied in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments. Competitors wear judo "jackets" and
pants just like their Judo counterparts except the rules favor strategies and
techniques that are oriented towards combat effectiveness.
Jiu Jitsu tournaments divide competitors by age,
belt rank, and weight class. Time limits are generally five to ten minutes,
depending on belt rank. Matches start with both competitiors standing, on a
floor with a padded mat. A tap out from submission ends the match. If time runs
out without a submission, points determine the winner.
Many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu students are also
interested in open submission grappling tournaments (different points rules,
usually no gi), or Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
In the mid-1800's in Japan, there were a large
number of styles ("ryu") of jiu-jitsu (sometimes spelled "jujitsu"). Techniques
varied between ryu, but generally included all manner of unarmed combat
(strikes, throws, locks, chokes, wrestling, etc.) and occasionally some weapons
training. One young but skilled master of a number of jiu-jitsu styles, Jigoro
Kano, founded his own ryu and created the martial art Judo (aka Kano-ryu
jiu-jitsu) in the 1880's. One of Kano's primary insights was to include
full-power practice against resisting, competent opponents, rather than solely
rely on the partner practice that was much more common at the time.
One of Kano's students was Mitsuo Maeda, who was also known as Count Koma
("Count of Combat"). Maeda emigrated to Brazil in 1914. He was helped a great
deal by the Brazilian politician Gastão Gracie, whose father George Gracie had
emigrated to Brazil himself from Scotland. In gratitude for the assistance,
Maeda taught jiu-jitsu to Gastao's son Carlos Gracie. Carlos in turn taught his
brothers Osvaldo, Gastão Jr., Jorge, and Helio.
In 1925, Carlos and his brothers opened their first jiu-jitsu academy, and
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was born in Brazil.
At this point, the base of techniques in BJJ was similar to those in Kano's Judo
academy in Japan. As the years progressed, however, the brothers (notably Carlos
and Helio) and their students refined their art via brutal no-rules fights, both
in public challenges and on the street. Particularly notable was their
willingness to fight outside of weight categories, permitting a skilled small
fighter to attempt to defeat a much larger opponent.
They began to concentrate more and more on submission ground fighting,
especially utilizing the guard position. This allowed a weaker man to defend
against a stronger one, bide his time, and eventually emerge victorious.
In the 1970's, the undisputed jiu-jitsu champion in Brazil was Rolls Gracie. He
had taken the techniques of jiu-jitsu to a new level. Although he was not a
large man, his ability to apply leverage using all of his limbs was
unprecedented. At this time the techniques of the open guard and its variants
(spider guard, butterfly guard) became a part of BJJ. Rolls also developed the
first point system for jiu-jitsu only competition. The competitions required
wearing a gi, awarded points (but not total victories) for throws and takedowns,
and awarded other points for achieving different ground positions (such as
passing an opponent's guard). After Rolls' death in a hang-gliding accident,
Rickson Gracie became the undisputed (and undefeated!) champion, a legend
throughout Brazil and much of the world. He has been the exemplar of Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu technique for the last two decades, since the early 1980's, in both
jiu-jitsu competition and no-rules MMA competition.
Jiu-jitsu techniques have continued to evolve as the art is constantly tested in
both arenas. For example, in the 1990's Roberto "Gordo" Correa, a BJJ black
belt, injured one of his knees, and to protect his leg he spent a lot of
practice time in the half-guard position. When he returned to high-level
jiu-jitsu competition, he had the best half-guard technique in the world. A
position that had been thought of as a temporary stopping point, or perhaps a
defensive-only position, suddenly acquired a new complexity that rapidly spread
throughout the art.
In the early 1990's, Rorion Gracie moved from Brazil to Los Angeles. He wished
to show the world how well the Gracie art of jiu-jitsu worked. In Brazil,
no-rules Mixed Martial Art (MMA) contests (known as "vale tudo") had been
popular since Carlos Gracie first opened his academy in 1925, but in the world
at large most martial arts competition was internal to a single style, using the
specialized rules of that style's practice.
Rorion and Art Davie conceived of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. This was a
series of pay-per-view television events in the United States that began in
1993. They pitted experts of different martial arts styles against each other in
an environment with very few rules, in an attempt to see what techniques "really
worked" when put under pressure. Rorion also entered his brother Royce Gracie,
an expert in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as one of the contestants.
Royce dominated the first years of the UFC against all comers, amassing eleven
victories with no fighting losses. At one event he defeated four different
fighters in one night. This, from a fighter that was smaller than most of the
others (at 170 lbs, in an event with no weight classes), looked thin and
scrawny, and used techniques that most observers, even experienced martial
artists, didn't understand.
In hindsight, much of Royce's success was due to the fact that he understood
very well (and had trained to defend against) the techniques that his opponents
would use, whereas they often had no idea what he was doing to them. In
addition, the ground fighting strategy and techniques of BJJ are among the most
sophisticated in the world. Besides the immediate impact of an explosion of
interest in BJJ across the world (particularly in the US and Japan), the lasting
impact of Royce's early UFC dominance is that almost every successful MMA
fighter now includes BJJ as a significant portion of their training.
Tae Kwon Do and karate martial arts classes
have long been offered in our town, but now for the first time, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ, also known as Gracie
Jiu Jitsu) is now offered in Texarkana, TX (on Stateline Ave, across the street
from Arkansas (AR)). These BJJ martial arts classes are markedly different from
Tae Kwon Do and karate martial arts classes, the techniques actually work in
real life and you (or your child) won't have to kick someone in the head!
Submission Grappling (aka Submission
Wrestling - as seen in ADCC matches in Abu Dhabi) is derived from BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), Freestyle Wrestling, Greco
Roman Wrestling, Judo, Sambo, and other Grappling Arts. Submission Grappling (aka
Submission Wrestling) is offered at Texarkana Jiu Jitsu located in Texarkana, TX
(on Stateline Ave, across the street from Arkansas). Again, these aren't Tae
Kwon Do and karate martial arts classes.
Classes also in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA, a
combination of Muay Thai Boxing, Kickboxing, Wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu;
with elements of karate (like shotokan karate and other japanese karate styles, tae kwon do (TKD),
hapkido (and other korean martial arts), Jeet Kun Do (JKD), Judo, Sambo, and
other martial arts) which have become extremely popular with the rise of the
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and its reality show, the Ultimate Fighter
(TUF). These MMA classes are now offered in Texarkana, Texas. MMA classes do not
utilize kata like Tae Kwon Do and karate martial arts classes.
Kettlebell fitness and conditioning classes
and bootcamps (and our new cardio kickboxing bootcamp - UBC, Ultimate
Bodyshaping Course) are now offered in
Texarkana, TX (on Stateline Ave, across the street from Arkansas (AR)).
Kettlebells are a workout tool that can provide strong cardio benefits, improve
muscle tone, reduce body fat, improve health, and strengthen the core.
Kettlebells have been used for years in Russia for getting in shape, losing
weight, developing athletic power,
endurance, strength, and core stability that is so important for sports and your
daily life. They can help reduce the likelihood of injury while improving cardio
Dr. Marc Hagebusch is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)
black belt and the only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) black belt in East Texas.
We also offer local (Texarkana on the TX side,
but literally across the street from Arkansas (AR)) kids martial arts classes in Brazilian
Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) that replace the traditional martial arts classes like kids karate
martial arts classes and kids tae kwon do (TKD) martial arts classes that have been popular in the past.
You should know
that the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is more commonly referred to as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
(BJJ). Muay Thai is often referred to as Thai Boxing or kickboxing. Mixed
Martial Arts (made popular by The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) tv show and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (aka UFC) is
more often referred to as MMA.
Jiu Jitsu) and MMA ((Mixed Martial Arts) composed of Muay Thai Kickboxing,
Submission Grappling (made popular by Abu Dhabi, ADCC), Boxing, BJJ (Brazilian
Jiu Jitsu), Karate, TKD (tae kwon do), Judo, Sambo, Wrestling, and other Martial
Arts) is now offered in Texarkana, TX (on Stateline Ave, across the street from
provide a cardio workout that is more effective than cardio kickboxing classes,
bootcamp classes, circuit training bootcamps, karate classes, and tae kwon do classes. The martial arts
classes and cardio kickboxing bootcamps offered at Texarkana Jiu Jitsu (Texarkana, TX (on Stateline Ave, across
the street from Arkansas (AR)) in MMA and BJJ (these are not Tae Kwon Do and
karate martial arts classes) provide an exceptional cardio
workout that literally blows away traditional cardio kickboxing classes – you
will lose body fat, get in shape, reduce stress, develop better focus, improve
attention (ADD), improve discipline, and have fun. Cardio kickboxing classes and
often more limited in the scope of exercises and do not develop the postural or core
strength and stability of our BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Gracie Jiu Jitsu), MMA
(Mixed Martial Arts – popularized by the UFC), or OUR (Texarkana Jiu Jitsu)
Cardio Kickboxing Bootcamps and Fitness classes- like kettlebell fitness and
weight loss classes.
Our martial arts
classes provide a better workout than cardio kickboxing or traditional bootcamp and provide you with
real self defense skills that could save your life one day. The martial arts and
fitness classes and bootcamps will
cause you to reduce fat, lose weight, gain strength and endurance, improve
cardio, improve self defense, improve self confidence and discipline, and reduce
We have martial
that are successful amateur and professional MMA (Mixed Martial Arts – made
popular by the UFC or Ultimate Fighting Championship) fighters. Fighters that
have competed and won in kickboxing / muay thai kickboxing, submission grappling
/ submission wrestling, and BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu aka Gracie Jiu Jitsu, not
Tae Kwon Do and karate martial arts classes).