my first brazilian jujitsu class

I always thought I was a lover not a fighter, but after taking my first Brazilian Jujitsu class at Spartacus Gym tonight, I realize that all I was was a fighter without his tools. How good would a knight be in battle without his sword or shield? Not very. So it was cool for me to feel excited and empowered when the simplest grip and escape techniques I tried with my partner were successful. I wasn’t expecting to gain so much confidence from one class. I’m really looking forward to taking more classes and developing enough techniques so that one day I can assist Roy* in teaching. I would love to teach these Brazilian Jujitsu self-defence and self-mastery techniques to women and teens. For more information about the martial arts classes offered at Spartacus Gym, please visit the website:

*Roy Duquette is the owner and operator of Spartacus Gym and has been my mentor and business partner since 2005.


About Annika Voelpel

* former director of health & fitness programs at the sutton place hotel * former head therapist of duquette strength clinic * entering 10th year as a professional trainer * registered kinesiologist and active-rehabilitation specialist * level 1 track & field, gymnastics, dance, and aquatics coach * certified in the postural reprogramming system (PRS) * certified pilates instructor and acupressure massage practitioner * sports nutrition and healthy-cooking expert * seminar speaker and former presenter at the global youth assembly * former national level gymnast and competitive dancer * former varsity track and field competitor * experienced fitness model
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4 Responses to my first brazilian jujitsu class

  1. ami palmer says:

    careful! BJJ is highly addictive!

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