|3/11/2014 2:03:00 PM|
Outlaw Martial Arts offers Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes
|Master K and Roy Dean have created a new Sisters program. photo by Gary Yoder|
By Gary YoderMarty Kaczmarek, the founder of Outlaw Martial Arts, has added a new element to his program in Sisters.
"I'm very excited to be affiliated with the Roy Dean Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy and teaching Brazilian jiu-jitsu at my school here in Sisters," said Kaczmarek, who leads a successful Taekwondo school in Sisters. Kaczmarek is a sixth-degree taekwondo black belt, and is known as Master K to his students.
"Sensei Roy Dean is very well known for his knowledge and teaching style all over the world, and has affiliates in several countries," said Kaczmarek.
Like Master K, Roy Dean has been training in martial arts most of his life and is an expert in several different styles. While living in Japan as an exchange student, he trained in and became a black belt in judo. Upon returning to the U.S., he began training in aikido and earned a black belt. He holds black belts in two other Japanese martial arts styles as well. In 1997 he became a student of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and now is a second-degree black belt. He operates his academy in Bend.
"Outlaw Martial Arts in Sisters is a growing resource," said Dean. "It's vibrant. Marty is seeking knowledge and sharing it with his students in Sisters. There's a synergy with our academy in Bend. Marty is a very accomplished and respected teacher of taekwondo, and now he is rediscovering martial arts through this new style. He's been training Brazilian jiu-jitsu informally for years and now, with me, very intensively for over six months, five classes per week. His vast martial arts teaching experience allows him to effectively pass on these skills to his students."
Unlike taekwondo and karate, which are predominately stand-up striking styles, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is predominately grappling, or ground fighting. Practitioners use leverage, holds, joint manipulation and submission techniques to immobilize an opponent.
"I stress longevity," said Dean. "Brazilian jiu-jitsu is very strenuous - yet low-impact when done properly. The intensity of the art is working with live, dynamic resistance. Among practitioners, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is like a chess match. It's creative problem-solving, so it's a creative and personalized art."
On training with Sensei Dean, Master K says, "I love being here. Roy Dean has a tremendous amount of knowledge to share. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is something that anyone can do and enjoy. 'The Gentle Art' is its nick-name, and it really fits.
"Any martial arts discipline can offer the possibility of self-discovery," said Dean, "but Brazilian jiu-jitsu is particularly deep. The journey requires humility, perseverance, flexibility, awareness and sensitivity. There are no shortcuts in the process, and because of the rigors of training, the student will develop all of these attributes, and more. Increased strength and coordination, confidence, and a calm, centered awareness are just a few of the benefits."
A longtime taekwondo practitioner who recently joined the Brazilian jiu-jitsu class said; "I really enjoy it. The class is informal, almost casual. I'm getting a great workout and learning new skills in a very relaxed, friendly environment. It's noncompetitive and everyone is just there to learn and help each other."
Outlaw Martial Arts is located on Hood Avenue in Sisters. Contact them at 541-406-0662 or visit their website, www.outlawmartialarts.com. The Roy Dean Academy is on Pence Lane in Bend. Contact them at 541-390-1745 or visit their website: www.roydeanacademy.com.
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