JIU-JITSU STREET DEFENSE
THE JIU-JITSU STREET DEFENSE PROGRAM IS FOR ADULT BEGINNERS WHO WANT TO LEARN the CORE JIU-JITSU TECHNIQUES IN A FUN, SAFE AND COOPERATIVE ENVIRONMENT. EACH CLASS IS COMPRISED OF ONE-HOUR LESSONS, ADDRESSING ONE STANDING AND ONE GROUND SELF-DEFENSE TECHNIQUE. YOU CAN START THE PROGRAM AT ANY TIME AND PARTICIPATE IN ANY CLASS WITHOUT PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE. SAFETY IS OUR #1 PRIORITY, SO THERE IS NO COMPETITIVE SPARRING INVOLVED. UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAM, YOU WILL BE eligible to test for your BLUE BELT AND CONSIDERED "STREET READY". YOU THEN QUALIFY TO CONTINUE YOUR JOURNEY BEYOND BLUE BELT. JIU-JITSU ALSO CONSISTS OF HUNDREDS OF ADVANCED TECHNIQUES ORGANIZED INTO A CLEARLY DEFINED, SYSTEMATIC CURRICULUM.
WE RECOMMEND COMFORTABLE SPORTSWEAR CLOTHING (NO STREET CLOTHES OR JEWELRY).
Friday: 11:30am - 12:30Pm (with Chris ANdrews)
sUNDAY: 11:30am - 12:30Pm (with Jason Sodenkamp)
JASON SODENKAMP HAS TRAINED EXCLUSIVELY UNDER RORION, RYRON, AND RENER GRACIE (OF GRACIE JIU-JITSU FAME) SINCE 2003 AND WAS AWARDED HIS BROWN BELT IN 2015. HE HAD EARLY SUCCESS IN TOURNAMENTS DURING HIS FIRST 3 YEARS, BUT DECIDED TO TURN HIS FOCUS TOWARD THE "STREET" SELF-DEFENSE ASPECT OF GRACIE JIU-JITSU. HIS INSTRUCTORS SAW POTENTIAL IN HIM TO TEACH, AND BY 2007, HE WAS AN ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR AT THE GRACIE ACADEMY IN TORANCE, CA. BEGINNING IN 2008. JASON PARTICIPATED IN THE FIRST OF SEVERAL SUBSEQUENT INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS OFFERED AT THE GRACIE ACADEMY. HE BEGAN A SHORT INTERNSHIP IN DECEMBER 2011, AND BECAME THE HEAD INSTRUCTOR AT THE CERTIFIED TRAINING CENTER IN HOLLYWOOD IN 2012. AT THAT TIME, JASON ALSO BEGAN TEACHING BEGINNER AND ADVANCED CLASSES AT THE NEWLY OPENED GRACIE ACADEMY IN BEVERLY HILLS. HE WAS THEN AWARDED HIS INSTRUCTOR BARS, AS A PURPLE BELT, BY RYRON GRACIE. IN JULY 2015, GRACIE JIU-JITSU MERGED WITH THE BEVERLY HILLS LOCATION, WHERE JASON CONTINUES TO TEACH GROUP AND PRIVATE CLASSES, BEGINNER TO ADVANCED STUDENTS.
JASON TEACHES HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS EVERY YEAR AND IS PASSIONATE ABOUT HIS MISSION TO MAKE THE WORLD A SAFER PLACE WITH THESE LIFE-SAVING TECHNIQUES AND EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS TO TAKE ON A PATH OF TOTAL WELLNESS IN THEIR LIVES. HE IS DEDICATED TO UPHOLDING THE VALUES AND STANDARDS THAT GRAND MASTER HELIO DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO.
Chris andrews received his blue belt from the gracie academy in 2014 under the instruction of jason sodenkamp. he continues to study jiu-jitsu as well as other styles of self-defense and is currently an orange belt karate student at knowles karate academy. chris believes that anyone who desires to learn to defend themselves should be allowed that opportunity. he is eager to share what he has learned in order to help others learn how to be safe as well as gain self-confidence.