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August 2022

"We Train for War & Fight To Win"


June 10, 2018

Perseverance, Determination and  Dedication is the key to success. Do not get frustrated about your training it just takes time and patience. The most important thing is try not to miss classes a minimum of 2 -3 classes per week are required to improve, learn and advance in Jiu-Jitsu, MMA or any other arts we offer.  


In the beginning you might feel awkward, unbalanced or weak but in time you will gain tremendous strength and stamina. Beginner white belts must go through basics and beginner grappling ( No Tapouts Yet) Grappling for superior position is your starting point. In time your instructor will implement finishing moves, then full grappling about 10-14 classes.

As you start regular grappling leave your ego at the front door. We are family and friends and an ego at times can be a great hindrance to your progress as a grappler and making grappling and life long friends. As a beginner you will tap often. In reality nobody really likes to submit in front of the other students and spectators at their academy. This is a persons own ego that if not kept in check can causes discomfort or possible serious injury from not taping-out so try to overcome it.  In reality you will be dominated and at times if your doing MMA hit regularly during the initial stages of your training so  embrace it as part of the learning process. The time will come when you are the one causing the others to submit, but before then you will need to pay your dues. But remember that we are family first and we should not be learning jiu-jitsu to learn to dominate or hurt people or to prove that you are the toughest person around. You
should be really learn to empower and change your life in a positive manner.  "There is something you must understand you do not need a thousand different moves to be good at jiu-jitsu. There are so many grapplers out there who can demonstrate hundreds of techniques as well as the counters moves. Most of these guys cannot put a fraction of this technical knowledge into practice against a resisting and determined opponent. A technique only becomes a skill once you can use it successfully in a fight.


As Bruce Lee said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Replace ‘kicks’ with ‘armlocks’ or ‘chokes’ and the same holds true for grappling."

" A winner never quits and a quitter never wins"

* JiuJitsu Brother Hood


September 5th  2017

Instructor Unamann Spillmann son of Professor Spillmann is a proud Marine. He has moved his family and joined our academy after being honorably discharged from the marines. He is certified in TaeKwonDo, HapKido and the MACMAP program. He was a great competitor winning may Gold Medals.



GMA Team brings home nine medals

Gallatin Martial Arts does it again. On Feb. 10, GMA Martial Arts Center took seven students to compete at the Fuji Jiu-Jitsu Battle of the Boarders at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. The students representing GMA Martinal Arts, located on Locust Avenue in Gallatin, won seven gold and two silver medals in Gi and No-Gi divisions. These seven golds assisted in clinching a win for the state of Tennessee and the city of Gallatin. The students who competed in this event are: Kaleb Unamann, Gabe Alvarado, Elena Alvarado, Kacie Clark, Dalton Dixon, Matt Dullard and Ashley McGahey. The Jiu-Jitsu classes at GMA are taught by Rocian Gracie Jr. black belt, Professor Konrado & Assistant Adriano

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