Shop Talk is a weekly column highlighting local businesses. This week, we talk to Wyatt Green of Oneonta Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
How long have you lived in the area?
All three of our instructors at Oneonta Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (myself, Matt Martindale and Ken Graig) grew up in the surrounding area, attended SUNY schools in central New York and ultimately decided that the Oneonta area is a pretty good place to live.
Tell me about your business:
Oneonta Brazilian Jiu Jitsu offers formal classes in traditional Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and no gi submission grappling, and also offers instruction and sparring opportunities for students to practice kickboxing and mixed martial arts (MMA).
Brazilian jujitsu is a grappling-based martial art that relies on overcoming an opponent through technique and leverage, rather than size or strength.
Submission grappling is essentially Brazilian jujitsu without using the traditional gi jacket and pants, which means that you can’t rely on gripping sleeves or collars to control your opponent. We also focus heavily on wrestling take-downs in this class.
By offering kickboxing as well, we provide the foundational skills for students who are interested in mixed martial arts.
We appeal to a wide range of students and our members include teenagers in high school as well as professionals in their 40s. Some are interested purely in jujitsu, whether it is for sport or self defense; others are interested in incorporating striking and building skills in MMA. Many students are looking for an enjoyable hobby or way to stay fit; others are training to actively compete in jujitsu or mixed martial arts events and have performed very well in recent grappling tournaments.
Describe a typical day in your business:
Our classes begin with warm up exercises designed to loosen up the body, increase strength and endurance and provide a review of techniques that have already been learned. Instructors then teach the specific techniques of the day. Students are given opportunities to practice while the instructor guides them and corrects their technique. Class usually finishes with sparring that enables students to practice their techniques against resisting opponents.