Russell –Actor, 36
“I started training Jiu-Jitsu with Josh Griffiths about a year ago as a way to get out of the house and do something active. It turned out to be one of the best things I have done for myself in a very long time. I have so much fun training at with everyone at Clockwork BJJ that I have to force myself to take a day off sometimes to rest. I’m 36 and I am in the best shape that I have ever been in.
While I’m training I am not thinking about work, money, or anything else that steals my focus throughout the day. I am totally in the moment and that alone is a wonderful gift to give yourself. The instruction you get at Clockwork BJJ is second to none. Not only is Josh an elite level Jiu-Jitsu player he is a phenomenal instructor. He has an ability to explain and impart technique in a way that helps you understand and apply what you learn so the rate of progression is quick. I started out with no prior grappling experience at all and I am very happy with how much I have learned in a few years. Another very important thing for me is the positive atmosphere at Clockwork BJJ, everyone is having fun and enjoying themselves while learning a very cool sport. We train hard, but we have a good time and a few laughs while doing it.”
Sebastian – Actor, 27
“I’ve done Jiu Jitsu for the past 5 years with Josh Griffiths and its changed my life for the better. I had no real athletic background upon starting in my mid twenties, and Jiu Jitsu completely changed my body. I gained functional strength and endurance that set a base for other athletics. I train Jiu Jitsu every day now, and its literally the best thing I’ve done with my life.
Jiu Jitsu helped make me confident in myself physically and mentally. The calming effect a session has must be experienced to fully understand. After I train everything else in the day is easier.
Josh has a way of breaking things down so that you can understand them. His teaching style makes learning something counter intuitive seem natural and fun. This was a big part of what kept me training and wanting to get better at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
The environment at Clockwork Jiu Jitsu that Josh has created is one of the most positive I’ve been around. It’s a big part of what keeps me coming to Clockwork. People are training hard, having fun, and getting in the best shape of their lives. No egos, with an emphasis on communication and learning. Everyone gets better because of it.”
Allen – Teacher, 54
“Training in BJJ with coach Josh is why I go to bed early the night before. I can’t wait to wake up before the rest of the world and train. I own that time together with highly dedicated dudes who share the same passion for BJJ with a great coach. Josh makes the learning environment professional, sequential and really fun by the music and jokes that fly around at key times. Josh breakes down a very complicated proven system of fighting, and works each move in the proper order. Sort of like building an estate where by you spend considerable time maping out the layout and figuring out what gets built first. We learn how to work the set up first before attempting a submission. Coach Josh uses contemporary concepts to help remember the moves. Names like “I-95″ and the “GoGetta.” Thanks Josh for being You. Spin.”
When I got home from my honeymoon, I was a happily married but never-
before-in-my-life-been-but-now-I-am-fat guy. I decided I wanted to do some regular form of exercise, not only to get back in shape, but also for fun and to add a level of balance to my life. My search ended when I found Clockwork Jiu Jitsu.
My training partners are awesome and it’s a really fun environment. (I tell my wife that it’s my “clubhouse”). Josh is not only a skilled black belt, he is also an open-minded and thoughtful instructor, who possesses an innate knack for teaching.
In my opinion, BJJ is notable different from other “martial arts” in three major ways:
- 1 - It’s lack of doctrine. The environment is determined almost entirely by the student body. At Clockwork Jiu Jitsu, you will not find thugs who aspire to be the next MMA superstar. Everyone is friendly, generous, and fun. There are no egos here, just friends who want to help each other improve.
- BJJ has no formal curriculum or consistency in the way it is taught. This makes if very hard to learn if your instructor doesn’t figure out some way to organize the material into a meaningful structure. Fortunately, Josh is a very thoughtful teacher and presents the material in an intuitive and logical fashion, which makes it easier for us to learn and helps us to improve without frustration.
- BJJ is very thoughtful, like chess. It is exciting to learn and the more you learn, the richer it becomes as more nuances and possiblities are revealed to you.
By the way, I am in the best shape I have ever been in my entire life. When you start, you’ll quickly learn that it’s serious cardio, but 2 months in, you’ll be used to it and you’ll never look back.