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This is Jim Phifer. The guy with the 3 kids who attended your Virginia seminars. First of all both seminars were outstanding. The energy level in that room was off the hook. We are still pumped up and we can't wait to train with you again.
I hope I did not ramble too much when we last spoke. I get so excited when I talk about Gracie Combatives that sometimes it is hard for me to get the words out. What I meant to say was........"I love Gracie Combatives" I never thought that I would be able to learn real Gracie Jiu Jitsu because I live in the middle of nowhere. I am a former DT (defensive tactics) instructor with over 20 years of Law Enforcement experience. I am only interested in self defense. I have never been in a tournament, I have never seen one, and I don't even know the rules.
In all of my Law Enforcement training it always bothered me that what I thought were the 3 most important things were never properly taught how to deal with, these were: The Haymaker Punch, The Tackle, and the Headlock. As soon as I previewed Gracie Combatives I knew that I had found what I had been searching for my entire career. I was serious when I told you that the Gracie Bullyproof Techniques that you teach to 3 and 4 year olds are better than the techniques I was taught as a Police Officer and as an Intensive Probation Officer.
This stuff works! Can I beat a more experienced, sport Jiu-Jitsu player at this point? Not Likely. Can I successfully defend myself against a crazed mental patient who is 1/2 my age and twice my size and trying to puch my head off? Yes, and I have, all because of Gracie Combatives. The essential 36 Lessons do prepare people for the most likely attacks. Period.
Our Gracie Garage started with just My 3 kids and I. Eventually we added a couple of more guys. Now we have 12 and are still growing! When a new person contacts me about training with us they always ask, "How much do you charge?" I always "Nothing Bro, I am not a teacher. These garages were started in the true spirit of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. I am not an instructor, I am an enthusiastic Garage Leader but, I will share the source with you!" Then I refer them to Gracie University so they can check it out for themselves and then we usually end up with a new garage member. We are truly having the time of our lives.
When we first started there were times when I felt like we were very isolated and alone. Luckily I contacted Bill Odom at the Norfolk Karate Academy back in March. At that point I knew we were not alone. He reached out to me as soon as I called him. NKA was even my host CTC for my Blue Belt Test. Bill and every one of his students have been very supportive and encouraging to us. Bill is always available to to assist through the phone and e-mail. Being able to Have this CTC as our "Base station" has helped tremendously and has been a crucial part of our success. Whether we head up to Virginia from North Carolina for a seminar, or just a good day of training being connected to such a wonderful CTC enhances our learning, and helps us feel more connected to Gracie Jiu Jitsu.
My dream is to open up a CTC in North Carolina. I am currently reshooting my Blue Belt Test so that i can bring that 82 up to the high 90's and be eligible for the next Instructor Certification Program.
Gracie Combatives has improved our lives in so many ways. I has provided some of the best Father and Son time that we have ever had. We are learning new things, making new friends every day, and it's all keeping me safer at work.
I sincerely want to thank you and your family for sharing this wonderful way of life with us,"
The Seeker Gracie Garage