Happy Monday Team!
We have a ton of cool stuff coming up in the next few weeks! I’ll detail them below, but before we get into all that, I wanted to take a moment today to introduce an idea that’s been in the works for awhile.
Words have power. They can (and do) shape the world we live in. They are almost magical in that regard (that’s why we call them spells after all).
In my competitive career I always found it inspiring and orienting to have a word of the season. Something that summed up my goals, my perspective, and kept me on the path.
I’d like to do something similar for the gym. We have been having such a blast on the mats, and I can’t possibly express how truly excited I am about the future here — not just of the academy, but of all the people who are consistently training and making amazing progress. I’ll address this more in the Monday Mindset section below.
As for our upcoming events, here’s the full breakdown:
Featured Guest Coach for April: Valor Boyer
This month we begin our new addition to the Jiu Jitsu program here in the Guest Coach of the Month. This month we invite IBJJF champion and #1 ranked competitor Valor Boyer to the mats every Monday at 7:30pm for Jiu Jitsu 201 No Gi! Valor will be working through a progressive armbar system that he personally favors in his competitive career.
April’s Curriculum: The Arm Bar and Pressure + Wedging
Our focus this month in Jiu Jitsu is the Armbar! All armbars, all positions, all the time! We’ll be working through setups, defenses, and finishing mechanics.
Striking 201 will advance from the Leg Kick Offensive System to a Pressure + Wedging style. We will be focusing on close range, high volume striking that includes tons of counter attacks and lots of off-balancing.
Special Weekend Schedule 4/7-4/9
Due to the Zen Acrobatics workshop this coming weekend, we will be following an adjusted class schedule:
6:00PM Striking 101
6:00PM Jiu Jitsu Open Mat (No Gi)
7:00PM Striking 201 + 301 (Sparring)
9:30AM Jiu Jitsu Open Mat (Gi — ends at 10:45am at the latest)
The academy will be closed from 11am onwards on Saturday and Sunday. We resume our regular schedule on Monday, 4/10.
Pro/Am sparring on April 15th
The North Star Academy will be hosting top talent from the tri-state area for another Pro/Am Sparring Meetup. This event is strictly limited to competitive athletes (with experience). Some exceptions will be made, but you must speak with the coach first.
Warrior’s Cup Full Rules Muay Thai on April 21st
Gianna Vadino returns for another title fight at Warrior’s Cup Full Rules Muay Thai on Friday, April 21st in Queens, NY! Warrior’s Cup is part of the Road to One Championship feeder league and is largely considered one of the most prestigious events on the East Coast. Ticket information will be available shortly!
Art of War MMA on May 12th
Timmy Green returns to the cage for the first time in 2023 at Art of War MMA in South Philadelphia! This event is right in our own back yard so let’s make sure to pack the arena! Ticket information will be available shortly.