2016 Goals

With 2016 rapidly approaching us, many find goal setting and resolutions easy to start in the new year. But, is it easy to see them through? After all it supposedly takes 21-30 days to break or form a new habit, and 30 days to reaffirm it. Actually, it really just depends, but something measurable like that can help us in goal setting.

Our goals should be S.M.A.R.T.

Specific-If my goal is to lose weight, I should make sure my goal is to lose a specific amount of weight in a specific amount of time. This allows my goal to then be…>>
Measurable-My goal should be specific where it can be measurable. I want to lose 10lbs in a month. This gives me a specific goal with a specific time frame.  This makes sure my goal is then….>>
Attainable/Achievable-There is nothing wrong with dreaming big and setting big goals, but I need to make sure it is attainable. For example, going & competing at Worlds is an attainable goal, but if I’m not meeting my daily goals like saving money or attending classes/open mats, then by the time the end of May comes around, will I be prepared?
Realistic/Relevant-Making sure my goal is attainable also makes sure that it’s realistic/relevant. Do you see where I am going with this? If my goal is to compete 50x in the year, that’s pretty far fetched. For one, there’s only 52 weeks in the year and are there that many tournaments around? Do you have that much money to travel? Something more realistic, would be 12x a year.
Timely-This is really important. When I set my goals, I need to have a time frame, because if I just say I’m going to do something without having a finish line, then I could most likely procrastinate and keep putting it off. Then before you know it, it will be 2017.

I hope this helps in your goal setting. Remember, we have a chalkboard in the academy for you to set your goal for the year. This will help you and your teammates stay accountable. Are you doing what needs to be done?  Something else you can do is create a vision board. Visualizing your goals and seeing the end result can help motivate you too!  Also, you don’t have to tell everyone your goals. Keep them written in a journal for yourself.

And remember, you don’t need a new year to start a new goal, you just need a new day. -Coach Jess




Holiday Schedule & New Year Schedule

Holiday Schedule for Week 12/21-12/25

Monday (Regular Schedule)
11:30AM-Lunchtime BJJ
5PM-Kids BJJ
6PM-Ladies Only BJJ
8PM-Muay Thai

Tuesday (Regular Schedule)
11:30AM-Lunchtime BJJ
5PM-Kids TKD
7:30PM-Muay Thai

5PM-Kids BJJ
6PM-Open Mat

Thursday & Friday


Please note starting January 4, 2016, we will add an additional class on Fridays. This class along with the Monday/Wednesday 7PM will be fundamentals/curriculum based where as Tuesday/Thursday will be advanced/competition based. All students are welcome to attend all classes just as before. Open mat will still be available after Friday evening classes. Please follow our Facebook page for updates and schedule changes.

Tournaments & Competition

There are quite a few tournaments coming up in 2016, and this is a great opportunity to set a goal for yourself.  You will often hear Coach Jae & Jess talk about tournaments and competitions coming up; they make these opportunities known, because they have found positive experiences in competing & hope you all find the same. With that said, competition isn’t for everyone and that’s okay. Competition requires a commitment, time, and effort. But if you are interested in competing…

This is a great piece written by the BJJ Mental Coach. Check it out:

Some of the positive experiences competing is meeting new people and making new friends. The BJJ community is pretty cool, and sometimes the competitors you face ending up becoming your friends. You get to experience new places! Competing in Jiu Jitsu has given Coach Jess the opportunity to compete in places like California & New York.
It’s a team building experience too! Working hard alongside your teammates, encouraging each other, and supporting them through the end helps build each others’ skills and confidence. We believe in each other, and no one will ever be disappointed if you lose.

2016 Tournaments
January 16-Ross Martial Arts Grappling Challenge, Demopolis, AL
February 6-IBJJF Atlanta Open, Atlanta, GA
March 26-AGF New Orleans, LA
April 30-AGF Jackson, MS

Update Since October…

It’s been a couple of months since we’ve updated! We are so proud of our students with their continual growth. Here are a couple things that have went on since our last post.

12108219_950980734968952_8040791173497755193_nOwner & Head Instructor, Jae McIntosh, competed against some of the top level grapplers in the area at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Center. He fought a tough battle against blackbelt Chris Westfall. Check out the match here:
Jae McIntosh Vs. Chris Westfall
AGF Official Video: Chris Westfall vs. Jae McIntosh


Many of the kids in our Kids’ BJJ Program received stripe promotions in November.


We had a great time at the Israel Gomes Seminar, too!
Check out this video! Israel Gomes Seminar


Jonathan Welker received his blue belt!



We have done quite a few self defense seminars in the past couple of months as well!

As we reflect on this past year, we are grateful to everyone who is and has been involved with the academy. We are blessed to have wonderful students and support from the community and to be able to grow each year. We are looking forward to an even bigger and better 2016!! Stay tuned!!