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Merry Christmas From Ellis Academy

Posted: December 21, 2022


Christmas is upon us once again! It’s almost time for Ellis Academy to close our doors and let our teachers and students have a well-deserved break over the festive period. We can’t wait for you to join us again in January!

2022 At Ellis Academy Of Self Defence

Our Top Martial Arts Movies To Watch This Christmas

Posted: December 09, 2022


It’s that time of year again. We’re settling down with our blankets, making a hot chocolate (with extra marshmallows - go on, it’s Christmas) and we’re putting on our favourite Christmas film… or in our case, our favourite martial arts movie!

Why not ditch Elf and Home Alone this year and stick to one of your favourite martial arts films to get yourselves pumped and in the Christmas Spirit? This blog is here to highlight our top martial arts movies to watch this Christmas.

Can Older People Take Jiu-Jitsu Classes?

Posted: November 23, 2022

At Ellis Academy of Self Defence, we offer jiu-jitsu classes for all ages. One of our most frequently asked questions is - can older people take jiu-jitsu classes? This blog aims to answer that question and highlight the benefits of training in martial arts for those older adults.

Can Older People Take Jiu-Jitsu Classes?

The simple answer is, of course they can!

International Stress Awareness Week: Can Martial Arts Relieve Stress?

Posted: November 10, 2022

It’s no secret that as well as lots of physical health benefits, practising martial arts offers an abundance of advantages for mental health. To mark this year’s International Stress Awareness Week, this blog aims to explore how martial arts can relieve stress.

What Is Stress?

Stress is a reaction, often to a situation which we feel we can’t control or manage. In small doses stress can act as a form of adrenaline, helping us feel motivated and complete tasks. Although, especially among adults, stress can sometimes become intense or last for a long time, which is when it becomes a concern.

What to Expect at Your First Jiu Jitsu Class

Posted: October 21, 2022

Doing something new for the first time can be quite the daunting experience. Not knowing what to expect or feeling unprepared also doesn’t make us feel any better. So if we go to a class with at least some idea of what to expect, it can bring a lot of ease.

Not every class is going to be the same, though. Whether that’s because of teachers with different styles and methods or the people that are showing up each time.

However, this will be a more general guide just to give you a bit of an idea. Both of what to expect for your first Jiu-Jitsu class and even some preparation advice.

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