Thursday, April 29, 2010

Great Story about 2 Serra New England/Team Simmler BJJ Students

Aired Thursday 4/29/2010 on NECN and Worcester Charter 3


(NECN: Katie Daly, Worcester, Mass.) - Jeremiah Monge is at the top of his class at the Serra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy in Worcester. He trains everyday and even helps with instructing a few classes a week. But Jeremiah faces a unique challenge when taking on opponents. He is also deaf. 

Jeremiah's friend L.P. is also climbing the ranks at the academy. He started taking lessons about a year ago, but can take on opponents with more experience and skill level without a problem. Watching him on the mats you may not be able to tell that he is blind.

Dan Simmler is their instructor. He says it's the challenges these two students face that gives them an advantage in the sport.

The combat sport focuses on ground fighting which includes throws, holds and take downs.

Simmler says to be successful at these maneuvers students must sharpen their sense of touch... Which L.P and Jeremiah already have.

When Simmler first started training Jeremiah three years ago communicating was difficult. But Simmler immediately noticed Jeremiah's other strengths..

L.P. admits he does get frustrated not being able to see his opponent approach him. But he's not willing to let his disability get in his way. Like Jeremiah it only means he needs to work a little harder.

The pair compete on a regional level and someday would like to have a career in martial arts. It's a goal that is important for both of them and may not be very far away

Monday, April 19, 2010

Busy times ahead!

Been a while since we've blogged but there is some exciting tourney's coming down the pike this Spring! Serra New England/ Team Simmler plans on having a great number of students participating in all of them.
Here is what is coming up!
AGC Tourney on Saturday April 24th  At Biddeford High School Biddeford ME

Next up... The 2010 New York International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship  May 1st in NY!

The last day to register is Saturday April 24! $102 to register. Must register online! Register and learn more here.

Then on May 2nd on the local front there is the 1st Warriors in Combat Cup. A Gi only Tourney right here in Worcester at the Elm Park Community School. Online registration only at

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Thanks for visiting and reading. We hope to have more exciting news as we head into summer here at the Academy.  

Don't forget to register for the Jeff Glover Seminar May 8th and 9th

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Jeff Glover seminar reminder! Watch this!

Jeff Glover Seminar at Serra New England/Team Simmler at 210 Summer St Worcester on:

May 8: Saturday, Gi 12-3pm

May 9: Sunday, No-GI 12-3pm