Dan De Ninno
“Jiu-Jitsu, first and foremost is a martial art. The most effective techniques – which we call ‘the fundamentals’ – are the tools we use to protect ourselves from every position. Jiu-Jitsu is effective against strikers, grapplers and even weapons. The Helio Gracie style of Jiu-Jitsu that we learn at Capital focuses on techniques which allow smaller people to protect themselves against larger, stronger aggressors. Of course if you are learning Jiu-Jitsu as a larger and stronger person, then you’ll begin replacing strength with technique to be a more efficient fighter. Like most Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools, many students at Capital choose to spar after each class. This allows us to fine tune our timing and execution at various levels of intensity.
“As a 40 year old with a job and family, the thing I love most about Capital is that I can train for my own goals at whatever level of intensity I see fit. If I want to compete, my instructor will put me through competition training. Competition is a great way – especially for the younger practitioners – to be tested, learn new trends and e skills. But if I want to drill weapons defenses, just learn techniques or spar at lower levels of intensity, there isn’t any concern. Trusting your instructors and training partners is incredibly important for developing in this martial art.
“I’m a small guy, and I love the feeling that size and athleticism don’t matter. All that really matters is that I want to become the best version of myself. Jiu-Jitsu for life!”
Dan De Ninno
Pentagon Government Contractor; Former Military