Vanguard Submission Grappling Ranking System

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Over our gym’s 10 years, we have offered NoGi classes at various times. For a
myriad of reasons these classes never “stuck”. The coaching staff has continued to
believe in the importance of NoGi Grappling. In 2015 Christian Banghart was chosen
to develop and implement a NoGi curriculum. This change has proven to be the
catalyst to the Vanguard Submission Grappling program at Vanguard Gym.

The approach to our Submission Grappling program is that while Gi and NoGi, at a
baseline level, are both grappling. In order to excel at one, the other or both, you
have to respect that there are differences, and understand what makes them
different.

In our first year as Vanguard Gym’s NoGi program, we competed in about five times.
This grew to 19 tournaments in 2016. To date in 2017, we have already competed
in over 15 tournaments; our goal is 25 by the end of year.

The change from Vanguard Gym’s NoGi program to Vanguard Submission Grappling
(VSG) has created a true team. An exciting edition to this tribal identity has been our
custom rash guards. These rash guards allow us to represent the team, the gym, and
each other when we are on the mat, visiting other schools, and competing.
In order to continue improving our program, and continue growing as a team, we
have concluded that it will be beneficial to implement a VSG ranking system. Even
though it has been established that VSG and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are two different
programs, we will institute a similar ranking system (i.e. White, Blue, Purple, Brown,
and Black) within our VSG program. All ranks up to purple belt in BJJ will be
respected in VSG. Therefore, if you’re a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you will also
be a purple belt in VSG. Alternatively, if you are a brown belt in BJJ, you are not
necessarily a brown belt in VSG.

To be ranked as a brown belt or above in VSG, you
must be promoted to that rank specifically with regards to VSG. We will be awarding
rank certificates to current VSG members who are belted in BJJ, as well as to those
who are solely members of VSG that meet the attendance and technical
requirements determined as essential for each respective rank by the Head Coach.

With all this in mind, we look forward to a strong future for VSG, and growing the
NoGi tribe at Vanguard Gym, as we have with Thai Boxing, BJJ, and CrossFit.  Please
let us know if you have any questions or thoughts you would like to share.

– Coach Douglas Esposito and Coach Christian Banghart

Thai Boxing Beginner Class

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Always been interested in Thai Kick Boxing (aka Muay Thai), but been nervous or unsure of just jumping in the regular classes? Worried about being the only new person in class? This is an amazing opportunity to be in a class with other beginners learning the basics, in the right order to prepare you for the regular group class. This is also a great opportunity to try out Thai Boxing for 30 days with no long-term obligations!

Classes are one hour (Mon, Wed & Fri at 7PM) which is perfect for beginners, and Start September 6.

Free gloves, uniform, and handwraps ($149 value) are included!!

All together this is a $328 value for only $149!

Reserve your space now! Offer limited to new members only.

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Promotions Week of August 14

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Congratulations to Matt Chow for taking and passing his blue tab test in Thai Boxing this Saturday. Matt showed his proficiency in striking attacks, footwork, and movement in a challenging test supervised by Coach Doug and Administered by Coach Aubry. He is now able to wear his blue tab on the front right leg of his shorts.

Our ranking system for our Thai Boxing program has child and adult levels, just like our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program.

Kids have white, grey, yellow, orange, and green belts. They can also wear the corresponding tab on their uniform shorts on the bottom of the front leg.

Adults have blue, purple, brown, and red tabs. In addition, those that have fought in sanctioned Thai Boxing matches also can wear the American flag on the outside of their right leg on their uniform shorts. There are also Instructor and Master Instructor Rankings available for experienced red tab students who want to give back to the art and their teammates by coaching.

Requirements for ranking include attendance, consistency, technical proficiency, giving back to the team, and coach’s discretion.

Congratulations to Jared and Jessie, who both received stripes on their white belts in BJJ. Watch out for these two, they are very tough and as their technical games grow, they are going to be beasts on the mat!

Beginner Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes Forming Now

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Always been interested in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but been nervous or unsure of just jumping in the regular classes? Worried about being the only new person in class? This is an amazing opportunity to be in a class with nothing but other beginners learning the basics in the right order to prepare you for the regular group class. This is also a great opportunity to try out Vanguard Gym’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program for thirty days with no long-term obligations! You will also get a free uniform!

Classes will run between Sept 12th and October 12 and are one hour which is perfect for beginners.
You may attend two classes a week and class times are:
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 pm

Reserve your space now! Offer limited to new members only.

Membership Terms
Contract Length: 30 day(s)
Attendance: 2 classes per week
Begin Date: Sep 12, 2017
End Date: Oct 12, 2017
Payment Terms
Price: $139.00

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Beginner No-Gi Classes Forming Now

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Always been interested in No-Gi style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but been nervous or unsure of just jumping in the regular classes? Worried about being the only new person in class? This is an amazing opportunity to be in a class with nothing but other beginners learning the basics in the right order to prepare you for the regular group class. This is also a great opportunity to try out Vanguard Submission Grappling for thirty days with no long-term obligations! You will also get a free Vanguard Submission Grappling Uniform!

Classes will run between Sept 11th and October 13 and are one hour which is perfect for beginners.
You may attend two classes a week and class times are:
Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 pm

Reserve your space now! Offer limited to new members only.

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EMERGENCY TRIBAL COUNCIL MEETING

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7 PM  Tuesday Aug 15 – Vanguard Gym/CrossFit Manassas Members Only

We have some decisions to make about the new building, and it will benefit all of you to be able to be there.

Thanks!

Matt Neff to Blue Belt

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Congratulations to Matt!  It has been wonderful to see Matt’s confidence and skills grow over the last couple years!  Looking forward to many more!

Thai Shorts are HERE

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Thai Shorts Thai Shorts Available Now

The much anticipated Thai Shorts have arrived. This week only (through the 4th) they will be $30. After that, the price will increase to $45. Please visit the front desk to purchase.