Final Fitness Evanston
823 Emerson St
Evanston, IL 60201
Jeff Serafin- BJJ Black Belt (Jack McVicker / Megaton Dias)
Monday: 5:30pm Gi
Tuesday: 12:00pm Gi, 6:00 pm No-Gi
Wednesday: 7:30pm Gi
Thursday: 12:00pm Gi, 6:00 pm No-Gi
Friday: 5:30pm Open up Mat
Saturday: 10:30am Gi
Sunday: Open up Teaching
Serafin BJJ is positioned within just Supreme Conditioning Evanston.
Parking: There is suitable parking all around the developing and on the street. Make sure not to park in the dry cleaner’s parking instantly in front of the building. They are aged and cranky. Will not park there.
Jeff Serafin has an amazing room to train in. There is a cage, whole boxing ring, heavy baggage, a Ton of mat space, fat products (such as other training gear like ropes and two more rooms with even far more devices in them), lockers, and showers. There was a lot of place on the mat with the 15 persons training on a Saturday morning.
Visitors was seriously good on my Saturday morning excursion to Serafin BJJ in Evanston, IL. I arrived late no matter (type of my m.o.) so I missed what would’ve been the first 10 minutes of a Ginastica Purely natural course. I preferred to consist of it in the overview in any case for the reason that it’s an magnificent addition to the lessons supplied at Serafin BJJ and it is not at present stated on their internet site.
The heat-ups for class have been temporary and straightforward, but certainly sufficient. From there we moved straight into procedure.
System for the day (and for the former courses as well) was performing on the omoplata.
We went by way of entries into the omoplata and drilled individuals.
Then we mentioned a way to split down the opponent’s posture at the time we lock it in and drilled it.
Upcoming were being two alternate shoulder locks from the omoplata (around and significantly side shoulders) and we drilled.
Very last was a collar choke from the omoplata based on no matter whether the opponent presents you the considerably aspect shoulder or not. This was drilled as very well.
I wrote this in a specific method to make a level. Jeff teaches every single go separately and will not overwhelm pupils with instruction (as some instructors may well do). I seen that the greater part of college students have been not obtaining fantastic issues when authorized to drill on their own. He breaks factors down into comprehensible chunks.
Also, Jeff invested a lot of time conversing about principle driving what we have been doing, why we have been accomplishing it, and why it will work. If you’ve in no way study Matt Thornton’s website about the performance of ‘Aliveness’ instruction, you need to. I will not know if Jeff has, but I imagine that the system that Thornton and Serafin the two use to train approach is a person of the most effective procedures for educating Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I loved what Jeff had to say about the omoplata getting a place / guard and not just a submission.
Along individuals exact same traces, immediately after technique we sparred 50-60% with a companion with the omoplata presently locked in. I will not likely go into a big diatribe about why this is necessary for understanding, but I was genuinely content that Jeff works by using this technique to reinforce what was just taught. The points that he taught that working day have caught with me and promptly grew to become a part of my sport for the reason that I was equipped to drill it on a frivolously resisting associate. Very fantastic concept for making muscle memory.
The class was built up of generally blue and white belts, but I do not feel this to be regular of Serafin BJJ. Most of Jeff’s better belts have been using a break simply because the course I arrived to was right right after a massive competition and many of them had been taking the working day off to recuperate or travel. However, Jeff’s blue belts are absolutely nothing limited of brilliant. They have almost all been with him from their beginning in BJJ and it was noticeable.
Just after the omoplata sparring, we went into absolutely free sparring the place I was paired with blue belts, and also had the opportunity to roll with Jeff. The blue belts all gave me a fantastic offer of trouble and I can tell that the talent stage at Serafin BJJ is pretty significant. I’ve been to gyms in the past (prior to the inception of this undertaking), in which I was equipped to dominate everybody other than for the teacher. This is NOT the case with Jeff’s learners. I was swept, mounted, tapped, and many others. by a very competent team of fellas.
The sparring was extremely rigorous, but controlled. Each and every human being played a unique activity (this is a excellent detail for the reason that some gyms have everyone trying to engage in the specific similar match) and each individual match was competitive. Even the white belts that I noticed performed online games centered on stable fundamental principles just about every with their have specific aptitude.
Rolling with Jeff was a amazing experience. He pressured the relevance of command and when I rolled with him, I felt that manage. Jeff has his own recreation and is quite great at it (view out for these kimuras!), but he is unquestionably amazing at shutting down your activity. I tried out every thing:
De la riva? Nope.
Berimbolo roll? Nope.
All right, shut guard? Nope
50 % guard? Crap, I forgot he loves 50 percent guard. Nope.
Okay. He pulls guard. I get swept like it is my 1st working day.
When time was termed I was concurrently bummed and overjoyed. I did not want the roll to conclude, but I’ve in no way felt management and persistence like Jeff had with me. I was various remaining managed, but not staying smashed. Wonderful knowledge.
Total berimbolo fall short.
Jeff was exceptionally hospitable and quite welcoming to a customer. I was surprised to find out that the extra I journey, the a lot more I uncover how we all know the exact same persons. Jeff has been a element of the BJJ scene in Northwest Indiana, Illinois, and Chicago places for around 10 years. Jeff and I sat and talked for a extended time immediately after class was over and I experience which is really typical of Jeff. He was very eager to give his time to advantage his college students.
Pupils in Evanston are pretty privileged to have Jeff. His academy is significant, has wonderful teaching devices, and excellent instruction. That currently being explained, I hope this evaluate has been an precise representation of him and his academy. When selecting an instructor, typically periods you need to have to search at their temperament. I will (ideally) be carrying out an job interview with him soon.
Thanks for studying! A exclusive thanks to Jeff for opening up his academy to me!!
Once more, thanks for ready so lots of weeks for this review!
I am going to have my opinions of Mota Martial Arts and Gracie Barra Chicago up following week so keep your eyes tuned for that!
Additional to occur this summer months!