Baylor Jiu Jitsu and Submission Wrestling Club was organized and chartered in 1999 by Baylor University as a student organization. Jiu Jitsu and grappling technique seminars are conducted for club members by Phil Cardella of Austin, Texas of the Relson Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu organization. The Baylor Jiu Jitsu Club sponsors at least one tournament annually at Baylor, which draws competitors from various groups and parts of Texas.

Our goal is to promote sportsmanship, competition, and good health through the sport and grappling art of Jiu-jitsu. Our philosophy is not to prove or boast about our grappling ability. Our main concern is to share what we have and to learn from those who join us, always with our minds open for new ideas and learning. Emphasis is always on SAFETY and care for us and for fellow members. Each session details the result-producing tension between grappling skill and submission technique over strength. We reconcile ego with education, and our attitude of balance is reflected in the way sessions are conducted and in the nature of our sparring.

Baylor club members currently train 2-3 times per week in Marrs McLean Gym 320. Days and times may vary each semester. Training sessions are generally an hour and a half to two hours and include conditioning, learning and practicing grappling and jiu jitsu techniques, and sparring. Club members who have attained the rank of blue belt or above may conduct instruction under the supervision of Dr. Paul LaBounty, Faculty Sponsor, and Black Belt Phil Cardella of Austin.

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