Jan 042018

We have a lot of teammates training at Frequency Martial Arts and they all have their own reason as to why they decided to start training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and why the decided to train a Frequency Martial Arts.

In order to excel at anything, whether it is math, science, art, music or speech; you need to have a strong foundation within the subject.  Our teammates drill techniques with their teammates and help each other understand the movements.

There are articles that we share from numerous authors that we feel you may find beneficial when it comes to stepping onto our mats to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and here’s one the I recently found that focuses on females training in the martial art.  Continue reading »

Jan 032018

Frequency Martial Arts Jiu Jitsu BJJ Robson MouraHAPPY NEW YEAR! 

Frequency Martial Arts is entering our 4th year of improving lives by offering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes for children and adults, who have their own reasons as to why they decided to take that first step onto our mats.

There is a lot of information about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on the internet and this morning I came across an article that was posted on ExaminedExistance.com that I wanted to share with you.  The article breaks down 8 of the hidden benefits that the author received during their FIRST year of training jiu jitsu.

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Dec 272017

Fail-ure (fāl′yər)


1. The condition of not achieving the desired end or ends: the failure of an experiment.
2. One that fails: failure at one’s career.
3. The condition or fact of being insufficient or falling short: crop failure.
4. cessation of proper functioning or performance: power failure.
5. Nonperformance of what is requested or expected; omission: failure to 
report a change of address.
6. The act or fact of failing to pass a course, test, or assignment.
7. decline in strength or effectiveness.
8. The act or fact of becoming bankrupt or insolvent.


After reading the definition of the word, it’s easy to see why it is viewed by society as an “ugly” word and it sounds a lot worse that it really is.  Unfortunately, we were taught at a young age that failure is a bad thing and we ended up putting a lot of needless pressure on ourselves to be a SUCCESS; whether we were trying to be successful in academics, athletics, or our careers.

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Dec 222017

I came across a good article on JiuJitsuTimes.com the other day that addressed FIVE simple ways you can get more out of your training.  These are pretty simple and they can be put into place the very first day that you step onto the mats, so if you have been training for a while, these should be easily implemented into your drilling.

I look forward to seeing your progress over the next 12-months and if you have been training 2-days a week, maybe try to make that third class in 2018.

The following article was written by Emil Fischer and was originally posted on December 14, 2017.

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Dec 062017

Frequency Martial Arts Robson Moura


What a way to close out the year at Frequency Martial Arts and to wrap up Master Robson Moura’s traveling schedule in 2017!  We SOLD OUT the workshop with 40 amazing teammates, from Chicago, Rockford, LaSalle as well as right here in Bloomington-Normal; spending over 2-hours on the mats learning concepts to improve our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Game!

Congratulations to our Frequency Martial Arts teammates that received their stripes and belt promotions!

Frankie Pate, Aaron Clark and Gary Hake on their White Belt Stripes.
Caleb Bankord and Aaron Hillebrandt on their Green Belt stripes.
Coach Doug Kimball on receiving his Second, Third and Fourth stripes on his Purple Belt.
Professor Lavazza on receiving his 1st Stripe on his BLACK BELT!!!

CONGRATULATIONS to Brianna Pressley, Seth Eagleton, Brandon Horine, Justin Ziller and Blaine Hallmark on earning your Green Belts and a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Jeremy Butler on earning his Blue Belt!

Like Master Robson said: “They only way to get better is to be on the mats.”

Thank you for all of your hard work and for taking the time out of your weekend to join us on the mats.

I would also like to give a big THANK YOU to my “older sister” Lucila Espedido from the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts for her amazing support over the years and for taking amazing photos at the events!

-Coach Ed

Oct 182017

Kenny Florian: Jiu-Jitsu One Of The Best Ways To Deal With Chaos In Life

Frequency Martial Arts BJJ Jiu Jitsu Kenny Florian

Kenny Florian — UFC color commentator, former UFC fighter, and third-degree BJJ black belt — is opening up a new school.


Simple. Because he loves Brazilian jiu-jitsu. For him, BJJ is so much more than choking people out or forcing them to tap; it is a way to deal calmly and effectively with the chaos of our world.

“My partner in Meraki Jason Hunt and I decided to open Meraki Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu because we love to teach and have benefited so much from the lessons martial arts has given us,” Florian told the Jiu-Jitsu Times via email. “One of the best ways to be able to deal with the chaos that life throws our way is to simply have practice dealing with chaos in various forms.
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Jul 232017

Ladies, self-defense begins long before an attack happens and the staff at Frequency Martial Arts wants you to know how to protect yourself.  During this 3-hour workshop, you and your friends will learn self-defense concepts that will build your confidence and you will know how to respond when you are faced with threatening situations.  In addition, you will learn  behaviors as well as concepts  that will help you avoid and escape dangerous situations.

The workshop will be lead by Instructor Michael Donovan, who is a 4th-degree Karate Black Belt, a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a USYKA certified Karate instructor.

This is a hands-on class for females 12-years of age or older, so please wear comfortable clothes. Those between 12 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent.

Saturday September 30 from 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Doors Open at 8:30AM for check-in
Space is reserved for the first 40 participants.


Reserve your spot now for only $20.00


Jul 062017


Samurai Business Man Destroys Competition By Training Employees In BJJ –

I expected to wait. I expected to be put off and have my call screened. After all, I was asking to speak to Brent Lillard, CEO of multi-million dollar IT company GovSmart. Lillard’s company was named the fastest-growing business in Charlottesville, VA two years in a row.


When I called to speak to the man, I had to be creative to get through. When his staff on the other end of the phone asked who I was, I said “Rickson Gracie.” I was met with immediate laughter from the gatekeeper and a quick callback from Brent Lillard. He laughed and told me my creativity paid off, “that was a great way to get a call back from me,” and that he was happy to hear from me and talk some BJJ.  

GovSmart CEO Brent Lillard credits much of the success of his business to BJJ. (He is a Pedro Sauer purple belt (soon to be brown) who has been training for 10 years.)

The benefits to the company have been endless, said Lillard. Executive leaders like Purple Belt Adam Deane, BJJ Black Belt and Account Manager Shaun Kennedy have used this martial art as a stress management tool; honing their ability to make quick decisions under pressure. BJJ helps staff keep their cool and get the job done.  Joe Rogan did a masterful job of describing the benefits of providing corporate wellness to your employees, particularly in terms of stress management, in his interview with Stephanie Daniel’s:

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May 262017

This article was originally posted on MARCH 31, 2016 on JiuJitsuTimes.com.

5 Ways For White Belts to Measure Their Progress

by Jerri Tusi


The first six months of training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be both rewarding and frustrating. The rewarding aspects of training include getting fit, meeting new people, and learning a new skill and art. The frustrating parts of the early stages of training include being overwhelmed with information, not getting a complete grasp of the fundamentals, issues with conditioning and an inability to execute what you drilled in live rolling situations. If you have felt this way during the early part of your BJJ journey, then that means you are completely normal. Training in BJJ is a very slow grind with many plateaus, especially when you are first starting out. Here are 5 quick ways to measure your progress during the early months of your training so you can gauge your slow and steady progress.

Being able to complete all of the warm-up exercises: This is actually a big accomplishment for many people who aren’t natural athletes or weren’t regularly exercising prior to starting BJJ. Warm-ups at BJJ academies can range from 5 to 20 minutes and include jogging, stretching, body weight exercises, and agility drills. This can be overwhelming for new students who are learning new exercises like gator walks, army crawls, bear crawls, shrimping, and technical stand ups while trying to catch their breath and not wanting to look slow or silly in front of their training partners. Once you can get through all of the warm up exercises, you can challenge yourself by continually refining your form and trying to complete the exercises at a faster pace to improve your conditioning.

Executing techniques drilled in class while rolling: Live rolling in class can be very intimidating for a new white belt. Your playbook is limited and you are going to find yourself playing defense from bad positions including mount and back control. After several weeks, your gas tank and comfort level will improve. Relax and realize it is just training and fun. Try to setup and execute what you drilled in class. It doesn’t have to be a spectacular submission. It can be as simple as recovering half-guard from being mounted or correctly defending against choke. As long as the movements are technical and based on the instruction you received in class, it is all progress.

Getting submitted fewer times by mat bully: At many gyms, there is a student that eats white belts for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. During a five-minute roll, this student will mercilessly tap you ten times and leave you gasping for air and lying in a pool of your own sweat. Over time, the number of times this mat bully will tap you will go down to nine, then eight and so on. Did the bully develop a heart and go easy on you? Nope, your defense just improved.

Attending one additional class: You started with two to three classes per week. After each class, you were tired, sore, and wondering what you got yourself into. It took at least a day or two to recover from your workouts before you could get back on the mats. Over time, your body got stronger from the training and your passion has grown. Taking on one additional class is a 25% to 50% increase in your training capacity. That is a major improvement in both time and dedication and your skills will improve with the increase in time and effort.

Rolling one extra round during open mat: Choosing to attend an additional class is a conscious decision when you are fresh and your mind is clear. Choosing to roll an extra round when you are already drained, beat up, and have the option to relax against the mat is a very difficult mental and physical hurdle to overcome. The ability to decide to go one extra round when you first start training is a sign of both progress and toughness since you pushing pass your normal level of tolerance and testing your limits. It is a noteworthy achievement that shouldn’t be understated as you improve your cardio, become more efficient in your techniques, and build up your confidence on the mats.


Start your journey to a healthier and better life when you set up your free trial at Frequency Martial Arts!

Jan 152017

At Frequency Martial Arts, we want you to know the people that are going to help you become a better version of yourself.

In this latest update, we put the spotlight on Ed LeMonnier.

Where are you originally from and what brought you to Central Illinois?

I am from Tinley Park, IL and I came to Normal, IL in 1997 when I transferred to Illinois State University.

Do you have any pets? If so, what are they? I have 2 rescue dogs: Jett and Cabo.

Where do you work? Magic 99.5 where I am on-air and I also sell advertising and promotional partnerships to help businesses grow.

What was the first Album/Tape/CD that you purchased? QUIET RIOT – METAL HEALTH on Cassette 

What was the last movie you watched at home? ICE AGE 2


If you could have ONE season to live in for all 12-months, which would you choose? SUMMER!

What are your three favorite activities to do when you are not training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Time with family, Barbecuing and reading.

What charity are you the most passionate about?

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life

Which restaurants in Bloomington-Normal make it into your Top 3? DR. McKay’s, CJ’s Restaurant and Caffe Italia

How long have you been training at Frequency Martial Arts and why did you decide on training here?

Ever since it opened -but I’ve been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2007. Why? I took over the school from the previous owner who was going to close.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu changed my life and I know it can improve the lives of anyone who steps on the mats.  I couldn’t see the gym and affiliation going away.

What is your favorite jiu jitsu move right now? Butterfly Sweep.

What is your favorite vacation destination? Florida.

Any hobbies or talents that you’d like to share? Build Lego sets with my daughters.