Updated: Aug 19
In this Article Coach Ralph White announces his 5.5 Mile attempt to swim across Houghton Lake to raise funds for his youth team! IT HAS NEVER BEEN DONE ON THIS LAKE!
Coach Ralph White from The Grey Jiu Jitsu "I was a trained lifeguard for the boy scouts. I worked on the waterfront. Taught lifeguard survival. I've done mile swims in the past. And I'm gonna train a bit before this for sure" WOW is all I can think right now then he threw in " I'll be the first one to ever do This"
Martial arts have long been regarded as a powerful tool for personal growth, self-defense,
and physical fitness. One martial arts academy that stands out in Saint Helen,
Michigan is The Grey Jiu Jitsu. Located at 5918 E West Branch Rd, The Grey Jiu Jitsu
offers a comprehensive training experience for individuals of all ages and skill levels.
This article will delve into the various aspects of The Grey Jiu Jitsu, from its mission
and training programs to its excellent facility and dedicated instructors.
1. Mission of The Grey Jiu Jitsu
The Grey Jiu Jitsu is dedicated to empowering individuals through the practice of
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Their mission is to provide a safe and supportive environment where
students can develop their physical skills, enhance their mental well-being, and build
self-confidence. By fostering a positive and inclusive community, The Grey Jiu Jitsu aims to
help individuals reach their full potential both on and off the mat.
The Grey Jiu Jitsu offers beginner's classes designed for those who are new to Brazilian
Jiu Jitsu. These classes focus on fundamental techniques, basic positions, and self-defense
strategies. The instructors at The Grey Jiu Jitsu understand that starting something new can
be intimidating, which is why they provide a welcoming atmosphere where beginners can learn
at their own pace.
For more experienced practitioners, The Grey Jiu Jitsu offers advanced classes that explore
complex techniques, advanced positions, and competition strategies. These classes are tailored
to challenge students and help them refine their skills. Whether the goal is to compete at
a high level or simply improve one's proficiency, the advanced classes at
The Grey Jiu Jitsu provide a platform for growth.
The Grey Jiu Jitsu also offers classes specifically designed for children.
These classes not only teach self-defense techniques but also instill discipline,
respect, and focus in young students. The instructors create a fun and engaging
environment where kids can learn important life skills while building strength and coordination.
Below is one of many Events that now 19 year old Ralphie White has attended and competed in. Ralphie being Coach Ralph whites youngest son was a regular in front of the ACSLIVE.TV cameras. Many years have gone by since this stage of Ralphies game but it shows the dedication and discipline taught by Coach white and is a testament to his youth classes and dedication to safe competing.
The Grey Jiu Jitsu boasts a solid training facility equipped with all the necessary
amenities for a productive and safe training experience. The spacious mat area provides ample space for training sessions, while the well-maintained changing rooms and showers ensure comfort and convenience for students. The facility is regularly cleaned and sanitized to maintain a hygienic environment.
Not Every match can be a win. It's the heart in the fighter that is the winner! These two went at it again in youth Kickboxing and Ralphie took a loss but it didn't stop him from competing more in the future!
Dedicated and Experienced Instructors
At The Grey Jiu Jitsu, students have the privilege of learning from highly skilled and experienced instructors. The instructors are passionate about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and are dedicated to helping students achieve their goals. They provide individualized attention, constructive feedback, and support to ensure that each student progresses in their martial arts journey.
Ralph A White JR. and his team of instructors Crystal Baetz and Paul Baetz have brought
a bit of Martial Arts to the north.
Ralph has been involved with Jui Jitsu for some time 17 years he's a purple belt and his
Instructors were Professor Victor Torres under Professor Walter Cascao under Mario Sukata
and fabio Santos. this is a very nice lineage of coaches.
When I asked Coach White he said
For me keeps my old butt decompressed
and helps with confidence I see it in people after they start
training how they hold their self and its not in a cocky way but a way of I can defend myself,
As well as bring people together as a family
Practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at The Grey Jiu Jitsu offers numerous benefits.
It improves physical fitness, builds strength and endurance, enhances flexibility,
and promotes weight loss. Moreover, Jiu Jitsu develops mental fortitude, sharpens
problem-solving skills, boosts self-esteem, and cultivates discipline. The Grey Jiu
Jitsu provides a holistic approach to martial arts training, focusing on both physical
and mental well-being.
Community and Support
I asked Ralph how the community has received the gym and he stated " We are actually centrally
located I have 31 kids signed up and 24 adults.
I train Roscommon County police as well as state police we are growing. We've been open
5 years moved to a better gym then had to expand my goal is to be the
biggest bjj gym in Northern Michigan!"
"I'm working on a fundraiser at the moment have to get all the kinks out I'm going to
attempt swimming across Houghton lake to raise cash for the gym it's 5.5 miles across.
I just have to go through the proper channels. I have to contact DNR Monday to get special permit and see what I have to do"
Thats when this interview got interesting hes going to swim Across Houghton lake which is one of Michigan's largest inland lakes. Ralph has been training at the local pool swimming laps. he puts in miles a day getting ready for this amazing feat!
I asked him what his swimming background is "I was a trained lifeguard for the boy scouts.
I worked on the waterfront. Taught lifeguard survival. I've done mile swims in the past.
And I'm gonna train a bit before this for sure" WOW is all I can think right now then he threw in " I'll be the first one to ever do This"
and I knew then Fight.TV has to be on top of this landmark event.
When asked how his family was handling it he said "My kids are my big support they even said they would swim with me" and he also responded
that his wife was going to be the one filming it! Right now Zachary 21 is about to get his purple belt and Ralphie 19 is a stripe away from blue
Ralph gave complete confidence in this answer and he's turning 51 August 7th so this will
be one of his most exciting birthday months ever!
The Grey Jiu Jitsu is more than just a martial arts academy; it is a community of
like-minded individuals who support and encourage each other. The academy organizes
various social events, seminars, and attends various competitions to foster camaraderie among
The sense of belonging and support within The Grey Jiu Jitsu community creates a motivating
and inspiring atmosphere for everyone involved.
How to Get Started
Getting started at The Grey Jiu Jitsu is easy. Simply visit their website at https://thegreyjiujitsu.simdif.com/
fill out the contact form. The friendly staff will guide you through the enrollment process,
answer any questions you may have, and help you choose the appropriate training program based on your goals and experience level.
The Grey Jiu Jitsu in Saint Helen, MI, is an exceptional martial arts academy that offers a
comprehensive training experience. With its mission to empower individuals, dedicated instructors,
and diverse training programs, The Grey Jiu Jitsu provides an ideal environment for
individuals of all ages and skill levels to embark on their martial arts
1. Is prior experience required to join The Grey Jiu Jitsu?
No, The Grey Jiu Jitsu welcomes students of all experience levels, including beginners.
The academy offers classes tailored to different skill levels, ensuring that everyone
can participate and progress at their own pace.
2. What should I wear to my first class at The Grey Jiu Jitsu?
It is recommended to wear comfortable workout attire, such as a t-shirt and athletic shorts
or leggings. The academy also provides training uniforms (gi) for purchase.