Monday, September 20, 2021

Falling into Jiu-Jitsu: Sign up for Adult Jiu-Jitsu this Fall

The summer celebrations came and went, and now is the perfect time to fall into a new routine!

Adult Jiu-Jitsu is back in September and October, and if you’ve been waiting for a sign to start a new hobby, this is it! Our Adult Jiu-Jitsu class is designed for beginners with little or no experience. In this class, you will learn basic moves, positions, and the fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu. Alongside our experienced instructor, you will learn step-by-step techniques and build a strong foundation in jiu-jitsu.

There are many benefits of practicing Jiu-Jitsu, and it’s never too late to start! The physical benefits are similar to those reaped from other martial arts. Due to its highly rigorous nature, it’s no surprise that Jiu-Jitsu helps with physical conditioning. You will get a cardio, stretch, resistance, and breath workout in a typical practice.

In addition to improving strength and condition, Jiu-Jitsu teaches you self-defense after several years of practice. Who doesn’t want to be prepared at all times? If nothing else, Jiu-Jitsu teaches you proper falling techniques to avoid injury. Hopefully, you’ll never have to defend yourself from a bad guy, but at least you’ll be able to show those pesky stairs who’s boss the next time they try to trip you up.

You may already know the physical benefits of practicing Jiu-Jitsu, such as burning calories, improving flexibility, and building strength. However, there are multiple mental health benefits as well. Jiu-jitsu teaches patience and discipline due to the importance of timing and rhythm in the Jiu-Jitsu technique. Jiu-Jitsu also helps reduce stress, which is vital to building patience and discipline.

The benefits of learning Jiu-Jitsu are undeniable. If the physical and mental advantages didn’t convince you, then keep in mind that learning a new skill and perfecting a hobby is fun! If nothing else, give yourself the satisfaction of challenging yourself in new ways. You may even meet some great friends along the way.

Adult Jiu-Jitsu starts on September 8 and runs through October 27. Practices are held on Wednesdays from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Champions Club Premier Studio. Register here.

See you on the mat!

Get Outside in 2020 with BJNCP Classes!

Southlake Recreation is proud to present a series of FREE adult outdoor education classes at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. This series was created from YOUR feedback–you told us what type of classes you’re interested in, and we listened!

BJNCP is a true hidden treasure of Southlake that we think should be shared and explored by all. Through these outdoor classes (which are designed for ages 13 and up), we hope you’ll be encouraged to explore this beautiful oasis from the city and learn something along the way. We can’t wait to get outside and really hope you’ll join us!


Composting 101January 11
Learn the basics of composting and how you can make a big difference in your life and garden.
Register here.


The Legacy of Bob JonesFebruary 15
The story of Bob Jones defies all odds. Learn more about the namesake of Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve and Bob Jones Park and the incredible role he and his family play in Southlake’s history.
Register here.


How Does Your (Vegetable) Garden Grow?March 21
Would you like to grow your own vegetables? Learn the basics of vegetable gardening and meet local experts who can help you get started.
Register here.


Make Every Day Earth Day!April 25
Celebrate Earth Day with us and learn how you can make every day Earth Day! In this class, we will discuss water conservation and ways you can practice sustainability daily.
Register here.

On the Wild Side: Gardening to Attract Wildlife

Join Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve November 16 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. for a fun and interactive adult class, “On the Wild Side: Gardening to Attract Wildlife.”

This class is perfect for adults interested in making their landscape a little more “wild” with the goal of attracting wildlife and helping our local ecosystem. Guest speaker and Local Master Gardener, Sher Dunaway, is leading the class. Ms. Dunaway is passionate about teaching people about local plants and simple ways to make big differences.

This is a free class, but space is limited and registration is required. Register here.

When: Saturday, November 16, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve
Cost: FREE!

Adult Ballet Classes Coming to Southlake Parks and Recreation This June

Have you always wanted to learn ballet? This class is perfect for you! Students will sculpt a dancer’s physique while learning ballet fundamentals from former professional dancer Kristina Mitchell Simmons.

This class is also a great fit for former dancers and athletes of other disciplines.

Instructor Kristina Mitchell Simmons is a Southlake mom who is a former professional ballet dancer with a Master of Fine Arts in dance teaching and choreography. Each 75-minute class will take you through barre, stretching and center work. Participants must be at least 16 years old.

Adult Ballet Session 1

Date: June 4–20  |  Tues & Thurs  |  9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Location: Champions Club Fitness Studio
Champions Club Member Fee: $100
Non-Member Fee: $125
Register Online

Adult Ballet Session 2

Dates: Aug 6 – 27  |  Tues  |  9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Location: Champions Club Fitness Studio
Champions Club Member Fee: $66
Non-Member Fee: $83
Register Online

Adult Ballet Session 3

Dates: Aug 8 – 29  |  Thurs  |  9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Location: Champions Club Fitness Studio
Champions Club Member Fee: $66
Non-Member Fee: $83
Register Online

For more information, please contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019.