Wear proper Equipment

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A small investment on equipment will save wear and tear on your body. I always have been a student / instructor that recommend wearing proper training gear while doing heavy or intense training.


I know at times it seems easy to not train with something as small as a mouth guard or wrist wraps but they have their purpose for use.


For example – Mouth guard. I have preached and recommended training with a mouth guard for years. First reason, is to keep your teeth and lips safe and in one piece and not mangled. Also to help with not getting knocked out from an accidental strike. If you have ever had a chipped tooth or broken tooth it will ruin your day, as well and dip into your pocket book. 


So a simple fix is to wear a mouth guard or at the very least a single mouth guard. I personally like the double mouth guards. The drawback is that mouth guards are not easy to breathe out of. In fact I feel they labor an athlete breathing somewhat.  Now think training with a large chunk of plastic in your mouth and trying to keep a smooth control of your breathing as one of your training partner is trying to choke/kick/punch/grapple with you.


Now the flip side, training with a mouth guard will labor a person’s breathing and during the training sessions. And by doing this it will make you aware of how you are breathing and may make you rethink your session and your breathing patterns.


I think by wearing a guard will make your sessions tougher and when your training is tough, it makes competition and real live self defense easier in my opinion.  So if you want to make your training session a little tougher get a mouth guard and put it into use. See you on the mats!

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Attention Parents and Students this is the schedule for the Christmas and New Years.

December 23rd will be the last class at both Moline and Bettendorf Tarpein’s academies.

The first day back will be Friday, January 2nd MOLINE ONLY.

Adult class will kick off the Roll-A-Thon at 10 AM. (FRIDAY till SUNDAY)

Child Class will be held Friday at 5 PM MOLINE LOCATION ONLY.  

Saturday morning class for children will be 10:30 AM MOLINE ONLY and Adults class at 11:30. MOLINE ONLY

Bettendorf re-opens January 5th Business as usual.

We are doing the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Roll-A-Thon in Moline Friday to Sunday Jan 4th 10AM it ends (48hrs of BJJ). All money collected will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitals.

The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar will start Sunday 10 am after the BJJ roll a thon ends with Jeff Neal – Carlson Gracie Team Black Belt.




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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Roll-A-Thon 48hr for St Jude.

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Tarpeins Dojo’s  and awesome students are kicking off the New Year with a bang! We are doing a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Roll-A-Thon of St. Jude Children’s Hospitals. It’s an open mat with the idea of  bouncing ideas off fellow BJJ’ers.   All schools are welcome as well as all skill levels. Mat and spectators fees are going to be donated to the organization.

We start Jan 2nd at 10 am and go till Friday Jan 4th. 10 am.  Feel free to stop in train, watch, and donate for a great cause.

Jeff Neal – A Carlson Gracie Black Belt will conduct a seminar Sunday at 10 am. See you on the mats. 


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My two cents on Gi VS. No Gi training. Let’s just start by saying anyone who knows me, will know right away where I stand on this much debated hot topic. Coming from a strict traditional karate back ground, most know I am pro Gi all the way. That’s being said, I recommend training both styles of grappling to be well rounded. In my opinion the Gi will make you more well versed on escaping properly when stuck in a bad position.  No Gi should work just about the same as far as a proper escape route.  


Both are equally as fun in my opinion, so I truly feel that it is good to do both at some point in your training. Also for self-defense it is good to get used to grabbing material is far as Gi is concerned and to get used to not being able to control somebody with a collar or a sleeve.  


With a Gi on there are more tricks and submissions to be aware of, versus the No-Gi  application of grappling.  No Gi is typically a faster pace match but with less opportunity of techniques to finalize an opponent with.  I am often asked this question if training in a gi or no gi is better, and I always say don’t fear the gi hommie. See you on the mats!





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