On Saturday September 19th we had our first BJJ Seminar at the Meade Valley Community Center located in the Perris/Meade Valley area. The event was put together by my long time friend Mike Sarkisian who has been teaching Muay Thai in the Perris Valley area for many years. Mike had contacted me back in July with a desire to bring BJJ to the community with an emphasis on the kids programs. Mike has a great relationship with Juan Manuel Huerta the and The Boys and Girls Club. Together they have made arrangements to utilize part of their new building for Muay Thai and BJJ.


Together with my training partners Donnie Dee and his son Don Dee from Carlson Gracie Temecula we put on a 90 minute seminar. We explained what BJJ is and the difference between BJJ for Self Defense and BJJ as a sport. Donnie and I demonstrated a few take downs and a couple of self defense techniques.




Then we did a brief warm up and taught two techniques from closed guard. The first was a basic armbar setup and the second was a basic triangle. Then we regrouped and explained the principle that “every triangle has an armbar” and demonstrated how to transition from one to the other.


The reception by the students and the community was great. I will be posting updates as they develop. If you don’t know anything about Perris here are some fast facts: 

  • As of 2013, Perris’s population is 72,326 people. Since 2000, the population has nearly doubled.
  • The average household size is 4.2 people.
  • Estimated median household income for 2012 is $44,200.
    Estimated per capita income in 2012 is $11,382
  • The median age is 25.4 years
  • 44.8% of people in Perris are married. 8.4% are divorced
  • For population 25 years and over in Perris
    – High school or higher: 64.2%
    – Bachelor’s degree or higher: 7%
    – Graduate or professional degree: 1.7%
    – Unemployed: 11.6%
    – Mean travel time to work: 33.7 minutes
  • Enthnic/Racial Mix:
    – Hispanic (71.7%)
    – Other race (32.6%)
    – White Non-Hispanic (11.3%)
    – African American (10.7%)
    – Two or more races (1.2%)
    – American Indian (.2%)
    – Asian (4.2%)