Students from Keiser University’s Orlando Exercise Science and Sports Medicine & Fitness Technology departments recently traveled to Lyman High School for an unusual seminar. Both Lyman High and Keiser University students were led in a self-defense seminar by three elite martial artists: Ricardo Liborio – co-founder of American Top Team & Brazilian Top Team, 6th degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and former Jiu-Jitsu world champion. He was accompanied by Márcio Pimentel – Judo blackbelt, Judo Olympic coach, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, and Jayson Patino – black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, submission grappling world champion, and No-Gi world champion grappler.
The instructors demonstrated self-defense techniques proven effective in defending against assailants. The students learned various submissions and throws, such as the Kimura and Ō goshi (hip throw). They also practiced techniques to escape chokeholds, bear hugs, and defend against strikes. In addition, coach Márcio Pimentel and Professor Stéfane Dias demonstrated how body weight exercises can provide effective conditioning that builds strength, aerobic capacity, flexibility, and so forth.
This seminar was five hours in duration, which actively engaged and entertained more than 300 students from different classes, while still adhering to safe and effective training principles. Students obtained valuable hands-on experience with group fitness instruction as well as networking with high level MMA coaches.
“The dedication and passion of our students was apparent in this seminar. It was both educational and fun for all participants,” Program Professor Dr. Stéfane Dias said.