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Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Self Defense Now at Danbury and Stamford Health Club, Sportsplex

Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ( has found a new home with Danbury and Stamford health club, Sportsplex(, the leader in personalized group exercise and personal training. Jim Hughes and Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu self defense of CT, MA, and New England now have 10 ma & ct mma locations throughout New England (Danbury, Stratford, New Haven, Southington, West Hartford, Glastonbury, Windsor,UCONN/Storrs, Norwich, Agawam MA, Boston, and Puerto Rico

West Hartford, CT, March 27, 2007 --( Sportsplex (, the leader in personalized, family fitness, group exercise and personal training is now the new home of Jim Hughes and Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The Danbury Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program at Sportsplex is managed by Anthony Butler. Mr. Butler is a long time Jiu Jitsu practitioner and is uniquely qualified to teach self defense. Having traveled the world as an Army Officer, Mr. Butler has a who's who resume of top teachers he has worked with including Royce Gracie. Finally settling in Connecticut after 10 years of military experience which included leading his soldiers into battle in Iraq and being one of the first to enter Baghdad, this Ranger qualified, Bronze Star recipient has made it his life mission to bring good into the world. "I love Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu,” says Tony Butler, "it got me through the most difficult situations you could ever imagine and it has made me some of the best friends of my life."

Jim Hughes explains, "We are pleased to bring Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu self defense skills developed by Royce's father Helio Gracie to the greater Danbury, Bethel and Stamford areas. We maintain a friendly sense of community at all our locations. Working with Tom Pear at Sportsplex feels very comfortable and natural, it is a great place with an amazingly friendly and knowledgeable staff, I definitely recommend Tom Pear and Sportsplex for people who want to get fit and feel good doing it."

Jim Hughes and Tony Butler will offer two complimentary introductory classes for the community at Sportsplex: Reducing Stress and Fear, and Basic Self Defense, based on their extensive backgrounds. Mr. Hughes with his experience as faculty member of UCONN Medical School and prior faculty at the UMASS Stress Reduction Clinic (featured on the Bill Moyer's special Healing and the Mind), and Mr. Butler with his extensive Military training and battle experience, will help participants develop proven strategies for managing stress and fear and improving their health and wellbeing. In addition, they will offer an introduction to self defense to help the participant safely learn proven skills for protecting themselves in an attack or altercation.

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