Discipline, confidence, resilience, patience: these are all important traits that can be developed with martial arts training at Six Blades Jiu-Jitsu in Lake Travis. Started by Victor Hugo, a coach, a multiple time world champion and the reigning world champion, and Steve Hargett, a combat veteran, a world champion, and lifelong martial artist, the duo is committed to passing along the value of martial arts training to their students.

Located at 1501 Ranch Road 620 N., Ste. B in Lakeway, the facility opened last June and has already seen immense success from their leadership.

“Victor is from Brazil,” Hargett said. “He moved to California in 2016. I was living there at that time. We've trained together for a lot of years. We ended up in the Lake Travis area. We just love the community, and the way that people are very family oriented.”

The facility offers jiu-jitsu training for almost all ages, including:

What differentiates jiu-jitsu from other martial art forms, such as karate or taekwondo, is the actions behind the sport. The main moves behind it are grappling, ground fighting and submission holds, with no hitting involved. The goal is to use positioning and leverage to control an opponent regardless of the size.

“There are no strikes in jiu-jitsu. During training we create an environment that allows a practitioner to be very physical during training every day, without hurting or causing damage to their partner. At the end of each round you always see both students having fun, shaking hands, and smiling,” Hugo said. “That's what probably makes it the most realistic self-defense martial art. A practitioner is used to the physical aspect of fighting, and instead of turning a potential physical altercation into a fist fight where someone could get very hurt, you're going to use grappling to control and immobilize someone, which lessens the risk of severe damage for both parties.”

Other things that help make Six Blades Jiu-Jitsu stand out is the facility and the commitment from the coaches. Hugo and Hargett have worked hard to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for students to learn in. The floor of the gym is installed with a state-of-the-art floor system complete with soft mats and springs underneath.

The coaches’ commitment is seen in how they themselves train every day to make sure they’re in the best shape for their students and competition. This helps them demonstrate how the techniques work and show they are staying up to date on the sport and continue to evolve with it.

“The great thing about jiu-jitsu is it's a martial art where you're always problem solving and learning, which is a great translation into everyday life,” Hargett said. “You're adding new skills, solving new problems and always developing. Both of us are black belts but we learn new things every day, and we still have a coach that helps us train every day. It's not something that we just sit there and teach. We train ourselves and we train with our students.”

To learn more about the sport or try a class, interested individuals can visit their website or call 512-515-1320.

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