Spotlight on Southeastern’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club

“It’s like playing chess with your body” says Taylor Starkey, former president of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club, says to describe this organization.

The BJJ Club at Southeastern Louisiana University focuses on practicing and perfecting the martial art and combat sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This form of self-defense is geared towards overpowering one’s opponent through technique and leverage. “It’s all about being one step ahead” President Dillon Haley explains.

According to Starkey, the meetings begin with stretches and a quick warn-up. The groups then moves on to floor drills which are based on different Jiu-Jitsu moves. Next, the student instructors demonstrate new moves and allow the group to break off into pairs to practice them.

Haley and Starkey both describe this group as high-energy and eager to come in and learn something new. This group has both male and female members and according to Haley, new students visit frequently. “It’s a great way to reduce stress and were all pretty close,” he continues.

The organization has not received permission to attended or enter any state events but Starkey says it is definitely a future goal. For now, President Haley is striving to create a fun and learning environment where members can perfect their moves and become confident in their body.

The BJJ Club welcomes any male or female interested to attend one of their meetings or contact Dillion throughout the group’s Facebook page or at Meetings are held on Wednesdays from 8-10 p.m on the second floor of the Student Activity Center. Membership is free and no experience is required to join.

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Personal: Interview with Taylor Starkey in Student Union, 12:20 a.m., Oct. 5, Hammond, LA,

Interview with Dillon Haley outside DVICK, 10 a.m., Oct 20, Hammond, LA,


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