What is Brazilian Jiujitsu?
Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and self defense system that primary focuses on grappling and ground techniques, however also do encompass elements of stand up Judo, wrestling and street self defence techniques.
Derived from Kodokan Judo and brought to Brazil by Judoka Mitsuyo Maeda, Jiujitsu was adapted and evolved by the notable practitioners Carlos and Helio Gracie. Since then, Brazilian Jiujitsu came into its own as a martial art promoting the fact that its techniques can be effectively used to defeat bigger and stronger opponents.
Brazilian Jiujitsu teaches the concepts of leverage and proper techniques, notably joint locks and chokes to submit your opponent. Utilizing these techniques, you will be less dependent on physical strength, athleticism, size and mass in a self defence scenario.
Why train Brazilian Jiujitsu?
Brazilian Jiujitsu is applicable to anyone, regardless of age or gender. It has been well documented that there have been students as young as 4 years old and as old as 85 years old. Due to the concepts of leverage and technique and not focusing on brawn or strength, BJJ is ideal for female practitioners. BJJ is ideal for people wishing to learn self defense, to the hobbyist practitioner and to the eager competitors. For those who are looking to loose weight, BJJ will provide a workout unlike no other, training muscles you never thought existed, and an intense cardio workout.
Unlike other martial arts whereby full contact sparring easily results in bruises, broken bones and injury, BJJ provides a unique system allowing you to train at 100% intensity during full contact sparring without the constant risk of hurting your training partners. It promotes physical fitness and character development making you "leave your ego at the door".
What to expect
Class will generally start with a functional warm up and drills followed by demonstration of technique, situational training and lastly a sparring session. Sparring session and techniques may vary depending on the level of the class. Traditionally BJJ is practiced with a kimono or a gi however with the emergence and evolution of grappling we also provide no-gi training with rashguards.