Our Jiu Jitsu Classes
We have both beginner and advanced BJJ classes. The beginner/advanced notations indicate which level of instruction is being given, not which level of student can attend. Classes are either Gi or No-Gi. A Gi is not mandatory in the Gi classes, though it is highly encouraged since some moves cannot be performed without a Gi. Adults and mature teenagers are welcome to participate.
We also have Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It is currently only one hour per week. However, there are long-term plans for a full program for children.
Our style of Jiu Jitsu training is all about learning core technique and refining our personal abilities in an open, fun environment.
What Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is grappling martial art with a strong emphasis on positioning and mechanical leverage to acquire a dominant ground position and, ultimately, submit or disable the adversary with chokes or joint-locks. BJJ is a challenging sport and effective self-defense system. It is also a well-respected, powerful, and highly-popular skill-set to possess in the MMA ring.
Wikipedia has a very comprehensive page detailing the art. You can read it by clicking here. Here is a great summary of the art from that page:
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting (Ne-Waza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie by master Mitsuyo Maeda. Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Helio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge onto their family.
BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground – most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.
Since its inception in 1914, its parent art of Judo was separated from older systems of Japanese jiu-jitsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian jiu-jitsu: it is not solely a martial art: it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way (Do) of life.