Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ)
is a martial art, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from early 20th century 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 Hélio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge on to their extended 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 choke holds 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 1882, 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 for all ages; and, ultimately, a way of life.
We keep to the traditions and techniques that have been passed down while also adding in our own variation of ‘Combat Jiu-Jitsu’. We are not a school that has a heavy emphasis on the sport aspect of BJJ, while we do train for sport competitions, it is ultimately our goal to make sure all students gain the true fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu for self defense.
We have multiple coaches with multiple teaching styles and believe in keeping a very open format class. Meaning, we like questions, input and experiences shared to the group for the overall benefit of everyone.
Come try out the classes, no previous experience or athletic ability necessary.
Hope to see you on the mats – Coach Rick