Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art focusing largely on grappling and ground fighting. It utilizes natural body leverage and proper technique to obtain dominant control on the ground and, as a result, provides greater position for striking or submission holds.

BJJ has been proven, when used properly, to be an effective method for dealing with bigger and stronger opponents and has become increasingly popular due in part to its great success in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). It can be trained for many beneficial reasons of self development as well as self defense, sport grappling (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts competition and has found its way into the training regiment of nearly every successful martial artist worldwide.

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History

Translated as “the gentle art,” Brazilian jiu-jitsu focuses on using strength and technique in the most efficient way possible to control and overcome opponents of greater size, strength and aggression. With its roots in the Japanese jiu-jitsu of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the art found its way to Brazil in 1910, when Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese jiu-jitsu and judo expert, emigrated to the country. There he became friends with Gastao Gracie, an influential businessman who helped Maeda get established. In return, Maeda taught jiu-jitsu to Gracie’s sons, who became very proficient in the art, eventually passing on Maeda’s teaching in their own schools. The many additions, modifications, and refinements to the art made by the Gracie family were tested against other styles with great success, propelling Gracie jiu-jitsu into the martial arts world and creating a tradition that lives on today. Due to the rapid growth of this relatively new martial art, the techniques are still continuing to evolve and develop each year.

Training

Unlike many traditional martial arts, Jiu Jitsu techniques are not drilled religiously nor do they form the basis of the training. Instead the uniqueness of Jiu Jitsu training lies in learning and understanding the concepts that underpin the overall art. Jiu Jitsu techniques can only be applied successfully with a solid understanding of leverage and positioning concepts. The concepts then will allow a student to find a finishing technique that can be applied. Control concepts, positioning concepts and defence concepts are passed onto the student in early training and reinforced throughout training. These concepts form the foundation for Jiu Jitsu from the beginner right up to the most elite level.

Jiu Jitsu training is physical but not dangerous or frightening. Because you partake in realistic full contact sparring you will quickly adapt to the demands of the training. You will soon see a remarkable change in you body-lines, leading to weight loss, strengthening, flexibility and overall fitness.

A further positive of your training will be an overall increase in your levels of confidence. You will have the honour and piece of mind in knowing that you are learning what is considered to be the most effective form of self-defence in the world today. Training in Gracie Jiu Jitsu will give you an underlying power, which is yours to keep with you for the rest of your life.

Current Classes:

Tuesday 5:30pm – 7:00pm – Gi

Thursday 5:30pm – 7:00pm – No-Gi

Friday 5:30pm – 7:00pm – Gi

Private classes are also available. Contact us for more information

About the trainer – Alex Russell

Alex has been heavily training BJJ for the past 5 and half years under the tutelage of Peter de Been black belt, Dave Kemp. With a passion for the sport of BJJ and a aim to compete in state, national and international tournaments, Alex competed in his first BJJ state (Victorian) competition after only one year of training, winning both his divisions undefeated.

What originally started off as a great way to lose weight and improve overall health and fitness, Alex found jiu-jitsu to be a great asset to self improvement and evaluation, personal development, both mentally and physically, and since starting, has found the “jiu-jitsu lifestyle” to be the most beneficial decision he has made.

As Alex has moved up through the ranks of BJJ, he has taken on teaching the art as well as his own variations of techniques to those who seek to learn.

Our awesome trainer is from Peter DeBeen BJJ – http://www.peterdebeen.com/

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Class Pricing

Single Session

$20 Single Class
  • Attend any class once
  • First lesson free!
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