Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a martial art that focuses mainly on grappling and ground fighting. This combat sport is a great form of self defence and has become a very popular martial art in Australia.

A very practical martial art, BJJ practitioners are not reliant on strength, instead relying on leverage techniques and body positioning to control, defend and attack.

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

BJJ is a ground based martial arts that was originally adapted from Kodokan Judo by the Gracie Family in Brazil after they were taught by Mitsyo Maeda (aka Conde Coma). This style of ground fighting teaches you to be able to bring down a bigger and stronger opponent to the ground where those attributes are drastically reduced giving the smaller person better odds of victory through use of controlling holds, escaping bad positions using leverage instead of strength, joint locks and chokes/strangle holds to defeat a larger assailant. Our Black belt instructors are Mick Spinks and Trent Laurance who were awarded their belts from Bernardo Magalhaes of Ribiero Sydney who himself was Black belted by Vinicius Aieta of Gracie Tijuca.

What to expect in your first class?

You get a free trial the first time you try it out. We teach both Gi and No Gi. The Gi is a heavy fabric jacket and pants used to simulate everyday clothing which you learn can be used against an opponent to control them and/or to submit them. We can provide a Gi for you in your first couple of classes, but it is always better and hygienic to get your own Gi, which we sell at the front desk.

In the No Gi classes we usually just wear a rash guard/shirt and MMA/board shorts, this style uses a lot more wrestling and movement because of less friction compared to the Gi classes. But you still learn how to control and submit a resisting opponent through hand grips, body placement and balance.

We also get to do sparring also called “rolling” to get practice in using our craft on someone that is resisting you in a live situation which can be the most exciting part of this art, but you only get to do this once you have achieve a set of fundamental skills and composure to limit injury to yourself and others, mouth guards are compulsory for rolling.

Which classes should I start in?

All classes are mixed levels, everyone when they first start out feels like a fish out of water but that’s why it’s important for people training and get advice from the higher belt ranks.