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.
Mainly performed on the ground, BJJ promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant using joint-locks, chokeholds, control and escape skills to defeat an opponent.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a derivative of early 20th century Kodokan Judo. The system of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was evolved by the Gracie family and has become extremely popular throughout the world. BJJ can be trained for self defence, sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition. Sparring (commonly referred to as a rolling) and live drilling play a major role in training.
Many years ago Sifu Mick Spinks realised there was a hole in his arsenal; ground fighting. He was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and since then has been on a quest to master this art and pass on the skills to the students at Double Dragon.
Initially training under the highly regarded John Will from Melbourne, Mick was then introduced to Brazilian Gracie black belts Bernardo ‘Trekko’ Magalhaes and Alex Prates. Exchanging stand up training for BJJ coaching with these elite black belts. Mick was graded to Black belt in 2015 and continues to train with Bernardo Magalhaes at Life BJJ under the Ribeiro system.
When coupled with our stand up martial arts BJJ classes allow Double Dragon students to have a complete and broad arsenal of self-defence skills.