Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling martial art; in other words, no strikes are allowed. You can win a BJJ match either on points or by applying a hold to your opponent that forces them submit (to tap out). BJJ focuses on technique, skill and the correct use of leverage. This means that it can be used by a smaller opponent to defeat a much larger one.
BJJ is traditionally practiced in a regulation jacket and trousers, known as a gi. We mainly train with the gi, but run a no-gi class every Wednesday as well.
BJJ was developed in Brazil by the Gracie family. It differs from traditional Japanese jiu jitsu in that it is more combat-oriented and focuses on training against fully resisting opponents. It gained an international audience when Royce Gracie used it to win at the early UFC tournaments, defeating strikers and wrestlers who were often much larger than him. After its efficiency against other martial arts was repeatedly proven in the UFC octagon, it became widely practiced by mixed martial artists. Now it forms the basis of the MMA ground game.
Dedicated beginners classes run every Tuesday and Thursdy at 6:00pm
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