Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu2024-03-04T09:53:25+11:00
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

With a primary focus on grappling and ground-based techniques, BJJ offers a unique and strategic approach to combat that requires mental acuity, patience, and a deep understanding of body mechanics.

Developed from traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, BJJ gained worldwide recognition for its effectiveness in real-life self-defense situations and mixed martial arts competitions. Unlike many other martial arts, BJJ emphasizes using leverage and technique to overcome size and strength advantages, making it suitable for people of all ages and body types.

Whether one’s goal is self-defense, physical fitness, or competition, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provides an engaging and transformative journey that cultivates physical prowess, mental sharpness, and personal growth.

What is BJJ?

The origins of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) can be traced back to the early 20th century in Japan. The art originally evolved from the Japanese martial art of Jiu-Jitsu, which focused on self-defense and close-quarters combat techniques. Esai Maeda, a Japanese judoka and student of Jigoro Kano (founder of judo), migrated to Brazil in the early 20th century and began teaching his art to the Gracie family.

Carlos Gracie, one of the members of the Gracie family, became particularly interested in Maeda’s teachings and further developed the art to emphasize leverage, technique, and ground fighting. Carlos, along with his brother Helio Gracie, refined and adapted the techniques to accommodate their smaller frames and weaker physical attributes.

The Gracie family popularized BJJ through their challenge matches and participation in mixed martial arts competitions, most notably the early Vale Tudo fights in Brazil. BJJ has continued to evolve and grow as a martial art, combat sport, and self-defense system. It has become an integral part of mixed martial arts (MMA) and is widely practiced and respected worldwide, with numerous BJJ academies and tournaments promoting the art and its principles.

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Curriculum

Positions and Transitions

BJJ teaches you various positions, including full guard, half guard, side control, mount, and back control. You learn how to maneuver between these positions, gain control, and maintain dominant positions during a fight.


Submissions are a fundamental aspect of BJJ. You learn a vast array of joint locks and chokes, such as armbars, triangles, kimuras, rear-naked chokes, and guillotines. These techniques allow you to immobilize and force your opponent into submission.

Escapes and Defense

BJJ emphasizes defensive techniques and escapes from disadvantageous positions. You learn how to escape from mount, side control, and back control, as well as how to defend against submission attempts effectively.

Sweeps and Reversals

Sweeps and reversals are techniques used to transition from a disadvantaged position to a more advantageous one. You learn how to off-balance your opponent and create opportunities to reverse the position or take control.

Control and Pressure

BJJ teaches you how to establish and maintain control over your opponent using body positioning, weight distribution, and pressure. This allows you to control the pace of the fight and neutralize your opponent’s attacks.

Strategy and Timing

BJJ emphasizes strategy and timing. You learn how to anticipate your opponent’s moves, set traps, and capitalize on their mistakes. BJJ encourages a tactical approach to maximize your effectiveness in a fight.

Sparring and Live Rolling

Sparring, often referred to as rolling, is a crucial component of BJJ training. It allows you to practice techniques in a live, dynamic environment against resisting opponents. Rolling helps develop timing, adaptability, and the ability to think quickly and strategically.

Respect and Sportsmanship

BJJ emphasizes respect for your training partners and opponents. It instills a strong sense of sportsmanship and humility, promoting a positive and supportive training environment.

Jiu-jitsu puts you completely in the moment, where you must have a complete focus on finding a solution to the problem. This trains the mind to build that focus, to increase your awareness, your capacity to solve problems.”

– Rickson Gracie

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long are the classes?2023-05-21T21:50:26+10:00

Our classes are 55 minutes long.

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and how is it different from other martial arts?2023-05-16T22:49:32+10:00

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling-based martial art that focuses on controlling and submitting opponents through the use of technique and leverage rather than striking. Proving that little can and does beat big, and that skill beat’s strength 9/10 times.

What should I expect in my first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class?2023-05-16T22:50:18+10:00

In your first class, you’ll  learn some basic techniques positions  and drills. You will have the opportunity to practise with other beginners and more advanced students. All our instructors are passionate supportive and caring. The culture we have is reflected in our staff and students. We are welcoming, and you’ll be encouraged to ask questions and go at your own pace.

Do I need to be physically fit to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?2023-05-16T22:51:23+10:00

No, you don’t. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be practised by people of all ages and fitness levels. Beginners can start with basic techniques and gradually build up their strength and endurance over time. Learning BJJ can and will change and improve your life in so many ways if you allow it to. Missed opportunities can seldom be regained 

How long does it take to get a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt?2023-05-16T22:52:19+10:00

The time it takes to earn a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu varies depending on the individual’s dedication, training, and competition success. It typically takes 10-15 years of consistent training to reach the black belt level and requires a high level of commitment, dedication and determination.

Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu effective for self-defence?2023-05-16T22:52:46+10:00

Yes, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is highly effective for self-defence because it focuses on ground fighting and submission holds, which can be used to control and neutralise attackers without causing permanent harm. It’s a wonderful tool for military law enforcement  and security groups.

Can women train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?2023-05-16T22:55:19+10:00

Absolutely! Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a sport for everyone, and particularly excellent for women to learn self-defence. As leverage and skill, not strength, wins the majority of times.

What is the age requirement for attending a BJJ class?2023-05-16T22:55:59+10:00

Generally 10 years and up.

Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu a good workout?2023-05-16T22:56:59+10:00

Yes, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provides a full-body workout that includes strength training, cardio, core muscles and flexibility. It’s an amazing complete full body work out that will help your heart and head, as it involves thinking  quickly while solving multiple problems on the go, just like life.

What is the difference between gi and no-gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?2023-05-16T22:57:24+10:00

Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is practised with the traditional uniform, while no-gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is practised without the gi. A rashie or no top No-gi typically focuses more on wrestling and takedowns and is more commonly associated with MMA.

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