• Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ is a martial art based on grappling and ground fighting, focusing on the skill of controlling one’s opponent through techniques that force him or her to submit. It prides itself in being known as the "gentle art", allowing a smaller, weaker person to use leverage and submissions (chokes, locks) to defend himself against a bigger opponent. BJJ's origins are from Japanese Judo and Jujutsu.

    Who can learn it? Anyone can. Don't get us wrong, it is one of the toughest martial arts out there, however, it is also one of the most effective as well. Having the skills to protect yourself and fight an attacker while you're both on the ground is very beneficial.

  • Seven Reasons to Learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

    1) It’s a vigorous physical workout

    There are many different types of workouts that a person can do. There’s the typical gym workout where you do exercises with free weights or machines. There are also various sports like running or swimming. And then there’s BJJ. BJJ is different because it’s an all-around body workout.

    A normal class will consist of a warm-up, mild to heavy drills and wrestling with other students, of various sizes. It won't be long before you're in excellent shape.

    2) It’s a martial art

    Not only is BJJ a physical activity, but it’s a non-impact martial art. Unlike kickboxing and Taekwondo, there are no punches or kicks in BJJ; one uses locks and chokes to subdue their opponent. It also makes it safer because you’re not risking being knocked out on every training.

    3) Learn self-defence

    Whether you want to train for just the sport aspect, or professionally, our MTC instructors can help with both. You'll quickly learn how BJJ knowledge and techniques will give you a definite advantage in a fight, especially if it goes to the ground (which most fights do). Hopefully you'll never have to utilise it in real life, but as the old saying goes - "It is better to be a warrior in a garden, than a gardener in a war."

    4) It develops your mind as much as your body

    BJJ has been called by many professionals as a physical chess match. Every move has a counter move. Every counter move has a counter counter move. In the beginning you’re simply learning to correctly execute each move, but as you advance into higher levels, you’re not only executing the current move but you already planning two or even three moves ahead. So, if your opponent makes a move, you already have a counter move that you can trap the opponent.

    BJJ’s mental stimulation always keeps students coming back to the mat. We're always learning something new. The potential is limitless.

    5) It’s an excellent way to meet new friends

    MTC is a very welcoming and friendly environment where we all share our knowledge, learn from the instructors, and sweat with them in a safe, caring environment.

    6) It forces you to become comfortable with rejection

    What makes BJJ so bruising to your ego is that you simply don’t know how a particular sparring session will turn out. The more experienced you become, the more you expect to beat someone who just started recently. Then there’s size; if you’re a bigger person, you would never accept being utterly demolished by a smaller person.

    As we say in BJJ, leave your ego at the door and you’ll be fine.

    7) BJJ is a lot of fun

    Most martial arts are fun to learn, practice and it keeps you healthy. BJJ is no exception, and it will certainly keep you in good physical fitness. Try it today.