Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a contact martial art, combat sport and a self defence system that focuses on grappling, and especially ground fighting. By applying the right leverage and technique it can help a smaller, weaker person, successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant.
By intelligently drilling specific techniques to deal with positional scenarios, you will gradually learn to increase your understanding of the bigger picture. Your ability to chain movements together and evolve what is best suited for your own body shape as well as mindset will be the next step.
This learning will be reinforced during situational sparring against resisting opponents, as well as with sparring rounds that begin standing up.
Consistent training (2/3 times a week minimum) will improve your speed, balance, endurance, and flexibility.
The emphasis at the club is on mutual help and respect in developing an individual’s grappling skill. We always train with resistance in everything we do, but that resistance must be intelligent, tailored and focused on helping each other to improve.
When we spar we do not spar to maim or hurt each other, however over the many years of experience that I have had from grappling, there are always some characters that try all out to submit you, perhaps unintentionally flying elbows and knees, hitting you in the groin and face, twisting and bending fingers back, putting submissions on without control, and throwing their complete weight and strength at you regardless of their size and yours.
In those situations, as a more experienced grappler, you will learn to deal with this in a manner that protects yourself and your partner. Dealing with these “confrontations” is an excellent step towards building confidence in dealing with real life situations, and making you realise that if this is what can happen in a controlled environment, imagine how worse it can be with someone who intentionally wants to do damage.
Our main classes also focus on the standing game. Borrowing from Judo and wrestling we understand the need to feel confident both on the ground and on your feet. After all fights on and off the mat predominantly start from standing.
We have some serious competitors training alongside those who are just interested in improving their understanding of the art. Regardless, a competitive mindset is encouraged and although you will get fit and strong from training with us, that is not our primary goal.
Our main aim is to get you to be as good as you can be without false hope or the notion that what we do is for everyone. Belt promotions are not important, in a fight, no one cares. If you are not focused on improving your skill level then you will not go far here.
BJJ clubs may have differing views on what is considered skilful, but for us, the ability to move and react as efficiently as possible in order to suppress an aggressive attack and then dominate your opponent are paramount.
The above concept may sound simple but it’s far from easy to apply. If you can spar 10 x 6-minute rounds without feeling exhausted or muscle fatigue in what we term endurance rounds as opposed to competitive rounds, which is an entirely different aspect of the game, then you are on your way to understanding about efficiency.
The question of the practicality of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a form of self defence is sometimes raised. You should not want to end up on the floor in a fight, you should avoid confrontations at all costs, but when you can’t and you do end up on the ground, the thousands of honest gruelling down to earth mat hours that you have accumulated over the years in your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu should give you more confidence to deal with those situations.