What is BJJ?
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 themselves against a bigger opponent. With origins in Japanese Jujutsu, it has since been adapted and modified by the Gracie family and others to become the martial art it is today.
Contrary to popular belief, studies show that 95% of street fights end on the ground. The techniques you learn in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu enable you to dominate opponents on the ground and minimise or prevent injury in high risk situations. It is a highly regarded component of the styles that make up Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and used in law enforcement agencies worldwide
Benefits of BJJ
Regardless of age or gender, BJJ can have a significant impact on practitioners with numerous benefits (fitness, flexibility, strength, mental stimuli and confidence being some of them). Practitioners will gain a greater understanding of their bodies and will learn to push their limits past what they thought was possible. For many, BJJ becomes a lifestyle where you will find practitioners changing lifestyle habits (for the better!) to increase their effectiveness on the mats.
Who is BJJ for?
BJJ is for everyone from ages 4 to 70. The mat culture is such that BJJ practitioners will refer to their training partners as family. You will often see two training partners going after each other only to see after sparring has finished, the same two practitioners embrace and exchange strategies in the aid of closing gaps and expanding their games.
BJJ and Children
Children have much to gain from training in BJJ. They are a large foundation on which many schools are built. From the youngest martial artists and future champions, our facility has a programme for kids to learn Jiu-Jitsu in a fun, and safe environment
Who is Kids BJJ Programme for?
Our programme caters for two age groups:
4 – 8 years
8 – 12 years
Classes are structured to enable students to learn, retain the information, challenge themselves and have fun.
What are the Benefits of Children Training BJJ?
Children learn self-discipline, confidence, humility and respect for their instructors and peers, all while learning new skills and developing friendships through games and skills training.
Exercise – Building muscle and increasing flexibility, improving mental strength, memory and brain function, development of problem-solving skills, reducing stress and teaching patience, boosting self-confidence, promoting healthy competition.
Friendships – BJJ has a great social environment. When people walk into the academy they are all equal. BJJ brings in people from all walks of life and kids can meet new friends they may never have in any other way. Seeing each other and training together all the time creates a very strong bond. They learn to trust each other and depend on each other in order to learn.
Self Defence – BJJ is a great self-defence system to learn. Most physical altercations end up on the ground where BJJ is most useful. Also, students are taught to be a calm and collected person and become better at avoiding altercations.
As shown, BJJ is beneficial to children for many reasons. They can learn great problem solving skills while also becoming more disciplined individuals. BJJ can help counteract childhood obesity and children can meet lifelong friends while also learning to defend themselves and prevent altercations all together.
What is MMA?
MMA is Mixed Martial Arts which is a fighting system popularised by organisations like the UFC and ONE FC where opponents fight in a ring or cage. Fighters train in several different fighting systems such as Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, Boxing and various other martial arts. Using these skills competitors enter a ring to fight against another opponent of equal weight. This is similar to boxing but kicks, elbow and knee strikes and grappling (including striking on the ground) are allowed. While MMA is regarded as a sport it can be incredibly effective when used for self-defence. MMA sport rules include
Who is MMA for?
MMA is for everyone looking for a life-changing challenge. People may be interested in MMA to train to be a competitive fighter or just to train to get into shape and be able to defend themselves. People wonder how MMA fighters train to get so skilled in fighting. Professional MMA fighters are some of the most complete athletes in the world. This is a simple fact. Many professional MMA fighters possess a huge range of abilities outside of fighting, this includes having superior strength, power, endurance and quite often intelligence.
For people that want to get into the ring they are going to have to train several hours a day, 5 days a week in all areas of the gym (boxing, wrestling, BJJ and MMA classes). This type of training caters for amateur or pro MMA fighters.
For those that don’t wish to compete or feel if they don’t have the athleticism of a professional MMA fighter, don’t worry, it doesn’t mean they can’t train like one.
If people have goals of becoming a professional MMA fighter or if they just want to train like an MMA beast, this is the right place. Although people won’t become an MMA beast overnight, if they follow our training program and remain consistent, anything is possible.
- The rules of MMA when training or fighting in the UFC is as follows:
- No striking to the back of the head is permitted
- No hit to the groin is allowed
- No small-joint manipulations are allowed
- You cannot pull someone’s hair
- Headbutting someone is not allowed
- You cannot grab someone’s mouth by inserting your fingers in the mouth and pulling the cheek or jaw
- There are strict weight classes
- Non-tile matches are usually 3 rounds of 5-minute duration each with one-minute rest duration in-between
- Championship matches are usually 5 rounds of 5-minute duration each with one-minute duration rest in-between
- An opponent can stop the match by tapping on the opponent or the mat or saying verbally they are done
- You cannot kick or knee an opponent to the head when they are down on the ground
- No biting
What are the Benefits of training MMA?
MMA is an incredible martial art to train in. It will challenge and change a person’s way of life. Talk to our coaches who have trained extensively over the years and you will hear how they have enjoyed the benefits from training. Starting with a lifelong love for martial arts and learning, learning to diet and control their body weight, exercise harder than they thought they ever could. Our main MMA coach has competed and trained all over the world sometimes even being paid to travel and play but most of all they all say they have made amazing lifelong friends that have helped shape the person they have become