A fast growing and popular martial art that focuses on ground fighting
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport which is one of the core components of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Its effectiveness was proven in many no holds barred (NHB or Vale Tudo) matches.
Is that the art where that little dude (Royce Gracie) beat up all those bigger guys?
The short answer is yes. Royce Gracie won the first Ultimate Fighting Championship which was held on the 12th November 1993. He returned to win UFC 2 and UFC 4 in which he defeated a decorated wrestler in Dan Severn with a significant (approximately 80 lbs) weight advantage. In this fight perhaps more than any other, Royce showed the value of being able to fight off your back as he was able to protect himself whilst in the bottom position and ultimately submit Severn with a triangle choke. Royce was chosen to represent the Gracie family precisely because his slight 176lb frame showed the effectiveness and efficiency of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Royce was never defeated in the UFC in his prime and is probably the most influential martial artist since Bruce Lee.
What will I learn in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
You can tailor the learning to you. As the techniques are battle tested they can be used in a sporting or a self defence context. You will also learn to remain calm when under pressure, to be in the moment and problem solve – all useful skills for life!
What can I expect in a BJJ class?
You will begin with some warm up movements/drills before showing the technique(s) you are going to work on. Then often increasing resistance is added to test the moves and solve any problems your partner may cause. Not the use of the word partner, your training partners help you to get better, an opponent is somebody you face in a fight or competition, training partners prepare you for this. Train hard fight easy!
What do I need?
Water, clothing you are comfortable to exercise in without zips.
Classes run every Thursday from 7pm until 8pm and are ran by BJJ brown belt, David Griffiths.
Come along and join any one of our great classes at the gym for the full experience. Qui nunc nobis videntur parum clari, fiant sollemnes in futurum.