Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport and a self-defence system that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. As a sport it is growing in popularity both on a national and worldwide scale. It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique - most notably by applying joint-locks and choke holds to defeat the other person. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is practiced in both the Gi (kimono) and No-Gi (shorts and rashie).

When practised as a sport Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu focuses on submissions without the use of strikes, while traditional training allows practitioners to practice at full speed and with full power, resembling the effort used in a real competition. Training methods include drills where techniques are practiced against a non-resisting partner; isolation sparring, commonly referred to as positional drilling, where only a certain technique or sets of techniques are used and full sparring (referred to as "rolling") in which each opponent tries to submit their opponent using any legal technique, (according to the rank they hold, or limits set by the instructor). Physical conditioning is also an important part of training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Students are taught to understand that the benefits of martial are arts more then just learning self-defence and fighting techniques. They also increase self-confidence, self-discipline and problem solving skills, while improving health and fitness. By combining BJJ with Wu-Sho karate or Energize Fitness & Weight Loss' workout programs and gym, it is a beneficial step on the path of your martial arts journey.

*In affiliation with Ballard's Academy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts

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