Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (“BJJ”) is a grappling-based martial art that emphasises groundwork. Those who study BJJ become highly proficient at getting dominant positions on the ground, and on finishing their opponents with armlocks, leglocks and chokes (“submission holds” or simply “submissions”). Because of its emphasis on technique and leverage rather than brute strength, it can be effective even for smaller men and women. BJJ is also a combat sport that practitioners can do into their 40’s and 50’s because, relative to similar sports, there is less emphasis on heavy throws (which take a toll on older bodies).
Our regular classes are for youths and adults (both male and female) and are split into four types:
These classes emphasise the basics techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Even the basics can involve many small-but-important details, so a large portion of the class is devoted to demonstration and practice. Although these classes are especially useful for beginners, many experienced members also participate – it’s always good to practice the fundamentals.
As with the fundamental classes, these classes involve technique demonstration and practice. However, the techniques may be more advanced, or taught at a faster pace. Also, ‘sparring’ (grappling with an opponent, trying to catch them in submission holds) takes up more of the class time. That said, beginners can still join these classes without issue.
The gi is the thick cotton jacket and trousers worn in BJJ, Judo and many other martial arts. For no gi classes, practitioners instead wear rashguards (sports T shirts) and shorts. The techniques must be adapted for the lack of clothing to grab. The classes are otherwise the same as All Levels.
These sessions have no formal instruction and consist purely of sparring time. They are open to practitioners of all levels, but aren’t recommended for absolute beginners.
The ladies’ classes are female only, including the instructor. As the regular classes tend to have more men than women, the ladies’ classes allow the female members to train with partners their own size. In all other respects, the ladies’ classes are the same as All Levels classes - many of our female members attend both.
The motto of our club is “Grappling for All”, and that includes the younger generation as well. Our kids’ classes focus on teaching children the throws, breakfalls, groundwork positions and escapes of BJJ (but not the submission holds). The classes provide an outlet for the kids’ youthful energy and improve their sense of self-discipline. At the end of each class, most of the kids participate in sparring, carefully supervised by the instructors. This teaches the kids some important life lessons, namely:
a) You can’t always win, and;
b) If you want to get better at something, it takes hard work and practice.
The classes are focused on safety and have a lively and fun atmosphere. That said, the children develop real grappling skills which can help them defend against bullies on the playground. As they grow older, the training they’ve received forms an excellent ‘base’ from which to transition into adult BJJ or other forms of self-defence.