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Why study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), developed by the Gracie family and made famous in events like The Ultimate Fighting Championship, is one of the most respected and effective martial arts in the world today.  Its real-world effectiveness has led to its acceptance and implementation by all branches of the US Military, local and national law enforcement, Air Marshals and military forces from around the world.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not based on strength or athleticism; its effectiveness comes from the use of an opponent’s strength, force and aggression against themselves.  The student learns how to use leverage and body positioning to defend themselves in virtually any close quarters attack or assault.  Since most real-world confrontations end up on the ground,  BJJ concentrates on grappling positions including the “Guard”, “Mount” and “Side Control”.  These positions allow the student to apply a variety of strikes, chokes, joint locks, pins and escapes with the most effective leverage-based techniques possible.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was originally developed, time tested and proven, on the streets of Rio De Janeiro,  Brazil and in fighting rings around the world to be the most functional approach to self-defense and combat against a much larger and stronger opponent.  Practitioners do not have to be in great shape, be big or strong and do not need prior martial arts experience before they can expect any benefits.  One of the major advantages of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is that it really works for everyone.

What is jiu-jitsu? Why was it created? Sometimes these questions are not asked or they are ignored.  First and foremost it is our belief that jiu-jitsu was conceived, created, tested and perfected with the simple goal of self preservation….live to fight another day!

Jiu-jitsu was not created as a sportive activity but as a realistic and functional form of self-defense.  Overall self-defense is at the core of everything taught. Technical and simple movements along with counters and attacks that can be applied by anyone with the desire to learn.

The techniques are simple and effectiveness.  All classes are taught with the understanding that the student will learn how to be prepared for the “worst case scenario” encounter.  No wasted movements, energy or strength.  Simple and straightforward technical jiu-jitsu!  Above all, we want to be sure that the students never forget that JIU-JITSU SHOULD BE FUN! This is a place to be with friends and teammates.  Classes should be someplace for students to enjoy themselves!

Benefits of BJJ

Lose weight, build strength, increase flexibility, train for competition whatever your goals, you can achieve it through jiu-jitsu training.  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a rare mix of both aerobic and anaerobic activity.  You will see your body change.  Muscle will develop and you will become leaner as you progress and train.  Additionally you will see increases in:  flexibility, balance, body awareness, cardiovascular endurance, muscle control, hand-eye coordination, functional strength, situational awareness, strategic thinking and much more.

Along with the physical changes you will experience there are many other significant benefits that transcend the simple application of learned techniques.  These benefits carry over into all aspects of your life.

As you progress through your training and your technical understanding grows so will your confidence.  The increase in your confidence level is not only in the sense that you will be prepared to defend yourself in any self-defense situation, but there is an empowerment in the knowing that you have been able to learn and apply something special. You have accomplished something exceptional.  This new found confidence then carries over into other aspects of your life (work, home, school, relationships, etc).

The physical benefits students see from the class often jumpstarts them down the path to lead healthier overall lifestyles. You will see yourself gain strength, flexibility and endurance. You will see an increase in energy and a decrease in stress. You will start to see what your body really can do and you will love it!

Through the class environment, you will also interact with people from many different walks of life. A rare camaraderie is shared amongst students, forging friendships that can last lifetimes.