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A brief history of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Descending from Japan and later refined by the Gracie family in Rio De Janeiro, Brazilian.  Jiu-Jitsu, also known as  'THE GENTLE ART'  or Arte Suave in Brazilian Portuguese, is a combative system that utilizes physics, leverage and angles to help small (sometimes weaker) combatants overcome larger and stronger opponents.  Joint locks, chokes, take downs and throws are all utilized to achieve victory. No punching or kicking. Only ground work. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is truly the physics of the fight game.  


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A typical class...

A typical class consists of a 8-10 warm up period which can include running, tumbling and mild plyometric exercises.  After that our Professor will share a technique with the whole class and break it down to fine details so that you may better understand.  Next you will be invited to practice the technique with a partner as the Professor walks around and personally assists you with any details you may have missed.  After this the class will be invited to "roll" - this is the Jiu Jitsu way of saying partners will be invited to 'spar' or 'wrestle' some may even say 'fight' with classmates in a very safe and controlled manner.  Our professor will individually pair students with similar sized and skilled opponents.  


Brand new to Jiu Jitsu?


Don't worry!!!

New students with no previous 'ground fighting' experience are excluded from this portion of the class until the Professor determines that you have acquired enough basic technique to behave properly in sparring situations!

Our Academy is self-paced.  WE UNDERSTAND THAT Everyone deveLOPS AT THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL RATE.        



While it is not required many practitioners choose to compete.  This is a great way to test your new skills.  Not interested in competition?  No problem our classes are geared for every day Joes and Jills but rest assured if you do choose to compete we have the expertise to help you realize your dreams! 


a way of life

Once the Arte Suave becomes a part of your life proper diet and nutrition is just around the bend.  Many participants report improved health - both mental and physical -  and an average weight loss of 5 -15 pounds!  

Not just for men

In fact women's participation in the sport has more than doubled over the last few years! Jiu Jitsu is for EVERYONE!  Learn how BJJ can be a much more effective personal defense strategy than most other systems available today.  Believe in the technique.  Learn how to defend yourself today!

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