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Benefits of BJJ / MMA


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Benefits of BJJ / MMA


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts are regarded as the most effective fighting systems & forms of self-defence for the modern world. They can be enjoyed by all age groups & skill levels. No previous experience required.

BJJ/MMA offers you:

Realistic, effective Self Defence: Statistics show that nearly all street fights end up in a clinch & ultimately on the ground. You will learn how to quickly & instinctively deal with these situations. BJJ / MMA really is the ultimate self-defence system.

Fitness, Conditioning, Weight Control: BJJ / MMA offers a full-body workout most people have never experienced before. Watch your strength & endurance levels go through the roof as you transform your body, lose weight & turn fat into muscle.

Competition: For those wishing to compete, our club is full of high class competitors who can push you to the top level.

Fun, Camaraderie: For those of you wishing to experience the ultimate martial art without the competition, we pride ourselves on providing an ego free, enjoyable environment to train in with helpful, skilled practitioners.

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History of BJJ


History of BJJ


Carlos Gracie Sr. & Helio Gracie.

Carlos Gracie Sr. & Helio Gracie.

Mitsuyo Maeda.

Mitsuyo Maeda.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and particularly ground fighting, with the main goal of submitting your opponent using joint locks and choke holds. BJJ promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a larger, stronger assailant using leverage and proper technique.

BJJ owes its beginnings to Carlos Gracie (and later Helio Gracie). Carlos was born in Brazil in 1901 and was of Scottish descent. Carlos began his jiu-jitsu training in 1917 under Mitsuyo Maeda, a famous Japanese Judo / Jiu-Jitsu champion, at the time living in Brazil.

GrandMaster Helio Gracie during a Vale Tudo match.

GrandMaster Helio Gracie during a Vale Tudo match.

The Machado Brothers: (L to R) Jean Jacques, John, Carlos, Roger & Rigan.

The Machado Brothers: (L to R) Jean Jacques, John, Carlos, Roger & Rigan.

In 1925 Carlos opened his own Jiu-Jitsu school where he and brother Helio quickly started to modify the techniques to better suit no rules fighting, known in Brazil as Vale Tudo.

Over the decades to come the Gracie family and later the Machado brothers, related by marriage, further developed the art through constant challenge matches and in the sporting arena. BJJ gained worldwide popularity in 1993 when Royce Gracie beat all comers in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a form of no rules fighting held in a cage. It soon became obvious that to be an effective fighter you needed to know grappling. Ground fighting could no longer be ignored and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was now a household name.

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History of MMA


History of MMA


Artwork depicting Greek Pankration.

Artwork depicting Greek Pankration.

A Gracie Challenge match.

A Gracie Challenge match.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport in which a wide variety of techniques are used including striking and grappling. One of the earliest forms of MMA can be traced back to the ancient olympic games in 648 BC.
Greek Pankration, invented as a result of combining boxing and wrestling, was a brutal sport in which the only rules were no biting or eye gouging. A match was won by submission and would often end in unconsciousness, or even death of an opponent.

UFC 1 - November 12, 1993.

UFC 1 - November 12, 1993.

MMA is now one of the most popular sports in the world.

MMA is now one of the most popular sports in the world.

Modern MMA as we know it today first started in the 1920’s with the Gracie challenge issued by BJJ founders Carlos and Helio Gracie. These contests, known In Brazil as Vale Tudo, were upheld by generations of the Gracie family. Such matches were also being held in Japan with the introduction of the professional Shooto organization in 1985.

Since the early days, rules have been added for the safety and longevity of the fighters. MMA is constantly evolving and is one of the most exciting arts / sports on the planet.