Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Helio Gracie

Helio Gracie

Ages 15 & up.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) embraces the strategy of bringing an opponent to the ground in order to utilize ground-fighting techniques, such as submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds. A larger, stronger opponent with superior reach and more powerful strikes may have a distinct advantage on foot, yet those advantages can be reduced if not negated when grappling on the ground. An experienced combatant can maximize force via good technique rather than purely physical strength, and nowhere is this truth more evident than in ground fighting.

Those adept in BJJ may execute a wide variety of techniques to take the fight to the ground. In other grappling combat sports, such as Judo and Greco-Roman wrestling, participants often use throws or takedowns to bring an opponent to the ground; in BJJ, the fighter may instead “pull guard” by grabbing the opponent and then dragging him to the mat simply by sitting straight down, or by jumping up and wrapping his or her legs around the opponent.

Once the match is on the ground, the BJJ practitioner can use any number of maneuvers to “submit” the opponent: Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of the BJJ style. As the student becomes more advanced, the maneuvers available to him or her become more versatile. A successful submission hold is the equivalent of a “checkmate” in chess, reflecting a point at which the opponent would become incapacitated and unable to continue fighting (either having a dislocated joint or being rendered unconscious).

Coach Kevin is a Purple belt under 8th degree black belt Master Ricardo Murgel.  Class size is small allowing Kevin to provide a lot of individual attention to each student.  Classes are an hour long and consist of warm up drills, practicing techniques, and sparring also known as rolling.  There is equal emphasis on sport Jiu Jitsu and self defense.  BJJ is a great supplement to a student’s stand up skills for street defense and MMA.  Students interested in amatuer MMA are encouraged to train BJJ to improve their ground game.