What we teach
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) and Gracie jiu-jitsu (GJJ) are grappling based systems designed to teach you to protect yourself against bigger and stronger attackers and nullify their physical advantages.
Our aim is to provide a safe and comfortable method to learn using a structured, progressive self-defence system that emphasises technique drilling and partner practice. We gradually increase the intensity over time as you are ready until you can spar against fully resisting training partners to build complete confidence in your ability and techniques.
This progression varies from person to person and is heavily focused on safety and also personal choice and comfort. We want you to train at a level you are comfortable with and ready for.
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Gracie Jiujitsu, what’s the difference?
Generally speaking the only difference is that Gracie Jiujitsu puts more emphasis on Self Defence using a carefully structured curriculum handed down by Helio Gracie. In contrast many Brazilian Jiu-jitsu schools have evolved a greater emphasis on techniques used in the growing sport of (competitive) Jiu-jitsu.
We offer a blend of both but lean towards Gracie Jiu-jitsu.
How does Technique Drilling work?
We start off learning techniques in a step by step method with a training partner at very low resistance until the mechanics of the technique are understood and you’ve had the chance to practice it multiple times. Over time your partner can increase the resistance as you require by using more of their weight or using counters they have learnt that you then have to work through to further improve your understanding and effectiveness with the techniques.
How does Sparring work?
Don’t worry, it’s still all about safety first! Sparring is always optional. When you are ready to spar we provide a safe environment and skilled training partners so you can test what you have learned.
The goal is to attempt to get into dominant positions, escape from those positions, attempt to apply submission holds, and escape submission holds against a resisting opponent in a competitive but still friendly and productive way.
You training partners are there to help you grow and develop when sparring, not beat you up.
If done right you can spend hours each week training this way without any more risk of injury than you’d expect in going to the gym or playing non-contact sports.