Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and choke holds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments. However it can be used in self-defence situations and does serve its purpose. Sparring (commonly referred to as rolling) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system. Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of judo was separated from older systems of Japanese Ju-Jutsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: it is not solely a martial art, but it is also a sport, a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way of life.

Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program is headed by 2018 UK BJJ ultra heavyweight champion and Combat Base BJJ blackbelt Mark 'Spenna' Spencer.

  • Learn Self Defence

  • Increased flexibility

  • Improved fitness, strength and overall physical conditioning

  • Increase self confidence

About Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Mitsuo Maeda began training Judo at the Kodokan in 1894, eventually becoming one of Kano’s top students. While well-versed in throws and takedowns, Maeda’s specialty was ground fighting, also known as newaza. In 1914, Maeda traveled to Brazil, where he befriended a businessman named Gastão Gracie. Maeda would eventually accept Gastão’s son, a teenager name Carlos Gracie, as his student. Carlos studied Maeda’s newaza based style of judo for several years, eventually sharing his knowledge with his younger brothers. One of his brothers, Hélio, had difficulty executing judo’s techniques due to his diminutive size and lack of strength. Consequently, he began to make adjustments to the judo techniques he had learned, refining them until they could be applied by anyone, regardless of size or strength. It was from these innovations that BJJ was born.

Over the years the art of BJJ was tested and refined through participation in challenge matches—contests with few rules that pitted BJJ fighters against practitioners of other martial arts. This became known as Vale Tudo (anything goes), later termed MMA.

The art of BJJ continued to evolve over the years, eventually incorporating aspects of wrestling and other grappling arts into the curriculum. However, BJJ would remain relatively unknown outside of Brazil until cousins of the Gracies, Carlos, Roger, Rigan, Jean Jacques and John Machado and Hélio’s sons, Rorion & Royce, immigrated to the United States to spread the art of BJJ, a move that would forever change the way the world viewed the art of fighting.

Mark Spencer
(2018 UK Brazilian JiuJitsu Champion)

• Head BJJ/MMA Coach

Qualifications

  • Team Fulinkazan Founder & Head Coach
  • 1st Degree Black Belt - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Combat Base)
  • Coach for UKMMA Team (Level-C)
  • 4th Dan Black Belt - Kick Boxing (Cobra)
  • 2nd Dan Black Belt - Kick-Jitsu (Cobra)
  • Brown Belt - Japanese Jiu Jitsu (Kickers BBA)
  • Level 1 Coach - Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW)
  • Sangoku - Instructor - 2001 (Combat Base)
  • Green Belt - Freestyle Karate (BMAA)
  • Kettle Bell Instructor (Creating Chaos)

Competition Record
Professional Mixed Martial Arts Fighter fought internationally and on Cage Warriors
2018 - British Masters BJJ - Ultra Heavy Weight (Masters 2) - Black Belt - Gold Medal
2018 - British Masters BJJ - Heavy Weight (Masters 1) - Black Belt - Silver Medal
2006 - Ren Bu Ki 90kg Submission Grappling Champion
2001 - Tori Luta Open Weight Champion
2000 - San Guku submission grappling -  Silver Medal
2000 - North East Karate Championship - Bronze
2000 - Yorkshire Karate Championship - Bronze Medal
1999 - Yorkshire Karate Championship - Silver Medal

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