Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program is taught by 2018 UK BJJ ultra heavyweight champion and SBG UK BJJ blackbelt coach Mark ‘Spenna’ Spencer.

SBG are a worldwide organisation foundered by Matt Thornton that boast many top fighters such as Conor McGregor.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) 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 assailant by using proper leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and choke holds to defeat the opponent. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training can be used for sport grappling tournaments, however it can be used in self-defence situations. 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 Jitsu 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. We train Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the lineage of Rigan Machado (a cousin of the Gracie family).

BJJ founder 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.

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