What is BJJ?

Grand Master Helio Gracie

” The primary objective of Jiu-Jitsu is to empower the weak who,
for not having the physical attributes, are often intimidated.
Jiu-Jitsu is an art of self-defense (…) Jiu-Jitsu is a sort of a rat trap.
The Rat trap doesn’t chase the rat. But, when the rat sinks its claws into the cheese, it springs the trap. “

Grand Master Helio Gracie
Creator of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Learn why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a very distinctive martial art, like no other:

Gentle Art: No Strikes_ Jiu-Jitsu is the oldest form of Martial Art. It literally means Gentle Art in Japanese. All our techniques are based on leverage, with minimum effort. Unlike Karate and Taekwondo, our Martial Art does not have any form of strike. No kicks nor punches.

A Complete Martial Art_ While other Martial Arts are purely ‘on their feet’, BJJ teaches you stand up, take downs AND ground techniques. BJJ is a very well rounded Martial Art that develops on you a complete game.

The Best Self-Defense_ It’s proven: more than 90% of the fights on the street end up on the ground and with a high level of contact. And that’s why BJJ has one of the best self defense techniques (specially for women), because:

  • It’s a full contact Martial Art;
  • It does not relay on strength; and
  • Its focus is on the ground.

BJJ is Not About Forms_ Jiu-Jitsu is a very dynamic Martial Art. It’s not only about memorizing, but also about timing.

BJJ is Not About Strength_ Jiu-Jitsu is maximum of efficience, to minimum of effort.

Chess With Your Body_ Jiu-Jitsu makes you think ahead. It’s a game of action-reaction: almost like playing chess with your body. The submission is the checkmate.

No One is Excluded_ Doesn’t matter if you are tall or short, fast or slow, skinny or strong, young or old, man or woman. Anyone can train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and still be really good at it. It’s just a matter of adapting your game to your abilities. For us, brain is more important than physical qualities.