Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling based martial art focusing on ground fighting. The idea is to take an opponent to the ground where size and strength don’t matter as much. Securing a position of control and maneuvering the opponent into a submission (arm lock, leg lock and/or choke hold) is the goal of the art. As there is no striking, the literal translation of Jiu-Jitsu is “Gentle Art.” NOTE: No Gi is practice without the traditional kimono/Gi uniform
BJJ Drill Class
During the BJJ Drill Class, a particular position or technique is described and practiced in “positional training” for several weeks or months. Some positions and techniques build off of a basic technique and develop the practitioner’s ability to play the “chess game” that is BJJ. This class is heavily focused on live rolling or sparring in an attempt to mimic matches and real world conditions. This class is great for the student that wants to develop skills for a competition or to push themselves physically as well as mentally.
BJJ Open Mat
During open mat, you are able to live train the techniques that you learn in class. Live training, called rolling, is the core of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Rolling is when both participants try to control and submit the other. Submission is signaled by tapping the mat or opponents’ body (aka tapping out). While Jiu-Jitsu starts physical at the beginner level and transforms to cerebral toward the advanced level, it is often compared to a chess match.