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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art dedicated to becoming a master at grappling and wrestling. The aim of BJJ is to defend/escape bad positions and achieve good positions. BJJ also places a large emphasis on Joint lock and Choke techniques these are also referred to as submissions.

BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. 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, it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way of life.

What to expect

Fundamental classes run Monday to Thursday at 5:15 pm - 6 pm. These are a fantastic starting point for beginners and are all No Gi attire.

All Levels classes run every day morning and afternoon. It is the most popular class on the timetable. It caters for all students beginner through advanced. These sessions are all No Gi attire. 

Advanced classes run Monday to Thursday 7pm - 8pm and are aimed at students that have an understanding of the BJJ fundamentals and are able to receive information via a more direct teaching method. You must have at least 6 months of training to attend these sessions. All Advanced sessions are No Gi attire.

The following equipment is recommended to attend these classes:

  • No Gi class requires rash guard and shorts. (If you don't have these in the beginning just wear clothing that has no pockets, buttons or zippers.)

All equipment is available from the SWMA merchandise store

If you are a new student just bring yourself, and ask your instructor about equipment

Please make sure you get to class at least 10 minutes early

Marc Grayson in competition


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