Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a unique form of combat where 90% of the system is on the ground. Most street fights if not ended quickly with a punch go to the clinch or tie up position, if this was in a ring the referee would step in and restart it but since it is seen from a purely fight point of view, the next step is for the Jiu Jitsu practitioner to throw or trip the opponent to the floor. Locks to the limbs or strangle hold techniques are used to subdue the attacker using superior leverage over strength to end the outcome as quickly as possible. The style is suitable for men and women of any size and ability and is an important area of martial arts not to be dismissed. Many martial artists are now incorporating Brazilian Jiu Jitsu into their training schedule.
The style originates from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, from the famous GRACIE BARRA gym in Tijuca. Headed by “Carlinho” Carlos Gracie Jnr, son of Carlos Gracie, one of the originators of BJJ. Our school is part of this network and is overseen by Lucio “Legarto” Rodrigues and Ben Poppleton.
In recent years Mick has also been training under the guidance of Professor Neil White of Renato Migliaccio Jiu Jitsu.
The art was unbeaten for over 60 years versus any other form of martial art or style – including boxing. The Gracie family brought the art to world attention when they staged the Ultimate Fighting Challenge in 1991 and beat all other competitors to win the title – Gracie Jiu Jitsu had arrived.