What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art created in the early 20th century by the Gracie family who adapted techniques from Judo, focusing more on the Ne-Waza (ground techniques) aspect of Judo than the Tachi-Waza (standing techniques).  Over the course of the next century, the Gracies would endeavour to spread their art to as many people as possible, culminating in the creation of the UFC and the subsequent BJJ boom following Royce Gracie’s early success in the tournament. Over the next 25 years, BJJ would spread all over the world resulting in practitioners in almost every country. 
Using leverage and superior technique, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu puts a huge emphasis on the ability of the smaller person to beat the larger person with minimal effort and maximum efficiency. 

Do I need to be in good shape to train?

In short, no. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is designed to be effective with minimum levels of exertion. However, sparring within the classes can be strenuous, therefore a general level of fitness will be a benefit but no one is expected to spar, if they’re unable to do so. 

How much are the classes?

The cost of each class is £5 per person. 
Currently there are no plans to move to monthly payments, however this may change in future should further classes open up. 

Can children attend classes? 

Currently there are no children’s classes and the minimum age for the classes is 14.

What equipment will I need?

As the classes are no-gi, shorts/tracksuit bottoms and t-shirt are suitable. We would advise that you bring water and a gum shield if you’re looking to participate in sparring, although gum shields aren’t compulsory. 

Are classes suitable for beginners?

The classes are suitable for all experience levels and newer students are paired with more experienced practitioners when possible.