Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. The art was brought to Brazil by Mitsuyo Maeda (student of Kodokan Judo) in 1914. Its parent art of judo was separated from older systems of Japanese jujutsu by an important difference that was passed on to BJJ: 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 (Do) of life.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique – most notably by 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, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.

Class Format:
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) classes are typically taught in a group format and are approximately 1.5 hours long. Classes start with a joint mobility warm up followed by a basic warmup that usually consists of basic calisthenics and applicable drills that emphasize proper body mechanics. Light stretching follows the warmup and an overview of the days class will be explained.

The second, and most important part of a typical class involves hands-on instruction and practice of self defense and grappling techniques. The heart of BJJ lies in its ability to utilize leverage and technique over size and strength. This empowers everyone with the ability to neutralize an opponent or remove oneself from the situation with the application of reversals, chokes and joint locks. While ground fighting is one of the basic elements of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, elements of Judo and Sambo are seamlessly integrated into the curriculum in order to create a well rounded and open minded grappler. There is heavy emphasis on grappling fundamentals and the self defense aspects of the art as well as sport based methods. While we thoroughly encourage competition, it is by far not the only means in which the art can be performed and appreciated.

The last 15-30 minutes of class is usually dedicated to light sparing or rolling known as Randori. This is where the earlier self defense and grappling techniques can be applied and tested with other students in a controlled environment.

Clean and appropriate gym attire is a must, and the only equipment is necessary is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Judo Gi/Kimono. Classes are open to everyone regardless of experience or fitness level.

BJJ classes are taught in this format, but Group and Individual classes are also available both at the gym or at a location of your choice. For more information feel free to contact us about Self Defense or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Currently we offer Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappling classes only at our Aston Location, for more information visit Chambers Vale Tudo.