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Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ)

is a martial art, combat sport, and self defence system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting; practitioners wear a traditional uniform a 'Gi' which allows for a variety of grips & specialist submission holds to be utilised by practitioners.

BJJ was formed from Judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie and Luiz França by Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake. 

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-defence. 

 
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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (No-Gi)

Also referred to as 'grappling' or 'submission grappling' is a fast & dynamic system; at the academy we draw on the various coaches experiences & blend techniques drawn from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, freestyle wrestling & Judo.

Practitioners will typically wear MMA style board shorts & a rash guard (similar to a surf style rash guard); there is typically a much less restrictive rule-set operated in No-Gi classes compared to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the Gi; this allows for dynamic takedowns; chokes & a vast array of submission holds to be applied to the opponent. 

It is a foundational skill for Mixed Martial Arts training and our academy is one of the leading academies in the country for No-Gi/submission grappling; with multiple medallist’s & champions in events such as the NAGA European circuit (France, Germany, Ireland  & United Kingdom).  

 
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Freestyle Wrestling

Commonly cited as the oldest sport known to man; wrestling is a physically & mentally demanding sport. Matches can be won by throws or takedowns & pinning an opponent; freestyle refers to one of the olympic styles of wrestling; which is less restrictive in terms of techniques & rules than it’s Olympic counterpart Greco Roman Wrestling.

Wrestling is an essential component of MMA & a great addition to a grapplers training regime.

 
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Judo

Originating from Japan, Judo is the modern embodiment of the Samurai spirit. 

Emphasising a diverse repertoire of throws, pins and submission holds; modern Judo is a dynamic Olympic sport; that provides an effective form of self-defence as well as developing physical & mental conditioning. 

Judo can be trained as a great accompaniment to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, & Mixed Martial Arts or as a stand-alone sport in its right; with both competitive & technical grading pathways to assess progression within the sport.

 
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Children’s Classes

At the Academy we offer children’s classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo & MMA; our children’s classes will typically contain less sparring than the adult’s classes; with a view to building the children’s physical capabilities and literacy through a combination of bodyweight exercises, gymnastics & technical training within the offered disciplines.