NO CLASS Monday, January 14.
BJJ STARTER SESSIONS IN JANUARY. We’re running a series of 5 consecutive lesson for those who’d like to try out BJJ or who’ve done a bit and want to get a better grounding. Fridays, from 5.45 to 6.45 pm, on Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, and Feb 1. Only £5 a lesson. No equipment needed. Message us saying you’re coming and we’ll lend you a jacket. Venue: White Crane Martial Arts Centre, 64 Edward St, Brighton BN2 0JR (next door to Brighton Youth Centre).
BEGINNERS are welcome at all regular sessions, but one option is particularly good if you’re a newbie: come to a BJJ core session, from 6.45 to 8.25 p.m. on Friday, at White Crane Martial Arts Centre. Tell us in advance that you’re coming, and we’ll bring you a jacket to wear.
- Regular lessons only £7/£6 (students) for 2 hrs/1hr 40 mins. Pay-as-you-go. No joining fees or contracts. First regular lesson is free.
- If you do Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s regular classes in the same week, Friday’s class is half price.
- Monday’s class is from 6.50 p.m. to 8.50 p.m at Stanley Deason Leisure Centre, Wilson Avenue, Brighton BN2 5PB. (The leisure centre has a big car park with free parking).
- Wednesday’s and Friday’s classes are from 6.45 p.m. to 8.25 p.m. at White Crane Martial Arts Centre, and we often also do Sunday open mats there (check whether one’s going ahead before coming down) from midday to 1.30 p.m.
- We’re a small — though growing — club, which means students get a lot of personal attention.
- We encourage you to ‘roll’ — in other words, to spar — in a safe and controlled manner as soon as possible, because rolling is what makes BJJ ridiculously addictive and fun.
- We follow a well-thought-out curriculum designed to get you improving rapidly.
- Our main goal as a new club — we started out in March 2017 — is to build the best possible environment in which to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, both in terms of teaching and in terms of how the club is run and functions.
- We believe getting better at BJJ is a collaborative process, and we’re there to help each other develop and improve. And the better our classmates become, the better we need to get in response, meaning the standard of the whole group rises.
- We see ourselves as a sports club, and we downplay the hierarchical element that you can find in martial arts/martial sports clubs.
- We follow a non-tribalistic approach to BJJ. We welcome BJJ practitioners from other clubs and associations, and we encourage our students to train elsewhere as well as at our club
- We like to enjoy our training and have a laugh now and then, like during our ongoing War Face Competition (the winner will win a new gi), but we’re serious when we need to be.
- If you’re a beginner visiting our club, bring a gi if you’ve got one (the jacket and pants we wear, similar to the outfit judo guys wear for judo), but if you don’t have a gi, no problem. Wear jogging pants and a T-shirt, and we will lend you a jacket, which is all you need to get started, if you send us a message telling me you’re coming in advance. Email me, Marcus, at brightonbjjexchange at gmail dot com.
- Please make sure your fingernails and toenails are clipped so that you don’t cut anyone with your claws, and don’t wear any jewellery, as it can get broken or caught. Thanks!
- We’re proud to be affiliated to Mad Hatters, led by BJJ black belt Jack Magee, the founder of the Madhatters Academy, in Chichester. Jack regularly comes to our club to teach. That’s him sitting cross-legged at the front on the right in the picture below.
- Any questions about anything at all, email Marcus (above, sitting at the front on the left) at brightonbjjexchange at gmail dot com.