Our mission is to create the best possible environment in which to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, both in terms of teaching and of how the club is run and functions.
We offer high-quality, low-cost BJJ lessons.
- BJJ classes are only £7/£6 (students) for 2 hrs/1hr 40 mins. Pay-as-you-go. No joining fees or contracts. First regular lesson is FREE. The Wrestling for BJJ class is £5.
We have classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, plus we often have open mats on Sundays.
- Monday’s classes are 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.
- On Wednesdays we have a Wrestling for BJJ class from 5.45 to 6.45 p.m., then a BJJ class from 6.45 to 8.25 p.m., both at White Crane Martial Arts Centre, 64 Edward Street, BN2 0JR, which is in Kemptown and next to — sort of behind, to tell the truth — Brighton Youth Centre.
- On Fridays we have a Core BJJ class from 6.30 to 8.10 p.m. at White Crane Martial Arts Centre.
- We often also do Sunday open mats at White Crane from midday to 1.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, regardless of affiliation. But send us a message to check we’re running one before coming down.
- Beginners are welcome at all regular sessions, but one option is particularly good if you’re a newbie: come to a Core BJJ class, from 6.30 to 8.10 p.m. on Fridays, at White Crane Martial Arts Centre. Tell us in advance you’re coming, and we’ll bring you a jacket to wear.
- If you do Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s BJJ classes in the same week, Friday’s class is half price.
- 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.
- 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 can 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.
- We’re also proud to be affiliated to Gordo Jiu Jitsu Europe, headed by BJJ legend Roberto Correa, and run by third-degree black belt Ben Poppleton.
- Any questions about anything at all, email Marcus at brightonbjjexchange at gmail dot com.