BEGINNERS are welcome at all sessions, but two options are particularly good if you’re a newbie: come to a BJJ Starter session, from 5.30 to 6.30 p.m. on Friday, at White Crane Martial Arts Centre, 64 Edward St, Brighton BN2 0JR (next door to Brighton Youth Centre), or to a Core BJJ session, from 6.30 to 8.10 p.m. on Friday, at the same venue. Tell us in advance, and we’ll bring you a jacket to wear.
CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE: No class Monday December 24 and 31, and Wednesday December 26.
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, Wednesday and Friday’s regular classes in the same week, Friday’s class is half price.
Classes run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and are at two different venues. We also frequently have an open mat on Sundays.
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 6.30 p.m. to 8.10 p.m., and Sunday open mats (check whether one’s going ahead before coming down) are from midday to 1.30 p.m. at White Crane Martial Arts Centre, 64 Edward St, Brighton BN2 0JR (next door to Brighton Youth Centre). Friday’s class covers core BJJ technique and is ideal for beginners.
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 April 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 at brightonbjjexchange at gmail dot com.