Questions & Answers

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

A grappling style characterized by a lot of groundwork in which the ultimate aim is to defeat your opponent using techniques like arm locks and chokes. One of the many great things about BJJ is that it is sparring based (we call it “rolling”), so you get to really apply the techniques you’re learning without holding back. There’s no punching or kicking or whatnot. You could look at it as a form of fighting without hurting. One of the reasons BJJ has become popular is that it’s an essential element in MMA (mixed martial arts).

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Who teaches the classes?

Currently, we’re delighted to have third-degree black belt Rafael Ribeiro (right) teaching our classes. Rafa has been training BJJ for nineteen years and is also an international referee. He’s about as legit as they come.

What kind of BJJ do you teach?

Sport BJJ. That doesn’t mean that what you learn won’t be useful in self-defence, though. You’ll be taught all the positions — mount, back control, side control, closed guard, and so on — and we place a particular emphasis on takedowns, grip fighting and guard passing, as well as open guards like De La Riva, collar and sleeve, and spider-lasso. We’re a competition-focused club, and we like to compete.

Do I need any equipment?

We train wearing a jacket and pants, collectively called a gi, similar to the ones judo guys wear. If you already have a gi, then great, but if you don’t, we can lend you a jacket, which is all you need to get started. Just message me so I know you’re coming and can bring in a jacket for you.