Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu differs from many other martial arts in that it is modern and open to change. It is this constant evolution that ensures its continued relevance in top-level competition. It also allows students a greater degree of freedom to experiment and develop their own unique game.
Our focus is about encouraging participation; that is to show that Jiu-Jitsu has something to offer everyone. We embrace modern Jiu-Jitsu because it continually evolves to be as effective as possible. We encourage our students to share that openness to new ideas.
Rather than teaching a syllabus that is rigid and fixed, our classes are oriented towards problem solving. We don’t tell students that there is only one solution; indeed, there are many possible solutions the objective of students is to explore them and find the ones that best suit them. This means that students are free to be creative and to follow a journey that is unique to each of them.
Progression through ranks is achieved through the accumulation of experience. Experience means time on the mat. That means a combination of lessons and a lot of friendly, in-class rolling. When students have achieved the required number of classes they will do a demonstration for their peers to show they understand the concepts underlying a few fundamental techniques. It’s not an exam, it doesn’t cost anything, and it is intended to be relaxed and informal.
In our system, belts and degrees (tabs or stripes) represent experience. The more classes, rolling, and competitions you do, the more experience you gain. It doesn’t matter if you are a world-class champion or an average, everyday kind of person. Your belt isn’t a measure of your ability to win though clearly the more experience you have the more dominant you will be on the mat. Some students focus more on defence, others on attack; most, however, are somewhere in between.
Less is more...
Jiu-Jitsu is very much about problem solving. We encourage our students to think critically. Students who can improvise, adapt, and find solutions under pressure, don’t need an encyclopedic knowledge of techniques. Their Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t need to be complicated or expansive–it just needs to be effective.
Every Jiu-Jitsu journey is unique & personal.
Explore. Experiment. Adapt.