Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit.
Jiu-jitsu translates to the gentle art in Japanese. It is a martial art that uses leverage and technique rather than strength and power. It does not involve kicks or punches, but instead teaches students how to submit their opponent with chokes and pressure placed on joints using their own bodies. Without the use of weapons, it builds confidence and enables practitioners to defend oneself in any situation.
Our adult classes work with people of all skill levels from beginner through advanced. If you’ve never done judo before, you should start with our Adult Beginners class, every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm. In this class we cover all the basics – how to fall, how to roll, basic footwork and gripping.
Our other adult classes also practice basics, but we also move into more advanced skills like uchi-komi (entry practice), movement drills, throwing practice, groundwork skills practice (pins, chokes, armbars), randori (free play/live sparring), and of course strength and fitness conditioning.
Judo is great for self defense. The best self defense is of course to not get into a fight. But if physical altercation is unavoidable, judo provides excellent tools to avoid harm and subdue your attacker without causing permanent damage.
Participation in tournaments is encouraged but not required. We view competition as a valuable tool to test your skills, rather than an end in itself.
Judo is also an excellent adjunct to other sports such as Brazilian jiujitsu, wrestling, mma and more.
We have a lot of fun while learning a skill and getting fit. Come join us!