Gracie Jiu Jitsu / BJJ / Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Jiu Jitsu, which means the “gentle art” in Japanese, is a grappling based self defense system that emphasizes the proper application of technique, leverage and patience to win over strength and aggression. It teaches the student to use their attacker’s energy against them, rather than opposing it head-on. Essentially, Jiu Jitsu gives a smaller individual the ability to defend themselves against a larger and stronger opponent in a stand up confrontation or on the ground. ‘Gracie’ or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the name given to the style of Jiu Jitsu that was developed by the Gracie family in Brazil and is often referred to by the acronym BJJ.
Here at the academy, our approach is balanced and methodical. Our curriculum focuses on technique that is effective in self defense and competition. We teach our students defense against strikes, the clinch, take-downs and throws, sweeps, chokes, joint locks and various other submission holds. Our Academy is the official St. John’s representative of the Victory Jiu Jitsu Team and The Jiu Jitsu Global Federation.
Students looking to learn this revolutionary martial art can do so in a very well structured setting here at the academy.
Our lineage is Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Shane Rice > Michael Foley.