Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) class meets every Thursday at 8.30pm, Saturday 10am, and Sunday at 2pm. Kids BJJ classes meet every Wednesday at 5.15pm.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a fun and effective way to get fit while learning to defend yourself.

Although, Bjj can be trained for sports such as mixed martial arts or submission wrestling, its orginal conception was a martial art for self defence. The concept of Jiu Jitsu has always been based on the idea that a smaller person with correct technical knowledge could subdue and overcome a much larger attacker. Making this style of martial art ideal for women and children as well as men.

Geared toward both self defence and sport applications of Jiu Jitsu. We offer a friendly, safe, environment in which to train. You'll have fun, and you won't get hurt in the process because we follow the Brazilian ethos that we train as a family. New beginners are always welcome at anytime.

The class is overseen by Proffessor Marc Walder (a 2nd degree Black Belt under 7th degree Red/Black Belt Mauricio Gomes), and taught by Proffessor Mark Phillips (a Black Belt under Prof. Walder) at GymLab in North London. Read more >>  

We now have a new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class for Children aged between 7 and 13 years of age. This class meets every Wednesday at 5.15pm and costs £25 per calender month for one class a week. Contact Mark Phillips on 07976 855 259 for more information on our Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu self defence program. Read More on our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Children >>


What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

A modern martial art, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) has developed from its parent style Kosen Judo. Developed in Brazil by the Gracies family in the early 1900’s, this style of Jiu Jitsu is practiced today as both a Self Defence system and Combat Sport. Similar to Judo this martial art also incorporates elements of freestyle wrestling, Sombo, as well as basic strikes in strategy that centres particularly in application for ground fighting / grappling (newaza).

The theoretical approach of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu centres on the concept of using leverage and correct technical use of the body in the form of joint locks, chokes, and strangles to overcome a larger or stronger attacker or opponent.

Training in this style has a greater emphasis on live sparring and drilling, making, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a prevalent component of many mixed martial arts tournaments. Regardless, it is primarily practiced as a self defence system or a combat sport.

A modern martial art, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is very similar to Judo, but with a greater emphasis on ground fighting (newaza). BJJ is a perfect complement to our San Shou (San Da) Kickboxing training, since it shares similar concepts to this style of martial art training. You can also try our Fitness & conditioning training along side this class.


Class information

A typical class consists of a brief core fitness exercises to warm up, followed by either self defence or sport Jiu Jitsu drilling and practice, and finally sparring (also referred to as Rolling) at the end of the class. While beginners are always welcome, they are not encouraged to spar straight away. Instead we encourage new students to wait until they are confident with the technique for sparring.


Required Equipment: While you are welcome to train in a T-Shirt and Jogging bottoms, we will be happy to lend you a Gi Jacket for your first lesson. However, if you decide that you wish to train regularly in our Bjj class, the following equipment is required for this class: a White/Blue Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi (also called Kimono), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Ranking (i.e. with a black sleeve) Belt, Rash Guard, and Gum Shield.


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