Brazilian jiujitsu and no-gi Submission grappling are martial arts whose goal is to control a resisting opponent through leverage and body position
Flow with the roll
Brazilian Jiujitsu, also known as BJJ, is a martial art that includes ways to bring a person to the ground to then use techniques and body position to control a bigger and stronger opponent. BJJ as a term frequently encompasses no-gi submission grappling and as martial arts they use controlling holds, escaping bad positions using leverage instead of strength, joint locks and chokes/strangle holds to defeat a larger assailant.
Which Class Should I Start With?
Most members begin their journey in Brazilian Jiujitsu with Fundamentals Class. Here the important building block techniques and skills can be explored in a hour long class designed to slowly allow the body to adapt and get fitter and stronger for a greater range of techniques and skills.
Fundamentals classes are not just for beginners but often times higher level practitioners will use the Fundamental Classes to hone various techniques and skills that form the basis of most other techniques.
Which class to begin with may vary amongst individuals depending on personal goals and fitness level. If you are unsure please send us a message and we would be happy to recommend a class to begin with.
What Can I Expect At My First Class?
On your first training day you are greeted by our friendly staff and shown around the club facilities before joining us on the mats for training. Don’t worry you don’t need any special equipment or uniforms for your first session.
At Kaizen Lab we offer Gi and No-Gi Classes. The Gi is a uniform jacket and pants used as a learning tool to better understand leverage and control and can be used against an opponent to control them and/or to submit them.
In the No Gi classes we usually just wear a rash guard or t-shirt and shorts and is commonly found to be a faster style of grappling because of less friction compared to the Gi classes. But you still learn how to control and submit a resisting opponent through hand grips, body placement and balance.
In the All Levels Classes members also get to do sparring, also called “free rolling”, to practice skills against a resisting opponent which is an exciting part of this art. The decision attend the All Levels Class where rolling is encouraged is done on an individual basis to ensure safety and is really up to an individual’s ability to understand and competently demonstrate fundamental techniques and skills.
What is brazilian jiujitsu?
Brazilian jiu jitsu is a martial art, a combat sport, a self-defense system, and a fitness program all rolled into one. It has proven to be one of the most practical and effective self-defense systems in the world due to both its system of teaching and its style of application.
Brazilian Jiujitsu relies on leverage and technique, rather than strength and size. This allows you to defend yourself against much bigger and stronger opponents. As a result, BJJ is a great sport for everyone — including women and kids.
It is one of the fastest growing martial arts, due (in part) to its profound success in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and with mixed martial arts in general. BJJ focuses on grappling and ground fighting with the goal of getting into a position that forces an attacker or opponent to submit or give up.
BJJ is also a full-body workout. Your overall health and fitness will improve, including your flexibility, strength, cardiovascular fitness, ability to burn fat, and muscular endurance.
How fit do i have to be to start?
All our classes are self paced and low impact so you don’t need to be fit to start. In fact it won’t take you long to get fitter and stronger! As long as you are able to participate in general sporting activities you are fit enough to start with any of our classes. If you are unsure seek medical advice for any existing medical conditions. By starting out slowly and remaining consistent with martial arts training you will get fitter and stronger and be able to slowly take on more activities.
I'm a beginner, which class do I attend first?
Most beginners start with our BJJ Fundamentals Class as it provides a good introduction to key skills at a pace that most newcomers to the martial arts can handle.
For Kickboxing and Muay Thai Class the sessions are open to beginners and intermediate levels alike. This too is focused on technique, drills and conditioning with sparring sessions being separate sessions.
What is No-Gi Submission Grappling?
Submission grappling is a combat sport derived from the martial art of jiu jitsu.
Participants win matches by forcing their opponents into submission by applying a strangle or joint lock.
No striking is allowed and the bouts have similar structure to judo or wrestling matches, the greatest difference being that the match is ultimately won by submission, not by throwing or pinning your opponent to the mat.
Submission grappling provides a phenomenal and particularly enjoyable workout. Because you participate in live sparring matches against active opponents, the nature of the resistance encountered is always varied and unpredictable, allowing you to develop both great strength and cardiovascular fitness simultaneously.
The practical application and effectiveness of the sport cannot be overemphasised. This is evident by it being utilised by professional athletes in the UFC, EFC and other mixed martial arts events across the globe
am I too old?
The short answer is NO!
A quick look at our bjj members photos will show bjj students of whom a large number are over 40 years of age.
Master Carlos Gracie maintains a high level of fitness through jiu-jitsu after the age of 60. TV show host and author Anthony Bourdain started training at 58 years of age and recently was awarded his blue belt.