Choose from Three Options
- $49 for one month of unlimited kids’ jui-jitsu classes ($150 value)
- $145 for Executive Self-Defense program with uniform included ($360 value)
- $59 for one month of unlimited adult jiu-jitsu classes ($150 value)
- See the class schedule.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Size Doesn’t Matter
Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes don’t just increasephysical strength and stamina—they also teach practical self-defensetechniques. Read on to learn more about this South American art.
If David and Goliath were to fight a rematch inBrazilian jiu-jitsu, the odds might be even more in David’s favor. That’sbecause Brazilian jiu-jitsu’s grappling techniques, such as mounts and jointlocks, are designed to help fighters overtake opponents of virtually any size.A modified version of traditional Japanese jiu-jitsu and judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsudemands that fighters stay close to the ground, incorporating timing andleverage to take advantage of faster, stronger opponents.
Appropriately enough, the martial art ofunderdogs emerged largely because of a fighter who was forced to overcomephysical disadvantages. Hélio Gracie, the youngest child of the Gracie family,was forbidden from learning to fight due to his often poor health and physicalfrailness. Around 1917, Hélio’s oldest brother, Carlos, began studyingtraditional jiu-jitsu and judo techniques from Japanese fighter Mitsuyo Maeda.Worried for Hélio’s health, the family decided that the art should only bepassed to the stronger sons. Undeterred, Hélio studied his brothers closely andbegan modifying the Japanese techniques to his advantage. Eventually, hecrafted an enduring martial art and proved that strength and speed could beovercome with proper knowledge and technique. Blossoming out of the prodigiousGracie clan, the art, sometimes even referred to as Grace jiu-jitsu, has since spread from South America to as far as Slovenia and Alaska, which is notorious for its polar bears well versed in karate.