Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting with the goal of gaining a dominant position, from which to force an attacker to submit. The system was developed by the Gracie family from a modified version of pre-World War II Judo and Jiu Jitsu with a focus on ne-waza (ground technique). It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant.


BJJ can be trained for self-defence, sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition. Sparring and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition. As the sport of Mixed Martial Arts exploded worldwide, the effectiveness of BJJ was proved again and again, to the point where it is difficult to find a professional MMA fighter that does not train in BJJ. Also now a favourite of Law Enforcement and military worldwide, The Arena enjoys a BJJ lineage including the likes of Robert Drysdale, Xander Ribeiro, Royler and Royce Gracie.

To best assist the students in their development, we separate our BJJ program into 2 separate classes: Fundamentals and Advanced.

Fundamentals is where every new student's journey begins. Students will learn terminology, positions, attacks, submissions and defence. Not only will you experience results that go beyond gains in strength, flexibility, fitness and self-defence skills, you will also find an increased sense of awareness,

self-discipline and self-confidence.

The fundamentals classes adhere to a graded syllabus which covers all of the basics of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and self-defence techniques required to achieve a Blue Belt in BJJ. Gradings are held every 3 months.

Advanced classes are for practitioners with at least 1 stripe. While the Fundamentals Program focuses on the building blocks and basic principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the Advanced Program is built on high-level techniques and drills that start shaping the students game flow through the development of reflexes, speed and reaction time as well as transitions between one technique and another. We continue on from the Fundamentals and explore the journey a BJJ student embarks upon in achieving a Black Belt. We cover more in-depth techniques and positions with more grappling practice. 

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