Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art and a combat sport that originated from the famous Gracie family in Brazil, as such, it is often called Gracie Jiu Jitsu. As a sport, the main objective of a Jiu Jisu fighter is to force his opponent to give up (called a submission or a tap-out) by using joint locks or chokes, a fighter can also win by points, the point system is designed to reward the most dominant fighter. Jiu Jitsu’s efficiency has been put to the test since the early stages of the art, through No Holds Barred and today in MMA (mixed martial arts) and is revered as one of the most effective martial arts in the word.
In the United States, the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is already the fastest growing sport in the country, in Brazil it is considered a national sport, in Abu Dhabi it is tought as part of the national curriculum in schools and in the United Kingdon people have realised its effectivness and are reaping all the personel, social and health benefits that come with this amazing sport. BJJ’s effectiveness makes it one of the most requested martial arts in MMA, and as the time of writting this, 6 of the current 7 UFC title holders are brown or black belts in Jiu Jitsu.
Checkmat BJJ Team in London
The Fightzone London gym is affiliated with Checkmat BJJ team. Checkmat is one of the most well established Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academies in the world, with affiliates in Brazil, USA, United Kingdom and even China. The team has developed many world champions, Pan American Champions and European Champions.
During one of our 90 minute long classes you will work on your conditioning, through specific warm ups designed to help you learn how to move on the ground, where most of Jiu Jitsu’s action takes place. You will learn chokes, locks and how to control your opponent. You will also spar with your partners; however, members are only expected to spar if they are confident to do so.
What you need to bring
For your first class and if you are new to Jiu Jitsu we reccomend you come to one of our beginner classes. All you will need to bring shorts or tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt. If you wish to follow Jiu Jitsu regularly, you will require a kimono.