Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sports system that focuses on ground fighting and submission wrestling techniques. By utilising sweeps, passes and control positions BJJ aims to evade an incoming attack, control and then submit an opponent by applying chokes and joint locks. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against bigger, stronger opponents through the use of timing, leverage and technique.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Self Defence
Generally speaking a larger, stronger opponent is advantaged by a greater reach and more powerful strike. One of the defining aspects of BJJ is that it seeks to take an opponent to the ground where those advantages can be nullified through superior positioning and utilising gravity and leverage as force multipliers. By developing the skills to neutralise and control any potential assailant, BJJ provides its practitioners the ability to adapt to a wide range of self-defence scenarios. Regardless of size, age or gender, BJJ can provide you with the skills you need to defend against, escape or submit an attacker.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Sport
Since exploding onto the international scene following its success at the original UFC events in the mid 1990’s, BJJ has continued to develop and grow as a stand-alone combat sport. Competitions are run nearly every month throughout South East Queensland and over 10,000 competitors have registered to compete over the last five years nationally. Despite the relatively small size of our gym, Combat Lab students have always performed very well at all levels of competition.
Competing in a BJJ tournament is a fun and safe way to test and improve your BJJ skills whilst also participating in the team aspects of the sport. Learning to deal with an unknown opponent and your body’s natural reaction to stress is an essential part of competing and it has immeasurable benefits in both self defence and sport fighting situations. Whilst it is generally encouraged within the gym, competing is purely voluntary.
Health Benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
In addition to being one of (if not the most) effective combat sports and self-defence disciplines, BJJ is of great benefit both physically and mentally. The pace and intensity during a class will vary from gentle drilling through to high intensity sparring. This builds both your aerobic and anaerobic fitness levels whilst developing strength, core stability and overall flexibility. You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to begin, classes are suitable for all fitness levels and your fitness will naturally increase as your body adapts to the training.
As a martial art, BJJ instils in its students hard work, perseverance, active problem solving, focus and self-confidence and provides students a safe and supportive place to forget about daily stress and frustration.
Free Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class
At Combat Lab we offer a free introductory class in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Phone Joel on 0411 383 257 or send us your details below and one of our BJJ instructors will give you a call back to discuss your free class.