Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training

Martial arts has always inspired excellence. The massive health benefits from regular training are enough reward in and of themselves. More than these, though, is the courage and confidence that comes with mastering simple and advanced fighting techniques. Knowing how to handle oneself when danger arises is incredibly empowering. Most important is to be prepared for a real-life encounter as opposed to simple executing flashy kicks and punches. This has always been the strength of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Bringing martial arts down to earth from its mid-air image in the movies, BJJ classes prepare students for real-world circumstances.

Some fundamental techniques you’ll learn to master include:

  • Guard replacement with hip escape

You’ll use this side control escape more than any other side control escape from your first rolls right up to black belt.

  • Scissor Sweep

Breaking the opponent’s balance; Moving your hips to create an angle; Controlling grips so opponent can’t posture or post a hand; Using the power of your legs instead of your upper body.

  • Triangle choke from guard

The triangle choke is one of the signature submissions in BJJ.

  • Cross Collar Choke from Guard
  • Elbow to Knee vs Mount
  • And many more!


Japanese Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or BJJ, has its roots in Japanese Jiu Jitsu and judo. The early 20th century saw the arrival of Mitsuyo Maeda and a few of his students on American shores. People had heard of this art due to the enthusiastic interest of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. Staging demonstrations and taking on all challengers, Maeda confirmed the devastating effectiveness of his art to a new continent. In addition to the United States, Maeda visited several Central and South American countries, arriving in Brazil in 1914. One of his most famous feats there was to handily defeat a much larger–and armed–capoeira master. Maeda’s fame and reputation grew steadily as Jiu Jitsu spread throughout Brazil acquiring Brazilian characteristics.

Training: Intense Sparring

Three years after Maeda came to Brazil, he took on a new student, Carlos Gracie. Through diligent practice of techniques and intense sparring, Gracie grew into a grandmaster of the art, passing it on to his many–21 in all–children. Like Maeda, they proved the mettle of BJJ by taking on challengers and winning. As persons of notoriety, prestige and means came to study the Gracie methods, more teachers and schools opened to meet the demand. The schools were organized and rules were standardized. In the early 1990s, Rorion Gracie pioneered the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the beginnings of mixed martial arts (MMA). From there, BJJ became an international obsession.

VAMMA’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

VAMMA’s Briazilian Jiu Jitsu classes in Vancouver vary in format depending on the instructor but certain elements are common to all. Warming up involves aerobic, callisthenic and fighting movements to prepare the body for tenacious training. This can be followed by drills–individual or with a partner–of particular techniques to improve precision, speed and power. Practitioners may continue with modified sparring where specified attacks and defenses are executed. The climax of training sessions, including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training, is free sparring, where all the learned skills are put to the test. Stretching and cool-downs close out the session.

Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes in Vancouver offer such training. VAMMA’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym in Vancouver brings this ancient and modern martial art to the local scene. When I want Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training near me, that’s exactly what I get with VAMMA. This is why our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym in Vancouver awaits new students with whom to share this powerful method. As the Brazilian fighters learned from Maeda and Gracie, BJJ works to overwhelming effect…and it can be learned at VAMMA Brazilian jui jitsu.

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