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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

SELF-DEFENSE SKILLS YOU CAN USE IN THE REAL WORLD

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will help you get fit, while teaching you to defend yourself from attackers in real life situations.

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

The Origin of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Originating in Japan, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu became a popular martial art form in 20th century Brazil. Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese immigrant, taught Jiu-Jitsu to several men including Carlos Gracie and Helio Gracie, who passed it on to their sons. Jiu-Jitsu’s popularity spread to the United States in the early 1990’s after Helio Gracie’s son, Royce Gracie, used it to win the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Following Royce Gracie’s success using Jiu-Jitsu in UFC matches, it has become an essential skill in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

What Makes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Unique?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a highly-effective form of self-defense, which focuses on real-life scenarios one might encounter and teaches students how to resist them. The skills students are taught in class focus on technique and leverage instead using weight and strength. This will enable them to overcome attackers that might be larger and stronger than they are, making it an excellent form of defense for women. Students will also experience a number of health benefits from their Jiu-Jitsu training, including weight loss and improved cardiovascular health.

Safe and Effective Training as a Rule

The martial arts are designed for contact fighting, but you cannot train if you're injured. This is why our curriculum is designed with Safety First. As you progress through your training, you'll learn how to practice safely, avoid injuries in conditioning and sparring, and ultimately how to effectively compete and/or defend yourself or your loved ones and avoid becoming a victim of violent assault.

We practice what is known as Partner Preservation. That's an alliterative way of saying, "Don't break your training partner." We put this idea into practice through progressive drills. You start slowly with minimum force and gradually build the tempo and power as you hone your skills. We want you to have the most realistic training possible, but we will always make sure that it is conducted safely, respectfully and responsibly.

Our focus on safety also extends to how we train your self-defense skills. We know that a single strike or kick can cause substantial injury, so our training is focused specifically on stopping the fight quickly and effectively. We train the way that you would realistically defend yourself, building defensive tactics right into your instinctive muscle memory so that your training works even under extreme stress.

Meet our BJJ Instructor, Samuel Puccio

Samuel Puccio is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Samuel started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1997 in Sao Paulo. In 1999 he moved to Los Angeles and trained BJJ and boxing for 1 year with UFC Champion Vitor Belfort and Al Stanke. Samuel trained extensive no - gi freestyle and vale tudo in 2000 and trained with many professional fighters in the Carlson Gracie team as well as instructing at Left Cross Training Center.

In 2001 Samuel began training with Rodrigo Medeiros Competition Team. Samuel continues to train with his instructor and close friend Rodrigo Medeiros. In 2002 Samuel moved to Birmingham Alabama with the hopes of bringing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to the south east. 

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu