Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. The art was derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan judo (which itself is derived from Japanese Jujutsu) in the early 20th century.

It teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique – most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self defense. Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.

At the Guildford Academy of Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes are available as a programme of their own or as part of the MMA Programme – simply call us or ask at reception for more information.We’re proud to be affiliated with Ivam Maciel BJJ, whose headquarters are in Brighton. Ivan will be doing regular seminars at the Academy. We have one of his instructors, Justin McGibon, who is a blue belt and will be teaching BJJ classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. MMA Instructor Dave Rintoul, who trains under Ivan, will be taking the no Gi Jiu Jitsu class on Saturdays. 

6-8pm – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Gi). An incredibly effective way to improve groundwork and improve your all round MMA skills. It will be Gi Jiu-Jitsu  – order your Gi from us at reception.

6-8pm – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Gi) 

3:00-3:45pm – Open Mat. After the MMA class, you will have 45 minutes for supervised MMA sparring combining wrestling, no-gi BJJ and striking or Gi-BJJ sparring. This will be essential for those who have aspirations of competing!

 We also have two Gi-Grappling classes Monday and Wednesday at 1pm-2pm.