Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. The principle of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger person using leverage & proper technique.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes taking an opponent to the ground & utilizing ground position, sweeps and submission holds involving joint-locks & chokeholds. The premise is that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach & more powerful strikes, both of which are somewhat negated when grappling on the ground.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is likened to a form of physical chess match when performed by two experienced practitioners. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be trained for sports grappling
tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition. Sparring (commonly known as 'rolling') & live drilling play a major role in training.
Training at AKA has students wearing a heavy gi on a floor with padded mats. A typical class involves 15 minutes of warm ups and conditioning followed by 20 minutes of teaching and practicing technique with a willing partner. The last 25 minutes is live sparring against an opponent of equal skill in an attempt to work on technique learned that day and other techniques taught in previous classes.
We also offer No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu on Tuesdays and Thursdays but we would like new students to go to the Gi classes first in order to learn the basics. No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu is for more advanced practitioners and it is important that new students learn the fundamentals before they start taking the No-Gi class.
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