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Brief history of BJJ

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport and a self-defense system created by the legendary Gracie family. Especially instrumental to the art’s development was Helio Gracie, the youngest of the five Gracie brothers. Due to his thin and frail physique, he was forced to adapt the techniques he learned, so that a smaller, weaker person could overcome an adversary of greater size and strength.

In the prime of his career, Helio Gracie would accept and defeat challenges of much larger, heavier, and stronger men, in his quest to prove the superior effectiveness of Jiu Jitsu. Jiu Jitsu is originally derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan judo in the early 20th century, which was developed from a number of schools of jujutsu in the 19th century.

Jiu Jitsu emphasizes taking an opponent to the ground and utilizing ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds. The premise is that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are somewhat negated when grappling on the ground.

Main types of classes at ECJJA


Our introductory level class at East Coast Jiu Jitsu Academy. This is where you will begin your Jiu Jitsu journey! The class includes a dynamic warm up, movements drills as well as instruction and practice of technique. During this class, new white belts will learn the fundamental positions, submissions and movements that make Jiu Jitsu work. We believe structuring our class in this way gives beginners a head start with their fundamentals and understanding of Jiu Jitsu.


Once students have passed through our beginner curriculum and have developed an understanding of the basics of Jiu Jitsu, the intermediate class is the next step. Here students will be challenged further in a faster paced class, with techniques and positions becoming more in depth. Here students will learn to understand the link between positions/submission and the transitions that make Jiu Jitsu work at a higher level. Class includes a dynamic warm up as well as movement drills and timed sparring drills.


Advanced class is for the experienced Jiu Jitsu player, only beneficial to a student once a firm understanding of the basics are present. Our Advanced class focuses on everything from specific competition strategy, to details and techniques to help take your Jiu Jitsu game all the way to black belt!s.

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