Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) combines martial arts, combat sport, and self defense into a system that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. Formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals, it is now one of the most popular forms of ground defense. Like its parent martial art, BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant through the skilled use of proper technique and leverage while on the ground. It employs joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent.
BJJ training at United can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or for self-defense or fitness. Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training.