Adults BJJ

Our adults class is generally for those age 16+, although we do have some 'bigger' students age 13+

The style of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu taught at the academy is primarily aimed at:

The study of a martial art

A form of self-defence

A sport

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The adult belt colours are shown opposite.

If your primary objective for starting a Martial Art is to become a Black Belt as soon as is possible, then Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at The Combat Academy is not for you.

To achieve the rank of Black Belt in BJJ takes on average ten - fifteen years. 

The rank of Black Belt is not awarded to anyone under the age of 19.

We do not charge for any of the belt or stripe promotions, there are no expensive pre-gradings or gradings to attend, there is not even a charge for your new belt.

The cost to you will be one of sweat, effort and dedication.

A comprehensive guide to our grading system will be published shortly.
A Typical Lesson

We start all lessons with a thorough warm-up to prepare you for the session.

Then it is on to learning the skills. The coach will demonstrate various techniques and the students will be given time to practice these skills with a cooperative partner. 

Next is 'specific training' where we add resistance from your partner to pressure test the techniques.

For the final 30 minutes of every advanced adult lesson we have full on sparring where you will see if the techniques you are practicing actually work against a fully resisting opponent. 

We will also teach the rules of the sport and there are also a few Portuguese words to learn! 

About once a month we have a ‘Fight Night.’ For these sessions, following the usual warm-up, we set the timer for 5 minute rounds, with a 1 minute rest. The aim is to complete as many rounds as you can!
What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a combat sport that emphasises fighting on the ground. The aim is to use throws or take-downs to get the opponent to the ground and then to use grappling holds to control the opponent, finally using a choke, strangle or joint lock to make them submit.

BJJ is well known for its effectiveness in mixed martial arts, first coming to prominence in the early 1990’s when Royce Gracie defeated Boxers, Karate and Kung Fu practitioners in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The term Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (GJJ) is sometimes used interchangeably with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

A Brief History

In 1914 Mitsuyo Maeda migrated to Brazil, where he was instrumental in establishing a Japanese immigrant community. Maeda was helped by Gastão Gracie, a Brazilian scholar and politician of Scottish descent. Maeda had studied Judo during his time in Japan and in gratitude for Gracie's assistance, Maeda taught the Brazilian's oldest son Carlos.

In 1925, Carlos and his brothers opened their first academy, and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was born in Brazil.

Carlos had many children including Carlson Gracie, Carley Gracie, Rolls Gracie, Carlos Gracie Jr and Reyla Gracie (mother of Roger Gracie).

Gracie Barra

Carlos Gracie Jr (Carlinhos) established his own Jiu Jitsu academy in an area of Rio de Janeiro called Barra de Tijuca. Hence the name Gracie Barra.

Many great BJJ fighters hail from here including Renzo Gracie, Ryan Gracie, Marcio Feitosa, Gordo, Machado Brothers, Nino, Roleta, Pe de Pano, Roger Gracie and many others. Gracie Barra fighters Renato 'Babalu' Sobral and Pe de Pano are UFC veterans.