What is it?

Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art of Japanese origin, which consists of close hand to hand combat where the main objective is to establish control of the opponent, utilizing throws/takedowns, holds, joint-locks and strangulations in order to both control and stop the opponent/aggressor.

It’s a physically demanding sport that requires strength, agility, and endurance. It combines the self-defense techniques of judo and traditional Japanese jiu-jitsu, while adding striking and grappling elements from Western wrestling.

Learn more about the history of Brazilian Jui-Jitsu here.

Who is if for?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone. The Mississauga Academy of Martial Arts offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes for kids, teens and adults. Our classes are short, intense, and designed to get you moving. We cover the basics of Jiu-Jitsu, from how to do a proper takedown to a solid defense against an attack. We offer unlimited classes for a monthly fee in 3, 6 or 12 month packages.

Unsure if Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is right for you? We offer a Free Week trial.

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What to expect in our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes

A typical class consists of a short and sometimes intense warm up, followed by a breakdown of various techniques, and execution through drilling such techniques with a willing partner in a cooperative environment.

The objective is to connect the mind and body through drills in order to arrive to a point where the movements become second nature.

As a student progresses in their own personal development, both physically and psychologically, he/she can move towards practicing these techniques with a training partner offering gradual resistance.  In time the student will learn to move comfortably towards full resistance or live sparring.

Jiu-Jitsu can sound intimidating to some, but rest assured, one of the most enjoyable aspects of the submission art, is the ability to train safely while utilizing full resistance. Submission grappling is a serious martial art but also very playful in nature. It is very team oriented, since students rely heavily on one another in order to develop and grow as martial artists.

Both new and experienced students belong to the same team and learn to value one another through cooperation and motivation, with the ultimate goal of consistent self-improvement.  Your goal should be to compete with yourself and become a better person than you were yesterday.

For your first class, you can bring just a t-shirt and a pair of shorts. The class will later require you to purchase a Gi.

A brief history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (AKA Gracie Jiu-Jitsu) is a branch or style of Jiu-Jitsu, developed in the early 1900’s by the Gracie family, which focuses heavily on the ground fighting (newaza) aspect of combat, as well as self-defence.

The Gracie family was first introduced to the art by Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese Jiu-Jitsu/Judo master, and renowned no holds barred prize fighter.

Mitsuyo Maeda, also known as Count Koma in Latin America, had emigrated to Brazil in 1914, and was greatly helped by a local businessman and politician named Gastão Gracie. In return for the help Maeda offered to teach martial arts to Gastão’s sons. Two of those sons, Carlos and Helio Gracie, in turn developed their own style, and promoted it through decades of open no-holds barred challenges, eventually known as the Gracie Challenge.

In time these challenges evolved into the creation of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), which displayed the efficiency of Jiu-Jitsu against larger opponents and resulted in the worldwide popularization of what is today know as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.