Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is an art based in self defence and ground combat. Along with this, it teaches takedowns, takedown defence, ground control, and especially submissions. Submissions refer to holds that either cut off an opponent’s air supply (chokes) or look to take advantage of a joint (such as armbars). At Bristol Dojo Bjj we have Beginners and Advanced classes available. Our professor is Jimmy Johnstone who is a Black Belt under Professor Fernando Terere and our head coach is Simon O’Brien assisted by Dylan O’Brien and Andrew Chivers.
All our Bjj classes are suitable for those who wish to study Bjj as a stand alone art and progress through the belt system or as part of our MMA program. You will learn techniques with the Gi (training uniform) and we also have NoGi classes.
This is your starting point for Bjj, here you will learn the fundamentals of grappling, how to escape holds and how to do basic submissions. There is no full sparring in this class but you will carry out training drills with your partner. Once you have learnt the fundamentals of Bjj you will have the opportunity to move up or add the Standard class to your training but you can stay in this class as long as you wish. More advanced students often train in this class to brush up on their basic skills.
This class builds on our beginners program and teaches higher level guards, submissions, takedowns and fight strategy. In this class you will be sparring to help develop your skills and many of our students go on to compete in Bjj competitions.
For those who do wish to compete we have an active competition team who enter grappling events and we have had great success at Local, British, European and even world level.