Self Defence / Beginners BJJ Program

Our Classes are done in a very controlled environment, where safety always comes first.  Instructors make sure that care is taken in every movement taught, and the importance of student safety is of the utmost.

In the Fundamentals Class, we cover basic Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) techniques and the fundamental movements of Jiu-Jitsu, including self-defense strategy and maneuvers. Students will learn how to fall, stand up, engage opponents, escape holds, apply basic take-downs, and apply basic submissions. The elemental movements you master here will prepare you for all subsequent levels.

Basic Jiu-Jitsu positions:
  • Guard – Any time your legs are between you and your opponent, allowing use of the strongest muscles in your body (those in your hips and legs) to defend and control.
  • Mount – when one person lying down with another on top above their hips.  Legs are uninvolved, making this a very dangerous or powerful position depending if you are on bottom or top, respectively.
  • Side-Control – when one is controlled from the side with no involvement from the legs of the bottom person.
  • Back – basically a human “backpack”.  Control from behind, one of the most powerful positions in Jiu-Jitsu.
Basic Jiu-Jitsu submissions:

(any other submissions are taught and allowed only at higher belt levels.)

  • Chokes – Proper Jiu-Jitsu chokes are applied to the carotid arteries, not the trachea or windpipe.  The result is a gentler choke that does not hurt when applied.
  • Arm bars – an attack on the elbow joint.
  • Shoulder locks – an attack on the shoulder joint.
  • Basic foot locks – an attack to the ankle/foot.