Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) classes are ideal for anyone, regardless of their size or gender. BJJ is a fun martial art and it is a strategic and tactical mental game which utilises natural body movements and the principles of leverage to overcome an opponent.
The techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be effectively used by anyone, which makes it a popular style for men and women of all builds. Unlike many martial arts, the techniques can be learnt at full speed and power from the beginning of your training, without fear of injury to yourself or your training partners. There is no reliance on strikes to make the moves work so no fear of accidentally hitting too hard etc. This makes it a great style for improving your fitness and reflexes, and can be easily applied in an enjoyable, competitive way. Our BJJ classes are a lot of fun and provide useful skills that can help build your confidence as well as improving your health, fitness and while we hope it never happens save your life or protect someone close to you.
- Q. WHAT IS BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU?
- Q. WHY SHOULD I STUDY BJJ?
- Q. WHY STUDY AT HORIZON ACADEMY?
- Q. WHO CAN TRAIN BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU?
- Q. WHEN AND HOW CAN I START?
A. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, also known as BJJ, can be traced back to Japanese Kodokan Judo, which was originally developed from Japanese Jujutsu, meaning ‘gentle art’.
In the early 20th Century, Mitsuyo Maeda, a 7th dan Judo black belt, travelled to Brazil in one of his many travels to promote “jiu-do” and to challenge boxers and wrestlers along the way. At one of his demonstrations he met Carlos Gracie, who would later become Maeda’s student and a teacher to his brother, Helio Gracie. The two brothers are recognised as the founders of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
A. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the ideal style for anyone, regardless of their size, gender or build. Some people want to learn self-defence or improve their fighting skills while others want to improve their fitness in a fun and challenging way.
The techniques used in BJJ aren’t about making the strongest, fastest punch or kick. Instead, BJJ focuses on first making yourself safe and then controlling your opponent by tactically applying joint locks or chokes to submit them if necessary. BJJ is the science of fighting, you don’t need to simulate what you would do if someone was to attack you where you would poke them in eye etc that can’t be trained so how do you know you will be fast enough or accurate enough to do that move most martial arts require that faith that it will work, in BJJ we test everything, every move you learn can be tested against someone trying their hardest to stop you so you will know that it works how it works and if they block it in some way exactly where to go next and keep yourself in the safest and most effective position to neutralise the fight.
BJJ is a strategic and tactical mental game. It utilises natural body movements and the principles of leverage to overcome an opponent. The techniques can be effectively used by anyone, which makes it a popular martial art for men and women of all builds.
Unlike many martial arts, the techniques can be learnt at full speed and power from the beginning of your training, without fear of injury to yourself or your training partners. This makes it a great style for improving your fitness and reflexes, and can be easily applied in a fun, competitive way.
Our classes are a lot of fun and provide useful skills that can help build your confidence as well as improving your health and fitness.
A. We are a specialist club for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu where the focus is on developing your skills in a fun and friendly environment. Whether you’re looking for adult or kids classes (or both), you’ll find a welcoming group of people who will help you fulfil your potential.
Our club members can compete too if they want to. As they grow older they can join our Teens class and then progress into the Adults group when they reach 17. We view age as a guideline, however we take into account a student’s ability, size and as they get older they will also be able to attend an open mat session to train with older students to make the transition to older age groups easier. BJJ is a martial art you can enjoy throughout your life and many kids choose to carry it on as adults, for fun and competitively.
We are part of the Carlson Gracie Federation, under the guidance of Ben Hall who is a 3rd degree black belt and Head of the Carlson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Australia team. Our Head Coach, Zak Reed has studied and taught Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2010.
Many BJJ practitioners can trace their lineage back to Carlos Gracie and this is important to keep in mind when choosing a suitable instructor. The lineage concept is important to authenticate your training and ensure the belts you achieve in your journey are globally recognised (learn more about lineage)
A. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is suitable for everyone! We offer classes for all age groups starting from the age of 4.
Our training is designed to be accessible by everyone. We have children and adults of all ages who successfully train with us regardless of their build or gender.
If you require any additional support, please contact us to discuss how we can best accommodate you.
A. We appreciate it can take some time to get a feel for a new type of fitness you may have trained martial arts before or have done other sports like running BJJ will use muscles you didn’t know you had! So we offer a full week’s trial free-of-charge to prospective students, so you’ll know 100% if you want to train regularly with us.
You can start your trial whenever it suits you and there’s no commitment to sign up at the end.
These weeks run from Monday to Sunday every week and you get to come to all the classes available in your age group. If you’d like to book onto our next week you can do that here.
If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.