Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and a sport that teaches one how to defend himself/herself against a bigger, stronger more athletic opponent. It was developed by the Gracie Family in Brazil in 1925 by refining the martial art of Judo. Similar to Judo it involves takedowns but it is predominantly made up of ground fighting which uses leverage, timing and technique to establish control and apply submissions where required. Although BJJ is considered a combat sport, we do not teach or encourage students to aggress or exert force on any individual. The emphasis is always placed on technique and control.
At Gracie Barra Guernsey, we foster an environment of brotherhood / sisterhood / family, which brings us all together as a team, no matter your age, gender, athleticism or belt colour. All our club members (or that of any BJJ organisation) come from a variety of professions and backgrounds, yet we are united both on and off the mat in the bond we share.
Why choose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
This grappling art has many proven physical and mental benefits for any individual. At Gracie Barra Guernsey, we especially strive for:
- Increased Confidence
- Sharpened Discipline
- Sense of Belonging
- Understanding of Respect
- Application of the art to everyday life
- Supportive network of teammates
- Emotional and social wellbeing
…and of course the physical benefits of improved fitness and knowledge of self-defence.
Our current 2021 timetable runs as follows:
Mondays 6:30pm Adults Mixed
Wednesdays 5:30pm Juniors / 6:30pm Adults Mixed
Thursdays 6:30pm Adults Mixed
Saturdays 10:00am Kids & Juniors / 11:00am Adults Mixed
Complete beginners are always welcome and your first week of training is free for a no strings attached introduction to our club. Please contact us directly to enquire about a trial, info on children’s classes or for any further questions.
“There is no losing in jiu-jitsu. You either win or you learn.” – Carlson Gracie