Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)
at John Donehue Jiu Jitsu & MMA

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art based on controlling a resisting your opponent resulting in submission. Control is generally easier on the ground and much of the technique of BJJ is centered around taking an opponent down and wrestling for dominant control positions thus rendering your opponent harmless.

To control and overcome greater size, strength and aggression with lesser size and strength is the keynote of the sport.

These skills are used to subdue and control an opponent with whatever level of severity the student chooses. Your BJJ journey is physically and mentally demanding however students benefit greatly from increased physical fitness, problem-solving ability, self-knowledge of their body and mind and the many social benefits of working within a large group of like-minded peers. Not to mention Jiu Jitsu is fun.

Many students first learn about Jiu Jitsu through the popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions such as the UFC, where BJJ is prominent. Indeed, the beginnings of the contemporary MMA competition were largely tied up with proving the combat-efficiency of BJJ. The practice of BJJ as a sport, however, is strongly separated from MMA.

One of the fastest growing and most effective martial arts in the world today, most would argue that BJJ is responsible for the creation of the UFC where the wider public has been introduced to it’s true effectiveness in a realistic combat situation. Jiu Jitsu is a grappling-based martial art whose main purpose is to use leverage and angles to control and subdue an opponent. It is widely acknowledged that at least 9 out of 10 situations requiring self-defence end up on the ground; hence why BJJ has gained such popularity and notoriety as this art form is designed to get your opponent to the ground in a controlling position and rendering them harmless.

Each class will focus on several different areas as you progress with your journey. Our focus is on safe grappling technique that can be practiced on a daily basis with no more fear of injury than any other contact sport. Even at the foundation phase Jiu Jitsu is physically and mentally demanding however you’ll be amazed at your increased physical fitness strength and mental resilience that comes from training in this discipline.


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