Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ)is a grappling martial that focuses on ground fighting. BJJ was formed from early 20th century Judo fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie by Japanese masterMitsuyo Maeda. BJJ eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Hélio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge on to their extended family.

BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground and applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense.

Instructor: Ahmad Kakar (Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)

  • November 2009 2nd Place at World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Purple belt No-Gi Division)
  • November 2008 1st Place at Joslin’s Grappling Championship (Advanced Gi and No-Gi Division)
  • January 2007 1st Place at Ascension Grappling Championship (Intermediate No-Gi Division)

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