Black Belt instructor Paul Carthy demonstrating a Guard Pass technique to the class

Black Belt instructor Paul Carthy demonstrating a Guard Pass technique to the class

In the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes, students practice the effective ground grappling/fighting methods of Brazil which involves exploring the various arm locks, leg locks, shoulder wrenches, chokes, positional escapes, defenses and ground strategies that characterize the game. Students learn how to control, dominate and subdue an assailant who is much larger, stronger and faster than they are with minimal effort.

Head Instructor Darren Yeoman setting up the throw. BJJ covers stand up grappling techniques similar to Judo

Head Instructor Darren Yeoman setting up the throw. BJJ covers stand up grappling techniques similar to Judo

Beginning level students first learn the basic movements of BJJ, these are the foundation upon which you can build your ground fighting game, areas covered include:

Body positioning – how and where you place your body in relation to your opponent determines who establishes control first. Body positioning also determines the amount of energy you expend trying to escape and the overall effectiveness of your control.

Positional escapes – learning to escape different positions is the second foundation point of basic learning. Before a person is ready to beginning looking to attack an opponent on the ground they must be able to escape from weaker positions and look to obtain a position from which they can win the fight.

Positional dominance – in this area students learn to dominate and control their opponents once they have achieved a dominant position. There are times when you need to dominate and control a person for a lengthy period of time because they are much larger and stronger than you are. Once you develop the ability to dominate and control someone from a superior position, you are now ready to learn submissions

Submissions – can be classified as chokes, strangulations, and joint manipulations. In order to use the minimal amount of force required to make someone tap, you must learn the mechanics of each one. Once you develop a specific level of proficiency with the above sections, you will then move on to developing intermediate skills such as the use of combinations and strategy.

Attacking the arm on the hunt for the submission

Attacking the arm on the hunt for the submission