Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. It derives from early 20th century Kodokan Judo, which was based on multiple schools of Japanese Jujutsu. BJJ promotes the principle that smaller, weaker individuals can successfully defend themselves against bigger and stronger attackers by using leverage and proper technique.

BeltBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu focuses on ground fighting and submission holds involving joint locks and chokeholds. The premise is that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are somewhat negated when grappling on the ground. BJJ can be used in self-defense, sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition.

Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major part in training, and a premium is placed on performance. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu includes a wide variety of techniques to take the fight to the ground after clinching your opponent. Once the opponent is on the ground, a number of maneuvers (and counter-maneuvers) are available to manipulate the other fighter into a suitable position for the application of a submission technique.

Throw (2)Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of the BJJ style. This includes effective use of the guard position to defend oneself from bottom, and passing the guard to dominate from top position with the side control, mount, back mount and north-south positions. This system of maneuvering and manipulation can be likened to a form of kinetic chess when utilized by two experienced practitioners. A submission hold is the equivalent of a checkmate in the sport.

Training methods include technique drills in which moves are practiced against a non-resisting partner; specific sparring where only a certain technique or sets of techniques are used against full resistance; and full sparring in which each student tries to submit their opponent using any legal technique. Physical conditioning is also an important part of training.

celebrationAt the Mario Roberto Jiu-Jitsu Academy our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu system is divided into two programs: BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU FUNDAMENTALS and BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU PROGRESSIVE.


At the MRJJA we strongly believe that basics win fights. Our BJJ FUNDAMENTALS program exposes our students to the cornerstone principles and techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This structured, unique sixty-class revolving curriculum is only offered at the MRJJA. Whether you are a beginner trying to build a solid grappling foundation or and advanced grappler polishing your basic skills, this is the program for you!

BJJ FUNDAMENTALS classes take place Mondays and Fridays from 5:30 to 6:25 PM, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 10:55 AM.


While basics will always constitute the foundation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, it is also important to develop advanced techniques, combinations, set-ups and strategies.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is constantly evolving – hundreds of moves are created every year. Our goal at the MRJJA is to always provide our students with the latest, most effective techniques. Don’t let the evolution of BJJ pass you by – join our BJJ PROGRESSIVE program NOW!

BJJ PROGRESSIVE classes take place Mondays and Fridays from 6:30 to 7:25 PM.