Like judo, Brazilian Jui-Jitsu promotes the principle that smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant using leverage and proper technique; applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat them. BJJ can be trained for 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 role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition.

Typical session
Warm up streching ect.10 to 15 mins. Cardio. Then work on technic drills of take downs throws positions on ground submissions.

At end of class for those who want to have a roll sparr they can ... its fun and different.

The art began with Mitsuyo Maeda (aka Conde Koma, or Count Coma in English), an expert Japanese judoka and member of the Kodokan. Maeda was one of five of the Kodokan's top groundwork experts that Judo's founder Kano Jigoro sent overseas to spread his art to the world. Maeda left Japan in 1904 and visited a number of countries giving "jiu-do" demonstrations and accepting challenges from wrestlers, boxers, savate fighters and various other martial artists before eventually arriving in Brazil on November 14, 1914.

Since its inception, judo was separated from jujutsu in its goals, philosophy, and training regime. Although there was great rivalry among jujutsu teachers, this was more than just Kano's ambition to clearly individualize his art. To Kano, judo wasn't solely a martial art: it was also a sport, a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people, and, ultimately, a way (Do) of life. To a very large extent, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has also encompassed these philosophies.

It is often claimed that BJJ is a development of traditional Japanese jujutsu, and that Maeda was a jujutsuka. However, Maeda never trained in jujutsu. He first trained in sumo as a teenager, and after the interest generated by stories about the success of judo at contests between judo and jujutsu that were occurring at the time, he changed from sumo to judo, becoming a student of Kano's Kodokan judo. He was promoted to 7th dan in Kodokan judo the day before he died in 1941. Hélio Gracie himself had already risen to the rank of 6th dan in judo by the time of his fight against Kimura in 1951. According to Masahiko Kimura in his book "My Judo" (see extract at). Kodokan records have Hélio Gracie recorded as a 3rd dan in judo, but it is not unusual for a foreign judoka's grade to be higher than granted by the Kodokan.

Ultimate Martial Arts Academy Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) lessons


6.15 - 7.00 // BJJ Gi
7.00 - 7.30 // BJJ - Live Training


11.00 - 12.00 // BJJ - All Levels
8.00 - 9.00 // Open Mat


6.15 - 7.00 // BJJ Gi Fundamentals
7.00 - 7.45 // BJJ - All Levels
7.45 - 8.15 // BJJ - Live Training
8.15 - 9.00 // Open Mat


7.30 - 8.30 : Nogi BJJ Class - All Levels


7.00 - 7.45 // BJJ Gi
7.45 - 8.00 // BJJ - Live Training


11.15am - 12.00 pm // Adults Beginners BJJ fundamentals class
12.00pm - 1.00 pm // Open Mat

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Sean also runs classes in both MMA and Muay Thai at the Gracie Barra Birmingham academy.