What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that teaches a smaller person how to defend himself against a larger opponent by using leverage and proper technique. The Gracie family, the founders of BJJ, modified judo and traditional Japanese jujutsu to create the art. It contains stand-up maneuvers, but it is most famous for its ground-fighting techniques. There is no striking in BJJ. Gaining a superior position so one can apply numerous chokes, holds, locks and joint manipulations on an opponent is key in BJJ.
The official uniform of jiu jitsu is called a “Kimono” or “Gi”. This uniform consists of 3 pieces: a jacket or top, a pair of drawstring pants, and a belt. The uniform is made out of a specially weaved cotton material that will be able to withstand the rigorous practice of jiu jitsu without immediately tearing. Your Gi should be kept as clean as possible and treated as your armor.
Our classes are performed using the Gi, which is provided to the student upon sign-up. A white Gi is provided upon sign-up. Other acceptable Gi colors at RMBJJ include black and blue.
We also have classes in No Gi, which is a variation of BJJ in which you wear regular gym clothes such as a rash guard, board shorts, or tights/spats.
RMBJJ follows the ranking and graduation system of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF). For more information on the IBJJF Graduation System, please click here.