About BJJ

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 goal is getting into a position to force an attacker or opponent to submit or give up.

Because BJJ relies on leverage and technique, rather than strength and size, to defend against a bigger and stronger attacker, this makes BJJ a great sport for everyone of all ages & sizes, including women & children.

BJJ is an intense aerobic workout which will improve your overall health, including your flexibility, strength, cardio, and endurance.

Uniform
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 and the white gi is a requirement for the beginner classes. Other acceptable gi colors at RMBJJ include black and blue. An RMBJJ Patch must be sewed on to your gi.

Belt System
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.