Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art that was developed from Kodokan Judo by the Gracie family in the early to mid 20th century in Brazil, with the emphasis being placed on taking your opponent down, controlling them on the ground and forcing them to submit through chokes or joint locks.

When training all techniques are applied progressively and in a controlled manner allowing your opponent to submit via tapping out before any damage is done. This allows all techniques to be practiced against fully resisting opponents – so you will develop the skill, reaction time and nuances of how to set up and execute a myriad of techniques. Drilling teaches you how to physically perform a technique. Sparring against a fully resisting opponent teaches you when and how you can execute that technique effectively.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is practiced in both Gi and No-Gi and there are differences in the game as a result. No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu is very fast and dynamic, with more emphasis placed on positional dominance and explosive movement due to the lack of grips. Gi Jiu-Jitsu is slower and more technical with a lot of techniques using the Gi itself for attack – it also has an equalising effect where weight and strength differences between sparring partners are less important than in No-Gi where strength and athleticism can be a deciding factor.

Gracie Barra Leeds has a strong competitive team and we regularly medal at national competitions. We also have active MMA fighters who have won most of their victories by submission.

Whether you wish to become fitter, learn an effective martial art or become an active competitor, our wealth of experience will help you towards any one of these goals.