Jiu Jitsu for the over 45's

Jiu Jitsu for the over 45's.
In his excellent article, Steve Maxwell (Relson Gracie Black Belt) echo's our philosophy, re training for the Mature Student.
We have many Students in the 45-65 age range (of all belt levels White to Black), whom are on the mats every week.
Age or injury will eventually humble you, so always train smart. Seek the knowledge, defeat your ego & embrace the lifestyle, 
Martial Art, Diet & Philosophy.


Erik Paulson NoGi Grappling Seminar! SOLD OUT!!

After Coaching Josh Barnett to submission victory over Dean Lister at Metamoris 4, Erik returns to our Academy to share his Knowledge with our Students!

Where: The Dartford Academy
When: Weds 17th December
Time: 19:00 - 21:30
Fee: £40

All levels and Affiliations Welcome

Pls Call 07775927352 to confirm your Place


Gracie or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Is there a difference between Gracie Jiu Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Gracie Jiu jitsu is a complete Martial Art of Self Defence. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the Sportive aspect of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. 

Gracie Jiu Jitsu prepares the Student for a larger, striking opponent. It can be learnt and applied by anyone, not just the athletic/strong.
GJJ encompasses the following areas of Study:
  • Weapon Defence
  • Striking
  • Throws & Clinch Work
  • Groundwork
  • Philosophy (Virtues, Health, Mindset)
  • Sparring (With the Kimono & without the Kimono. With & without Striking)
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a fantastic Sport, producing many World Class Athletes. It also promotes many of the above positive areas of Study.
The main differences from GJJ are in its:
  • Distance Management and Clinch work (no Striking allowed)
  • Vale Tudo Guard
  • Strategy (Points based)
  • Energy efficiency (Points & Time limit constraints)
In summery:

At our Academies we Teach the complete Martial Art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, which includes the Sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The vast majority of our Students train for Self Defence/Health/Self Improvement.

We continue to train with and Host the Worlds best Jiu Jitsu Instructors to deepen our knowledge of Jiu Jitsu. In the last few years alone we have studied under; Rickson Gracie, Pedro Sauer, Mauricio Gomes, Royce Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Ryron Gracie, Rener Gracie, Gui Valente, Braulio Estima, Rick Young, and of course Professor Marc Walder.

Both GJJ and BJJ are wonderful, addictive, life changing Arts. All you have to do, is step on the Tatami to begin your journey..

See you on The Mats


September Super Seminar! Professor Rick Young & Guro Terry Barnett SOLD OUT!

When: September 20th (Saturday)
Where: The Dartford Academy
Time: 12:00-15:00
Cost: £40

This is a NoGi Seminar.

All JKD/BJJ Students of any level are welcome!


The different types of Black Belt - Gracie Jiu Jitsu

I have been asked several times over the last few weeks about the different types of Black Belt awarded.

At our Academy we retain the original Gracie Jiu Jitsu Belt structure:

The Black Belt with a white Tab, is a person who has been rewarded his/her black belt, yet is still a student whom is not yet a Certified Instructor/Coach/Professor.

The Black Belt with a Red Bar signifies a Black Belt Student whom has started our Instructors Programme of Self Defence and begun to assist teaching at The Academy.

The Red Bar with 2 tab borders is a Professor, certified to teach (by their Professor/Mestre).

As always, seek the knowledge, not the belt.


Professor Pedro Sauer Gracie Jiu Jitsu Seminar Review

Its been 2 years since I last got to train with Professor and it was an exciting prospect to be able to host him at our Academy this May!

Professor arrived with Student and Rickson Gracie 2nd Degree Black Belt Allan Manganello. Neither showed any jet lag after a 20hr journey to the UK and both were warmly welcomed. I have studied with the Worlds best Instructors over the last 30 years and its true to say Professor is the closest i have known, in warmth, knowledge, humbleness, gratitude and passion, to our own Guro Dan Inosanto.

There were over 50 Students (from all over Europe) & 7 Black Belts in attendance. The Academy once again was packed to the rafters. After expressing our gratitude to Professor, he started with a Q&A session. This was to be the format for the whole evening.
Back Mount escapes, Choke counters, Triangle Setup Counters & Guard Passing were all covered. Professor spoke at length about his time studying with Grand Master Helio and Master Rickson Gracie over the last 40 years.
It was the biggest compliment when Professor and Allan said the amazing and unique vibe we have at The Academy was comparable to that of Ricksons first Academy back in the day!!

Quite simply an evening everyone will remember for a long time and i got to do it all over again the next day with Professor at the Laurence Sandum Academy.

I never fail to be amazed at how easy Gracie Jiu Jitsu is...you just got to do it right! 80/20.

Many thanks to Professor, Professor's Marc & Allan, , Laurence for all his help and to all the Students whom continue to make this journey possible.


Royce Gracie Seminar!

Royce with Marc Walder in California in the late 1990's

Marc with Ryron & Rener after completing the first ever Gracie Jiu Jitsu Certification Program

Had the real pleasure to Train with Royce Gracie again this week.
I first met & trained with Royce 10 years ago, having first seen him in UFC1 back in 1993!
We have also had the honour of hosting Royce at The Academy 2 years ago.

10 of us from the Ilford Fitness First Class, met up with Gracie Academy Brown Belt Instructor Sam Fernandez, to attend the Seminar.
Professor Marc organised the event with over 40 Students inc 6 Black Belts on the Mat.

After catching up with Royce, whom had just taught a Sold Out Seminar for my Brother & Family at Westcoast BJJ, we began.
Outline of the material we covered:

  • Defensive Pisao into Clinch & Body Fold Takedown
  • Defence Vs Thai Kick
  • Clinch Vs Jab
  • Arm Triangle from The Mount
  • Stage 2 Guard Defensive & Offensive Strategies
  • Vale Tudo Guard Passing

Royce always in good humour, closed the Seminar with thanks and a few hilarious stories of how he met Professor Marc on his first day as a Student at the Gracie Academy in Torrence. 

Thanks to Royce, Professor Marc, RGJJ Black Belt Danny Macmillan and my Training Partners!


New Belts at The Academy!

Huge Congratulations to Simon Taylor on being promoted to Black Belt at the recent Professor Marc Walder Seminar!
Promoted to Brown Belt were Academy Instructors Wayne Rowlands & Ryan Debenham!
Our other Instructor Danny Suman was promoted to Purple Belt.
Monique, Anne, Kris & Nic made the jump to Blue Belt!

An incredible evening, with over 50 Students on the mat, full of Gracie Jiu Jitsu philosophy from Professor & some superb technical counters to the "Bull Fighter" Guard Pass.
Another landmark for our Academy was reached when we promoted our 50th Blue Belt!


Professor Pedro Sauer Seminar in May!!

We are extremely honoured to host Professor Sauer, Friday May 30th, in conjunction with our Friends at the Pedro Sauer Gracie Jiu Jitsu Team UK. !
Professor is over in the UK for 3 days on his second visit to these shores and will be Teaching at the Laurence Sandum Academy in Boreham, Essex on May 31st/June 1st :

Pedro Sauer is an 8th-degree Gracie Jiu Jitsu red and black belt under Rickson Gracie and Helio Gracie. On May 17, 2005, he was named "Best of the Best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor" in a worldwide poll conducted by the Abu Dhabi Combat Club.

Allan Manganello will be assisting Professor. I have had the great pleasure of training with Allan twice before. He is an excellent and knowledgeable Teacher. See link below for a review of Allan's last UK Seminar:

Where: The Academia de Jiu Jitsu Dartford
When: Fri May 30th
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Cost: £55 (If paid before May 1st) or £65 after

Please Call: 07775927352 to Confirm you place