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


Professor Marc Seminar & 2014 Belt Ceremony SOLD OUT!!

2014 has already started as 2013 finished. Busy Classes, Private Tuition slots being booked in advance, & our popular Jiu Jitsu Mastery Seminars in demand!
We are always hugely grateful for the opportunity to share Gracie Jiu Jitsu & it is with that gratitude we welcome back our Professor Marc Walder to Teach his first Seminar of the year!

In addition to hosting Professor, there will be a Belt Ceremony. We have many Students close to advancement and it will be a privilege to award some of them their new Belts!

When: Thurs March 6th
Where: The Academy
Time: Open Mat 18:00-19:00
          Seminar 19:00-21:00
          Belt Ceremony 21:00
Cost: £30

There are 50 Spaces available and all will be taken quickly!
Please Confirm Your Space ASAP to avoid dissapointment



Happy New Year! 2013 in Review

To All our Students & Friends Happy New Year!

2013 has been amazing! Our best year yet! We got to Train with:
  • Rickson Gracie 3 x Seminars in Holland & Scotland
  • Ryron Gracie 
  • Rener Gracie 2 x Seminars
We Hosted Several SOLD OUT Seminars:
  • Our own Professor Marc Walder 2 x Seminars
  • Erik Paulson
  • Professor Rick Young
  • Professor Mike Diaz (Pedro Sauer/Rickson Gracie Black Belt)
We have been honoured to be asked to teach many Successful Seminars across the Country:
  • Westcoast BJJ (Wales) 4 x Seminars
  • Jason Boh Academy 8 x Seminars
  • Laurence Sandum's Academy (Pedro Sauer UK GJJ Team) 3 x Seminars
Our Family has grown to now include 15 Purple Belts and we are close to promoting our 50th Blue Belt!!

We have taken Medals at European (Brown Belt) and National Level when we have Competed!

Joining the Coaching Staff in 2013 we have the Multi-Talented Instructors Wayne & Ryan, whose Classes continue to become evermore popular and their skill sets only add to our growth!
A special thanks must also go to our resident Kickboxing Instructor Danny.

To All our Students some who travel nearly 100 miles round trip to train with us every week - Thank You All so much for making this possible and allowing us to share your in your Martial Arts/Jiu Jitsu Journey.

Seek the Knowledge and 2014 will be even better!!

Seek The Knowledge Not The Belt

Your Journey in Gracie Jiu Jitsu can often be quite different from other Students. Some want to learn to Fight, others Train for Fitness and Social reasons, the majority however for Self Defence & the meditative qualities of regular "Rolling".

We maintain a very high Technical Standard at our Academy & the Material taught follows the three basic "Gracie Guidelines'':
  • Street Applicability
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Natural Body Movements

'Knowing is not enough, we must apply'.

Before any consideration for promotion, a Student must be able to regularly apply their knowledge against fully resistant sparring partners of relevant Belt/Age/Weight etc. They must have the right attitude and adhere to The Academy Etiquette.
Our Sparring takes many forms:
  • Vs a Striking (Boxing Gloves) Opponent
  • Sports Jiu Jitsu (GI)
  • NoGi 
We don't "Grade" Students nor do we charge for Belts. Promotions are not given on a time served basis (although there are general minimums).
Out of respect to our Gracie Jiu Jitsu Lineage (Grandmaster Helio Gracie), All Students are also informally tested on their Self Defence Knowledge prior to any consideration for Promotion at all Levels. The Self Defence material is broken up as follows:
  • Standing Defences From The Front
  • Standing Defences From Behind
  • Weapon Defences (Club, Knife, Gun)

We have promoted many Students over the last 10 years, the vast majority of whom still train with us every week: http://www.dartfordbjj.com/p/bjj-belt-ranking.html

Come and join us for a free Days Membership, bring a Friend/Family Member - Welcome to The Academy!


Erik Paulson Seminar - Combat Submission Wrestling SOLD OUT!

I started training in Combat Submission Wrestling back in the 1990's with Erik Paulson, becoming a Coach in 2002.
He is without doubt one of the best Grappling/MMA Coaches in the World, teaching amongst others: Josh Barnett, Brock Lesner, Sean Sherk & ken Shamrock.
We are honoured to have Erik teach a 3-hour Seminar at our Academy in December!

This is a NoGi Grappling Seminar.
Erik will be covering material from a variety of Grappling styles including; BJJ, Catch Wrestling, Greco Roman, Free Style, Judo and Dumog.



When: Sat December 14th 
Where: The Dartford BJJ Academy
Time: 12:00 - 15:00 TBC
Cost: £40

Please Call Dave to confirm space 07775927352


Rickson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Seminars in Holland

Just back from an incredible weekend and two Seminars with Rickson Gracie in Roermond Holland!
Six of us travelled from East London & Dartford to train with the Master!

For many Rickson is the epitomy of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, both as a Fighter and as a Teacher.
We arrived early to warm up/stretch and were greeted by Rickson Black Belt Raoul Carlos. Academy Instructor Danny is a friend of Raoul so it was good to meet him along with 2nd Degree Rickson Black Belt Harold Harder whom organised the Weekend.
Rickson came over and we chatted briefly as the other Students filed into the Hall.

Day 1:
Rickson speaks alot about "connection" and the "invisible" Jiu Jitsu that you can only feel not see, so
we started with some basic Self Defence e.g Rear Bear Hug Counter that highlighted this. After an hour we focused on the ground game, covering Side Control, The Guard, mount and taking the back.
The material was almost identical to that of our Blue Belt Programme here at The Academy, albeit with some nice tweeks. The 3 & 1/2hrs flew by and before we knew it we were bowing and day 1 was over.

Day 2:
As on the Sat, we started with some basic Self defence; Clinching vs punches & Takedowns. All the ground work was "punch proof" again stressing connection and distance management as we worked through the positions.
For me as a Student it is such a pleasure sharing the Mats with My Teachers and sharing the same philosophy re Jiu Jitsu. Rickson was quite vocal re some modern "sport" techniques and positions, stressing the sport is only a part of what we do, not the whole picture. That said, whether you are a Sports Student or old school Gracie Jiu Jitsu like myself, you will learn something just by being in Ricksons presence, let alone what he shares with you.

Kyra Gracie once asked Renzo: "Uncle Renzo is it true what they say about Rickson, is he that good?. No Kyra, he is much better than that" replied Renzo.

Many thanks to Rickson, to Harold and to Raoul, to Danny/Hassan for Driving and to all the Students we shared the Mats with.

"The perfection of technique is found in the basics." - Rickson Gracie


Gracie Jiu Jitsu: Philosophy on Defence

Most of the times when we get caught in a submission, it’s when we are trying to escape a perceived bad position or when we attempt to pass the guard. Ego, perception of losing & the restriction of a time limit are the main reasons for the mindset, of us having to "fight" to escape or indeed "fight" to pass the Guard.
Instead of waiting for the opportunity to “improve” our position during our opponent’s offence or positional transition, we use a lot of energy trying to fight our way out. This can often result in fatigue, both mentally and physically causing us to get submitted/knocked out.
There are no “bad positions” in Jiu Jitsu. We can with training and incremental offensive testing by sparring, learn to be perfectly safe when mounted for example.
By constant exposure to all positions from a defensive point of view, we can indeed find comfort where previously there was none. With this mindset and consistent practise, we can be quite safe in all areas of the Fight.
Study your Training Partners timing, look for the common threads of attack/set-ups, learn the counters and disassociate negativity from any position.

When we train, give opportunity and take occasionally, when we fight, give nothing and take everything.


Professor Marc Walder Seminar SOLD OUT!!

Fantastic to announce Professor Marc will be back with us this September! Back in March we had 50 Students attend Marc's last Seminar.

Their will also be a 1 Hour Gracie Jiu Jitsu Self Defence Class at 17:30!

Please Book your place early to avoid disappointment!


Where: The Academy
When: Thurs Sept 19th
Time: 19:00 - 21:30
Fee: £30 (Juniors £15)


Gracie Jiu Jitsu Self Defence

Our focus is on Self Defence here at The Academy. Whilst we also prepare Students for the Sport side of things for those wishing to Fight, we offer 3 x Classes a week focusing on dealing with a larger, stronger and Striking Opponent, sparring from standing using Boxing Gloves.
Grandmaster Helio Gracie's Self Defence material includes, over 70 Standing techniques including Weapons Defence. We Teach them with great attention to detail focusing on the use of minimum force and maximum leverage.
These Basic Techniques are the Alphabet of Jiu Jitsu. We learn them first so as to be able to form "words" and later "sentences" as we progress from White, Blue and Purple Belt. By Brown/Black Belt our "vocabulary" is fairly well established and the Student can put forth his "argument" and "Counter Argument" with a relative ease unfamiliar to the lower grades. 

The Video Clip above demonstrates some of the Self Defence Techniques we share at White/Blue Belt, demo'd supremely by Rickson and Royler Gracie.

See you on the Mats! :)