What is the 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:
Throws & Clinch Work
Philosophy (Virtues, Health, Mindset)
Sparring (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)
At The Dartford Academy 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. Whilst approximately 10% of our Students train to Compete.
We continue to train with and Host the Worlds best Jiu Jitsu Instructors. 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 as always we continue to Host our own Professor and now 3rd Degree Black Belt, Marc Walder.
Both GJJ and BJJ are wonderful, addictive, life changing Arts. All you have to do, is step on the Tatami and begin your journey..
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 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!
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: http://www.dartfordbjj.com/2012/08/alan-manganello-gjj-seminar-review.html 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