Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling-based martial art that focuses on controlling your opponent on the ground and utilizing leverage to apply submission techniques such as joint locks and choke holds to defeat the opponent. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s origins can be traced back to Japan where a more traditional style of Jiu-Jitsu was modified by Carlos Gracie who developed techniques in order to provide a smaller, weaker individual the opportunity to successfully defend themselves against a larger, stronger opponent by using control positions, grips and superior leverage to apply a submission hold to finish the fight. Ultimately, the roots of Jiu-Jitsu can be understood within the application of the art in actual fighting. Vale Tudo (“Anything Goes”), the precursor of modern day mixed martial arts, was the stage where Jiu-Jitsu proved its effectiveness as a dominant factor in many No Holds Barred (NHB) contests. Whether in street altercations or organized mixed martial arts, Jiu-Jitsu has proven to be an effective neutralizer over brute strength allowing the unassuming smaller individual to defend himself. Jiu-Jitsu can be practiced with a Gi (Kimono), No-Gi (Sem Kimono), Jiu-Jitsu for MMA and Self-Defense. To establish a broad understanding of the principles and application of Jiu-Jitsu, all aspects should be covered during the studying of the art.
Kickboxing is a group of stand-up striking based martial arts that focuses on kicking, punching and knee strikes. Historically developed from Karate and boxing techniques, various styles emerged throughout the world and developed distinguishable styles according to the cultural influences on the art. Dutch-style kickboxing origins can be traced back to Japan where it was heavily influenced by Kyokushin Karate and took inspiration from Western Boxing relying on effective punching combinations finished by heavy low kicks. Made popular through the success of Dutch champions such as Peter Aerts, Ernesto Hoost and Ramon Dekers in the major kickboxing organizations around the world. Dutch-style kickboxing continues to be represented and find success in the world’s top organizations such as GLORY Kickboxing.
Kids Program (BJJ & Kickboxing)
Martial Arts can be an invaluable method of self-discovery for any individual, especially children. As children, we are very impressionable by external influences. The involvement in martial arts training as a child helps children develop their individual personalities through facing the physical and mental challenges they experience in training. Through an increased awareness of their personal limitations children learn humility and the ongoing practice of self-discipline while working to overcome these challenges. The successful trials of personal challenges assist in the development of self-confidence and personal growth and achievement.
The children’s program is separated into two levels according to age and developmental level.
Level I – Level I of our children’s program is an introduction of the martial arts that focuses primarily on the development of a child’s physical attributes such as coordination, balance, reaction, body awareness and physical strength through the participation of specific movements and drills.
Level II - Level II continues to build on the foundation developed in Level I and progresses in understanding and application of the concepts of jiu-jitsu and kickboxing where children train together in positional and specific drilling as well as live training in order to build confidence and awareness of themselves in realistic situations.
Strength & Conditioning is the practical application of sports science aimed to maximize an athletes physical and physiological qualities for their sport. Strength & Conditioning programs have two primary interrelated goals. The first is to improve athletic performance by improving an athlete’s physical attributes related to their sport which may include, but not limited to speed, strength and power. Strength & Conditioning is the science based systematic approach to maximizing the physical attributes necessary to be successful in a specific sport. Strength & Conditioning programming vary according to the sport, an athlete’s individual needs and in relation to upcoming competitive events. The second primary goal is to reduce athletic injuries. In order to achieve this objective, programs must be designed to strengthen areas of the body that are prone to injury for that particular sport. When focusing on injury prevention, correct exercise prescription must be applied in order to prepare an athlete’s body to sustain the physical demands of that sport. Strength & Conditioning professionals also work in accordance with other fitness and health related professionals to provide a network approach to maximizing athletic success for the athletes within the program.