||About Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is primarily
a grappling martial art with techniques and strategies deeply
rooted in the science of ground fighting. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
practitioner will attempt to bring his opponent to the ground
via a variety of different takedowns and then obtain a dominant
position there. Once in this dominant position, the Jiu-Jitsu
practitioner can choose from a wide arsenal of joint locks,
chokes and strikes with which to subdue his attacker. Jiu-Jitsu
also teaches one the understanding of body control and more
importantly defense in all positions.
BJJ is also an amazing workout, both physical and mentally.
Physically this art is very demanding and will result in building
overall muscle tone; in addition it's a vastly intense cardio
workout. Mentally this art teaches you practical techniques
that will result in building overall confidence. BJJ is also
a builds the mind because the techniques are like a puzzle.
Overall this art is best compared to "chess" with
About the Detroit Jiu-Jitsu Academy
We are proud to say that we are
the primo BJJ school in the Midwest. Our team record speak for
itselve, our competition team is one of the winningest teams
in Michigan. Our philosophy is simple "train hard...train
to be the best". We want all our students young and old
to enjoy and get the most out of this amazing art.
HOW DO WE TRAIN AND TEACH? First and foremost our academy
is always kept very clean, and we promote a safe training environment
about all. Also we at Detroit Jiu-Jitsu teach BJJ in a very
relaxed and non-formal atmosphere. We don´t do any strange rituals
and we teach the classes with a lot of humor. Our main goal
is to make it fun training with us.
As with any endeavor, Jiu-Jitsu requires patience, determination
and time to learn and master. Previous experience in other grappling
arts is helpful, but is not a requirement for training. Students
will quickly realize there are no secret techniques, easy solutions
or quick shortcuts—just plain old-fashioned hard work. Only
through hours of repetition, refinement and live sparring can
the student retain the information and ingrain the techniques
and strategies of Jiu-Jitsu to a state of reflex.
One cannot expect to master Jiu-Jitsu in a few short months.
Knowledge of technique does not equal skill. The only way to
improve your skills is to acquire enough "mat time." Therefore,
all students are strongly encouraged to attend class on a regular
basis. Imagine how difficult it is to learn a new language.
It would be even more difficult if you did not practice often.
Beginners to Jiu-Jitsu should expect at least 3 to 5 months
of solid training before seeing significant returns in their
technique and physical conditioning, and at least 12 months
of training to get a solid grasp of the basics. It basically
all comes down to your time spent on the mat. Most individuals
do not receive their black belts until after 8 to 10 solid years
of training—minimum! However, don't be discouraged if this time
frame seems long. The color of your belt is unimportant and
its only purpose is to hold your pants up. Your focus should
be on improving yourself, your skills and having fun!
Our class is structured as follows:
We start each class with calisthenics and stretching, then we
teach about 20 min. of basic technique for beginners, then we
add to the existing lesson and teach about 20 min. intermediate
/ advanced technique for those who have been studying longer.
That way each student is guaranteed to learn something each
All club members are encouraged to supplement their Jiu-Jitsu
training outside of class time with stretching, yoga, weight
lifting, cardiovascular conditioning and even other martial
arts. Fortunately, Muay Thai Kickboxing is offered at
our academy. Click HERE
to find out more about this martial art. Diversifying your skill
sets will not only improve your knowledge base and your physical
conditioning, it will also give you insight into other martial
art styles—their cultures, philosophies, techniques and strategies.
You are then free to incorporate anything you feel is efficient
into your own Jiu-Jitsu training. Rather than get bogged down
by the debate, "Who's style is best?" Jiu-Jitsu practitioners
prefer to train hard to constantly improve and refine their
skills. This mindset has given Jiu-Jitsu practitioners tremendous
freedom to absorb and incorporate any technique or training
methodology which improves their skills. Jiu-jitsu means "flexible"
or "gentle" discipline. This principle applies not only to the
Jiu-Jitsu practitioner's overall approach towards combat, but
also towards the flexibility and free-thinking of the mind.
Innovation, creativity and progression are always encouraged.
Always seek for more efficient use of your body's resources.
Always ask yourself, "is there a better way?" Like we say,
"Train hard...train to be the BEST".