G 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 body!

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 class.

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".
  How to get started???  You can click here to register you or your child for a FREE class.  OR your can email instructor Danny at dagemy@gmail.com  OR you can call him directly at (313) 522-3222.  OR you can check our schedule for class times and just come and see our programs for yourself.