Jiu-Jitsu for Self Defense

Jiu-Jitsu is a Japanese martial art dating back to the 16th century, which was developed by warrior samurais as a method of combat as a defense against an armed opponent. The word Jiu-Jitsu, or Jujutsu, roughly translates to “gentle art”, which connects with the fact that its prime focus is precisely in creating self-defense mechanisms against aggressors by turning their own strength against them, which makes it a highly relevant tool to know, especially given

The Benefits of Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has taken the world by storm lately and have encouraged people of all ages to ‘tap out’ from their boring workouts and stressful lives, and say yes to a new challenge that can truly change how you see exercising for good. Jiu-Jitsu is an art that requires great discipline, dedication and hard work, but it is also one that is greatly rewarding, not only as far as your fitness, but also on other

New Breed Champions

Congratulations to our teammates Richard Sayles, Mario Diaz-Arntzen, Brenton Kendrick and Anderson M for their success at the New Breed Tournament on Saturday. You represented us well and we are very proud of your success! Remember, the key to success is training.

Upcoming Events

We have two events in the area over the next couple of weeks. The first is the New Breed competition in Fort Mill on Saturday, October 18th. You can find out more information here. In November we have Naga Charlotte on the 2nd. You can find the flyer here. Let's get a good team going and representing us at the

10 Things for White Belts to Know

I found this article from Graciemag recently. It is very informative for white belts in what they should expect  starting in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Let me know what you think of the article.. 10 things about  Jiu Jitsu every white belt should


We are now part of team Atos. Do you want to know more? Read all about Atos here... We are proud to be part of such a prestigious organization that has changed BJJ for the better in so many ways. This should push us to work harder to make our team stronger. The more we practice, the better we will

Benefits of No-Gi Training

Most students like to train in a Gi. It is by far the most popular form of training offered in Jiu-Jitsu. Many believe that No-Gi is delegated to beginners and those that want to learn Jiu-Jitsu simply for self defense. And while it is an excellent tool for self defense, there is a lot more to it than that. Many who practice no-gi after having spent some time in gi actually find it more difficult.

Get in Shape Without Working

Ok, who are we kidding. Jiu-Jitsu is work. In many ways it is one of the most complete workouts you will ever discover. When you are done you will feel muscle aches where you did not know muscles existed and you will be covered in sweat. But if you are like the majority of people who practice the art, you will not even be able to tell that you were working. Taking the time, learning

White Belt Info: Don’t Miss Warm-ups

I have spent enough time around new Jiu Jitsu students to learn that they are not overly fond of warming up. Everybody loves learning new techniques and then trying those skills in live spars with an opponent. But there is a reason we do warm-ups before class everyday. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a contact sport. Injuries do happen. The thing we do to help minimize the risk of injuries is warming up. Stretching and running and

Hidden Benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Humility

There is always a bigger fish. That is a lesson you need to learn early in life. You strive to be the best, but there is always someone better. This is a hard lesson for some people and one that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu illustrates perfectly. Years of training go into perfecting the art. The belt progression is much slower than other martial arts because there is a lot to learn. So it is not uncommon