BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU AS A SPORT
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is based on the concept that a smaller, weaker defender can prevail against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent by using leverage and weight distribution, taking the fight to the ground and using a number of holds and submissions to defeat them.
During the early 1900s, the legendary Brazilian Gracie family transformed this martial art and it was transformed into what we know as BJJ today. Over the last 30 years, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gained exposure and popularity with the rise of MMA..
It is often referred to as a “game of human chess” implementing hundreds of concepts and techniques that you learn through years of training.
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BELT RANKING SYSTEM
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu follows a belt ranking system as follows: White, Blue, Purple, Brown, Black. The journey towards a black belt is a common goal among many BJJ practitioners, and for most requires a lot of time, hard work and discipline. It is a lifelong journey rather than a beginning and endpoint. Earning the designation of a BJJ black belt takes someone anywhere from 10 to 15 years to achieve.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Belt System is a far stricter than in most other martial arts. As there are only a few belts, you will spend a long time on each one. Beginners start out as white belts and often are given stripes as they progress
Never make the belt the goal. Seek knowledge, grow and have fun. The belt will take care of itself.
The frequency with which you train and roll (the BJJ term for sparring) will determine how fast you progress. When you first start out, it’s recommended you train a minimum of two times per week. But naturally the more you train the better.
MAKING BJJ YOUR SOLE FOCUS
If you would like to make Brazilian Jiu Jitsu your sole focus and your area of specialisation, we have you covered.
For our serious BJJ athletes, your training schedule includes 22 classes/programs per week tailored to support your BJJ performance.
Aside from the expected BJJ Technical Classes, Rolling, and Open Mat, your training schedule will also include dedicated Wrestling Classes, Strength and Conditioning (Weights Training) and Flexibility programs as well as HIIT Bodyweight-based Fitness Classes.
Storm Combat is affiliated to Quan Wessels and implements Professor Richie Quan's methodology. The affiliation affords our members a number of additional benefits including shared Open Mat, Affiliate Competitions, International and Local BJJ Seminars and more.
Students have the opportunity to grade in BJJ as well as compete.
THE WRESTLING ADVANTAGE
Wrestling is one of, if not, the best grappling art that you can cross train with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for several reasons. Wrestling develops your BJJ game and particularly your takedowns. It promotes the development of your base and requires grit and tenacity. Wrestlers are mainly known for amazing mental toughness and never give up mentality. The sport itself is so hard that the athletes must have a strong mindset to simply deal with it.
To score a takedown, wrestlers always need to adapt to various situations. Every position is different, and they need to think about three steps in advance. It’s almost like a human chess match. This way of putting various sequences together is also known as “chain wrestling”.
This is why dedicated Wrestling Classes will appear on your training schedule,
BJJ FOR FUN, HEALTH & FITNESS
You may want to learn BJJ simply for recreational purposes, for health, fitness, stress relief, fun and social interaction. Take a look at our Recreational BJJ Schedule. It offers the perfect mix of classes exactly for this goal.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu offers a full-body workout that improves your functional fitness and your endurance. You will gain lean muscle mass, improve your strength, and flexibility, discover boosted energy levels and promote weight loss. If you’ve had a bad day, BJJ offers a form of escapism. You’re only thinking about the present when you are training and because of this, BJJ is a very mindful activity. Great for improving mood, managing your stress levels, fighting depression or anxiety and so much more..
BJJ is arguably the most fun martial art to learn. Unlike other martial arts that focus heavily on the physical aspects of training, BJJ is also considered a mental puzzle. Because of the problem-solving issues found in BJJ, it can be fun and addictive whilst training. The mental side of BJJ never gets old.
On the social side, the comradery of BJJ is very strong and bonds can last for a lifetime. You will make new friends and Storm Combat is a friendly, encouraging, fun-loving and close-knit combat tribe.
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING
Strength and conditioning is crucial for performance in every sport. In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, it is undeniable that for a given skill level, a stronger, faster player is harder to submit, harder to control, and poses a far greater threat than a slower, weaker opponent. At a competitive level strength, speed, and conditioning plays a very important role in determining which athlete will ultimately find themselves victorious. This is especially true when the athletes are of similar technical skill in jiu-jitsu.
Storm Combat is formally affiliated to Quan Wessels - highly regarded, recognised industry leaders in BJJ.
As an affiliate of Quan Wessels, Storm Combat implements Professor Richie Quan and ‘Chef’ Norman Wessels’ unique training methodologies which combines the old ideas of martial arts with a new-found creativity in martial arts evolution.
This not only provides cutting edge training for our competition athletes but also provides a formal grading system in terms of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Professor Richie Quan and ‘Chef’ Norman Wessels have over many years developed a system of BJJ and Wrestling, borne of high level international and local sports competition experience.
The success of their system speaks for itself.