This art emphasizes ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds also found in numerous other arts with or without ground fighting emphasis.

The premise of BJJ is that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are somewhat negated when grappling on the ground. BJJ is practiced wearing a gi, and it employs a belt system (white, blue, purple, brown, and black).


In the Florian BJJ Fundamentals classes, beginners master the basic positions and techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Each class begins with a specialized warm-up: exercises that train the body movements unique to BJJ grappling. This includes training hip movement, gripping, pushing and pulling.

After the warm-up, the instructor teaches a common BJJ position of ground fighting. Students then pair up and practice the BJJ position together.

In the last 10 to 15 minutes of class, students do live grapling in a controlled environment, focusing on the techniques taught by the instructor. As you work through the BJJ Fundamentals program, you develop an awareness of what to do (and not do) in all the possible positions of ground martial arts (where almost all self-defense confrontations end up).

After you pass a test covering all the basic positions of BJJ, you move on to the Advanced BJJ classes.


In the Advanced BJJ classes at Florian Martial Arts, the instructor addresses questions about the fine details of positions, based on student requests. This gives every advanced BJJ student the chance to work on positions he or she is trying to master.

After the positions are studied with a partner, there is live sparring in the second half of the class.


In the “no gi” Advanced BJJ classes, students wear MMA compression shirt and shorts, rather than the traditional BJJ gi. Otherwise, these classes are the same as Advanced BJJ classes.

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