Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (commonly referred to as BJJ or jiu jitsu) is a grappling-based martial art that stems from Kosen Judo and Japanese jiu jitsu. It was developed primarily by the Gracie Family in Brazil in the early 20th century and has since gained popularity in the US due to the rise of MMA. Some of the first major MMA events in the US were actually organized as a way to demonstrate the efficacy of BJJ in a combat setting.Contact Us
Jiu Jitsu was developed first and foremost as a practical system of self-defense which made the assumptions that whoever you had to defend yourself against was going to be larger, stronger, faster, and more aggressive than you. The Gracies created a system that utilizes proper positioning and leverage that can allow a smaller person to incapacitate a larger opponent. This philosophy (and many of the specific techniques taught in BJJ) have been widely espoused by law enforcement and military organizations across the United States due to their practicality and efficiency.
In addition to providing a powerful self-defense curriculum, BJJ has developed a widespread sports base. The sporting and competitive roots of jiu jitsu came from different schools wanting to give their students opportunities to practice their skills in a controlled setting (and display the quality of instruction available at the separate schools). The sports competition scene has since grown and become much more common, and like other sports, provides benefits similar to other mainstream athletics.
Lastly, for many people, jiu jitsu has become a great way to increase and maintain their personal fitness. Jiu jitsu provides an excellent platform to develop elements of cardio, resistance training, balance and flexibility, and general physical performance. It’s important to emphasize that you do not need to be in great shape before you start! Jiu jitsu is designed to work for all body types and levels of fitness. Wherever your starting point, jiu jitsu can help you move towards your fitness goals in a healthy and balanced way.
You’ll love BJJ because we love BJJ. At Iron Roots Brazilian Jiu Jitsu., we are passionate about sharing the gift of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with our community. We aim to create an environment where every single student can accomplish their goals – whatever they may be. It doesn’t matter if you’ve spent your entire life training in MMA and are exploring your newest martial arts discipline or you’re just trying to break away from the monotony of the gym, we will exceed your expectations.
Direct Benefits of Jiu Jitsu
- Physical Skill Development
- Improved Fitness
- Self Control and Confidence
Social Benefits of Jiu Jitsu
- Stress Management
- Friendship with Training Partners
Both Professor Dan and Professor Erin offer private lessons. These lessons are completely catered to you and can be used to get specific instruction on any technique, craft a competition strategy or get analysis on your live rolling. You are welcome to bring whoever you would like to use as your training partner. Ask us about our rates and specials on multi-person private lessons.
We are now offering a fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu class twice a week! Designed to help you get started on your Jiu Jitsu journey Created for the student who is brand new to Jiu Jitsu, this course has a rotating curriculum that starts over every 8 weeks. We cover all of the basic positions, some fundamental offense such as sweeps, passes and takedowns, some foundational escaping concepts and some of the fundamental submissions. Instructors will spend extra time talking about core concepts and principles that most jiu jitsu classes assume you already know. This course isn’t just for brand new students but anyone who wants a refresher course of the basics. Sometimes it’s nice to slow down and refresh concepts you may have missed learning in the beginning.
This is our traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, and is offered in both gi and no gi. Class consists of a warm up and learning and drilling 2-3 techniques with time for questions and refinement of skills.
In our advanced BJJ classes we only teach 1 technique or sequence and then allow students to drill and practice with increasing resistance with their partner. We fine tun the technique throughout the class and eventually attempt to incorporate the new move into our existing skill set. This class is available in gi and no gi.
Our competition class focuses on making connections in our existing skillset and practicing specific sections of a grappling round through positional training. We do not teach any techniques this class, but students are encouraged to be creative and explore and talk about solutions to their problems with their teammates and instructors. Class consists of drills and live positional training. Students are encouraged to train in whatever they are planning on competing in (gi or no gi). This class is open to all students, not just competitors.
Adult BJJ Drilling
This is time for students to drill and practice any moves that they would like to work on. There is no instruction taught but instructors are available to help with fine tuning techniques and problem shooting.
Women’s Only Jiu-Jitsu
Women are welcome to attend any of our offered classes, however this is a class designed for women only. Some women prefer to not train with or around men and we want to provide a safe and comfortable situation for all of a female students, regardless of their background, as jiu jitsu is so beneficial for empowerment, fitness and self defense.
Morning Class Registration
Please register for morning class the night before by 9:00pm if you would like to attend.