Brazillian Jiu Jitsu
In 1914 a Japanese Judo and Jiu-Jitsu master named Mitsuo Maeda came to Brazil. In return for help from the Brazilian politician Gastao Gracie, Koma taught Jiu-Jitsu to Gastao’s son Carlos. Carlos in turn taught his brothers. They went on to further refine the art via constant no-rules competition, developing what is now known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (also known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ). Renzo Gracie is the son of Robson Gracie and grandson of Carlos. Renzo has his academy in New York City. Our vision is to spread Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the Ottawa area and to kick-start representation for Team Renzo Gracie all over Canada. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is about respect, community and teamwork. We respect all members of the club equally and we train as a team.
Team Renzo Gracie Ottawa
At Team Renzo Gracie Ottawa our focus is maintaining the highest level of instruction in BJJ. BJJ is known as the most effective martial art in the world, although it is relatively new by martial arts standards. Today, in any reality-fighting tournament all of the competitors will have a certain level of knowledge in BJJ. Why? Because it’s been proven time and time again to work. We train with a partner almost all the time. In doing so, you quickly learn what works and what does not against an opponent who is resisting. We emphasize technique and position. Proper technique and good position will dictate the outcome of a fight whether in competition or on the street. BJJ is easy and fun to learn, but takes hard work, discipline and dedication to master. Our students have the opportunity to train at any of our numerous BJJ seminars, which we conduct. We have world-class champions visit Ottawa on an almost monthly basis. Also, the academy frequently organizes trips to New York City, which makes our club unique. All our students have the occasion to train at the NYC academy with Renzo Gracie and his instructors when we travel to Manhattan. Our classes (schedule) will generally comprise of a brief warm-up, guard-passing drills, positional drills, technique and training. The two Brazillian jiu-jitsu programs we offer, Blue Belt and Purple belt, are designed to help you achieve the colour of belt indicated. Our live practice classes, randori, are limited to those with a minimum 1 month of experience as to maximize the quality and safety for all involved. We now have women-only classes (schedule) for ladies who want to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and self-defence in a fun, safe, female-student only setting.
Private instruction is available and is a great way to learn martial arts for several reasons. If you are nervous about starting in a group class a private lesson is a great way to start. Also if you are training and you have several questions that pertain specifically to your development private lessons are a great way to address the difficulties you are having. First private lesson is always free!
BJJ Elite Program:
The BJJ Elite program runs everyday from 1-2:30 pm. In this class you are training and drilling with the main competitors at the gym. The training varies from competition oriented drills, to rolling (SParring in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), to repping out techniques. This is great training and usually lead by our first Black Belt Matt “Hammer” Hache. The elte program is for the student looking to really take their training to the next level. It is common to see our MMA competitors as well in this class taking part to up their game.