Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Grappling

Just as music is the space between the notes, Jiu Jitsu happens in the transitions

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals is designed to give new students the fundamentals skills and concepts that are used in grappling, such as in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As with all martial arts, fundamentals are the most important thing. So experienced students also attend this class for practice and refinement of technique. In Grappling Fundamentals both basic grappling techniques and self defence techniques are taught.

At Hobart Martial Arts Academy we believe that martial arts should be effective in self defence and competition, as such we teach tactics that work in both worlds. A student will learn, basic holds, takedowns and finishing techniques such as chokes and joint locks. This is done in a non-competitive environment. Grappling Fundamentals class, is conducted in a Martial Arts Uniform called a “Gi”, however until a student purchases on they are welcome to train in comfortable clothes such as shorts and T shirt. For hygiene reasons no shoes can be worn on the mat or in the gym. Our Grappling Fundamentals class is taught by Hobart Martial Arts Academy's head coach, BJJ Black Belt, Gerry Young.

Timetable: Grappling Fundamentals is held on Wednesdays at 6.30pm


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or BJJ, is one of the fastest growing martial arts in the world, this no-nonsense approach to submission wrestling is widely gaining popularity as one of the most effective self defence systems available. With origins in traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Judo, BJJ was developed and refined in Rio de Janeiro by various Brazilians after its introduction by Japanese emigrants around the start of the 20th Century. Most famous of the Jiu Jitsu pioneers in Brazil were the Gracie Family and their cousins the Machados. There are two types of training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, one is done wearing a martial arts uniform known as a gi and the other is done wearing shorts and a rash vest (this is called "no gi"). Uniforms can be purchased from Hobart Martial Arts Academy, however just like all clothing there are many brands and styles available for purchase locally and online. We also have patch kits for sale so that you can decorate your uniform to show your club colours.

Being primarily a grappling art Brazilian Jiu Jitsu doesn’t employ punching and kicking techniques. However, from time to time we use striking techniques in our training so that we can learn to defend against these techniques and apply Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in a realistic environment. In short one can’t learn to be protected from strikes without experiencing strikes. There is a competition element of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which we encourage our students to try, however it is only one facet of the art. Some people love competing and others do not. There is no compulsion to compete and you will not be judged on your decision. We have some of the best and most experienced BJJ Coaches in Tasmania. Our head coach is Gerry Young (BJJ Black Belt), classes are also taught by Ryan Mazengarb (BJJ Purple Belt), Brad Hutchison (BJJ Purple Belt) and Calum Young (BJJ Purple Belt & MMA Fighter). We are also privileged to have regular instruction from Tasmania’s first BJJ Black Belt, Adam Newton.

Timetable: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm, Thursday is a "No Gi" Submission Wrestling class.