Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Marin

Ralph Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Marin
Professor Mikyo Riggs training with his teacher, the legendary Ralph Gracie.



If you’re trying to learn Jiu-Jitsu in Marin County, then look no further!  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is known as one of the most effective forms of self-defense in the world. Our highly qualified instructors will teach you how to control and immobilize your opponent using leverage and proper body positioning. A beginner student learning Jiu-Jitsu in Marin MMA will quickly understand the power gained in easy, yet highly technical moves.  In just one day you will learn how to escape the mount position, sweep opponents from lying on your back in the guard position, and even your first submission attack!  More advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students will learn and practice, advanced competition strategy, combination attacks, and competition training. Gi-less classes have a heavy focus on wrestling.

Although the majority of self-defense situations start out on the feet, many of them end up on the ground.  Being forced to fight off the ground or in a grappling situation often involves worst-case scenario survival positions, such as having a person mounted on top of you or attempting to pin you in some way, that traditional kickboxing and boxing training does not cover.  The goal of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is to gain a dominant position, immobilize the opponent, and apply chokes or join locks if necessary. The system is based on the idea of a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique to defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant. BJJ can be trained for self defense, sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition. Sparring and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition.

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The History of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Some historians of Jiu-Jitsu say that the origins of “the gentle art” can be traced back to India, where it was practiced by Buddhist Monks. Concerned with self-defense, these monks created techniques based upon principles of balance and leverage, and a system of manipulating the body in a manner where one could avoid relying upon strength or weapons. With the expansion of Buddhism, Jiu-Jitsu spread from Southeast Asia to China, finally arriving in Japan where it developed and gained further popularity.

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Jiu-Jitsu in Marin