Welcome to the South Island Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy. We offer formal classes in that we wear a gi and follow a belt grading structure based on the teachings of Carlson Gracie. Classes are taught by certified Carlson Gracie Black Belt Henry (Hank) Panek who has been mentored by under the direct tutelage of 8th Degree Black belt and head of Carlson Gracie Team Canada, Marcus Soares.

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint locks and choke holds. BJJ permits a wide variety of techniques to take the fight to the ground after taking a grip. Once the opponent is on the ground, a number of maneuvers (and counter maneuvers) are available to manipulate the opponent into a suitable position for the application of a submission technique.

Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of the BJJ style, and includes effective use of the guard position to defend oneself from the bottom. Jiu Jitsu emphasizes practical scenarios, movement, usability and self defence.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an effective and sophisticated form of ground fighting that has been taught and refined in Brazil for the past 85 years. This is a combat proven method of jiu-jitsu which has evolved and been tested in countless no-rules fights, challenge matches, mixed martial arts and sport competitions. Through it all, the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu continues to be unsurpassed. This method of fighting is based upon the principles of leverage and movement. It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger opponent using leverage and proper technique. It will teach you how to control, stabilize, and escape from any position on the ground.

At the same time you will also learn the best ways to subdue a larger and stronger opponent by incorporating arm locks, chokes, sweeps, reversals, takedowns, throws and leg locks. With an emphasis on grappling rather than striking, students are able to practice with varying levels of intensity, without the threat of serious injuries which can occur more often in martial arts focused on punching and kicking. The pure art of jiu-jitsu is about technique and leverage over size and strength.

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