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What is Combat Jiu-Jitsu?

Combat Jiu-Jitsu (which can also be referred to as “Aiki-Te Jiu-Jitsu” or even “Aiki Jiu-Jitsu”) is a system that incorporates complimentary elements from several martial arts, tying them into a cohesive approach of “Mixed Martial Arts” training.  Please do not confuse this with the SPORT of MMA/Mixed Martial Arts.  Although what we teach is an excellent well-rounded system and “foundation” to learn if you desire to compete in the sport of MMA, it encompasses much more than what the sport allows.  It is a martial art and science, a lifestyle of health and fitness, and a means to train;  We accept people who are looking to be a recreational martial artist (a “hobbyist’), a hard-core grappling competitor, or even an MMA fighter.  We also welcome those who wish to learn functional self-defense, defensive tactics, battlefield tactics, and especially those who just want to reclaim the health and wellness that time has taken away.

Combat Jiu-Jtisu is different from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) in that most BJJ schools focus primarily on the sport aspect of ground grappling, but do not train many takedowns or allow striking.

Combat Jiu-Jitsu incorporates all of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fundamentals (a BJJ Blue belt equivalency is required for a Combat Jiu-Jitsu black belt), but adds significant strikes and kicks taken from Boxing, Karate, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and French Savate kickboxing.  Scenario training is applied to situations where you may be standing, sitting, kneeling, or on the ground.  Additional takedowns and defenses come from wrestling and Judo, some leg locks from Sambo, and a conceptual approach to training from Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee’s method).  Finally, while effectiveness is certainly a priority, there is a strong “Aiki” element borrowed from Aikido and Aiki Jujutsu to achieve a harmonious, fluid, and supremely efficient manner to your movement.  It is this EFFICIENCY that allows a smaller person to successfully ward off or even prevail over an adversary that is larger, faster, and/or more powerful.  Effectiveness + Efficiency = a superior martial training science!  This is much like the original Gracie method of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but the self-defense applications are taken to the next level by adding in psychological components from Tony Blauer’s “Confrontation Management Systems” and “Personal Defense Readiness/S.P.E.A.R.” teachings, adding far more diversity in its overall approach to self-defense.

Beginner requirements for Combat Jiu-Jitsu are similar to those of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, adding in a few takedowns and the basic strikes.  ALL STUDENTS MUST BEGIN with the “Jiu-Jitsu Foundations” classes.

While athleticism is a valuable trait, it is not always required for success.  Knowledge and awareness are what lead to skill, first and foremost.  Similar to a college degree program, Combat Jiu-Jitsu requires a student to choose a “major” and a “minor” area of specialized expertise, beginning at the intermediate level.  Areas of study include: Personal Defense, Health & Fitness, Defensive Tactics, Jiu-Jitsu/Grappling competition, MMA competition, Concepts in Teaching, and more.

For more information or specific questions, contact Mr. LaClair.