Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Horsham West Sussex

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Horsham or BJJ is a martial art based on grappling and ground fighting, focusing on the skill of controlling one’s opponent through techniques that force him or her to submit. It prides itself in being known as the “gentle art”, allowing a smaller, weaker person to use leverage and submissions (chokes, locks) to defend himself against a bigger opponent. With origins in Judo (Newaza) and Japanese Jujutsu, it has since been adapted and modified by Carlos Gracie and his family to become the martial art it is today.

The popularity of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Horsham (BJJ) has been on a steady rise over the years, thanks to the growing audience of MMA. Typical Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu jargon such as “rear naked choke”, “armbar” and “guard” have even become common vocabulary even among non-practitioners.

Anyone: women, men, and even children as young as four years old can practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Because it is an art that is designed for a smaller, weaker practitioner to subdue much larger and stronger opponents, virtually anyone of any size, age or sex can practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.



In the early 1990’s another Gracie, Rorion, moved from Brazil to Los Angeles, hoping to showcase his family’s fighting system to America.

Although no-rules, mixed martial arts contests (known as “vale tudo”) had been popular in Brazil since Carlos Gracie first opened his academy in 1925, they were largely unknown in the rest of the world. Rorion and Art Davies conceived of an event called ‘The Ultimate Fighting Championship’ (UFC), which would pit various martial arts styles against each other. UFC enabled challengers from various martial disciplines to battle each other in an effort to prove the credibility of their sport and illustrate their martial art as the best.

The first UFC took place in 1993 and was completed dominated by Rorian’s younger brother Royce. Royce was not a big man, and was outweighed by the other competitors. In spite of this, he exploited the other contestants’ naivety of ground fighting and emerged victorious, defeating four opponents in a single night. His wins led to a huge interest in Brazilian jiu jitsu West Sussex, particularly in the USA and Japan, consolidating the sport’s status as a truly global martial art.


As a fighting skill it is attractive as it allows a person of less strength than their opponent submit them when the correct techniques are used properly. It is therefore a suitable martial art for both men and woman, and is useful for people of all sizes and weights.

Of any martial art, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the most similar to real street fighting, where most conflicts end on the ground. This is why every professional Mixed Martial Artist (MMA) is highly trained in BJJ and anyone with a desire to protect themselves in a fight should start with BJJ.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu West Sussex can be learnt for competitive grading and competitions, self-defence, fitness and fun. It works your bodies’ core, tones and strengthens your muscles, and increases flexibility. We therefore encourage anyone who is interested to come along, whether you have trained in BJJ, another martial art, or nothing at all.  Our highly trained coaches are happy to accept all standards, and our relaxed environment is a great place to meet people, get involved with a university sport, and pick up a life long skill. 

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