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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defence system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground – most notably by applying joint-locks and strangles to defeat the other person.
You need no prior experience to start and you do not need to be at a certain fitness level either. It is important to know yourself and only do what you are capable of. Initially it may be that your fitness level means you will not be able to complete all the exercises or do all the sparring. Over time and through regular attendance you will get naturally fitter, stronger and faster. Remember even the most experience people in the gym started from nothing and everyone is a beginner at some point!
It is also common to feel muscle soreness, aching and bruising after training. It is after all a close contact sport!
We mainly train in a Gi - a traditional uniform in martial arts however there is the opportunity to train no-Gi at our weekend open mats. For new members we understand that committing to a Gi before you even know if you will enjoy the session is a lot - so feel free to come in something comfortable and sporty for your first few sessions.
It is a great way to get fit, have fun and learn a method of self defence! It has been made incredibly popular by the likes of the Joe Rogan Experience and is practiced and loved by celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher (brown belt), Russell Brandt (Blue Belt), Guy Richie (black belt), Demi Lovato (blue belt) and Eve Torres (purple belt).
Purchasing a membership to our society will give you priority access to training sessions with our dedicated black-belt, discounted multi-class packs, discounted one-off seminar and event prices and the opportunity to potentially represent LSE at competition level. Your membership contributes to the running of the club, including access to our coach, any trips, seminars or additional events and sessions we may hold.
You also get access to a group of like-minded individuals and a really fun and energising way to get fit and learn a new skill.
Events and Activities
Over the course of the year we are looking to hold two training session a week on a Tuesday and a Wednesday - but we understand that due to the extenuating circumstances surrounding COVID-19 close contact sports indoors will not be possible at times. So we are looking to modify our schedule in Michaelmas Term to offer self defence classes, and technical skill based fitness sessions.
We also look forward to hosting a range of club socials for everyone. From new activities in the city to open mats, yoga classes, and even the odd pub night (COVID permitting)
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