Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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Why you should you learn BJJ

Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) has become known as one of the world’s most fun and effective mixed martial arts.

Developed by the Gracie over the last ninety years, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was first made famous in The Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), one of the first events to allow multiple martial arts to test themselves against each other. Barely throwing a punch, Royce Gracie fought and won three times in one night, becoming the first UFC Champion. He repeated the performance a number of times, demonstrating the undeniable effectiveness of his family’s style of Jiu-Jitsu.

This is what Brazilian jiu-jitsu can bring into your life:

  • BJJ gets you in amazing shape!
  • BJJ builds game-changing confidence – on and off the mats.
  • BJJ introduces you to a whole community of fun, positive, healthy people – lifelong friendships and even marriages have been started on these mats!
  • BJJ brings passion, learning and power back into your life – few things are as empowering or fun!
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How can I start learning BJJ?

Our BJJ Bootcamps offer a structured, organized, and professionally designed BJJ education, developed by Professor Elliott Bayev.

One 8 week long bootcamp covers our BJJ 101 curriculum and provides the highest quality instruction for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Toronto. With a comprehensive 16-lesson rotation, the program does more than just teach techniques; it fosters a profound grasp of BJJ fundamentals and more importantly, it cultivates real skill. This results-focused curriculum teaches the following skills:

  1. 1 How To Not Let Anyone Hold You Down On The Ground
  2. 2 How To Not Get Hit From The Bottom
  3. 3 The Three Styles of Passing The Closed Guard
  4. 4 Breaking Posture and Attacking From The Closed Guard
  5. 5 Preventing Passes and Establishing Control In The Open Guard
  6. 6 Posturing In And Escaping The Back
  7. 7 Posturing In, Preventing and Escaping Side Control
  8. 8 Taking and Maintaining The Back
  9. 9 Controlling Side and Preventing Side Escapes
  10. 10 Posturing In and Escaping From The Mount
  11. 11 Mounting and Mount Maintenance
  12. 12 Takedown Fundamentals
  13. 13 Escaping Headlocks
  14. 14 Taking People Down
  15. 15 Breaking Grips, Throwing and Choking with the Gi
  16. 16 Pulling Guard and Gi Guard Attacks

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Self-defence is a major focus of our BJJ 101 classes. While OpenMat is known for having one of Toronto’s most successful BJJ competition teams, we feel everyone needs a strong foundation in self-defence. Knowing how to protect yourself against a bigger, faster, stronger opponent is fundamental and the heart of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

  • Known as the gentle art, BJJ tends to be one of the safer martial arts. On top of that, OpenMat MMA prides itself on having an added focus on safety. All of our BJJ Instructors are CPR and First Aid certified.

  • Traditionally, BJJ is learned wearing a thick uniform used to practice escapes from grabs and chokes. It is a very useful learning tool, as it not only prepares you for the realities of self-defence with a jacket, it enables smaller people to control bigger people more easily. With added friction, it also tends to slow movement down, making it easier to learn more quickly. Without the BJJ uniform to grab onto, No Gi training tends to be faster-paced and teaches you to control the body directly. We feel it is important to offer both Gi BJJ and NoGi BJJ, as we want to be careful to not become dependant on being able to use our opponent’s clothes against them.

  • One of the tough things about starting martial arts is not knowing where to start. The whole idea with our Free Trial and our BJJ101 Bootcamp is to give you an easy way to get started! If you already know you’d like to give BJJ a try, you can sign up for either a gi BJJ Bootcamp or a No Gi BJJ Bootcamp, below. If you’d like to try out a class first, we also offer a free trial class.

  • After 3-5 cycles of the BJJ101 curriculum, you will be invited into BJJ201. Jiu-Jitsu is often compared to a language, with matches being a conversation. 101 is about learning words, then 201 is about learning to use sentences. The innovative 201 curriculum, also designed by Professor Elliott Bayev, combines an incredibly vast array of highly effective techniques from nearly every position, enabling advanced students to learn faster and more effectively. This curriculum has to be seen to be believed. If you are already experienced in BJJ, this class will blow your mind.

  • One of Toronto’s few Mixed Martial Arts academies to offer both Brazilian jiu-jitsu and wrestling, OpenMat’s wrestling program will make you TOUGH. These classes will challenge you physically and mentally while you learn the techniques behind this ancient art. We recommend at least one cycle of BJJ101, to give you a foundation in movement and safety.

  • One of the best features of BJJ is that it is never too late to learn! At our gym, we have a variety of ages in all of our classes. While all of the classes at OpenMat Toronto are known for having an incredible atmosphere and being friendly for all ages, we also have a class exclusive for a more mature crowd. Our Master’s class is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu class for those 30 years and older, offering more a laid-back training atmosphere.

  • Whether you are brand-new to BJJ or are an experienced player, Private Lessons are one of the fastest way to accelerate your training. One on one time with an instructor that fits around your schedule. Sign up for a private or semi-private lesson with one of our friendly, dedicated, knowledgable instructors today!

  • Absolutely! OpenMat is proud to offer Women's Only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes, designed to provide a comfortable and empowering environment for women to learn and practice BJJ. Our women's classes are tailored to meet the needs of all participants, regardless of age or fitness level, ensuring a supportive community where everyone can grow and thrive.

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