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BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU - BJJ

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on ground fighting and submissions. Our program is designed for students of all skill levels and is taught by our National Champion Coach Liam Urwin, who is dedicated to helping you reach your full potential.

Our classes are structured to teach the fundamentals of BJJ in a fun and supportive environment. You'll learn a variety of techniques, including takedowns, submissions, and escapes, as well as the principles of leverage and positioning. As you progress, you'll also learn advanced techniques and strategies for competition.

Our program is not just about physical training, but also mental and emotional development. The discipline, focus and problem-solving skills that you will develop in our classes will help you in all areas of your life.

We believe that training in BJJ is a journey and we will be there with you every step of the way, providing guidance, support and encouragement.

 

Our goal is to help you achieve your goals, whether it's to become a champion competitor or just to improve your fitness and overall well-being.

We also offer specialized classes for children and women, as well as open mat sessions for more experienced students.

We are confident that our program is the best in the area and we invite you to come and see for yourself.

 

Sign up for a free trial class today and experience the benefits of training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at AOT!

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  • Get the guidance you need for competition, or simply fun & fitness

  • Learn in a safe, inclusive environment

  • Combat proven self-defence 

  • Develop confidence

  • Decrease stress

  • Become the very best version of you

  • Get fitter, stronger & leaner

THE CLASSES

Our class structure is suited for the raw beginner, up to intermediate level.

Our classes generally start with an specific warm-up, preparing the body for some of the techniques you will be practising during the session.

Then we move on to the technical portion of the class where we develop skills through a number of drills. The sessions vary from week to week keeping the classes engaging while building upon what you have learnt in the previous weeks.

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9 REASONS TO TRAIN MARTIAL ARTS

9) Discipline - Probably a cliche when it comes to martial arts, but if you can be disciplined about your training, this will carry over to other aspects of your life. Judging from the rampant levels of procrastination, I’m sure we could all use a little more of this in our lives.

 

8) Positive environment - A dojo is almost certainly the most positive environment you’ll ever be in. It’s filled with people constantly trying to improve their craft, to improve themselves, which doesn’t leave much time to judge others. With all the negativity we experience throughout the day, such an uplifting place is a welcome relief, an oasis if you will.

 

7) Lack of confidence - So you’re not that confident in yourself? Martial Arts build your self-esteem in a way that few things can. When you first start, almost all of the concepts are completely foreign to you. As you continue to train overtime, you become more familiar and more comfortable with all of the techniques, and your understanding grows. As your Martial arts grows, your confidence in your jiu-jitsu grows with it, and this translates to higher self-esteem even outside of the dojo.

 

6) You’re stressin’ out - You’re really stressed out, and you need some way to get rid of it? Exercise comes highly recommended in terms of stress relief, and jiu-jitsu takes that to the next level. Whereas other forms of exercise only focus on a few areas, MMA utilizes every part of your body, leaving you cool as a cucumber when you’re done.

 

5) Interpersonal relationships - You’re not a people person. I get it. Guess what, training in this environment makes you a great people person. When you’re in a place where everyone is helping each other out, and you can be yourself, you start learning how to interact with people better. First, you start to be really social with the people on the mat, then you realize your social skills are better no matter where you are.

 

4) Follow through - A lot of people have the issue of not finishing what they’ve started. Martial Arts teach us to follow through. When you’re training, if you’re trying to submit someone, it might take you four or five tries to get the submission. If you gave up after your first try, you’d never succeed. Martial Arts teaches us to persevere, to follow through.

 

3) Good habits -  Martial Arts often force us to create not only good habits but healthy habits. You’ll start waking up early, going to bed early, eating healthy, doing even more exercise outside of Martial Arts, and reading more. Heck, you might even quit smoking. Don’t believe Martial Arts can do all that? Start training and tell me how those Big Macs are working out for you.

 

2) Setting and achieving goals - When you start Martial Arts, you should be making a goal, and that goal is to achieve your black belt. But Martial Arts doesn’t make you create a ridiculously long term goal. No one ever sticks with those – unless you break it up into smaller goals. When you focus on achieving each belt, goals that last only 1-2 years or even focus on learning a new move, goals that last a few days, or your personal fitness goals, it’s easy to see how Martial Arts teaches us to set goals and achieve them.

 

1) Self-defence - The best reason to learn Martial Arts is for self-defence. It was created for that purpose, to level the playing field, so that smaller and weaker people could handle themselves against bigger and stronger opponents. Some people think they’ll never be in a situation where they’ll need to defend themselves. Why take that risk? I’m not talking about a barroom brawl, I’m talking about someone mugging you at knifepoint while you’re alone in the middle of the night. Or some drunk guy is getting a little too loud and a little too close on the train. Unfortunately, if you hit him, you’ll be the one in trouble with the law. This is why jiu-jitsu is so versatile – it gives you a middle ground. It gives you tools to neutralize a threat that doesn’t have to end with you punching someone in the face, or breaking someone’s arm. These options are there if you need them, but you have alternatives.

The best way to find out if you’ll like it is simply to go to a school and watch a class. Better yet, ask if you can take a class or introductory lesson. Many schools offer these for free so you can try them out. What you learn from jiu-jitsu can be implemented in so many other areas of your life, I think everyone should learn it.

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