Our martial arts style
At Gracie Barra Garden Grove we specialize in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), which is universally regarded as the most effective form of ground fighting and self defense. This style became famous outside of Brazil in the early 1990’s, after an athlete named Royce Gracie used BJJ to dominate much larger and stronger opponents in the initial Ultimate Fighting Championship. Over the past three decades, the worldwide popularity of BJJ has grown dramatically as a sport, self defense martial art, and subculture.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is often referred to as the “gentle art,” because it enables a much smaller individual to defeat a larger and stronger attacker by using leverage and superior positioning. Perhaps the most unique aspect of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that it introduces adults and children to a non-violent, effective, and practical form of self defense. With superior positioning and leverage, students learn to deal with larger opponents and avoid potentially very dangerous situations.
What makes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu special is that it focuses on the aspect where most fight takes place: the ground. By using leverage, technique, and timing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners are able to reverse bad positions, learn how to control opponents through superior body positioning, and apply submissions that isolate an opponents neck or limbs which forces the opponent to either give up or face serious injuries. Click here to read more about our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program.