Beginners Guide To BJJ

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) has had a long lineage as a gentle yet very effective martial art. BJJ is founded on the concept that smaller, weaker opponents can defend themselves against tougher attackers.  Using technique, leverage and momentum a smaller opponent uses BJJ to make the fight an even matchup regardless of size and strength.

The basics are taught repetitively throughout a persons entire BJJ journey. What are the basics of jiu jitsu? There are a lot, that’s why they’re constantly repeated. Although the first thing students learn as white belts directly correlates to individual coaching styles; bridging, shrimping and learning how to relax usually come first. The ability to move your hips and legs in conjunction with your upper body is paramount to nearly every movement in jiu jitsu and is highly focused on.

What To Expect In Your First Class

What does a Jiu Jitsu training session consist of? Again, depending on your coach sessions may vary. A basic structure for a session looks like this:


Warm up – 15 minutes
Learn a specific technique – 15-30 minutes
Positional sparring – 15 minutes 
Open sparring – 15 minutes

Learn To Love The Lifestyle

The Jiu Jitsu lifestyle is unique and extremely beneficial to your emotional, physical and mental health. By simultaneously giving yourself a place and time to switch off from life’s other issues as well as being proactive with your physical fitness, Jiu Jitsu ticks all the boxes for being happier and healthier.

Some training sessions will be tough, but that’s okay. You will get beat, but that’s okay. Jiu Jitsu is beautiful in the fact that you can always come back tomorrow and try again, you will face hardships but at the end of the day they will make you mentally strong. Jiu Jitsu is chosen by millions of people as their sport of choice, why not become one of them?

There is no losing in Jiu Jitsu. You either win or you learn.

Carlos Gracie, Sr.

Athlete Performance & Aptitude Testing Day

BASE Training Centre recently facilitated the first Athlete Performance and Aptitude Testing (APAT) day which was designed and administered through a combined effort from Fight IQ Professionals Aaron Blackie, Mitchell Robinson and Marcel Noronha as well as with the facility’s head coach and UFC veteran Damien Brown.

Rolling As A Bigger Guy

Thousands of people want to start MMA but are hesitant for one reason or another. We’ve compiled some of the most common reasons for putting off the start of your MMA journey to help the general public to understand why we do what we do, and love it.