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BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU

THE GENTLE ART

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling martial art that involves submissions and no striking. In BJJ, you learn how to use positioning and technique to control and submit your training partners, in a manner that is both safe and effective.

Although it does not involve striking, BJJ is incredibly effective at neutralizing bigger, stronger opponents.  In a self-defence situation, someone trained in BJJ will always fare much better than someone untrained. BJJ’s effectiveness has also been proven in combat sports such as Mixed Martial Arts, where a solid foundation in BJJ is required to be successful.

how classes run

Our adult BJJ classes are divided into two types:

1.)  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with the Gi

2.) No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the Gi:
In a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gi class, you wear a Gi (sometimes called a Kimono). This is the traditional style of BJJ. A Gi makes a big difference to your training, because it can be used to control your partner, or even to apply a submission.  Generally speaking, our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gi class is more popular than our No Gi Jiu Jitsu class.  Our Gi BJJ classes are usually around 20 to 30 people, where-as our No Gi classes are usually half this size.

No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:
The term "No Gi" is used to describe the style of BJJ whereyou do not wear a Gi and instead wear shorts and a compression shirt or t-shirt.  While training, athletes are not allowed to grab or hold the clothing of their training partner. 

The best way to figure out which type of BJJ you prefer is to try both! While some people prefer Gi or No Gi, many students do both classes.

Each type of classes has two levels:
1.)    Fundamental Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
2.)    Randori / Sparring Classes

 

Fundamental Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:
The fundamentals classes cover the basic positions and submissions of BJJ.  This class is led by an instructor who teaches techniques. Classes are typically structured to include a quick warm-up, 30-40 minutes of technique, and then finish with a few rounds of light sparring with your partner. These classes are intended for students of all experience levels.

Randori / Open Sparring Classes:
The Open Sparring classes include no formal instruction, just sparring. These classes are designed to allow you to practice what you have learnt in the fundamentals class against a resisting partner. The class is comprised of a number of sparring rounds and drills led by an instructor. These classes are recommended for students with at least six months of training.

What to Bring to your first BJJ class:

  • An athletic shirt you are comfortable wrestling in.

  • If you are going to a No-Gi class, comfortable shorts or leggings with no pockets or zippers.

  • A water bottle.

  • A towel and soap if you wish to shower at the academy.

  • Nothing else is necessary! (We will provide you with a Gi and belt during your trial at Hayabusa Academy)

What you will need if you decide to continue training Jiu Jitsu:

  • If you decide that you would like to continue training BJJ in the Gi, you will need to purchase a Gi.  (Any color is fine.  We can help with sizing, etc.)

  • If you're new to Jiu Jitsu and you purchase your first Gi from us, we will supply the white belt.

  • We do not charge for promotions or future belts.  There are no hidden fees.  

What we will NOT do:

  • High pressure sales tactics.

  • Try and talk you into something you're unsure about.

  • Make you feel out of place or like you don't belong here.

  • Try and sell you a lifetime membership or a Black Belt membership.

  • Charge for belts or belt promotions or belt testing.

HAYABUSA ACADEMY BELTS

BLACK BELTS

  • Michael Tremblay

  • Piotr Oglaza

BROWN BELTS

  • Sean Dougherty

  • Tony Toffolo

  • Jesse van Vlack

  • Chris Wellstood

Notes on Jiu Jitsu Teams:

We warmly welcome all teams to train with us, especially since we live in a city where many military families as well as university students move in and out of, on a regular basis. 

 

We are more than happy for you to wear your team patch on our mats.

  

Teams proudly represented on this list are:

  • Alliance BJJ

  • BTT Canada

  • Evolution BJJ

  • Open Mat BJJ

  • Queen's BJJ

PURPLE BELTS

  • Jeff Bogue

  • Kirk Campbell

  • Michael Cao

  • Natasha Clara

  • Tony Doolittle

  • Adam Jeziorski

  • John McKay

  • Josh McRae

  • Anthony Restuccia

  • Sean Rocheleau

  • Ali Motahari

  • Tyler Wilson

  • Janet Wellstood

  • Justin Yoo

  • Corey Young

BLUE BELTS

  • Matt Anfossie

  • Tim Burnham

  • Drew Cameron

  • Tomasz Deren

  • Tom Doulas

  • Don Fraser

  • Matt Hunter

  • Jacob James

  • Praveen John

  • Luke Kaufman

  • Dustin Kelly

  • Cory MacDonald

  • Nic McFarlane

  • Matt McGillvray

  • Neal Michelutti

  • Kam Marynowski

  • Andrew Morrin

  • Kate Mutch

  • Adam Noseworthy

  • Brandon Palmer

  • Laura Perry

  • Stephane Robert

  • Tylor Sands

  • Erik Snider

  • Johnny Stacey

  • Brandon Stephens

  • Marko Tesic

  • Anton Thorson

  • Russell VanHumbeck

  • Derek Wadden

  • Trevor Wilson

  • Filip Wisniak

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