Every Saturday we welcome everybody from around Calgary to come train at MMAU for free. The mats are open for two hours for all BJJ athletes.
Brazilian Jiu jitsu is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit. Much of the technique of Brazilian Jiu jitsu is centered around the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions.
To overcome greater size, strength and aggression with lesser size and strength is the keynote of the sport. By utilizing superior leverage and position, it is possible for a smaller, weaker person to defend themselves against a much larger opponent. Students of the sport gain a deep understanding of the workings and limits of the human body. Students also benefit from greatly increased physical fitness, problem-solving ability, and the many social benefits of working within a large group of like-minded fellow students as you learn and have fun together.
Many students first learn about Jiu jitsu through the great popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, where Brazilian Jiu jitsu technique is very prominent. In fact, the beginnings of the contemporary MMA competition were largely tied up with proving the combat-efficiency of Brazilian Jiu jitsu. The practice of Brazilian Jiu jitsu as a sport, however, is very different from MMA. Daily classes do not feature kicking or punching. The focus is on safe grappling technique that can be done on a daily basis with no more fear of injury than any other contact sport. While we do have a professional MMA team at MMA University, the great majority of students study only the grappling sport and find that this is the most enjoyable and satisfying route to take.
This striking art is sometimes referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” because of the use of all eight points of contact: punches, elbows, kicks and knees strikes. It was developed in Thailand when the country was constantly under the threat of attack. The fighting was usually short range, so the body?s natural weapons such as the head, fists, elbows and feet would necessarily also have been utilized. Undoubtedly, it is the systematic use of these natural weapons, developed as a practical fighting skill for the battlefield that came to be Muay Thai boxing. All of our striking classes are run with great attention to our students safety. Proper protection is worn at all times, and instructor permission must be given in order to spar. We pride ourselves on our technical attention to detail, but these classes are also a great way to get an excellent cardio workout.
No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu is a dynamic self-defense system that focuses on applying the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu without the traditional uniform. In No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu the goal is to gain a dominant position using joint-locks and choke holds, forcing your opponent to submit. Much of the ground game aspect of what you see in mixed martial arts (MMA) is learned in No-Gi training and can be applied to everyday situations. Students who have previous wrestling experience tend to find No Gi Jiu-Jitsu to be a great extension to their wrestling background.
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art developed in the 1500s by African and Indigenous slaves in Brazil as a form of self-defence from their oppressors. It is marked by its agile and tricky movements that may be executed anywhere from an upside-down position, to a gravity defying kick. It has a strong acrobatic component in some styles and is always played with music. The word Capoeira is an indiginous word meaning ?tall grass?. If slaves managed to escape, they would often use this grass to hide in and ambush their masters. There are two main styles of Capoeira, along with many other less distinct ones. One is called Angola, which is characterized by tricky, low play with particular attention to the rituals and tradition of Capoeira. This style is often described as slow, however, may be just as fast as the next style, but with different rituals. The other style is Regional, known for its fluid acrobatic, high-flying kicks and powerful attacks. Speed and agility are common traits of this style. Both styles of Capoeira are marked by counter attacks, feints, and use lots of ground movements along with elbows, hands, kicks, head-butts,sweep and other take-downs.
We offer class 3 times a week year round. Our classes are a combination of technique, conditioning, and live wrestling. We have multiple coaches to accommodate each skill level and offer a tournament schedule that runs throughout the year, to keep our wrestlers active.