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What Is The Best Age For Kids To Start Martial Arts Classes?

Posted: August 05, 2020

One question parents always ask us is; “what is the best age for my kids to start martial arts?” and it isn’t always an easy question to answer! At least not without knowing what their child wants to achieve, or what the parent hopes the child will accomplish. In general, though, it is widely accepted that children can participate in some form of martial arts from 3+ years, but what benefit it brings starting so young is always up for debate.


Isn’t 3 Too Young For Martial Arts?

Can You Lose Weight Doing Jiu-Jitsu?

Posted: July 22, 2020

Jiu-Jitsu is absolutely a great method to lose weight – we can confidently say that when you join our Surrey martial arts club you will see pounds melt away, an improvement in your overall fitness and much more.

Read on to discover how Jiu-Jitsu can help you lose weight - no matter what your starting point. 


What Makes Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Different?

Posted: July 15, 2020

Although Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu originate from the same source, featuring the same submissions, sweeps, controls, and escapes, there is a difference between the two disciplines. The most notable being the difference in philosophies and teaching style.  

Read on for a brief history of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, the philosophy we follow here at Ellis Academy of Self Defence, and what the key difference is between Gracie and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


Happy, but never satisfied

Posted: April 30, 2020


When an athlete (or anyone) stops trying to become better, they stop being good. The second we become satisfied is the second that we stop trying to become better.

People who are sad or depressed tend to lament that they "should be" better at this or that (school, work, relationships, sports, or other areas of life). What they are really doing is focusing on their lack or failure. The happiest and most productive people tend to focus on their strengths, and on the progress or gains that have been made toward their goal. This affirms the previous effort and positively points us toward our goal.

Our First Virtual Karate Testing!

Posted: April 20, 2020

congratulations to everyone who took part in our Karate testing!

This is the first time we have ever run a test online and we were very happy with everyone's performance.

A good display of knowledge and technical ability were demonstrated.

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