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Posted: May 26, 2021

It’s fair to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world upside down, affecting lots of industries in different ways. Sports and exercise clubs, such as our martial arts academy have been hit hard by lockdowns and people worried about attending classes.

But...it isn’t all bad news! We’ve never seen innovation as we have recently regarding martial art schools finding new ways for students to learn from the comfort of home!

Yes, it isn’t the same as being all together, learning and having fun in the same room but we must find ways to work around the current situation and continue to support our students.


When Can Martial Arts Schools Reopen?

Posted: May 26, 2021

What about self-defence classes near me? When can martial arts schools reopen, as we start to emerge out of lockdown?

We’re sure this is a question many of you are asking.

It’s all a question of being patient. We’re all following the cautious but systematic roadmap for reopening the economy that the government has set out.


Is The Best Form Of Self Defence Gracie or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Posted: May 12, 2021

Is the best form of self defence, Gracie or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? And why is it important to know the difference? Well, the best form of self defence is Gracie Jiu Jitsu but in martial arts it lies with the situation and coaching you’re receiving.

Whilst there’s no noticeable difference from the outset, they do have some differences. Gracie Jiu Jitsu is best suited to a situation where the person is needed to defend himself and prevail, whereas Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is taught more exclusively to be used in a sport setting.

Each situation is equally as important to know how to defend yourself but applying either Gracie or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will not just be an indication of your level of self defence but will also showcase your knowledge of the challenge in front of you.  


How Long Does it Take to Get a Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu?

Posted: April 27, 2021

In Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, the black belt sits near the top of the ranking system. The only belts beyond it are the more advanced grades, known as coral and red.

Because the black belt represents the summit of Jiu-Jitsu achievement for many, students, or prospective students, want to know how long it takes to get a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu.

There isn’t one definitive answer, because a student’s progression through the belt rankings very much depends on their individual capabilities. The colour of each belt demonstrates the level of proficiency you’ve reached. The more rapidly you progress, the closer you’ll get to achieving a black belt.


How to Teach Your Child Self-Defence

Posted: April 13, 2021

Why is self-defence for kids important, and why would you want to teach it to your child? The issue is bullying. Bullying is an unfortunate fact of life. Up to a fifth of young people have experienced it.

The figures for bullying are worryingly consistent, year on year, and while cyberbullying is undoubtedly on the rise, traditional, physical bullying hasn’t gone away.

The effects of bullying on a child can be acute. Bullied children may have fewer friendships or find it difficult for their peers to accept them. They can become suspicious of others and wary of them. Adjusting at school can become a problem, and children who are bullied may develop problems such as anxiety and depression.


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