Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport based on the fundamentals of leveraging technique to overcome brute strength. The roots of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be traced back to the Gracie family, who were responsible for its technical development and worldwide popularity.
The Gracie patriarchs, Carlos and Helio, are widely credited for enhancing “traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu” as taught to them by Mitsuyo Maeda, a renowned master from Kodokan Judo. The Gracie family took the teachings of Mitsuyo Maeda and transformed it into a self-defense system in which a smaller, weaker person can subdue a larger, stronger opponent by implementing the rules of physics and integrating tactical strategy. One such strategy is taking the opponent to the ground, where potential striking and force generation is greatly reduced.
Over several decades, the Gracie family proved the effectiveness of their system in real life applications including no holds barred contests, mixed martial arts competitions (such as the UFC: Ultimate Fighting Championships) as well as street combat.
Today, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is known as a battle-tested self defense system and also one of the fastest growing sports in the world. BJJ is considered a “soft” martial art which incorporates grappling, chokes, joint locks, and escapes. BJJ teaches its practitioner to use the mind over muscles. The objective of BJJ is not to hurt the opponent, but rather to control and submit a potential attacker. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most effective martial arts to be found – as used in the military, the ring, and countless environments where self preservation is critical.
Ice Chamber’s BJJ program is led by IBJJF Black Belt Igor Estrella. He designed the program for children and adults, at all levels. Whether you’re new to martial arts or a seasoned competitor, we will help you surpass your goals.
About the Instructor:
Igor Estrella received his BJJ black belt from Gracie Humaita under Master Andre “Negao” Lemos in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil . He is a 36x IBJJF champion at the state, national, and world levels. In addition to being a fierce competitor, Igor is a respected coach who is known for improving the lives of young children using BJJ as the foundation. When not teaching or competing, Igor can be found with his wife Elise enjoying long runs, exploring nature, and tasting new foods.
Kids Class (starting as young as 6 years old) – Tue / Thu at 5:30-6:30pm, Sat at 10:30am
Adults Class – Tue / Thu at 6:30-8pm, Sat at 11:30am