About us

Overview: about our club

Class structure

Overview ----------------back to top

At our Yorkshire Derbyshire Royce Gracie Jiu jitsu, our role is to coach you to bring out the best in you. We will help you develop your own game plan that works for you. We run a warm friendly club not based on competition but on complimenting and helping our training partners game so as they improve we ourselves improve. We promise you instruction that is exciting, enthusiastic, effective and above all safe in an environment that is positive, co-operative and friendly.

The Royce Gracie network keeps up with the latest techniques and strategies and makes them available to you so you can focus all your energies on developing and improving your self defence abilities.

Class structure ----------------back to top

We focus on one aspect of your overall game plan for one month. We then practice that aspect of the game plan each week of that month under 'fire', so to speak, in a safe manner. For example we may practice how to escape if some has surprised us from behind and taken us down to the ground. We then test the escape techniques with a partner who is giving varying degrees of realistic resistance.

The monthly topics are:-

  1. Correct distancing from your adversary.Striking including palm heel, punching and kicking and knee strikes and closing the distance between you and your attacker.
  2. The clinch (how to control some one much bigger than you safely).
  3. Finishing the fight there and then stood up or taking them down to the ground and controlling them.
  4. On the ground. 70% of street fights end up on the ground. So we learn how to control some one on the ground and finish them with a strangle that renders them unconscious or a lock that immobilizes them or breaks their bone or joint (practicing safely). How to escape disadvantageous positions on the ground. How to move from one position on the ground to another while controlling our partner


Fun ----------------back to top

Our classes are designed to be fun. (lets face it, you wouldn't learn half as well if it wasn't!)

Everyone is involved in everything; from warmups, training, feedback on techniques, suggestions for practice, games, social events and more.


Building Confidence ----------------back to top

When you start practising Brazillian jiu jitsu at the club we will begin with basic postures and movements to help you get used to the correct way of moving. Techniques are shown from these starting points to help you understand how they relate to the movements. Everything that you do should be applied with minimum effort. It is only when you are comfortable and happy with the techniques that we advance you on to more complicated movements.


Safety ----------------back to top

As with any activity there is a risk of injury and we aim to reduce that risk. I have seen more injuries to people from foot ball and such activities than with Royce Gracie Jiu jitsu. This is because our philosophy is to keep you injury free. If you are fit and healthy then you can train tomorrow and if you can train tomorrow you can improve and more importantly enjoy training.


Jiu Jitsu is suitable for all abilities ----------------back to top

After all, we were all beginners once. If you've not had any experience in martial arts before don't worry, you'll be able to pick it up at your own pace with the help of our instructors and senior students. If you have studied something different before then we welcome what you'll be able to bring to the classes.


For kids and adults ----------------back to top

You can start learning Brazillian Jiu jitsu at any age. at present the members of the club vary widely in age from 7 years old to 57. So you're never too young or old to start!


Open to men and women ----------------back to top

As Brazillian Jiu jitsu relies upon strategies, correct positioning and understanding of body mechanics, the techniques used do not have to be applied forcefully or at any particular speed. The jiu jitsu can be practiced by both men and women of all shapes and sizes.


teach a proven self defence method ----------------back to top

We practice the strategy until we have it perfect. Gracie Jiu-jitsu teaches strategies and not just individual techniques. Starting from standing some distance from your attacker to close in self defence or even on the ground self defence.We then have absolute faith in our strategy because we have practiced it (safely) under fire.



Have professional coaching ----------------back to top

I am a coach. That is what my Royce Gracie certificate says.

That is our strength as a club. To bring the best out of you !

The strategy is a pre-determined game plan that we start out with in our mind. We can adapt the strategy as the fight develops.

That strategy involves knowing the right distance from our adversary, correct body positioning, understanding what the opponents body positioning means to us, closing the distance with out being hit, taking control of the opponent even though they may be many times stronger than us and then finishing the fight to our advantage with a lock or a strangle and that is not to say we do not use strikes.

Typically our strategy means the fight will be over very quickly in our favor with out harm to our selves and not too much harm to others.

For making new friends :) ----------------back to top

Practicing Jiu jitsu is a great way to meet people and make new friends. Not only do we have an open and friendly atmosphere at the club but we also enjoy social time together whether that is in the pub after a training session on monday night or one of our legendary big nights out!(see our photo album) We also hold games and competition events for the kids


If you'd like any more information on the club or on Brazillian Jiu jitsu in general then please use the contact button at the top of the page to send me an email. There's no better time to enrol than now as the sooner you start, the quicker you'll start learning. Come to a session to try us out anytime.

We look forward to seeing you on the mat!

Steve Marsden: Royce Gracie Jiu jitsu Network coach