Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling, especially ground fighting with the goal of gaining a dominant position using joint-locks and chokeholds to force an opponent to submit. The system developed from a modified version of pre-World War II Judo including some techniques from Japanese Jiu-Jitsu with a focus on ne-waza (ground technique).
BJJ promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant. BJJ can be trained for self defense, sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition. Sparring (commonly referred to as "rolling") and live drilling play a major role in training, with a premium placed on performance, especially in competition.
Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of the BJJ style, and includes effective use of the guard position to defend oneself from bottom, and passing the guard to dominate from top position with side control, mount, and back mount positions. This system of maneuvering and manipulation can be likened to a form of kinetic chess when utilized by two experienced practitioners. A submission hold is the equivalent of checkmate.
WESTSIDE is your premier location for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Little Rock, Benton & All of Arkansas. Many of our Competitors in BJJ have been so successful that they are now sponsored by companies such as MTX Audio, Dollamur, Koral, Quano & Shoyoroll and are often asked to compete in Super Fights for prize money. Westside competitors have won their divisions at every major tournament including IBJJF sanctioned World Championships, Pan Games, Grapplers Quest, NAGA, ADCC, ADCC Pro, EGO etc.
Additionally, BJJ is the cornerstone for our MMA team. Most of our BJJ competitors have fought MMA and submitted their opponents. Hillary Williams "professional grappler" is 1-0 in MMA with her win being a submission. Mark Sniff (Naga, Atama Open Champ) is 3-0 in MMA with all 3 wins being by submission. This shows you that not only are we representing the state of Arkansas well in sport grappling but we are able to perform our BJJ in MMA as well!
If you're interested in training BJJ then you should provide yourself with the best trainers and training partners here at Westside!