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Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu and Self Defense

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Getting Started

Whether your goals include fitness or weight loss, self-defense, finding a fun hobby, or eventually competing in martial arts tournaments, the Beginners Program at WāhiBJJ will be your starting point.

Professor Wahib Salha and Professor Itácio Lisboa

In the Beginners Program, you will learn how to defend yourself with different techniques, such as throws, takedowns, ground positioning, and submissions that focus on dealing with someone who may be bigger or stronger than you. We will help you learn to nurture the mental strengths and physical skills needed if you are ever faced with a scenario where you have to physically defend yourself.

Although during training our students refine their fighting and defensive skill sets, what most people do not realize is that these same training methods also help with your daily battles in life, like self-confidence, relationships at work, school, and at home, discipline, and stress. 

Our Martial Arts Style

At WāhiBJJ we specialize in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), which is universally regarded as the most effective form of ground fighting and self defense. This style became famous outside of Brazil in the early 1990’s, after an athlete named Royce Gracie used BJJ to dominate much larger and stronger opponents in the initial Ultimate Fighting Championship. Over the past three decades, the worldwide popularity of BJJ has grown dramatically as a sport, self defense martial art, and subculture.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is often referred to as the “gentle art,” because it enables a much smaller individual to defeat a larger and stronger attacker by using leverage and superior positioning. Perhaps the most unique aspect of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that it introduces adults and children to a non-violent, effective, and practical form of self defense. With superior positioning and leverage, students learn to deal with larger opponents and avoid potentially very dangerous situations.

What makes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu special is that it focuses on the aspect where most fights take place: the ground. By using leverage, technique, and timing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners are able to reverse bad positions, learn how to control opponents through superior body positioning, and apply submissions that isolate an opponents neck or limbs which forces the opponent to either give up or face serious injuries. 


No need to be in shape to get started!

  • Our beginner friendly exercises and workouts are geared for all types of people who want to tackle weight-loss, stress, and just get in shape.
  • Your current fitness level does not matter. Our Beginners Program is for new students with no experience necessary.
  • Join others with the same goals as you.

Self Defense

Learn valuable techniques to defend yourself!

  • Learn how to defend against and defeat a larger, stronger opponent.
  • Learn methods to keep an opponent at a safe distance.
  • Learn to establish dominant control while being attacked.
  • Learn how to turn being attacked into being the dominant aggressor.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

No Martial Arts Experience Needed!

  • We will teach you all you need to know about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from the beginning.
  • You will learn takedowns, how to control an opponent on the ground, and submissions.
  • You will learn through the proven method applied in Brazil

Training martial arts will:

  • Get your fitness to where you want it to be
  • Build your discipline and confidence
  • Teach you self-defense
  • Help you relieve stress
  • Lead to new friendships and give you a healthy hobby
  • Lead to participation in competitions and tournaments (optional)

Benefits for Kids

It has been said that Jiu Jitsu is great for anybody at any age. However, I think we can all agree that starting young is ideal. I often find myself wondering where I would be if I had started BJJ at 5 or even 10. Many of us are not fortunate enough to start early, but we can ensure our own children do. Here are the top benefits kids can gain from training BJJ.

Confidence – Jiu Jitsu shows kids that they do have what it takes to stand up for themselves against bullies, and to do what’s right. So many kids are victims of bullies and Jiu Jitsu is a great way to stop this and also radiate confidence in all aspects of life.

Focus – Jiu Jitsu gives kids something real to focus on and enjoy in a world that has been dominated by video games and television. Many kids these days don’t want to participate in normal school sports and Jiu Jitsu is great year round activity 

Health – Related to the above topic, Jiu Jitsu is great exercise and promotes a healthy lifestyle. Obesity is at its highest point and it’s important that we keep the next generation healthy.

Common Interest – Bonding with your kids sometimes becomes hard as they grow up, but if you start them young and train with them, then you will always have something to talk about and do together.

Life Skill – Jiu-Jitsu gives them a real skill that can in fact do great things. They could be the next young prodigy and kill the competition scene, but they will always have the option of starting their own academy down the road and living the martial arts life style.

If your interested in join you can read our Beginners Guide here.

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