What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport and self-defence system that focuses on grappling skills such as throws, takedowns and ground fighting. BJJ differs itself from other grappling disciplines by focusing on joint locks and chokeholds, instead of pinning or throwing opponents.
While BJJ is relatively informal compared to other martial arts, there is still a large focus on respect on the mats. Taking care of each other on the team is of the utmost importance. While on the mats, black belts are called “professor”, this is the Portuguese word for teacher. Whether the black belt is instructing, a student or simply visiting, it is customary to address them as such. Non-black belt coaches are simply called “coach”. Aether BJJ is very informal, but we do ask you respect any visiting black belts by referring the them as professor.