BJJ in the UK
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BJJ in the UK:
First of all hello to all you BJJ and grappling guys and gals from around the world. BJJ and grappling arts have really
taken off over here in the UK and I hope to bring you regular news about the events and groups over the next few months.
Due to the usual deadlines I am going to do a short article about our small group, who have all decided to have a go at the Jiu Jitsu competition.
The group has been around the Lancashire area for about the last 15 to 20 years, and has focused mainly on self defence arts such as Jiu Jitsu, teaching in schools and colleges, and offering lessons to a broad selection of the community, it was decided by a few members that we should be looking at some form of competition. All that was available a few years ago was Jiu Jitsu Kumite; although this was popular for a while it didn’t seem to take off and never really came to the fore ground as a popular sport.
With the advent of the U.F.C and the Gracie family, for want of a better expression dominating the arena, Jiu Jitsu in this country has gone from strength to strength and the popularity keeps growing, we have certainly noticed the rapid growth in popularity as our member base has nearly doubled in the past few months.
We have started to contact various groups and we are just about to join the Grappling Arts Association this body is officially recognised by The International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation, ADCC Submission Fighting, The Martial Arts Standards Agency of Great Britain and The European Fight Network.
We are at this moment concentrating on building our junior groups and we are working along side local agencies, schools and the police to try to reduce the amount of young people hanging around on the streets, this will hopefully reduce youth crime in the local area by offering those people in certain areas who maybe cannot access certain activities something to do. I have always thought any martial art or sport coaching is a great way to bring down certain barriers and also help with government policies on inclusion, hopefully our ideas will work and BJJ and traditional Jiu Jitsu will continue to grow in our area.
We have a few sessions running at the moment and the adult students are always ready to come down and help the kids, we have recently had a few young ones with learning difficulties who have joined and they really enjoy rolling with the other guys and we think it is great that they can access and participate in what we do.
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