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What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
| the gentle art...

Jiu-Jitsu is a modern martial art based around the principles of pins, wedges, off-balancing, levers, and fulcrums. It’s practitioners follows a simple but highly effective strategy: DefendEscapeControlSubmit. What makes Jiu-Jitsu different to most other martial arts is that it doesn’t rely on kicks and strikes. Instead, students use chokes and joint locks to finish an opponent. This makes training safer and less aggressive. Another key difference is that Jiu-Jitsu is a complete martial art—it includes a standing game, a ground game, and the transition between them.

Unlike traditional martial arts which are usually rigid and fixed, Jiu-JItsu is in a constant state of evolution. It “borrows” from many other martial arts, particularly Judo and Wrestling. As students gain experience, they learn to explore and modify techniques so that they work for their own fitness level and body type. That makes it a very adaptable martial art.

These days Jiu-Jitsu is so much more than just a martial art for Self-Defence. It has become one of the world’s fastest growing martial arts and most people recognise it as one of the key components of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). It also has its own well-established tournaments at all levels—local, national, and international. Training can be in traditional uniform (the “gi”) or fight shorts and a rash guard (the popular “No-Gi” variation).

In short, Jiu-Jitsu is very much whatever you want it to be because it offers something for everyone.

myBJJ New Zealand
| about our national team...

myBJJ New Zealand began with humble origins in Dunedin. In those days Jiu-Jitsu was still in its infancy in New Zealand and most clubs were lucky if they had a Purple Belt to teach. Fast forward a couple of decades and now the art is well established throughout the country. myBJJ New Zealand has multiple Black Belt instructors providing professional tuition.

Professor Marks is the Principal Instructor for New Zealand. Our instructors travel to Australia regularly to train in person with Professor Yokoyama. Throughout the year we also offer seminars in our New Zealand schools so our students have the opportunity to train with guest instructors, including Prof. Yokoyama.

On 30th March, 2023, long time friend and mentor, Prof Mario, promoted Prof Stu to 3rd Degree Black Belt, a fantastic achievement following more than 20 years of teaching Jiu-Jitsu!


Prof Stuart Marks with Prof Mario Yokoyama
Prof Stu & Prof Mario

myBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu International Association
| about our global national team...

myBJJ New Zealand is proud to be part of the myBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu International Association . Our global organisation has affiliates throughout Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the United States. Our team was founded by Professor Mario Yokoyama, a Ryan Gracie Black Belt from Brazil. These days Prof. Yokoyama trains out of his Australian headquarters in Sydney. We are dedicated to providing world-class, professional instruction for our students.

Our lineage has a clear path back to the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:

Jigoro Kano > Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr. >  Ryan Gracie > Mario Yokoyama

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Professor Yokoyama with some of his senior team in Australia