>> Frequently Asked Questions: What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling art, developed in Rio De Janeiro by Helio Gracie. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu relies on leverage and technique rather than size and strength.

In 1993 this style vaulted to the forefront of the martial arts scene in the United States when Royce Gracie proved it to be effective time and time again against bigger, stronger opponents in No Rules tournaments. 

Since then, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has proven itself to be so effective in Mixed Martial Arts competitions internationally, that practically every school has added some form of ground grappling to their curriculum. 

Students of all ages come to Novagen for many reasons:

  • To learn an effective form of self-defence
  • To be a competitor
  • To regularly engage in a total body activity that improves fitness and sharpens the mind.

Novagen's Micah Atkinson with Royce Gracie