Although Phoenix SMA started offering a weekly class to its adult Freestyle TaeKwonDo members in mid 2017, it wasn’t until 2018 that it opened up to new members. This also extended to a weekly children’s class towards the end of that year. Today our classes continue to increase in popularity and are now available up to five times a week, for children, adults and mixed aged/family classes.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu uses the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent. Use of proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground to apply a submissions. Sparring (or rolling) plays a significant role in training.

Our club is a member of Team Paraestra. Mr Marshall’s immediate Instructor is Head Coach and owner of Basingstoke BJJ, Kevin Hall. The UK Branch of Paraestra is headed by Jeff “Ippon” Lawson, who is well known with the BJJ & MMA community. The UK Team is part of Japan based Paraestra Martial Arts Communication founded by legendary Yuki Nakai Sensei, who like Jeff has a similar background in BJJ & MMA.

Phoenix SMA’s BJJ classes are also known as Paraestra BJJ Southampton.


Like many martial arts, BJJ has its own belt system. As with all other styles at Phoenix SMA, there is a Junior and an Adult Ranking System (see attachment below).

For each colour belt, there 4 stripes that need to be earned. These are awarded during our Grading weeks.

Paraestra BJJ Southampton holds Grading Assessment weeks every 3 months for children and at least every 6 months for adults. Most that train twice per week can find themselves receiving a stripe at each Grading interval.


Classes are taught between Mr Matt Marshall (Purple Belt), Mr Jon Williams (Black Belt) & Mr Deagan Lief (Blue Belt)


From 1st November to 13th December, we will be running a Ladies Only Course for ages 13 and over. The course will be at Hamble Sports Complex each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:25pm and is open to current members and their family and friends. Simply complete the form below to sign up, for FREE

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