Phoenix SMA starting offering a weekly BJJ class for adults in mid 2017. This was soon extended to a weekly children’s class towards the end of the year. Now 5 years later, classes continue to increase in popularity, are now available up to four times a week, for children, adults and as a weekly mixed aged/family class.

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.

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).