If you are looking for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Newport News, Virginia, then you need to visit Breakaway Jiu Jitsu. This is the place to learn self-defense, sport Jiu Jitsu or to just focus on overall health and fitness. Our studio offers different age levels and class times to fit busy lifestyles.
Called Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) because it was developed and refined in Brazil, BJJ evolved from Judo techniques and is similar to Japanese Jiu Jitsu, but it focuses on grappling exclusively by teaching “ground fighting.” No weapons are used, and there is no hitting.
In ground fighting, a person has more leverage than fighting standing up. A smaller person can more easily get the advantage over a larger person. It brings the fight to the ground, where pressure, chokes, and locks allow you to take control and overpower your opponent.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was instrumental in the formation of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), beginning in Brazil as events called “Vale Tudo” during the 1920s. BJJ is one of four grappling techniques used in MMA matches still today.
The ability to participate in this sport is not restricted by sex, age, or size. It can bring a feeling of confidence and security to your life. Also referred to as the “gentle art,” it uses not only physical aspects but mental as well.
Come try a free class at Breakaway Jiu Jitsu in the Industrial Distribution Center in Newport News, Virginia. Talk to us about your goals and aspirations. We have the perfect class for you.
Rob is a black belt originally from Owings, Maryland. Rob is a business owner, firefighter/paramedic, husband and father of two. He understands the challenges and limitations that many jiu jitsu students encounter because of work schedules and family obligations, as he was working two jobs during most of his jiu jitsu journey. Rob has competed in many jiu jitsu tournaments, most recently winning the expert no-gi division at Naga in June of 2018. In 2017 he received his black belt under the Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Association. If he is not on the mats, he is spending time with his family or pursuing one of his hobbies (drums, biking, skating, lifting weights, etc…).
Brandon is a black belt originally from Modesto, CA but a Virginia resident for 17 years. He served four years in the Army and an MP. After a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, he left the Army in 2006. Brandon began training jiu jitsu in 2007 and received his black belt from Diego Bispo in February of 2018. He competes occasionally at local tournaments, but his passion lies with the self-defense aspect of jiu jitsu. He is married to Katherine, and they have four children. If he is not with his family, or on the mats, he is working as a self-employed plumber.
Brendon began training Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 2006. He was presented with my blue belt by Royce Gracie in 2010, his purple belt in 2014 and his brown belt by Rob Murianka in 2019. He has won numerous grappling tournaments and coached the LU Brazillian Jiu-jitsu team for 4 years. Since 2006 he has trained in 5 years Muay Thai, 1 year of Kali/Eskrima, and 4 years of Judo. He is the senior Defensive Tactics Instructor for NNPD and has written the Police Control techniques curriculum. He has taught numerous specialized self-defense and law enforcement and military-specific combative courses. If he is not at work or at the studio, you could find Brendon reading a book and spending time with his dog.
Adam is a black belt under Professor Ishmael Bentley and red & black belt, Pedro Sauer. He started training martial arts in 2002, beginning with Muay Thai and then transitioning to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Adam holds black belts in both Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Over the years, he has been fortunate enough to train with many of Brazilian jiu-jitsu’s greatest practitioners. Recently, from 2015 to 2020, Adam lived in New York City training with 4-time ADCC and 5-time World Champion Marcelo Garcia. Adam has a degree in Economics and works in the finance and wealth management industry. He is married with a daughter and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art based on grappling. Utilizing BJJ’s leverage and exclusive techniques, a smaller, weaker person can successfully defeat an attack by a bigger, stronger opponent.
Controlling your opponent is much easier to do on the ground than while standing. Many of BJJ’s techniques teach you to quickly take the opponent to the ground for better control. Once down, you can then render the attacker harmless and force them to submit to stop their assault.
You can overcome and control even the biggest and strongest aggressors once you’ve learned to utilize expert leverage, grip, positioning and other techniques. As you continue to learn and practice, you will gain a deeper understanding of human physiology, including the limits, strengths and vulnerabilities of a human body.