Begin your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey with
Breakaway Jiu Jitsu in Newport News, Virginia!

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.

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What is Jiu Jitsu?

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.