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.
Aldrin is an active duty Coast Guard member, who started his martial arts training when he was 14, he trained in a karate style called Tae Jitsu Kai, which is a mix of Japanese and Korean style martial arts. Karate is how he was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In 2012 Aldrin started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under one of Fight Sports affiliates in the Florida Keys, later moving to California and receiving his blue belt (2014) and a purple belt in (2017), while being stationed in San Diego. Aldrin is a father to three (two boys and a girl), and a husband to Haley. When not at work or on the mats, he is spending time with his family and/or working on one of his vehicles.
David started wrestling when he was around 12 years old in North Carolina and wrestled all the way through high school. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed on the Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier. He was introduced to Jiu Jitsu while onboard by his Gunner who was a brown belt at the time. They had a small jiujitsu club onboard and would train while out to sea. He also started a small wrestling club through the MWR. Once he was out of the Navy, he continued doing jiujitsu at Tidewater Jiu Jitsu where he received his blue belt, until moving out of the Chesapeake area and not having somewhere to train. He met Rob through the Fire Department and when Breakaway opened he signed up right away. He is currently a purple belt at Breakaway Jiu Jitsu and happy to be back on the mats learning and teaching the newcomers to the sport. He is a firefighter/paramedic and a father of 3 boys. When not at work or in the studio, he is spending time with his wife, Alice, and children.
Ray served in the US Army for 6 years. He started his Jiu Jitsu journey in October of 2017. He trained for a few months and decided to stop training. He thought that was the end of his Jiu Jitsu journey. He came to Breakaway in December 2018 when they opened and gave Jiu Jitsu another chance and fell in love with it! When not on the mats, he is the lead truck driver for the company he started in 2010. He is also the father of 3 amazing children.
Frenchie has been training submission grappling for over 14 years. Most of his training has been no-gi, but he does put on a gi from time to time! Frenchie is a firefighter/medic. He is married to Sharon and they have a lovely daughter, Jamie.
Pamela served in the US Air Force for 6 years. She owns a trucking company and handles all financial and logistics for the company. She has 3 beautiful children. When not working, she is in her “happy place” – on the mats! She has trained and fallen in love with Jiu Jitsu at Breakaway. She enjoys coaching as much as she enjoys rolling. She learns so much by being able to coach others!
Kassy started training in 2018, she is at the studio for just about every class. She is a business owner, wife and mother of two boys who also train. If she is not at the studio, she is chauffeuring the kids around, doing painting estimates or trying to squeeze in a yoga class.
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.