Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Next Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu peruskurssit

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/MMA/Submission Wrestling combined – summercourse Sörnäinen, sornainen

    Tue at 19.00-20.00
    Thu at 19.00-20.00

    128 € / 90 €. This is a combined course with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Wrestling and MMA.

    Tuesday at 19:00 – 20:00 and
    Thursday at 19:00 – 20:00

    Joacim Bergman
    Black belt in BJJ under Pedro Duarte
    Jani Hurme

    Outfit for indoor training, barefoot or wrestling shoes.

    1.    Payment has to be made before the first training session on the Combat Academy website – Choose the option “Pay using online payment”:
    –      Choose basic courses and the place of training (Sörnäinen)
    –      Choose the price (normal or student)
    –      Press “buy” and fill in personal information
    –      You can access contract terms by clicking ‘’Agree with the terms’’ and ‘’Basic course’’.
    –      You have to agree with the terms in order to continue
    –      Choose the payment method
    –      Your information and payment details are saved automatically
    –      Register at our gym reception before the training session, present your student certificate if you chose a student discount

    2.    Payments can also be made at the gym reception at the beginning of the course. We accept cash, debit cards, common credit cards and acceptable ‘’Liikuntaseli’’ vouchers (exercise vouchers) in our gym office. In this case, you can enrol directly from the link on this page:

    –      Choose the option “I will pay at the gym in cash/ by card/ by exercise vouchers on the first training session.’’



Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is often compared to the chess game on the ground where a physically weaker opponent can win a much stronger opponent with smart moves.

BJJ as a hobby is suitable for women and men of all ages as well as young people. It is also easy to start practising it on a competitive level.

It is possible to practice BJJ on competitive level safer than other combat sports because all punches and kicks are forbidden. Thus, this sport is suitable also for the youngest members of the family.

BJJ is a Brazilian combat and self-defence sport, which focuses on the usage of different techniques on the ground. In BJJ practitioners wear a uniform similar to the one used in Judo, which consists of a cotton jacket and pants (gi) as well as a belt indicating a practitioner’s level.

In typical match situations, the goal is to get the opponent quickly to the ground and finish the match either with a lock or a choke. Practitioners of BJJ often practice wrestling as well, which is similar to BJJ in many ways but the uniform (gi) is not used.


The popularisation of BJJ happened at the beginning of the 1990s, on the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) organised in the USA for a huge audience for the first time. This MMA Tournament did not have weight classes back then and there were a few rules only. The audience was mesmerised by the first winner of the Ultimate Fighting Championships, Royce Gracie from Brazil, the son of Helio Gracie. Royce Gracie, being the lightest (80 kg) competitor in the competition, overpowered all his opponents with a lock or a choke regardless of opponents’ different weight classes or their fighting styles. What is even more mesmerising is the fact that his family, the Gracie family, has been unbeatable in MMA until recently – basically for about 70 years.

The history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has its roots in the 1900s in Brazil. Many Jiu-Jitsu and Judo masters originally from Japan moved to Brazil at the beginning of the new century and began establishing schools and performing on shows as well as in challenge matches. Mitsuyo Maeda was one of those who left his home country for this purpose. Maeda was the student of Jigaro Kano, the founder of Judo, and he is known under the name Count Koma (‘’Count of Combat’’). After travelling all around the world, visiting Europe and America, he arrived in Brazil in 1915 and settled down in Belem do Para. This is where he met Gastao Gracie and they became friends.

Gastao began his Jiu-Jitsu training under the supervision of the Japanese master Mitsuyo Maeda. He also encouraged his older son Carlos to participate in the training of combat sports with the Japanese master. Maeda was quite small in terms of height (164 cm) and weight (70 kg). Despite the small size, however, Maeda has won over 1000 challenge matches mostly against physically stronger competitors by getting them to the ground and making them surrender with a choke or a lock. BJJ became a way of life and key to self-development for young and fragile 15-year old Carlos. At the age of 19, he moved to Rio de Janeiro with his family and started teaching and competing in combat sport.
Carlos also started teaching learnt techniques and the philosophy of life to his younger brothers Osvaldo, Gastao Jr, Jorge and Helio. The youngest and smallest brother Helio learnt how to compete especially against bigger and stronger opponents. Later on, Helio developed techniques which would be suitable for bigger practitioners as well. In 1925 Carlos and his brothers established the first school of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ‘’Academia Gracie de Jiu-Jitsu’’. His goal was to demonstrate the superiority of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to other combat formats and make this sport his family tradition. Carlos and his brothers were challenging the most popular and strongest opponents in different combat sports of that time. After winning competitors ten kilos heavier than themselves, the Gracie family gained recognition and reputation thanks to their skills and used techniques. The Gracie family improved BJJ even further in traditional Brazilian Vale Tudo MMA Tournaments, where only a limited number of rules mattered. Throughout more than 70 years, the Gracie family has challenged the masters of different styles of martial arts, street fighters as well as robust men of the harbour to a fight without rules. These combats proved the effectiveness of used techniques. Also, strategy and training methods of BJJ were mastered.

Carlos and his brothers changed the original techniques so much that this fighting style differed completely from the internationally recognised Jiu-Jitsu. Thanks to the developed techniques of Gracie family, this fighting style received a national stamp and nowadays it is known under the name ‘’Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’’. Currently, this combat sport is practised all around the world including Japan.


The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu uses a belt system for ranking: white, blue, purple, brown and black as the last and strongest (every belt has also four different degrees).


BJJ as a hobby or a competitive sport is suitable for women and men of all ages as well as young people.


BJJ in Finland is organised under the authority of the Finnish Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation which promotes the development of the training process and supports cooperation between the schools in Finland.


You can start practising BJJ on our basic course which lasts for 6 weeks; training is twice per week; one training lasts for about 60 minutes; you will learn the basics on the course.


Outfit for indoor training, barefoot.

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