What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Jiu Jitsu, or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as it is commonly named outside Brazil, is a grappling orientated martial art/combat sport that evolved from its Japanese roots in 1920’s Brazil, and continued to evolve for many decades after until its present format. This style though previously established in its native country, became highly popular within the northern hemisphere after a series of performances from BJJ fighter Royce Gracie in the early UFC’s (Ultimate Fighting Championship) where he battled against competitors from many different martial arts backgrounds in the no holds barred tournament, becoming the fighting promotion’s first champion. This event proved Jiu Jitsu’s efficiency and helped raise awareness all around the world, becoming one of the reasons behind the sport’s growth.
Steve Haydock is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He started his martial arts training aged 19 with the study of Shorin-Ryu Karate. During this period he saw UFC 1 and was intrigued at the fighting style used by Royce Gracie to defeat all his opponents. Steve began his BJJ training in 1999 with Dean Taylor who was a blue belt under the legendary Rickson Gracie. This started Steve’s training journey that would take him to the Rickson Gracie Academy in Pacific Pallisades, CA where he would be exposed to the teachings of Rickson and his senior instructors. Steve continued his training with the association until he was promoted to purple belt by Roberto ‘Risada’ Atalla, Head of the Rio Grappling Club, eventually receiving his Black Belt in 2007. Since then Steve has taught and instructed groups and individuals all over the world including SWAT / LEO Teams, Military, Corporate Groups and Individual Athletes.
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