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.

The Instructor

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.

Assistant Instructor / Kids Instructor

Jason Trudeau Purple Belt (1 Stripe)


Thank you for the training you’ve given my son Nolan.  He looks forward to attending class each week and always wants to play the games at home.  You are by far the best coach, of any activity/sport, he has had thus far.  You keep him interested throughout class, and have the ability to quickly redirect his attention back when his mind begins to wander, as 4 years old so often do!  We will miss having Nolan work with you when we relocate to St. Louis.  I hope we are able to find another instructor as talented, patient, and passionate as you have been.

Steve Haydock Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – What makes us different?

“I see a need for a revolutionary process for Jiu Jitsu, a return to its essence as a style of self defence. I want to bring back that concept of effectiveness rather than advantage points and little stalling positions.” Rickson Gracie

Our goal is to teach a simple and devastatingly effective style of Jiu Jitsu that is applicable in the gi, no gi, on the mat or in the street based on technique and leverage rather than physical attributes, suitable for young or old, man or woman.