Updated: Nov 6
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, often referred to as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, is a martial art and combat sport that has gained worldwide recognition for its effectiveness in self-defense and competitive settings. At the heart of this martial art lies a rich history of the Gracie family, who have made significant contributions to its development. At Urbana Academy, we explore the essence of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques, delving into its history, training methods, and honoring its impact on martial arts enthusiasts globally.
The Gracie Legacy
The Gracie family's journey into the world of martial arts began with Helio Gracie and Carlos Gracie in the early 20th century. The Gracie brothers developed and refined a system of self-defense from Japan that emphasized leverage, technique and adaptability over brute strength. Their dedication to honing this system led to the birth of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and it has since become a global phenomenon. Our gym is where this legacy thrives. We are more than just a training academy, we are the living embodiment of the Gracie family's dedication to martial excellence.
One of the key aspects that differentiate Gracie Jiu-Jitsu from other martial arts is its focus on realistic self-defense and ground fighting. The training at Urbana Academy revolves around the principles of leverage, positioning, and submission holds. Our members begin by mastering fundamental techniques such as joint locks and chokes. Then we progress into more advanced moves and strategies. What sets us apart is the commitment to "rolling" or sparring. Our instructors and students engage in live training sessions where we apply BJJ techniques in a controlled, yet dynamic, environment. This sparring fosters a sense of adaptability and problem-solving, as our students learn to handle various circumstances, from self-defense situations to sport competitions.
Community and Values
Beyond physical training, Urbana Academy emphasizes a strong sense of community and shared values. Respect, discipline, and humility are fundamental principles instilled in every student. Our gym is a place where people from all walks of life come together to learn and grow, fostering camaraderie and a sense of belonging. Our commitment to the art's effectiveness in real-life self-defense has led to a strong emphasis on women's self-defense programs and anti-bullying initiatives. BJJ has empowered countless individuals with the skills and confidence needed to protect themselves and others.
Urbana Academy has transcended various boundaries and now has a strong presence in Maryland. As Gracie Jiu Jitsu continues to evolve as practitioners contribute their insights and innovations, our members have participated in notable competitions where we have showcased the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, further cementing its status as a foundational martial art in the world.
Urbana Academy is more than just a place to learn martial arts. It's part of the living legacy of the Gracie family's dedication to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The emphasis on technique, adaptability, community and real-world self-defense sets Urbana Academy apart from other martial arts schools in Maryland. As the Gracie legacy continues to influence and inspire martial artists worldwide, our contribution to the Maryland community will endure for generations to come.