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What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Jiu Jitsu is a Martial Art, developed by the Gracie Family in Brazil. The Gracies learned Jiu Jitsu from a Japanese Diplomat and evolved it into a whole new art which rather than focusing on powerful throws, the major strategy was to take attackers to the ground and pin them or apply joint locks or strangle holds to immobilize the opponent. Gracie/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has ben adopted by all branches of the armed forces as well as federal and local law enforcement agencies. 

How is Jiu Jitsu Different than Karate and other Martial Arts?

Unlike Karate and other Martial Arts, the basic strategy is not to hurt or render your opponent unconscious but rather to neutralize, control and immobilize the attacker. Much like wrestling, the Jiu Jitsu fighter looks to take his opponents to the ground where he looks to outmaneuver and pin or immobilize.

I’m not in the best shape. Can I still take a Jiu-Jitsu Class?

It is not necessary to be in great shape to start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Our classes begin with a moderate warm-up and stretching to avoid injuries. Each member is encouraged to set their own pace. Getting in shape while learning a new skill is an added benefit of training jiu-jitsu.

I’ve never done martial arts before? Is there a beginner class?

Yes, all new students and inexperienced visitors start in the beginners class. This is where you will learn the basic concepts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We also offer classes for children and advanced students.

Does GBNO offer private lessons?

Yes, some people prefer privacy or personal one-on-one attention. Our instructors are available for individual and semi private lessons.

Dave Coughlin

“Great place with a fantastic staff, and a class schedule perfect for any profession!”

-- Dave Coughlin --

Igor Andrade

“I strongly recommend that anyone who wants either to get into BJJ or take their game to the next level to go see Professor Gutty! Unbelievable skills, unbelievable instruction level!”

-- Igor Andrade --

Alex Joseph

“Moving here from Miami, I was unsure where to go, after meeting everyone here I fell in love and wouldn't want to train anywhere else. If you want high quality training and a family environment look no further.”

-- Alex Joseph --

Anderson Macedo

“Great place to learn Jiu-jitsu with high level professors in an excellent environment for developing skills, exercising and making friends.”

-- Anderson Macedo --

Wes Feldman

“Lots of mat space. Top notch instruction from Gustavo "Gutty" Muggiati. Facilities that are always clean. Great group of people from all walks of life and all levels of ability.”

-- Wes Feldman --

Timothy Ward

“Tremendous fun. Look forward to new classes every night.”

-- Timothy Ward --

Bennett Frumer

“Excellent jujitsu school you can feel how much the instructors love what they do. They teach fundamentals the Gracie way so we learn from the beginning from the ground floor up.”

-- Bennett Frumer --

Clifton McClintock

“Great environment and great instructors. The staff has always been warm and helpful.”

-- Clifton McClintock --

Damon Friedburg

“My only regret is that I waited so long to begin training here. The students and the staff are very welcoming, and the top-notch instructors really have a passion for teaching their students.”

-- Damon Friedburg --

Rich Rodgriguez

“Gracie Barra North Orlando is an amazing place to train BJJ! World class instruction, world class training partners and a world class environment!”

-- Rich Rodgriguez --