Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 7:00 pm
Tuesday & Thursday 1:00 pm

AMAC Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructors:

Brazilian Jiu‐Jitsu (BJJ) is a highly effective self‐defense system of ground fighting. It is designed to allow a smaller, weaker person to defend himself or herself in a real-world situation that goes to the ground. Brazilian Jiu‐Jitsu does this by thoroughly studying correct body mechanics, timing, and placement. This is good for you, the student, because the methods are not based on strength or speed, so the skills will not fade, as will strength and speed. This is also in line with the self‐defense mindset of Brazilian Jiu‐Jitsu, meaning your training should prepare you for a street encounter where you don’t get to choose what weight class you will be fighting in.

The self-defense mindset is necessary because statistics say 90 to 95% of all violent attacks and street fights end up on the ground, where Brazilian Jiu‐Jitsu’s techniques are most effective. Unlike most sport-based Jiu‐Jitsu, AMAC BJJ studies grappling and teach the student how to deal with the opponent that tries to strike them in each position and how to deal with it effectively.

The physical benefits of training are incredible for the student. Most students experience a physical change in their bodies within 30 days of beginning their training. Students will lose weight and become leaner, gain useable strength, become more flexible and loosen their bodies. Many students experience lower stress levels, leading to higher levels of day-to-day energy.

The focus on real‐world self-defense is what separates AMAC Brazilian Jiu‐Jitsu from other Brazilian Jiu‐Jitsu systems that are more sport based. If personal protection and physical fitness is your goal, Gracie Jiu‐Jitsu has a practical answer that will work for you.

Training In Jiu‐Jitsu

Upholding the premise that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are mitigated when grappling on the ground, Brazilian jiu‐jitsu emphasizes getting an opponent to the ground in order to utilize ground fighting techniques, and submission holds involving Striking, joint‐locks, and chokeholds. A more precise way of describing this would be to say that on the ground, physical strength can be offset or enhanced by an experienced grappler who knows how to maximize force using mechanical strength instead of pure physical strength.

Once the opponent is on the ground, several maneuvers (and counter‐maneuvers) are available to manipulate the opponent into a suitable position for applying a submission technique or striking. Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of the style and includes effective use of the guard (a signature position of BJJ) position to defend oneself from the bottom (using both submissions and sweeps, with sweeps leading to the possibility of dominant position or an opportunity to pass the guard), and passing the guard to dominate from top position with side control, mount, and back mount positions.

This system of maneuvering and manipulation can be likened to a form of kinetic chess when utilized by two experienced practitioners. A submission hold is the equivalent of a checkmate in the sport, reflecting a disadvantage that would be extremely difficult to overcome in a fight (such as a dislocated joint or unconsciousness).

Certified Jiu‐Jitsu Instruction

The Atlanta Martial Arts Center is a proud lineage affiliate of the Pedro Sauer Jiu‐Jitsu Association. We are the ONLY certified Pedro Sauer training center in the area (Woodstock, Acworth, Townelake, Canton).

The Pedro Sauer Jiu‐Jitsu Association was founded by Master Pedro Sauer, an 8th-degree black belt under Grandmaster Helio Gracie and Rickson Gracie. He was the first black belt awarded by Grandmaster Helio, who was not named Gracie.

The Atlanta Martial Arts Center’s founder Professor Alan Baker is a Gracie Brazilian Jiu‐Jitsu 3rd degree black belt under Master Pedro Sauer.

Jiu‐Jitsu at AMAC

AMAC Brazilian Jiu‐Jitsu also includes training in standing self-defense against punching, kicking, grabs, and holds and various weapons like the gun and knife. In addition to self‐defense, it is an incredible physical workout that will increase your strength and flexibility as it gets you in great shape.

Jiu‐Jitsu at AMAC is easy to learn and safe. We go out of our way to maintain a mature, safe training environment to avoid any injury. The classes are taught in an organized, professional manner by trained instructors. We are a School, NOT a gym! We have the best educational process in the area. Our curriculum is designed to educate you in Jiu‐Jitsu, not just allow you access to the classes and have you figure it out on your own. We follow a very detailed and organized curriculum with a clear path to your goal. We understand your time is valuable, and you want to get the most out of your training.

Jiu‐Jitsu is also a fantastic method to improve your physical fitness as you learn effective and proven self-defense. The average student loses 10‐15 pounds of body fat in the first three months of training. It improves your overall strength, endurance, and flexibility. The Brazilian Jiu‐Jitsu lifestyle will improve you on multiple levels, and the benefits that you will gain will stay with you throughout the rest of your life.

Benefits Of AMAC Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  • Increased Confidence & Empowerment
  • Increased Flexibility & Core Strength
  • Improved Coordination & Motor Skills
  • Learn Effective Self-Defense
  • Get Into Incredible Shape
  • Improved Endurance & Stamina

The Jiu-Jitsu that I created was designed to give the weak ones a chance to face the heavy and strong. It was so successful that they decided to create a sportive version of it. I would like to make it clear that of course I am in favor of the sportive practice and -Jitsu, based on rules and time limits, which benefits the heavier, stronger, and more athletic individuals. The primary objective of Jiu-Jitsu is to empower the weak who, for not having the physical attributes, are often intimidated. My Jiu-Jitsu is an art of self-defense in which rules and time limits are unacceptable. These are the reasons for which I can’t support events that reflect an anti Jiu-Jitsu.

– Grandmaster Helio Gracie