Popularised by Royce Gracie in the early Ultimate Fighting Championship events, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes getting an opponent to the ground in order to utilize ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds.
The premise of BJJ is that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are somewhat negated when grappling on the ground. 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.
Within the Academy we have 3 programs, beginners start on the Fundamentals Program then progressing on to Advanced and finally reaching the Black Belt Program.
Gracie Barra Derby is very successful within the competition circuit, competing both domestically and internationally. We have competitors that hold gold both in the European Gi and No Gi, World champions and many more, and our instructors are all brown belt and above as awarded by the UK arm of Gracie Barra, the biggest BJJ club in the world.