The adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is the flagship system taught at East Cobb Martial Arts. ECMA stays true to the Gracie family’s philosophy of staying calm, closing the distance, and using technical movements to end an altercation as safely as possible. Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is widely considered to be the most effective self-defense system ever created.

rolker-gracie-family11Gracie Jiu-Jitsu or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was developed by Grand Master Helio Gracie in Brazil in 1920’s. Modifying the Japanese version of Jiu-Jitsu (translated as “gentle art”), Helio Gracie made Jiu-Jitsu more effective by basing it on leverage and technique. His sons perpetuated the art by bringing it to the United States and eventually the world during the 1980’s. Now, Jiu-Jitsu is the fastest growing martial art style in the world! For a full history of the Gracie family, please visit:

Our Classes

The adult BJJ class format focuses on self-defense.  Practiced in a clean, safe, supervised environment, our adult classes run like this:

  • Brief stretching or warm up
  • 5 minute review of self-defense techniques with other students
  • Instruction, demonstration, and then drilling of a surprise self-defense technique
  • Instruction, demonstration, and then drilling of 2-3 Jiu-Jitsu techniques
  • Class adjourns, students who are qualified or able Roll (Jiu-Jitsu sparring, resembles wrestling) for 30-40 Additional minutes

There are many benefits to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training.

Physical Fitness. There’s no better workout than practicing Jiu-Jitsu moves & especially rolling!

Self Defense. The moves are easy to learn, take virtually no athleticism and are extremely effective.

Preparation. Because there is virtually no striking in Jiu-Jitsu, it’s very safe yet extremely effective.

Jiu-Jitsu is based on grappling so to the way Jiu-Jitsu practitioners end an altercation by submission holds like chokes, armlocks and leglocks. Also, since there is no striking, the way Jiu-Jitsu practitioners spar is by “rolling.” Rolling is where students grapple for position and submission. Positions like the mount, guard and back mount are dominant positions where practitioners refine submission holds. Students can train very intensely and because the you’re able to tap out or surrender at any time, the art is very safe to practice. Students are not required to roll and need the minimum training requirements to even be eligible but rolling is encouraged for timing, fitness and for lowering combat anxiety.

What you’ll need for this class:

  • Jiu-Jitsu Gi or Kimono
  • Jiu-Jitsu Belt
  • Rash guard (optional)
  • ECMA asks students to bring a clean, dry gi to class. ECMA can order a Gi for you or there are many places online to purchase them.
  • For the no gi classes rashguards, jiu-Jitsu gi pants or grappling shorts are required.

Belt Rank

There are 5 adult belt ranks in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black

Because of the training required, it typically takes 10-15 years to achieve the rank of Black Belt. This is why BJJ black belts are regarded as respected self defense experts.