About Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) classes are run at CrossFit Algoa by Carlson Gracie Africa BJJ Academy and are open to the public. For more info on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the Carlson Gracie Africa BJJ Academy, please scroll down…




Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a self-defence martial art and combat sport based on grappling, ground fighting (ne-waza) and submission holds.

BJJ focuses on the skill of taking an opponent to the ground (or not being taken to the ground i.e. certain self-defence scenarios), controlling one’s opponent, gaining a dominant position, and using a number of techniques to force them into submission via joint locks or chokeholds. BJJ uses the whole body to attack single joints in opponents. This efficiency enables smaller weaker individuals to able to defeat stronger more athletic individuals!


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was initially developed in 1926 by Brazilian brothers Carlos, Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., George, and Hélio Gracie, after Carlos was taught Jiu-Jitsu by a travelling Japanese judoka, Mitsuyo Maeda who himself mastered his ground fighting while interacting with Taro Miyake (Tanabe student), Sadakazu Uyenishi (Handa, Tanabe) and Yukio Tani (Tenjin Shinyo-ryu) and catch wrestlers in Europe. Later on, the Gracie family developed their own self-defense system.


BJJ eventually came to be its own defined combat sport through the innovations, practices, and adaptation of the Gracie families Jiu-Jitsu and Judo, and became an essential martial art for modern MMA. Governing bodies such as the IBJJF work worldwide, and set the rules and standards to be held in sport BJJ competitions.


BJJ revolves around the concept, that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent by using leverage and weight distribution, taking the fight to the ground or avoiding the ground) and using a number of holds and submissions to defeat them. This makes it ideal even for ladies and children who can learn to defend themselves against adult men.

BJJ training can be used for competing in Brazilian sport Jiu-Jitsu (gi), Grappling (no gi), and Mixed Martiial Arts (MMA). BJJ is also primarly learnt for Self-defense due to the phenomenal effectiveness of BJJ.

Sparring, commonly referred to as “rolling” or “randori” within the BJJ community, and live drilling, plays a major role in training and the practitioner’s development. BJJ can also be used as a method of promoting physical fitness, building character, and as a way of life.


For more info please see below:

1. For info on our 6 Week SELF-DEFENCE COURSE CLICK HERE and complete the contact form or go to our webpage at: https://crossfitalgoa.com/brazilian-jiu-jitsu-classes/ for more info!

2. COMING SOON – For more info on our ADULT and KIDS classes at Carlson Gracie Africa BJJ Academy please go to our site (carlsongracieafrica.com) .. you will find info on:

  • Our Affiliation:

    – About our Affiliation
    – About Master Marcus Soares
    – History and Background
    – About Grandmaster Carlson Gracie
    – About Prof. David Levey

  • Our Coaches

  • Our Class Types:

    – Adult BJJ and No Gi Grappling
    – Self-Defence an Beginners Program
    – CGA Kids (anti-bullying program)

  • Our Class Schedule

  • How to Contact Us

  • Blog Posts

  • Articles on benefits of BJJ