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Combat Room - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a physically and mentally demanding sport and self defence system. At the Combat Room you can train with beginners and black belts alike and develop your own game under the instruction of experienced BJJ practitioners.

The Combat room was created to share the expertise of experienced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners and to pass on the benefits that come with learning a martial art. There are sessions each day and every level of experience is represented in the club.

Whether you're after a new sport, a fitness challenge, or some techniques to improve your self defence, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the Combat Room is a great place to start! We also have women's specific classes every Tuesday and kids classes on Saturdays.

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History of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Mitsuyo Maeda, was a Japanese student of the Sumo and Kodokan Judo ground fighting disciplines. As one of the top practicing judokas in the Kodokan school, he was sent overseas to spread the martial art around the world by challenging fighters from different fighting arts. In 1917, Carlos Gracie watched a demonstration by Maeda and asked to become his student. Carlos eventually passed on his knowledge onto his brothers who then adapted and evolved the discipline into the modern sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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The System

Hélio Gracie, one of Carlos Gracie's brothers, is credited as transforming Brazilian Jiu Jitsu into it's modern form. At the age of 16 he taught his first lesson and, because of his size, he recognised that some of the movements were impossible for him to successfully execute. This lead to Hélio developing simpler and more efficient movements that created greater leverage so that a smaller opponent could use to subdue a larger opponent.

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Sport vs Self Defence

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is often viewed as two separate practices; as sport and self defence, with various techniques crossing between the two disciplines. The sport of Jiu Jitsu is ever-evolving and currently enjoys a huge popularity, in part following the success of Royce Gracie in the first Ultimate Fighting competitions in the early 90's. However it's roots as a self defence system make it an excellent choice for people who want to improve their confidence and self reliance.

Combat Room Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Trainers

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Vanderson began his training in 1996 and received his black belt in 2007 under the instruction of Leonardo Kobbaz and Rocian Gracie. He became head trainer at the Combat Room in 2009. Vanderson has broad technical expertise after training and working with various clubs around the world. His combination of relaxed yet detail oriented teaching has proven very successful as demonstrated by the Vanderson Pires Jiu Jitsu Team.

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Brain has a long and storied martial arts career that he began at the age of 16. Covering numerous martial arts styles including Seido Karate, boxing, Judo and Brazilian Jiu JItsu, he treats martial arts as an exploration of self. Brian created the Combat Room in order to deliver his knowledge and experience to others. Brian takes classes regularly and his sessions are filled with high intensity drills and friendly competition.

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Maren spent several years practicing Judo, gaining her brown belt before starting her Brazilian Jiu Jitsu career. She now holds a brown belt in Jiu Jitsu and has taken the podium in several high-profile competitions including the Rio de Janeiro State Championships and the Abu Dhabi trials in Sydney. Maren takes the Women's BJJ classes every Tuesday evening from 6 - 7pm.

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Adrian began his journey in the grappling arts at the age of seven when he started Judo at the Kapiti Judo Club. After a long hiatus he returned to Judo in 2000 at the Wellington Judo and Jujitsu Academy and gained his Judo black belt in 2004. He also studied Shodokan Aikido representing NZ in 2001 and earning a black belt in 2003. Adrian has been a member of the Combat Room since it's inception and was awarded his black belt in BJJ by Vanderson Pires in Novemember 2012.