What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defence system that focuses on grappling, and in particular ground fighting.

BJJ was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie by Master Mitsuyo Maeda. Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Helio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge onto their family.

BJJ emphasises getting an opponent to the ground, gaining superior positioning and applying numerous chokes, holds, locks and joint manipulations to defeat them. By using leverage and proper technique, BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant.

BJJ can be used for sport grappling tournaments (both gi and no gi), in mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or for self-defence. Today, nearly all MMA fighters train in BJJ due to the success that past practitioners have had in the sport.

Aside from learning a highly rewarding and effective fighting style, other benefits of training in BJJ include improved fitness, functional strength, coordination, self-esteem and self-confidence.

About Mpire

About Mpire

Mpire Brazilian jiu jitsu team was established in 2013.

Mpire are the only Brazilian jiu jitsu specialists in the area, Mpire’s founder Shane Mills decided after 19 years Brazilian jiu jitsu experience  to put that experience and knowledge into coaching and creating a welcoming and family friendly team.

Since the opening of the club, the team have exploded on to the competition scene producing multiple British champions, European champions and World champions.

On top of the competition successes Mpire prides its self on promoting the many other benefits of Brazilian jiu jitsu like healthy lifestyle, confidence, discipline and being a productive member of society and your community.

Mpire has classes for all ages; juniors,children and adults, please go to our timetable to have a look or feel free to give us a call and we will be happy to answer your questions.

About Shane Mills

Shane Mills started martial arts at the age of 7 and at the age of 17 he discovered Brazilian jiu jitsu.

Now at the age of 36 he as been training in the art form for 19 years, his training and grades have all been under the famed Gracie Barra making his lineage as strong as it comes.

Mpires Shane Mills stood next to Roger Gracie and his Father.

Shane Mills stood next to Roger Gracie and his Father.

As a coach Shane has achieved great success in producing multiple British champions, European champions and world champions.

As satisfying and rewarding as the champions he has created, Shane also sees the confidence created in students who entered the club with very little, as an achievement in its self and this is what Shane believes what all martial arts should really be about.