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Self Defense Programs

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not just what you see on the Ultimate Fighting Championships, it’s so much more!  Helio Gracie, the creator of modern day Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, founded his art on the concept of realistic self defense using the body and leverage to defeat a larger,stronger opponent.


Self Defense
Unlike learning a set of specific moves to defend against an attacker, training at the Rosendo Diaz Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy emphasizes the fundamentals of position and leverage. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training is specifically designed to use these fundamentals instead of strength, allowing a smaller person to defend and maneuver a larger person.  In the course of training, students will encounter uncomfortable positions that allow a calmness of mind and maturity to develop. Rosendo Diaz Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy students, espcially women, feel more confident in potentially threatening situations because of the familiarity they have developed along with realistic expectations.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) training integrates the skills needed for self-defense while blending an incredible strength, conditioning and flexibility workout. Our program mixes standup skills and ground defense in an atmosphere that promotes fun and fitness. Not only will you learn to defend yourself, but you will develop stamina and increased alertness.


We understand that students that begin training jiu-jitsu have different abilities and motivations. It is our goal to provide each of these students, regardless of their size or strength, the means by which to defend themselves.


The self-defense program at the Rosendo Diaz Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy is based on the curriculum developed at the Gracie Academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.