martial arts

Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

- Samuel Johnson

Welcome to Elements Martial Arts, Brighton and Hove’s premier Martial Arts Club specialising in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Jeet Kune Do (JKD)/Kali, Self Defence for both adults and children.

If you want to gain fitness, lose weight, learn to effectively defend yourself in a real situation or would like to bully proof your child, Elements Martial Arts is your one location to achieve all that, and more!

To enquire about training with us, please get in touch

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, JKD/Kali, Boxing, Freestyle Wrestling, Capoeira, Self Defence, Strength and Conditioning all under one roof

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling and ground fighting based system, the principles of which are based on leverage and technique to control and subdue a bigger, stronger and more athletic opponent.

Not only has BJJ proved itself as a complete and effective self defence system, but it also is a great sport in its own right, as well as being a fundamental component of any serious mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters arsenal. At Elements Martial Arts BJJ is taught first and foremost as a self defence system, however it is as a sport and way of life that the journey of BJJ takes on a whole new meaning and has proved to be a very positive influence on most of its long term practitioners, both at Elements Martial Arts and elsewhere around the world.

Brazilian Jiu Jutsu

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Jeet Kune Do

Jeet Kune Do (JKD) is a hybrid system and philosophy of martial arts which integrates Eastern and Western arts into a direct and non-classical format. Unlike more traditional martial arts, JKD is neither fixed nor patterned, but a constantly evolving system based on a free and open guiding philosophy with the ultimate aim of self expression through combative development.

The JKD/Kali system employed at Elements Martial Arts comprises of a Western Boxing core, with influences of Jun Fan Gung Fu, Kali Empty Hands, Panantukan, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

JKD/Kali taught here is a very effective system of street self defence, taking the most effective aspects of the combative arts mentioned above and blending them into a seamless format to maximise their efficiency.

The guiding principles of JKD are:

  • Absorb What is Useful
  • Reject What is Useless
  • And Add Specifically What is Yours.


Freestyle wrestling is a combat sport which confronts two competitors who try to gain control over their opponent through the use of throws, locks, leg trips, and clinching techniques. Contrary to Greco-Roman which only allows the use of the upper body, Freestyle holds can involve the legs in order to ultimately pin the the opponent’s shoulders to the mat. If a wrestler manages to do so, victory by “fall” is proclaimed, otherwise, the match pursues until the end of the regular time and the winner is decided according to the technical points scored.

Freestyle wrestling developed in Great-Britain and in the United States under the name of catch-as-catch-can and became the favourite attraction in fairs and popular celebrations during the 19th century. The goal of this discipline was to bring the adversary’s shoulder to the ground and almost all holds were allowed. Wrestling forms an essential part of the modern sport of MMA and should form an integral part of any serious martial artists skill-set.



Due to water damage at Elements Martial Arts we have temporarily moved our classes to Underground Gym, 8 Camden Street, Portslade, BN41 1AW.

Sadly no JKD striking, early morning, strength and conditioning or Saturday sessions until further notice.

Timetable will be as follows.

We sincerely apologise for this inconvenience.

Miad and Yousuf

Elements Martial Arts