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
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.
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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:
Judo is a tremendous and dynamic combat sport that demands both physical prowess and great mental discipline. From a standing position, it involves techniques that allow you to lift and throw your opponents onto their backs. On the ground, it includes techniques that allow you to pin your opponents down to the ground, control them, and apply various chokeholds or joint locks until submission.
Judo originated in Japan as a derivative of the various martial arts developed and used by the samurai and feudal warrior class over hundreds of years. Although many of the techniques of judo originated from arts that were designed to hurt, maim, or kill opponents in actual field battle, the techniques of judo were modified so that judo students can practice and apply these techniques safely and without hurting opponents. Judo simply involves two individuals who, by gripping the judo uniform or judo-gi, use the forces of balance, power, and movement to attempt to subdue each other. Thus, it is simple and basic. In its simplicity, however, lies its complexity, and mastery of even the most basic of judo techniques that often take considerable time, effort, and energy, involving rigorous physical and mental training.
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.
Capoeira is a dynamic and spectacular multi-disciplinary cultural, sport / art form which draws on the rich tradition of Afro-Brazilian music, dance, story telling, theatre and self-defence. The cultural and oral tradition of Capoeira evolved from the history of the African people’s will to resist transportation from Africa and to survive enslavement in Brazil. From its beginnings Capoeira practice has been about strengthening the body and spirit of those who practice it by connecting them to their community.
Rooted within the Capoeira movements, songs and games are the principles of freedom, equality and the resistance against social, cultural and economic oppression. Capoeira is a valuable tool for personal empowerment of the mind and body, whereby the individual practitioner re/discovers new skills, fraternity and community. Capoeira is tool for building fit, healthy and strong bodies and minds.
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