Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

What is BJJ?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art with a focus on grappling. It combines takedowns, sweeps, and superior body movement to dominate opponents and submit them with armlocks, shoulder-locks, and chokes.

The term “Jiu-Jitsu” means “the gentle art”. Students strive to reflect this in their practice and abilities by emphasizing technique and leverage over strength and size. For this reason, and for it’s effectiveness in live physical combat such as MMA and real self-defense situations, BJJ is considered absolutely essential for self defense and for all combat athletes.

All people are welcome to train and learn BJJ regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability. This is a great martial art to train whether you are looking to get into shape, develop a sense of physical safety and self-confidence, or become part of one of the most lively and rapidly evolving new sports in the world.

History and Lineage of BJJ at the Monkey Bar Gym

The Monkey Bar Gym was the first BJJ academy in Madison, Wisconsin. Founder and owner Jon Hinds has trained under the most illustrious and accomplished grapplers in the world including Rickson Gracie, Erik Paulson, and Luiz Claudio. Jon received his black belt under Luiz Claudio. 

The Monkey Bar Gym is proudly affiliated with the Luiz Claudio Combat Team (LCCT). Luiz Claudio is a fourth-degree black belt under Rickson Gracie and a three-time IBJJF World Champion.

Current instructor Jordan Wilson has been training BJJ for over a decade and is incredibly passionate about the art and sport. Jordan works closely under the supervision and tutelage of Jon Hinds and Luiz Claudio to develop and implement a curriculum and training regimen that ensures progress for students of all levels and abilities. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program at The Monkey Bar Gym is truly unique – while implementing the world-class curriculum and techniques of LCCT, it also emphasizes superior conditioning and body movement as developed by Jon Hinds.


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