HELIO GRACIE- October 1, 1913 – January 29, 2009

It has been six years since Grand Master Helio Gracie’s last words: “I created a flag from the sport’s dignity. I oversee the name of my family with affection, steady nerves and blood.”
This sport, this family, this legacy lives on strong in every Gracie Jiu Jitsu student, and right here at Gracie Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ).

Grand Master Helio Gracie and Prof. Bruno Panno

Grand Master Helio Gracie and Prof. Bruno Panno


New Technique Video

We bet you haven’t seen this triple submission opportunity off of a Flower Sweep when your opponent bases. Just a little something one of our students came up with in class at Gracie Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) that we though we would share. Give it a go! For more techniques Videos visit the Gracie Videos Page and click HERE and follow us on Facebook.


First Competition of 2015!


This past weekend Gracie Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) competitors showed their metal at the Events BJJ Competition held in Ryde. This small local comp was a great start to the year for our Competition team with our kids, teens, and adults all bringing their technique and heart.
There were lots of matches, hard work, right attitudes and the results were apparent in medals won, experiences to learn from, and smiles!
Congrats to all our Competition Team members. Great way to start the competition year for your team! See you in Comp Class.


New Years Resolutions and BJJ


New Years Resolutions can be tricky. We want to set goals for ourselves to bring about a higher, if not the best possible, improvements to our lives. We have such good intentions for ourselves. To do this means changing habits that are ingrained activities (or lack of) and behaviors.

The problems in keeping these resolutions comes in with the idea of a resolution as an “All-or-Nothing” affair which can ultimately detriment our growth as soon as we don’t “Do it All” completely the way we thought we would. Imagine a toddler giving up on walking because she falls down the first time. To learn something new and to change necessarily means you will come across not only failure in the activity but resistance in yourself to the perceived difficulty of these new changes and the shift away from old ingrained habits.

To help yourself change you will need both forgiveness and persistence. Forgiveness for when you fall and persistence to keep trying until what is a new experience becomes a natural habit for you.

The greater the changes we wish to make the harder it will be to do it all perfectly at once RIGHT NOW. Taking small yet consistent changes however, will lead to bigger and better ones.

Some ways to ensure progress with your goals happens:

• Begin with a small manageable goal that is in line with your bigger goal. For example, for the next three weeks I want to train twice a week. By the end of 21 days you have now begun a habit of going to the gym twice a week.

• Drop the negative self talk when you don’t always achieve your set goals and instead focus on what you did actually accomplish and what you will do next. Journaling or recording your activity can easily show you how far you have come.

• Find a support system for your new changes by:

– Educating yourself about how you can accomplish your goal.
– Get motivation by find out and reminding yourself why you wish to accomplish it.
– Have support for your specific goals for when you lose motivation or aren’t sure about your next step. This will help you get back in touch with the how to and why of your goal. A support system can consist of those who train with you, your instructor, or your family; anyone who contributes to you achieving your goals.

As any long term martial artist will tell you the last factor- an active support system of others- is perhaps the most important. We all may waiver in our dedication at times but together as a team we simply can not fail!

Come in to Gracie Sydney BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) for a FREE Trail class today. To see all the classes we offer, visit our Programs page.


Abu Dhabi Trials- Our First Competition of 2015

The first comp of the year that Gracie Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) will be at is the prestigious Abu Dhabi Pro Cup Jiu Jitsu Trials. This year the comp will be right here at the Sydney Uni Aquatic Centre on Sunday, Feb 22nd. Division are available for Master and Adult Males and Adult Females.
These trials are the final eliminator in Australia for the global competition the Pro Cup held in Abu Dhabi in April. Winners of all open weight divisions will receive a prize and travel pack to the Final Pro Cup.
Before registering for the event all competitors must first register with the UAE Jiu Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) as a members. Click here to sign up for membership and click here to then register for the Trials.
Let’s go get it Humaita Competition team. Get into training and set your sights!


Comp Season is here! Know the Rules.

A new competition year is about to begin in Australia for all Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners and fans! Do you know the rules of our sport? There’s nothing worse than doing all the preparation work at a competition to let a technicality or unclear understanding of the registration, uniform, or weight in process derail your plans for glory. Know the Rules!
If you’re not one for reading the full RULES PDF file from the International Brazilian jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) here is a free online course video of all the rules you will need to know for competing and for practicing BJJ.
For those who will be doing their first competition or are returning to comp this year, let your instructors at Gracie Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) know about your plans and we will help you each step of the way. Don’t forget the best training for competition is at the Comp Class, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30am.


Judo for BJJ Classes

Do You Judo? Is so, how much Judo do you really know? BJJ fights start standing and any well rounded martial artist needs to know more than just how to pull guard or go to their back. Brush up on or improve the takedown skills you already have with our world class talent teaching special Judo for BJJ Classes at Gracie Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Judo Black Belt Professor Istvan Szasz (wiki here) is our instructor for all these classes. To see him in action take a look at the video below.


Gracie Kids Comics #12


Here is Gracie Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s (BJJ) first Self Defense Technique for our Kids this February 2015 is the Bear Hug Under Arm. The next will be the bear hug over arm. These techniques will count towards our >Kids Points Technique of the Month for our Mini Monthly Test. Come to class to learn and practice this move and when you are confident show it to an instructor to get your 10 points!

Someone grabs you from behind- you can feel their arms are under yours and not over. Before they can pick you up or pull and push you, how do you stay safe? Take a look: