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Our curriculum-based BJJ and Martial Arts classes are designed for students of all ability levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners.

What is Jiu Jitsu?

Jiu Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport. Its origin is traced back to Japan and the development of another grappling martial art and Olympic sport, Judo.

Judo made its way to Brazil in the early 1920’s by different judo black belts and the most famous of them was a man named Mitsuyo Maeda. Maeda made a career in traveling the United States, Cuba, Central and South America to promote Judo. He did this by either technique demonstrations and/or matches with other grapplers.

His journey brought him to Brazil where he met a man named Gastao Gracie. It would later be Gastao’s children, particularly the famous Helio and Carlos Gracie, who would be taught Judo but later named Jiu Jitsu or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The Gracie family took this knowledge and organized Jiu Jitsu to its own style and approach for hand-to-hand combat.

Jiu Jitsu is a four stage/step hand to hand combat system:

Stage 1 - Take opponent down to ground

This is important because people are most athletic on their feet. So, if you need to fight an opponent who is particularly bigger than yourself, trading punches with that person is not a winning strategy. However, taking that person down can reduce the power that they can use against you. At Paxibellum Martial Arts, we train this skill set in our wrestling/takedown classes.

Stage 2 - Getting past legs or using your legs

There are two ways that the fight goes to the floor: either you took the
opponent down or they put you down. The bottom person who is fighting with their legs and arms are doing an action which is called the guard in Jiu Jitsu. The bottom fighter has three goals they’re trying to achieve: sweep or reverse the top attacker, stand up, and/or attack with strangles, joint locks or striking. The top fighter is trying to get past the legs and the dangers they present in order to pin the bottom person.

Stage 3 - Pins

If the top fighter manages to get pass the legs, which is called guard passing, they must be able to control the bottom person. This are where the pin system of the art comes in. There’re five pins in Jiu-Jitsu: side control, mount, knee on belly, north south pin and rear mount. When you train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you’ll have to learn how to use and escape all five pins.

Stage 4 - Attacking from pins

The final stage is having the knowledge and skill to finish the fight from these pins. There’re three types of attacks that can be used: Strangles, joint locks, and striking. At Paxibellum Martial Arts, we’ll properly teach you how to apply these weapons and how to defend/escape from them. 


Pekiti Tirsia Kali is a Filipino martial art of blades, sticks, knives, empty hands, and a combination of these weapons. This particular system favors close quarters training over a long distance or medium range. As taught by head PTK Mataas Na Guro Agapito Gonzalez, at Paxibellum, we focus on weapons work as force multipliers, focusing on stickwork as that translates to everyday items such as pens and knives, rolled-up magazines, and other weapons of opportunity. Lakan Guro Logan Lo assists. All levels from all schools are welcome, from absolute beginner to kali gurus.


We provide free first class for anyone who’s new! You can come in and try out Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Pekiti Tirsia Kali without any obligation. We want you to feel comfortable before signing up for a membership, so take advantage of our free trial! You never know — you might love it!

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