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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is one of the fastest growing martial arts in the world today. The vibe in BJJ is different to a classic martial art (such as karate or aikido). Its style and culture make it feel more like a street sport, such as skateboarding or surfing, but with the added benefit of being one of the most efficient forms of self-defence in the world.

BJJ will take you on a journey. There will be highs and lows as you constantly challenge both your body and mind. It is a sport that forms close bonds with its practitioners and where the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle are encouraged and rewarded.Our aim at Carpe Diem BJJ London is to provide you with a safe and progressive environment that can support you on your journey. Whether your goal is to exercise and get fit, or to train and compete like a pro, we’ll be here for you and we’re sure you’ll have an amazing time.


Carpe Diem BJJ London Director

What is BJJ

BJJ is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling, especially ground fighting. BJJ was formed from Kodokan judo ground fighting (Ne waza) fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda, and Soshihiro Sakate. BJJ eventually came to be its own art form through experiments and adaptations of judo by Brazilian brothers, Carlos and Helio Gracie. They refined the sport and passed their knowledge on to their extended family as well as other instructors who were students of Maeda, such as Luis Franca.BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant. By using proper technique and leverage, joint locks and chokeholds can be applied to subdue opponents. During training, interactive positional studies and sparring (commonly referred to as rolling) form the majority of classes. In order to progress through the belt ranking system, an understanding of these positions and how to use them during live sparring must be demonstrated.
Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of judo was separated from the older system of Japanese jujitsu by an important difference that was passed on to BJJ: it is not solely a martial art, but also a sport. It is also, therefore, a method of promoting physical fitness and building character in people and for many a way of life.


Why Carpe Diem London?

Carpe Diem BJJ began 10 years ago in Tokyo, Japan and has become one of the most renowned dojos in the country. It has now grown internationally with over 20 academies worldwide. Our head instructor Yoshi Tamaki has been working for Carpe Diem BJJ under Yuki Ishikawa (founder of CDBJJ) for many years and was Head Instructor at the Aoyama dojo prior to moving to the UK. With his extensive knowledge and experience, Tsuyoshi has brought the unique brand of Carpe Diem BJJ to British shores, where students can expect the highest quality of instruction with the class, sophistication and professionalism embedded in his Japanese roots.

Trial Lesson

If you are interested in trying BJJ you may join one of our classes for a free trial lesson. Please contact us to arrange a convenient time and date. If you are coming for your free trial lesson all you need to bring is a t-shirt and a towel. We will provide you with a gi (the traditional jiu-jitsu uniform) and have changing rooms with shower facilities available.

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