Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) in Rhode Island

Coach Radhames here, I wanted to tell you about BJJ personally.

BJJ “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the dynamic martial art created by The Gracie family. BJJ at Elevate has an eye on the past with self-defense components and the present with sport application.

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is widely considered one of the most complete self-defense system, it’s also a sport, and a fitness program. It has been proven to be the most practical and effective self-defense system in the world by the famed Gracie family who started the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) to showcase Jiu-Jitsu’s effectiveness against other martial arts.

“I don’t defeat my opponents, they defeat themselves.” -Helio Gracie (Who trained into his 90s!)

Helio Gracie is on our wall

Grand Master trained into his 90s demonstrating how great Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be on your body!

Jiu-Jitsu relies on leveraging ones, rather than strength and size. This allows you to defend yourself against much larger opponents.

As a result, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a great sport for everyone, especially women and children.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the fastest growing martial art due to its great success in the UFC and Mixed Martial Arts in general. BJJ came from Judo and has many standing throwing techniques, but BJJ focuses more on grappling and ground fighting with the goal of getting into a position to force an attacker or opponent to submit or give up.

BJJ is also an intense, aerobic, and anaerobic workout because of how many shapes (squatting, pressing, squeezing, lifting, etc) you assume, so your health, and fitness will improve dramatically. Other benefits include, flexibility, strength, fat burning power, and muscular endurance.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Class with Coach Radhames Familia, Jr.

On a special Wednesday night during Coach Radhames’ class where his lifelong Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu friends came to visit!

Why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

The things you can’t see!

Many people associate exercise with a look. People want to look or feel a certain way. You won’t likely hear many people, say, “I train so I can lower my cholesterol.” The only people who say that are ones who found out horrible news at a doctors office. I often tell my students BJJ is great for the things you can’t see, such as your cholesterol. More importantly that quiet cool confidence that you find everyday you step on the mat cultivating life saving skills with your friends at the academy. No matter how many times you get submitted, you’re doing something phenomenal for your health.

BJJ is funny that way, submission is seen as failure, but some of the most important figures in human history made it to the tops of their craft through the process of failing over and over only to ultimately achieve their goals.

Feel free contact me personally to discuss your goals!

Pura Vida,

Coach Radhames Familia, Jr.

Me in one of my classes!