Human Chess: The Art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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Imagine a 150 pound man controlling a 250 pound man with ease, and without the use of weapons, strikes, or miracles. It happens nearly every day at the Toronto BJJ Academy.


History Of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), a descendant of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, is a martial art that focuses on ground grappling. BJJ answers the questions of how to deal with someone who is punching and/or kicking you, what to do to take someone down, how to react if someone takes you down, and what to do once you are on the ground.

The object is to use technique involving the use of leverage and positioning of one’s body to effectively control your opponent so that they cannot attack you, but you can attack them. The goal of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is to force your opponent to give up due to the application of a finishing hold also known as a submission.


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Toronto BJJ, home to several World, Brazilian, MMA and Canadian national champions, is Toronto’s most highly accredited Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA academy. The 8000+ square FT facility features change rooms, a pro shop, a striking dedicated room with a ring, medicine balls, pads, heavy bags, Thai/banana bags, speed bag etc for Boxing, Muay Thai Kick Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts. Toronto BJJ also features an octagon cage, and over 3000 square feet of mats.

Toronto BJJ offers classes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Submission and Takedown wrestling, strength & conditioning and Muay Thai /Chute Boxe.

Head Instructors

Jorge Britto: BJJ Black Belt, 1st Degree

As a professional MMA fighter and 5x Rio State champion, Jorge is no stranger to MMA. Jorge’s teachers have included the legendary: Helio Gracie (the founder of BJJ), Royler Gracie, Vinny Aieta, Saulo Ribeiro, and Xande Ribeiro.

Mauricio Veio: Chute Boxe Black Belt

Mauricio not only has an impressive background to speak of – 15 years as a member of Chute Boxe, professional MMA and Muay Thai fighter, professional MMA Cornerman and Trainer – but has also had training partners that include the legendary Anderson Silva, Mauricio Rua and Wanderlei Silva and teachers such as Mestre Rafael Cordeiro and Mestre Rudimar Fredrigo.

Class Schedules

BJJ Basics
Monday: 6-7pm
Tuesday: 7-8am, 8-9am, 12-1pm, 7-8pm, 8-9pm, 9-10pm
Wednesday: 12-1pm, 1-2pm
Thursday 7-8am, 8-9am, 7-8pm, 8-9pm, 9-10pm
Friday: 12-1pm, 6-7pm
Saturday: 1-2pm, 3-4pm

Mixed Martial Arts
Monday & Wednesday: 8-9pm, 9-10pm
Friday: 12-1pm, 9-10pm
Sunday: 3:15-4:15pm & 4:15-5:15pm

Muay Thai/ Chute Boxe
Monday: 6-7pm
Tuesday: 7-8pm, 8-9pm, 9-10pm
Wednesday: 12-1pm
Thursday: 7-8pm, 8-9pm, 9-10pm
Friday: 1-2pm, 7-8pm
Sunday: 2-3pm


Toronto BJJ
Address: 813 Bloor Street W. Toronto, Ontario M6G1L8
Phone: (416)-744-6868
E-mail: [email protected]


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