Jiu Jitsu and Grappling Training Tips for beginners and experienced martial artists. Learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA Fighting, and Self-Defense at the Cage JSA in Cromwell, CT.

Unless you are blind or don’t have cable television, you know that the sport of Mixed Martial Arts is on the rise!  Everyone is interested in MMA and eventually more and more people want to learn how to fight in a Mixed Martial Arts event.

At our Jiu-Jitsu school in Cromwell, CT we teach the core grappling and striking DEFENSE techniques needed for Mixed Martial Arts competition – BUT, we are not a true Mixed Martial Arts school.  We still believe in teaching and learning a martial art, NOT JUST TRAINING A FIGHTER.

Some of us do compete in MMA and can provide our students with additional training with Matt Bryers, Oz Pariser, Ken Cotrona and Diogo Moreno and other trainers who are part of our group.  But, we highly recommend learning a base art first such as Jiu-Jitsu / Grappling and then enhancing your skills with other arts such as Kickboxing or Muay Thai.

If you are JUST LOOKING TO BE A FIGHTER – I am sorry, but we are not the school for you.  We believe that martial arts and jiu-jitsu is much, much more then JUST fighting.


Jiu-Jitsu is regarded as one of the most effective self-defense arts.  It was originally used on the battlefields of Japan by the Samurai.  It has since evolved into many different styles of jiu-jitsu including evolving into other styles such as Judo and Aikido.

If you are looking for a true self defense art, I highly recommend the Kobukai Ju-Jitsu classes.  Kobukai Ju-Jitsu addresses all ranges of combat as well as common and modern weapons a person may face in a real combat scenario.  Kobukai Ju-Jitsu has also been taught to the military, S.W.A.T. teams and police.  It is regarded as a very effective self-defense art the enhances the warrior spirit and teaches the student how to deal with most attacks and scenarios they may face.

The techniques you can expect to learn from combat oriented ju-jitsu are…

  • Striking Defense – learn essential and devastating strikes to disable your opponent as well as setup other finishing techniques.
  • Standing Defense – learn effective combat throws and takedowns from a variety of attacks including punch(s), grab(s), kick(s), and more.
  • Ground Defense – learn realistic and effective ground fighting skills including chokes, bone breaks,  sweeps, reversals, positioning and more.
  • Weapons Defense – learn to deal with all common weapons carried on the street, including gun defense, knife defense, and club defense.

If you are in the military, a police officer, or security specialist. We also have a program called TRITAC Martial ARts.  This program is targeted for the combat professional looking to enhance their real life combat skills.  Our instructors have aided and taught Police Officers, The Military, Doorman, Navy Seals, Defense Contractors, SWAT Teams, SWAT Instructors and everyday civilians.

When you begin training Jiu-Jitsu you will soon realize that there is a big difference between sport grappling and grappling for real combat.  It’s not necessarily the techniques that are different, it’s the approach to the techniques and the mindset involved when executing the techniques; as well as the choice of techniques to execute.

For instance, in Kobukai Ju-Jitsu we spend a great deal of time training takedowns and throws that can permanently disable your opponent, or setup a quick bone break / choke to quickly end the fight.  If we can avoid ground grappling, we will.  The reason being is that the ground adds extra variables to the combat equation that could potentially lead to harm or death.  One of the biggest and most obvious variable would be a another attacker.  Obviously, we are much more mobile while standing and if the situation presents itself, we can always escape and run away.  But, if you are fighting on the ground and involved in a grappling fight on the ground, you are basically stuck until you finish off your attacker.

That being said – ground grappling and learning to fight on the ground is a VITAL skill.  It is said that 90% of all fights go to the ground, so it is extremely important to learn how to fight on the ground – BUT – 100% of those fights started standing, so you DEFINITELY need to learn to fight on your feet.

The question that may arise from this post is which Jiu-Jitsu style should you choose?  The answer is simply – what is your goal?  If you goal is pure self-defense, then Kobukai Ju-Jitsu is for you.  If you are looking to compete in MMA, Jiu-Jitsu or Submission Wrestling fights, then Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for you.  If you are just looking for an extra hobby or to get into shape, either style would work for you.  My suggestion would be to come down during our class times and check out both styles and see which one really interests you.

Ready to Give it a Shot?  At the Cage JSA we offer both Combat Jiu Jitsu and Sport Based Jiu Jitsu training.

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