“Always assume your opponent is going to be bigger, stronger, and faster than you; so that you rely on technique, timing and leverage rather than brute strength.”
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake. Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of judo through Carlos and Hélio Gracie (who passed their knowledge on to their extended family) as well as other instructors who were students of Maeda, such as Luiz Franca.
BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring (commonly referred to as "rolling") and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.
Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of judo was separated from older systems of Japanese Jujutsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian jiu-jitsu: it is not solely a martial art, but it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way (Do) of life.
The Brazil-021 School of Jiu-Jitsu, was founded by Jiu-Jitsu black belts Andre Terencio and Hannette Staack. The school began with the vision of unifying its staff and creating a solid team, not only to train champions, but also to help its members become good citizens and family members.
Brazil 021 is not an Academy reserved solely for the “tough” and powerful, but rather for all men, women, children, and people who are unsure of their abilities.
The name and logo were inspired by the state of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. The numbers- 021, signify the telephone area code for Rio de Janeiro where Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was initially most strongly developed. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is now practiced worldwide, and because of this globalization, the school was given a name with an English foundation: BRAZIL-021 SCHOOL OF JIU-JITSU, or BRA-021 for short.
The Team is composed with schools in Brazil (Brazil-021 Rio de Janeiro), the United States (Brazil-021 Chicago and Brazil-021 Arlington Heights - IL, Brazil-021 Houston - TX, Brazil-021 San Antonio - TX, Brazil-021 Jacksonville - NC), Brazil-021 Boston and Canada (Brazil-021 Edmonton - Alberta).