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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling art, with a strong emphasis on ground fighting. BJJ is a martial art, combat sport, and self defense system that has become a fundamental staple of mixed martial arts. In fact, Royce Gracie won the first UFC primarily using BJJ. BJJ effectively utilizes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defeat a larger, stronger assailant by using leverage and body mechanics in applying joint-locks and chokeholds. BJJ training at CORE includes sport grappling as well as self defense techniques, although the larger focus is on tournament grappling. CORE has a fundamental gi class, and advanced gi and no-gi classes. Classes typically follow a routine of warm up, instruction of technique, drilling and then free sparring. Nicknamed “athletic chess,” most students find Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to be utterly addictive.

Although Brazilian Jiu Jitsu descended from Japanese Jiu Jitsu (Fusen Ryu), BJJ has developed several differing intricacies, and has exploded in popularity around the world due to the detailed emphasis of using leverage against larger opponents. In the early 1900’s, BJJ was developed from the grappling fundamentals of Judo master, Mitsuyo Maeda, who taught Carlos and Helio Gracie. They in turn passed the knowledge on to their families, creating the esteemed Gracie pedigree we see in BJJ, and at CORE Combat Sports today.

CORE’s deep BJJ pedigree comes from the years of instruction under legend, world champion and 5th degree black belt, Helio “Soneca” Moreira. Soneca as he is affectionately known to his peers, began practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 8 with black belt masters Cirilo Azevedo and Elias Martins. By the age of 9, he was already a Brazilian champion. At the age of 13, Soneca moved to Rio De Janeiro and joined the Gracie Club, now known as Barra Gracie, being instructed by the Machado Brothers, Ze Henrique Leao Teixeira and Renzo Gracie. At the age of 22, Soneca received from Master Carlos Gracie Jr., the esteemed black belt he had been dreaming of – an honor few people held at that time.

In 2005, Helio Soneca decided to pass on his legacy at CORE Combat Sports, and began teaching as resident BJJ instructor. As one of the major contributors to the successful development of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu across the world, Soneca has trained several world champions in BJJ, grappling and no-holds-barred fights. Some of his most famous students include Vanderlei Silva, Alan Belcher, Michel Safi and many more.

Soneca teaches full time at CORE Combat Sports.


CORE offers gi and no-gi BJJ classes in which you will master the following areas of Jiu Jitsu:

  • Effective warm up exercises, that prep the student for sweeps and submissions
  • Base improvement drills
  • The positional hierarchy
  • Sound grappling strategy
  • Standing takedowns and throws
  • Sweeps from guard, side mount, open guard and half guard
  • Submissions from the top, back, guard, side mount, open guard and half guard
  • How to effectively defend against grabs, bear-hugs and chokes
  • How to keep from being taken down
  • How to fight from the ground and get back up to your feet

Find out why so many people are beginning to study BJJ and sign up for your free class today.


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