After much debate we have good news for you. We have decided to reopen Antwerp Jiu-Jitsu but on very strict conditions. Every month we will re evaluate these conditions and hopefully start loosening them up. Note that we will be extremely strict and any breakage of the rules will result in a temporary ban. Here are the conditions:
- let us know if you would like to start training again so we can start your subscription again
- if you are not comfortable to come training yet. No problem. We will keep your subscription frozen
- an extra monthly fee of 5 euros will be charged so we can buy all the required gear to keep the safety as high as possible
- every member will be required to join a bubble of 5 people
- you can only train with those 5 people
- you can change bubbles after 2 weeks
- if no one of your bubble is available for training, you’ll have to wait until next training
- you have to register your bubble before training, if you didn’t you will be refused entry
- only 4 bubbles will be allowed during training, first come first served
- if you have any symptoms you will stay home
- you can’t train somewhere else
- arrive before training a maximum of 10 minutes
- no hands, hugs or fist bumps allowed when saying hi
- if we can get our hands on a skin thermometer we will read your temperature before allowing entry
- we will disinfect the matt
- every bubble will take one corner of the gym and stay there
- we will start with leg locks only the first month, no passing, no takedowns
- a mask is required!!
- you will disinfect your hands before training and before every roll
- showering at the gym is allowed but not recommended
- wash your mask for the next training
- let us know if you have improvements for the next session
The reason we will start with leg locks only is that this is the only way to introduce masks during training. We know masks suck during training but this makes us a lot more comfortable. Look at it as an extra challenge. We know these are very strict rules but we’d rather start strict and loosen them up every month than the other way around. Again, we will be very strict and any breakage of the rules will result in a temporary ban. If you have any questions or doubts let us know.
The Antwerp Jiu-Jitsu team
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport 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 Helio 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 and in self-defense situations. 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 of life.