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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) today is a worldwide phenomenon. Rising out of obscurity in the early part of the 20th century it has become one of the most widely practiced martial arts in the world.  BJJ is recognized by its groundwork.  Similar to wrestling and Judo, with its objective to control the opponent on the ground and ultimately submit him.  Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is driven by the original purpose of Jiu Jitsu; namely in self preservation and complete understanding on how to effectively defend yourself when on the ground for a smaller, weaker person and for the main purpose of personal safety. Participating in competition (commonplace for most BJJ academies) is OPTIONAL. If you want to compete, we will help you train for them, if you don’t want to compete, you’re just as welcome to train for the fun of learning a new skill.

Our Approach

While we recognize BJJ’s competitive path – our main focus is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for self-defense and the health aspect of the art.  Rodney King, Monkey Jits Founder and a 4th Degree BJJ Black Belt under world renowned BJJ Master Rigan Machado, has developed a BJJ based program, entitled Monkey Jits, that focuses on developing somatic health, wellness and fitness.  You will not find people in our program trying to show everyone how tough or good they think they are or getting off by dominating or beating people on the mat.
Monkey Jits training is performance based, we roll and train for self-defense.  More importantly though our Monkey Jits sessions are about playfulness, exuberance and first and foremost about having a great time while learning something positive about yourself and your body.  Monkey Jits is a fantastic whole body workout.  You will learn how to defend yourself, build inner and outer strength, and you will learn how to manage your emotions and stress better.

Here are only a few Monkey Jits’ many somatic health, wellness and fitness benefits:

  • Rediscover your body’s natural intelligence
  • Get in shape, fit and strong and manage your weight
  • Develop focus, confidence, persistence, creativity & passion with an embodied process
  • Have fun and learn something really deep about yourself
  • Reintegrate your body, mind and spirit
  • Learn to manage your stress more effectively through mindful movement practices