Welcome to the Duke Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club website!

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art focused mainly on grappling and ground-fighting, somewhat similar to wrestling. Instead of being striking based, the objective of jiu-jitsu is to submit your opponent using chokes, joint locks, etc. This allows us to practice our techniques through sparring with little risk of getting injured. To see what is looks like, here is a video. Jiu-jitsu has become a core component of modern day mixed martial arts, and is constantly on display in the UFC. Traditionally jiu-jitsu is practiced with a gi (the uniform with a jacket and pants), but can also be practiced without one. BJJ is a sport that allows you to stay in shape, compete with others, and learn to defend yourself.

Our members have a wide range of experience and new members are always welcome at any time of the year — no prior experience is needed. Classes consist of both learning new techniques and then rolling (sparring). We train primarily no-gi, but members are encouraged to bring theirs if they have one. If you don’t have a gi, you can just come in shorts and a t-shirt. Our members regularly compete in tournaments in and around the state as well.

Practices this year (2022-2023) are held in the Wilson Gym Combatives Room (bottom floor next to the racquetball courts) at the following times:

  • Monday 8:15-9:30 PM
  • Thursday 8:15-9:30 PM

If you are interested, you can:

  1. Join our GroupMe chat
  2. Come to any of our practices
  3. Email andrew.gao@duke.edu or neil.kelly@duke.edu to be added to the club email

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