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Freestyle Dojo, located in the west end of Toronto, specializes in No-gi Jiu Jitsu, as we feel that this is more relevant to the modern era of grappling. In order to take a mixed martial artist to the professional level, it’s imperative to focus on building skill in submission wrestling. Newcomers to Jiu Jitsu will benefit from our coaches commitment to staying relevant in a sport that is constantly evolving.
Jiu Jitsu started in Japan and was later brought to South America by a Japanese judoka named Mitsuyo Maeda who began the style we now call Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Maeda was trained in Judo, which we know as a throwing art today, however it originally contained many techniques to use on a grounded opponent, this was called Ne Waza. After establishing himself in Brazil, the legend goes, he was helped and befriended by the Gracie family. He taught Judo to the sons of the family who were instrumental in developing a more robust catalog of ground techniques that would eventually become Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The Gracie family, among others, proceeded to turn Jiu Jitsu into one of the most effective martial arts the world had ever seen.
While BJJ was developing in Brazil, there were many other forms of grappling all over the world. Russian Sambo, Catch Wrestling, Folkstyle/Freestyle Wrestling, Greco-Roman Wrestling, Judo, Japanese Jujutsu, Senegalese Wrestling, Turkish Oil Wrestling and many many more. Fast forward ~100 years and what we have today is by far the greatest and most effective grappling style in history. Submission Grappling, also known as No-gi Jiu Jitsu, is the evolution of martial arts. We have the privilege of standing on the shoulders of our predecessors and, much like Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, take the best of what history has to offer so we may achieve new heights.
This is the ethos of Freestyle Dojo, to remove the labels and the dogma of the past, do away with silly dated representations of respect and honor and focus solely on the art of Submission Grappling.
New to Jiu Jitsu? No problem. Our coaches are well suited to running a class that caters to all skill levels. Just let us know your experience when you arrive and let us do the rest. Our adult Jiu Jitsu classes are for all practitioners and consist of drills, live drills, and sparring.