What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?   

Jiu-Jitsu roughly translates to 'Gentle Art.' Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ was developed by brothers Helio & Carlos Gracie using fundamentals from Kodokan Judo ground fighting. The concepts of BJJ is based on the premise that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend or defeat a stronger, larger opponent using proper technique, leverage, and most notably; taking the fight to the ground where one can apply control, joint locks, or choke holds. While BJJ is a martial art, it is also a competitive sport.

What are the benefits of training BJJ?

Training BJJ is a fun way to get healthier. You will acquire many technical skills for self-defense, all while breaking a sweat. BJJ addresses all elements of total fitness; Aerobics, Flexibility, Muscular Strength and Muscular Endurance. While there are many physical benefits associated with training there are many mental and social benefits as well; Increased Self Confidence, Camaraderie among training partners, Stress Relief and improved focus. 

What is Checkmat?

Checkmat is a leading, International BJJ Team. Founded in 2008 by decorated Jiu-Jitsu Fighter, Master Leo Vieira, who leads Checkmat along with brothers, Rico and Leandro Vieira. The name Checkmat is a play on the chess term 'Check Mate' and the surface on which BJJ is trained; Mat. The brothers saw the tactical and strategic nature of both chess and Jiu-Jitsu; creating Checkmat. Roots BJJ is privileged to draw knowledge from the many decorated competitors on it's roster as well as the knowledge that has been passed down through the generations.

What is good mat etiquette?

Attending your first Jiu-Jitsu class can feel intimidating, it should not be. Everyone attending the class is there to learn and this includes the instructor. There are some basic rules one should know when stepping on the mat. 

  • NO SHOES or FLIP FLOPS ON THE MAT. This not only helps keep our mats clean but also causes less wear and tear on the mat surface.

  • WEAR SHOES OR SANDALS WHEN NOT ON THE MATS. It is helpful to keep your shoes/sandals on the perimeter of the mat for easy access.

  • DON'T FORGET TO CUT YOUR NAILS. It easy to scratch someone when your fingernails are long.

  • KEEP YOURSELF & YOUR GI CLEAN. It is rude to your training partners to roll in a stinky Gi.

  • PUT ON YOUR GI AND BOW AS YOU STEP ON THE MAT. This is somewhat of a formality but it is a sign that you are prepared to train and it is a sign of respect to the Professor.

  • PAY ATTENTION. This is a universal rule and applies to all aspects of life. Paying attention to someone else who is sharing their expertise is common courtesy and it gives you the best chance at improvement.