The Ground Game
Grappling as a sport has become very popular in recent years but at Forge Martial Arts, we remind clients that BJJ was first and foremost developed for self-preservation, not for sport, not to score points on a guard pass or win a match on an advantage. You will still learn how to clinch, wrestle, take down, throw, escape, and apply joint locks and chokes on resisting opponents... but you will also learn how to deal with strikes and know that your BJJ game is ready for whatever is thrown at it.
Our Jits classes are still performance based; we still roll and train to improve our martial ability. However our classes have a culture and environment where playfulness, co-operation and respect are key. We want you to have a great time and develop camaraderie while learning about yourself and improving both physically and mentally.
The Stand Up Game
At 'the Forge', you create, mould and hone your tools. You don't beat them incessantly and expect to create a master piece. You temper your steel with heat as well as cold. We are for everyone who wants to develop their game, not just the existing athlete.
We focus on not only the physical tools of striking, clinch and wrestling, but mental game performance as well, which is why we say 'Create your tools' and 'Test your Mettle'. This not only helps you perform on the mat, but has a positive cross over to life. If you can manage your temperament and remain on task under the pressures of sparring, you can take whatever life throws at you. Not to mention it’s a hell of a lot of fun!
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, commonly termed as 'Jits' or 'BJJ', is a Martial Art that uses tools of clinching the opponent to prevent them from striking, then taking them down to the ground and controlling the engagement through pins, holds, chokes and joint locks.
Jits is a landscape of change and that is why we say 'Master the state of Flux'. You'll 'test your mettle' by remaining calm under pressure, reacting appropriately and persevering under unfavourable circumstances. These are key elements to perform not only in BJJ, but in life as well.
We still coach our striking game to be functional and performance based, but we train smart, not just hard. We have fused old school martial philosophy and modern training techniques to nurture your game rather than making is a survival of the fittest.
You will develop your physical tools of punching, kicking, clinch and wrestling. You will then master the state of flux by learning distance management as well as physical and mental strategies to cope with the constant change. You will test your mettle with progressive training to develop confidence that your physical and mental game and withstand being used and you will forge your own game..