To raise awareness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by making it accessible and understandable to the many while remaining true to the techniques and purity of the martial art.
Forge BJJ is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu club focused on transforming students through the teaching of the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. We are a family friendly training facility.
The cornerstones of our programs are Discipline, Confidence, Respect and Comradery.
Professor Chris Belbas
Third Degree Black Belt
With close to 40 years experience in martial arts and 25+ years in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Professor Chris Belbas is a third degree black belt affiliated with the Body of Four Team out of Toronto headed by 4th degree black belt Professor Marco Costa.
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Basics
The martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) was formed from Kodokan judo ground fighting fundamentals. It was adapted and brought to North and South America by Carlos and Helio Gracie where it eventually became its own art.
BJJ focuses on grappling and ground fighting, promoting the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent.
BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments and in self-defense situations. Rolling plays a major role in training.
The BJJ ranking system is one of colored belts which are worn as part of the uniform. They are a means of signifying a student's increasing level of technical knowledge and practical skill. While similar to Judo, the system has minor differences such as a division between youths and adults and the issuance of stripes and degrees.
BJJ is not solely a martial art but it is also a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way of life.