About us

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? | the gentle art…

Jiu-Jitsu is a modern martial art based around the principles of pins, wedges, off-balancing, levers, and fulcrums. Its practitioners follow a simple but highly effective strategy: Takedowns -Defend – Escape – Control – Submit. What makes Jiu-Jitsu different from most other martial arts is that it doesn’t rely on kicks and strikes. Instead, students use chokes and joint locks to finish an opponent. This makes training safer and less aggressive. Another key difference is that Jiu-Jitsu is a complete martial art—it includes a standing game, a ground game, and the transition between them.

Jiu-JItsu like traditional martial arts is in a constant state of evolution. It is a subset of Judo . As students gain experience, they learn to explore and modify techniques so that they work for their own fitness level and body type. That makes it a very adaptable martial art.

These days Jiu-Jitsu is so much more than just a martial art for Self-Defence. It has become one of the world’s fastest growing martial arts and most people recognise it as one of the key components of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). It also has its own well-established tournaments at all levels—local, national, and international. Training can be in traditional uniform (the “gi on”) or fight shorts and a rash guard ( “No-Gi” variation).

In short, Jiu-Jitsu is very much whatever you want it to be because it offers something for everyone.

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BJJ New Zealand | about our team…

BJJ New Zealand began with humble origins in Ōtepoti Dunedin. In those days Jiu-Jitsu was still in its infancy in New Zealand. The club was formed amongst friends who were previous martial artists, including David Scott (a tae kwon do black belt), his brother Stuart Marks, both now black belts with their own schools in other cities and other colleagues, using books and videos and travelling to train with Geoff Aitken in Christchurch, a blue belt at the time. Over the last couple of decades, we were first aligned with the Wills Machado Academy of Combat. When Cristiano, a purple belt moved to Dunedin we then became associated with Ryan Gracie Team, which became Gracie Oceania. After the death of Ryan Gracie it changed to myBJJ Team, the my is the initials of Mario Yokoyama. since Stuart marks move to nelson in 2016 the dojo has been continued by Principal Professor Philip Lindsay, We are established as The Kura of BJJ Ōtepoti Dunedin Dojo, honoring our roots as a community of local martial artists studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in ōtepoti Dunedin.

BJJ Ōtepoti Dunedin New Zealand has produced Black Belts: Stuart Marks (our first black belt and now based in Nelson),  Philip Lindsay (Dunedin) and many others who started their journey with us and moved on to other centres.

Professor Philip Lindsay is the Principal Professor for Ōtepoti Dunedin Dojo.

Our lineage has a clear path from the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Our Lineage: Jigoro Kano > Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlos Gracie jr > Ryan Gracie > Mario Yokoyama > Philip Lindsay > BJJ Ōtepoti Dunedin Dojo

Professor Mario Yokoyama Graded Professor Philip Lindsay through to Black Belt in 2013. as seen in this photo above, with Professor Stuart Marks in attendance. Professor Philip is on the 4th step of the Black Belt system