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Welcome to Grassroots Jiu-Jitsu and Fitness2024-04-22T16:23:36+00:00

Grassroots [ /ˈɡrasˌro͞ots/ ]

The origin or basis of something; the basic or primary concept, rule, part, or the like.

From adults, to teens, and also young children Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) helps develop not only discipline, respect, and fitness, but it’s also definitely fun. So, come and experience all the benefits of Jiu-Jitsu in Chicago’s newest academy.

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a self defense art as well as a combat sport based on grappling, ground fighting, and a variety of submission holds. Therefore, BJJ focuses on taking someone down to the ground, gaining a dominant position, and then finally using a number of techniques to force them into submission via body control, joint locks, and also chokeholds.

Time Tested

Early forms of Jiu Jitsu was developed for use on the field of battle by Japanese samurai and also daily self defense. As a result, these warriors, who engaged in armed battles on horseback, developed Jiu Jitsu as the last line of defense in the event that they found themselves disarmed and afoot.

Proven Efficiency

BJJ revolves around the concept that a smaller or weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger and also heavier opponent by taking the fight to the ground and then using superior technique and leverage to overcome them.

Real World Applicable

Military, law enforcement, and also security agencies all over the world are now looking toward BJJ as a necessary means to help them in their day to day survival. The focus on grappling techniques and body control makes it a superior option for street encounters while reducing risk of injury.

Don’t Worry If You’re Brand New!

At Grassroots Jiu Jitsu and Fitness in Chicago you will be taught all the movements and techniques at your own pace. As a result, you will understand not only how to do a technique, but also why.  Join Grassroots Jiu Jitsu and Fitness today to see how Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can positively impact your life at any age, athletic background, and also fitness level!

Why Grassroots Jiu Jitsu and Fitness?

Grassroots Jiu Jitsu and Fitness is open to students of all ages in Chicago and surrounding area who want to learn effective self defense and also get in incredible shape. Whether you’re a kid, teen, adult or senior, our classes will challenge your mind and body in fun, and also safe ways. Above all, the mission is to create a positive and encouraging environment where students not only support but also, motivate each other. As a result, you’ll make great friends while learning grappling techniques that boost confidence, discipline and also fitness.

Milton Olivares
Awesome environment. Professor Jordan is passionate about his craft. Welcomes all skill levels and meets students where they’re at.
Great atmosphere! Professor Jordan is very knowledgeable, detailed, and a natural teacher with great energy.
Divale Roberson
Great place to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and self-defense. Class is structured in a way where students like myself can remember techniques. Also LEO friendly!
Evan Turner
Had a great time at Grassroots Jiu-Jitsu and even though it was my first time, I felt right at home. Will definitely be returning.

About The Instructor

“I have held a life-long love of martial arts, with early influences from movies such as The Last Dragon, Fists of Fury, and Bloodsport. My own martial arts journey began in high school with the sport of boxing, before moving on to kickboxing and mixed martial arts. I  also took time to test myself in both competition arenas along the way.

In 2011, as a way to further my knowledge of grappling for mma, I began to put focus on traditional brazilian jiu jitsu and fell in love with not only the technique and community, but complexity of the art. Thus, I made it my sole martial arts focus from that point on attaining the rank of Black Belt in November 2023 under Professor Christian “Xaropinho” Uflacker. Like most students I have also competed, placed, and won multiple local competitions over my jiu jitsu journey, however, I find the true benefits of jiu jitsu extend far beyond the competition mats and as such, I strive to help my students become better in all areas of life.”

“I am truly just a product of the great instruction and training partners I have had on this path, and I hope to share what I can with others.”

Jordan Shannon
Jordan ShannonOwner and Instructor
Black Belt | Certified Personal Trainer | Law Enforcement Officer

Beyond Physical Fitness

Not only is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a great workout that builds strength, flexibility, and cardio, it also, however, sharpens your mind. Moreover, the constant problem solving required during rolling and drilling keeps your brain engaged. As a result, you’ll develop laser like focus and also mental toughness.

Increased Confidence

Rolling with training partners teaches you to overcome adversity with poise. Thus, you’ll learn to stay calm under pressure as well as apply technical solutions, even when you’re pushed to your limit. Futhermore, this builds an unshakable confidence that transfers to other areas of life.

Inclusive Community

The bonds you’ll find on the mats is truly special and also unique. Training partners cheer each other on, thus motivating one another to keep improving and also learning. As a result, you’ll make great friends who also become like family. In addition, the positive energy is also great.

Our Classes Have Something For Everyone.

Whether you’re a beginner looking to discover a new passion, or an experienced enthusiast wanting to deepen your skills, or you just want to have fun and get in great shape, you’ll find a supportive team ready to help and guide you to your goals at Grassroots Jiu Jitsu and Fitness in Chicago.

Common Questions

Brazilian Jiu jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art with a long history and tradition. For those new to this discipline, there are often many questions about how to get started and what to expect. Hence, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about BJJ:

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?2024-01-17T03:36:26+00:00

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a form of martial arts that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. Beginning in Japan, jiu jitsu techniques involve using an attacker’s momentum against them and using leverage and proper technique to subdue or control an opponent. Ultimately, the goal is to stop a threat with minimal effort and damage.

What are the benefits of training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?2024-01-17T03:33:04+00:00

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) provides many benefits beyond self defense skills. The training promotes fitness, in addition to, strength, flexibility, discipline and also confidence. As a result of the constant drilling and sparring you get a full body workout that burns calories and builds functional strength. Also, BJJ sharpens mental focus and teaches perseverance through challenging training.

Does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Require Certain Levels?2024-01-17T03:30:30+00:00

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be trained by anyone regardless of age, fitness level or flexibility. Therefore, men, women, and children of all sizes and abilities practice jiu jitsu. However, each person progresses at their own pace. The techniques leverage angles, body position and also mechanics rather than sheer strength. In addition, flexibility will improve over time as you practice.

How Long Will it Take to Advance Through the Belt Ranks?2024-01-17T03:28:31+00:00

Progression through the colored belt ranks (white, blue, purple, brown, black) depends on many factors like time spent training, physical abilities, and knowledge of techniques. Most students can expect to spend at least 2 to 4 years achieving each belt promotion on average. However, there is no set timeframe, and rankings are based on skill demonstration rather than time invested.

What Kind of Equipment is Needed?2024-01-17T03:27:14+00:00

To start training, you’ll need a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu uniform (Gi), which consists of a heavy cotton jacket and pants. Also, you may want to invest in a mouthguard to protect your teeth or braces. As you advance, you may choose to add in things like rash guards, knee pads, and a grappling dummy for solo drilling. However, the gym will provide other necessary equipment to ensure your success.

Grassroots Jiu-Jitsu and Fitness
10940 S. Western Ave. | Chicago, IL 60643

Ready To Take The First Step?

Take advantage of a one-week trial of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) program. This is an excellent opportunity to experience the benefits of training in BJJ with an experienced instructor in Chicago. During the trial period, you will learn basic BJJ techniques in a safe and also welcoming environment. Again, contact us today to schedule your free trial class and see the positive impact BJJ can have on your life.

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