At OSTMA, under the senior guidance of Phil Patrick, we offer sessions in both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is an amazingly effective martial art that uses leverage opposed to power or physical size to control an attacker. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using correct technique, leverage, joint locks and choke holds to defeat the opponent.

Many practitioners of BJJ compare it to a game of chess, and for good reason. Although BJJ is a physical martial art, there is a large mental aspect that comes along with it.  For every move you make, your opponent has a counter move.  You must then determine whether to make that move or choose another to give you the best outcome.  Just like in chess, technique and strategy are the keys to success.  What will your next move be? How will your opponent react? Those at a higher belt can think many moves ahead and the key is to build that mind-body connection.