Come and learn a fantastic ground fighting martial art in a safe and inclusive environment.  Proven to be one of the most effective martial arts for self-defense and unarmed combat, BJJ is also one of the most mentally stimulating and physically rewarding activities you can engage in. Brazilian  jiu-jitsu will teach you how to take down, control, and submit your opponent through innovative joint locks, chokes, and strangles. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the fastest growing and most practiced combat sports on the planet. 

BJJ at Nam Yang

We at Nam Yang Brighton are delighted to be able to offer Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training at our Hove centre in partnership with Hove BJJ, under the guidance of Scott Graham. Scott began training in 2010 in Hove and holds the rank of Brown Belt. He has trained and competed all over the world, including European Championships in Lisbon, Rome, and Barcelona, and the Pan Pacific Championships in his native Australia. Scott is passionate about community and well being, and aims to make Hove BJJ an inclusive place for anyone who’d like to train, whether it’s beginners looking to compete or simply learn some cool moves to show their friends, or experienced coloured belts looking to get some quality training and sparring in, or anything in between!

Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes are open to everyone and anyone wishing to learn and share. All classes are beginner friendly and open to all. To learn more about our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program please check out the Hove BJJ instagram page or visit our Nam Yang page. We are currently running only adult sessions, but this includes some teenage students, so get in contact if this applies.

You can find our timetable of classes here


What do I need? All that’s needed for your first class is comfortable clothing. If it’s a
gi class we can hopefully leand you a gi from our stash, otherwise it’s OK to go

What’s a gi? A gi is a set of heavy cotton jacket and trousers used to train in.
Specifically a Brazilian jiu jitsu, judo or generic jiu jitsu gi is preferred as they are
designed for throws and chokes, but a karate type gi will be OK if you have one.

What’s no gi? No Gi training is BJJ without a gi, usually training in wrestling shorts
and a rash guard (compression shirt) instead. Though it’s mostly the same, our no gi
classes attract participants from other Nam Yang teams and so we might look at
more wrestling/MMA influenced techniques to fit in with their striking in a typical No
Gi class

What is BJJ exactly? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that developed in Brazil in
the early twentieth century. Some Brazilians with links to Japanese jiu jitsu athletes
took lessons from them in Brazil and started their own jiu jitsu schools. The
Japanese school of that specific style of jiu jitsu ended up being known as Judo,
while the Brazilian style developed separately into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As such the
two styles are similar and many people train in both Judo and BJJ. This family of
grappling is also closely related to western wrestling styles (Freestyle, Greco-Roman,
Folkstyle, Catch-as-carch can) and the Russian style Sambo. At Hove BJJ we teach
modern competition influenced BJJ with some self-defence techniques as well.
In terms of techniques it generally uses throws or “guard pulling” to get an
opponent to the ground and then to try and get on top to apply “submission holds”
such as chokes or joint locks. These submission holds can also be done when
fighting from your back, or “guard”. Understanding the hierarchy of positions is key
to BJJ and as such BJJ has an increased focus on transitioning between positions
compared to other grappling arts.

For further information or to book your free trial please drop us an email.