5 reasons morning classes give you an edge

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The old adage is that it takes 10,000 hours doing something to become a master. Nowhere is that truer than in martial arts like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a challenging discipline that takes time to understand and learn. Generally speaking, the more time spent on the mat the better. But that brings up a […]

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s many health and fitness benefits

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Spring has sprung in the Sutherland Shire – and that has a habit of focusing the mind on the body! It’s an opportune time, then, to speak about one of the topic reasons people train martial arts: health and fitness benefits. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a great way to get in shape. There are a few […]

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu vs Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Is there a difference?

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Interest in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has skyrocketed over the past 30 years thanks to the sport becoming a foundation of MMA and the UFC. But with more interest can come more confusion.  As more people outside martial arts become interested in BJJ, they can sometimes be confused by the terms “Gracie Jiu-Jitsu” and “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu”. Are […]

5 Mistakes BJJ White Belts Make

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Being a white belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu isn’t easy. Many people find learning BJJ to be addictive, and part of that is because there’s so much to learn. It never stops being fascinating – but it also never stops being challenging. That can be overwhelming as you begin. And like the old adage goes, nothing […]

BJJ vs. Krav Maga: What are the big differences?

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Of all the martial arts that are practiced around the world, there are very few as renowned for self-defence as Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). Jiu-Jitsu’s preeminence as a self-defence system is a big part of why it has exploded in popularity over the past three decades, and its why we setup our BJJ academy in the […]

BJJ: Why competing is good for your martial arts game

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At Gracie Miranda we understand that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition isn’t for everyone. People train at our Sutherland Shire academy for all sorts of reasons, and gold medals may not necessarily be at the top of everyone’s priorities.  But even if competition isn’t for everyone, we think everyone should compete at least once. There are over […]

BJJ and Women’s Self Defence

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There’s no getting around it: In almost any physical endeavor, strength and power are massive advantages. These attributes matter in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but they matter less in BJJ than in any other martial art. It’s for that reason that women’s BJJ has risen in popularity over the last decade. The effectiveness of Jiu-Jitsu for women […]

BJJ vs Judo: Difference between grappling martial arts

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So you want to learn how to grapple? Gracie Miranda is a Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) academy in the Sutherland Shire, but we acknowledge that BJJ isn’t the only option for people wanting to learn to grapple. There’s also wrestling, which we’ve gone over here, and the Japanese art of Judo. What’s the deal with Judo? […]

Which martial art is best for you?

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January is the time of the year when most people think seriously about doing the things they’ve always wanted to do. For some, that’s joining a gym or a sports team. For others, that’s taking up martial arts classes. If you’re on this page because you’re interested in beginning a martial arts journey, that’s great! […]

BJJ: Why you should train No Gi too

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Like all martial arts, there are certain arguments within Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) that will never get resolved. Sports vs. self-defense Jiu-Jitsu is a big one, but perhaps the most common is Gi training vs. No Gi training. Which is best for self-defense development? Which is best for competition? Wherever you train Jiu-Jitsu, you’re sure to […]