What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that teaches a smaller person how to defend himself against a larger adversary by using leverage and proper technique. The Gracie family, the founders of BJJ, modified judo and traditional Japanese jujutsu to create this art. It contains stand-up maneuvers, but it is most famous for its devastating ground-fighting techniques.


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In 2008 on a trip to Australia, John Eustace discovered his passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu while training with Professor Paulo Guimaraes. Since then, he has trained has been fortunate to train with some of the best practioners in the world, including Roberto Abreu, Marcelo Garcia and the Mendes Brothers. John has spent extended periods in New York, Miami and California so that he could bring the most advanced self-defence techniques in the world today back to Ireland. John regularly competes domestically and internationally, his most recent achievement was a black belt awarded by Roberto 'Cyborg' Abreu in 2017.

John is also an Agatsu certified kettlebell, bodyweight conditioning instructor and has most recently earned his qualification as an Ashtanga Yoga instructor from Lalit Kumar in Goa, India. John has taught Jiu Jitsu in Canada and the United States before deciding to bring his expertise back to his home county in Ireland. His mission is to expose people, of all ages, to Jit Jitsu as a way of life and not just a martial art.

''During my training, I have studied the movement patterns of people from ages 5 to 75. I see more and more people becoming restricted in their movements. Kids can no longer squat all the way to the floor and they can just about touch their toes. What we have come to accept as a healthy range of motion is, in fact, very far from where we all could be. These restrictions can be eliminated easily, if addressed at a young age. It is my goal to help kids maintain their mobility as they grow up and to help adults regain what they have lost. Living and eating clean and respecting oneself and others are the founding principles of this martial art which can become a way of life.''
- John Eustace

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