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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Fundamental Classes, Competition Classes and Advanced Classes

Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Fun, discipline, self-defense



Arte Suave, meaning “the gentle art” in Portuguese, in Woolloongabba, Brisbane Qld, was created in October 2014, with the primary objective of providing a holistic combination of fitness, health and mindfulness to the practice of the martial art Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 

Our philosophy is to provide you with all the tools necessary to enhance your growth as an individual and martial artist.

Here you will find: Fitness, friendship, your team, confidence, fun, discipline, self-defense and much more…

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


BJJ for Kids

Yoga for BJJ

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and a self defence system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was formed from the Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie by Master Mitsuyo Maeda.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Hélio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge onto their family.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu without a Gi, generally you wear a rashguard and shorts. Led by Uroš Čulić our world class competition coach and Steven Wade our scientist of Jiu Jitsu, each with their own style to help you improve your No Gi Jiu Jitsu in the best way for you!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Kids is set a little differently to our normal classes. Let by our team of highly skilled instructors, Nic Barker and Steven Wade, the classes are designed to teach not just Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but also; self-defense, confidence, discipline, listening skills, the ability to work under pressure and motivation as well as to encourage them with healthy competition. This will not only help them in class, but in everyday life.

Our yoga focuses on flexibility, posture, rejuvenation and strength and will improve both your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and overall health. Relaxation, meditation, slowing your mind and body and clearing the mind are important aspects of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a fundamental part of our yoga. Please note our Yoga is primarily for our BJJ students and class numbers are limited.

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    What's brazilian jiu jitsu?

    Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of judo (focuses on takedowns) was separated from older systems of Japanese jujutsu by this important difference that was passed on to Brazilian jiu-jujitsu.

    It is not solely a martial art; it is also a sport, a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in people, and ultimately a way of life.

    What is brazilian jiu jitsu good for?

    BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves or another against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments and in self-defense situations.

    Can you learn brazilian jiu jitsu at home?

    No, you need a qualified instructor and a training partner to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

    How many brazilian jiu jitsu belts are there?

    Ranking system:

    It’s usually around 2 years between each belt if you train consistently for 3-4 classes per week. After black, the belts are given according to years on the mat.

    Black & Red
    Red & White

    Can anyone learn brazilian jiu jitsu?

    Yes, from about 4 years old up, Jiu Jitsu will keep you fit healthy and young. Our youngest here is 4 years old and our oldest students here are close to 60 years of age.

    Will brazilian jiu jitsu get me in shape?

    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will get you in the best shape you have ever been, and it will also help you with balance and co-ordination, because you are not only learning a martial art, you are retraining your body to use all of it at once.

    Does brazilian jiu jitsu have striking?


    Who invented brazilian jiu jitsu?

    Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake.

    Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own combat sport through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of judo through Carlos and Hélio Gracie (who passed their knowledge onto their extended family) as well as other instructors who were students of Maeda, such as Luiz França and Oswaldo Fadda, known for his leg locks.


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