We are now offering Submission Grappling/Jiu Jitsu classes at Elyte Fitness!

A little bit about Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu is a floor based martial art that is designed to incapacitate a resisting human being and bend them to your will. It sounds brutal but it is actual a very cerebral martial art that is actually a lot of fun! Jiu Jitsu is more like a game than a martial art; there are many different approaches to the game and your style is uniquely your own. It is one of the very few martial arts in the world which allows this freedom of creativity.

Why Choose Jiu Jitsu?

Brazillian Jiu Jitsu changed the martial arts world forever when Royce Gracie entered the ultimate fighting championship and proved BJJ to be the most dominant of all martial arts. He won all of his fights easily by grabbing his opponents and strangling them despite being at a significant size disadvantage. Jiu Jitsu will not only teach you how to defend yourself against a larger opponent, but to do so easily and in a manner of your choosing.

Anthony Bourdain BJJ

The best news? ANYONE can do Jiu Jitsu! If your body works, then you can do Jiu Jitsu! Anthony Bourdain (famous chef from the USA in the picture right) started Jiu Jitsu at 55 Years of age and won his first masters competition at 57! Jiu Jitsu got him into ridiculous shape!

In Jiu Jitsu, technique is king. Size, strength, flexibility all mean nothing if you do not have technique. In our classes you will not only learn the most effective techniques and how to apply them, but you will do so in a friendly and safe environment! Come try a free taster session and see how Jiu Jitsu can change your life!

About the Coach

“I first started grappling in 2008 under my first coach Lenny Kent at Potential Unlimited Mixed Martial Arts on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia. My obsession with the ground game started when I realised that I had no natural ability at all for striking. I was doing MMA classes at the time and thought I would try my hand at the Jiu Jitsu classes, I was instantly hooked. The ground game just made sense me unlike the chaos of striking. After 1.5 years of training at PUMMA, I had to move states which unfortunately left me with nowhere to train within 1.5 hours drive so I had to put jiu jitsu and martial arts aside for 2.5 years. Fast forward to 2012, I moved to the UK and this allowed me to once again take up Jiu Jitsu. I trained under Pat Reeves at Gracie Barra Swindon for 3 months before I moved to Cambridgeshire. Once in Cambridgeshire I trained under Leonardo Gamarra at Tsunami gym.

After 2 years of training under Leo, I had outgrown the gym and felt that my time could be better spent teaching myself at home. After watching people like Eddie Cummings and Gordon Ryan destroy the competition scene after just a few years of training themselves, I realised that not all Jiu Jitsu is not created equal. This is the point where Jiu Jitsu took over my life as I and trained every day in the pursuit of mastering my art. I ruthlessly cut techniques and bad habits and formed myself a complete new game. The entry criteria for my new system: would this work against the best in the world?

I became obsessed with learning the most high percentage techniques from the best practitioners in the world. I studied Eddie Bravo, Marcelo Garcia, The Danaher Death Squad, Dean Lister and other true masters of the game to find out what sets these elite competitors apart. I have spent countless hours studying these experts in their field and have put together a highly offensive No Gi Jiu Jitsu system. I am acutely aware that my system is in its infancy and needs constant work and refinement. This is where my approach to Jiu jitsu differs from most others: Not only do I want to learn and assimilate the most effective, high percentage techniques, but I want to improve upon them and make them even better.

This is done through drilling, constant refinement and cutting out unnecessary movement. Not only does a technique have to be high percentage, but I need it to be executed with the fewest steps possible to achieve the desired result. There should be no fat in the movement pattern. Once the movement is distilled into its most refined and perfect few steps, it is then drilled until it cannot be done wrong.

Being highly offensive in nature, my system aims for the fewest steps necessary to reach checkmate and always keeping the opponent on their toes. Whether it be a sweep straight into a submission or traps for specific high percentage submissions from each position, my goal is to get the submission as quickly as possible and minimise risk.”

Head Instructor

Mark Tomlinson