Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

About Chiang Mai BJJ

Conveniently located outside the northeast corner of Old Chiang Mai City, Chiang Mai Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (CMBJJ) offers traditional BJJ for adults and kids. As a proud affiliate of Professor Garth Taylor, quality instruction is guaranteed for all ages in a comfortable and friendly environment. No matter what your skill level, CMBJJ will help you improve with personalized focus on training.

About Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a unique martial art that emphasizes grappling as a form of self-defense. Sometimes referred to as “Gracie Jiu-jitsu”, the martial art actually evolved from judo when a famous judoka, named Mitsuyo Maeda, settled in Brazil in the early 1920’s and began teaching there. Members of the Gracie family studied with Maeda and years later modified aspects of judo into, what was known as, “Gracie Jiu-jitsu”. Today, the more common name to describe the martial art is Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ).

There are typically two categories of martial arts: striking and grappling. Striking martial arts are disciplines that mainly utilize kicking and punching while standing. Muay Thai, boxing, taekwondo, karate and Kung fu are some examples that fall under this category. Grappling, on the other hand, focuses on using throws, leverage, angles of movement, and joint manipulation both standing and, especially, on the ground. American wrestling, no-gi grappling, judo, sombo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu are all considered grappling disciplines.

Self Defense

Anybody can learn BJJ since it was designed for smaller, lighter people to fight larger, stronger people. The principles are universal for any weight class. No person is too small or too large to learn BJJ. Likewise, BJJ is ideal for both men and women. It is recommend that students begin training no younger than 6 years old, but the upper age range is up to the student. All a person needs is a desire to learn BJJ and they are ready to begin.

From a self-defense point of view, BJJ training effectively simulates “real life” attack situations. Many aggressors are larger/stronger individuals and struggles often end up on the ground. BJJ trains realistic defense in these situations (e.g. defending against strikes, preventing being taken down, or actively defending once on the ground). With grappling training, students effectively learn to escape or even subdue an attacker.

Other Benefits

There are many benefits to learning BJJ in addition to self-defense. Discipline, mental wellbeing and self-confidence are beneficial qualities many students gain from BJJ. The BJJ community is also a unique social environment people often enjoy being part of.Physical fitness is another important benefit to learning BJJ. Students start at varying fitness levels and generally become more fit the longer they train. How hard a student trains is up to them. If there is a need to start more slowly, class structures are versatile enough to accommodate different aptitudes and fitness levels. Most people at lower fitness levels tend to be inspired to get more fit once they start BJJ.


A gi (also known as a kimono) is the standard uniform for BJJ. It’s made of heavy cotton and consists of a jacket, pants and belt. The jacket is specially constructed with a thick collar (lapel) and made with durable, reinforced material designed for heavy use. The pants are more lightly constructed but are also very durable. The belt denotes rank and is wrapped around the waist outside the jacket.

System of Graduation

There are five main colors in the adult (16 years and older) BJJ belt system- white, blue, purple, brown, and black (in order of least to most experienced). Each belt level can also be divided into four sublevels denoted by adding a stripe for each sublevel (after the fourth stripe, the student would move to the next colored belt level).