“If you don’t know my self-defense, you don’t know my jiu-jitsu.”
Grandmaster Helio Gracie
If you’re looking for REAL Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, steeped in Gracie tradition, strengthened by the “First Family’s” legendary roots, fortified by their love and passion for the gentle art, and created to honor Helio Gracie, the founder of Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, then look no further. You’ve found your home at Calvert MMA Academies – Lineage BJJ program.
Lineage BJJ is REAL Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Lineage BJJ Director, Jim Thrift
Jim Thrift is a Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 1st degree black belt professor under 9th degree red belt Grandmaster Relson Gracie, and is the director of the Lineage BJJ program at Calvert MMA. Jim received his teaching professorship from Relson directly and says, “Grandmaster Helio Gracie is the father of Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is a legendary, modern-day hero. Through the direction and mentorship of his son, 9th degree red belt Grandmaster Relson Gracie, I have ensured that our Lineage BJJ program keeps Helio’s legacy alive by teaching his ways on our mats, which are the source of all Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. When you train with us at Lineage BJJ, you can be assured that you are learning REAL Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.”
Lineage BJJ Youth Program
The Lineage BJJ youth program is based on the Gracie family’s Bully-Proof Program and on Grandmaster Relson Gracie’s masterful techniques. The program is safe and effective and will teach your child all the self-defense techniques he or she needs to be able to protect him/her self. We offer a friendly, safe and fun environment designed to instill the confidence, discipline and character each child needs to solve problems, set goals and succeed in life.
Lineage BJJ Adult Program
Our beginner and advanced Lineage BJJ programs are for everyone, men and women, young and old. Whether you want to learn self-defense or compete in sport jiu-jitsu, our program is for you. At Lineage BJJ, we follow Grandmaster Helio Gracie’s ways. We teach you proper technique with safety in mind. We are imbedded in self-defense, and we take the extra time necessary to ensure our students can execute techniques properly, effectively and efficiently. Our goal is for you to feel as safe on the street as you do in our academy.
Lineage BJJ Philosophy
The premise of the Lineage BJJ program is based on Grandmaster Relson Gracie’s philosophy: Jiu-Jitsu with self-defense is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Jiu-Jitsu without self-defense is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In the words of Grandmaster Helio Gracie, (as passed on by his son, Relson), “Even if you win the fight, if you get punched in the face once, you lost.” Grandmaster Relson Gracie concurs, “I train Jiu-Jitsu everyday to be safe on the streets, not for points.” With that in mind, it is Lineage BJJ’s philosophy that students need to be able to effectively defend themselves on the street.
Lineage BJJ Curriculum
All lessons are based on Grandmaster Relson Gracie’s teachings, which came directly from his father, Grandmaster Helio Gracie. Second-degree Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Professor Michael Casey of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu New York, has trained under Grandmaster Relson Gracie for over 20 years. He took that knowledge and created the curriculum that we teach at Calvert MMA today. The Lineage BJJ program is structured as follows:
- White belt to blue belt: 20 lessons in total, averaging 3-4 techniques per class.
- In the first 9 sessions students learn every possible position they can get themselves into in a street fight. They are taught how to fight and protect themselves from those positions.
- The next 11 sessions take a student to blue belt. After these first 20 lessons, nothing can occur in an unarmed street attack that a student wouldn’t know how to defend.
Grandmaster Relson Gracie believes that purple belts need to demonstrate mastery in all self-defense techniques and tactics MINUS weapons…
- Blue belt to purple belt: 50 lessons comprised of self-defense and sport-oriented Jiu-Jitsu techniques, which is still effective on the street. All techniques are taught based on the foundation of self-defense, which translates perfectly to competition in sport Jiu-Jitsu if that is your goal.
Grandmaster Relson Gracie believes brown belts need to demonstrate mastery in all self-defense techniques and tactics PLUS stick and knife self-defense mastery…
- Purple belt to brown belt: Approximately 20+ self-defense lessons utilizing techniques that incorporate the stick and knife and advanced Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques.
Grandmaster Relson Gracie believes that black belts need to demonstrate mastery in all self-defense techniques and tactics, including stick and knife self-defense mastery PLUS gun retention and take away.
- Brown belt to black belt: Approximately 20 gun-related self-defense lessons and advanced Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques.
Lineage BJJ is REAL Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Lineage BJJ was created to honor Grandmaster Helio Gracie and to preserve his philosophy, his techniques, and his legacy. He is the source of all Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. At Lineage BJJ, the techniques shown are 100% correct, with the approval from Grandmaster Relson Gracie himself, and they are taught in an easy-to-understand, detailed, precise, efficient and effective way. When you train at Lineage BJJ, you are learning REAL Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
“The Water is Always Purest at its Source.” Grandmaster Relson Gracie
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