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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Basics


The martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) was formed from Kodokan judo ground fighting fundamentals.  It was adapted and brought to North and South America by Carlos and Helio Gracie where it eventually became its own art.  


BJJ focuses on grappling and ground fighting, promoting the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend 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. Rolling plays a major role in training.   


The BJJ ranking system is one of colored belts which are worn as part of the uniform.  They are a means of signifying a student's increasing level of technical knowledge and practical skill. While similar to Judo, the system has minor differences such as a division between youths and adults and the issuance of stripes and degrees.


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


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Behring Jiu-Jitsu and the Progressive Guard System

Forge BJJ teaches the Behring style of Jiu Jitsu. 

 This system is based on the work of Master Sylvio Behring and his development of the Progressive Guard System.  He created the progressive system in 1992 as a teaching tool to help develop the foundations of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and self defence while simplifying the process of learning it for students of all levels, from the beginner to the most advanced. 

 The Progressive Guard System is a unique series of self defense techniques that are used against common attacks while you are on the ground. 

  •  In addition to defending, it also teaches a series of techniques to counter attack from the ground.  The system essentially has 3 phases to it.  Progressive 1 deals with basic attacks while you are on your back and your attacker is standing up. 
  •  Progressive 2 deals with a series of defences of situations while someone is in your guard while you are on the ground
  • Progressive 3 is the final series of “passing the guard”. In this sequence, the emphasis is more on the attacker passing the guard of his training partner.

Brazilian Lineage

Forge BJJ is run by Professor Chris Belbas. Professor Belbas has been running BJJ gyms for nearly a decade and brings a lifetime of martial arts experience.  

Professor Belbas is black belted under Master Sylvio Behring.  With this distinction, Forge and its students are very fortunate and honored to have Master Sylvio Behring, a second generation and  seventh level black belt from Brazil visit  Winnipeg twice a year.