Jiu-Jitsu academies can differ a lot, depending on the team they belong to, how they teach, and the focus of training. Find out what makes Defiant Jiu-Jitsu different.


✅ Modern Jiu-Jitsu

Modern Jiu-Jitsu differs from "old school" or "traditional" Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in that it follows the cutting edge in techniques and teaching. In other words, we don't teach something unless it works against students at all skill levels. Similarly, we don't teach a technique just because its looks cool.

✅ Less is More

A key philosophy behind modern Jiu-Jitsu is that students actually learn less. Rather than teaching a new technique for every conceivable situation, we focus on the most effective solutions. This concept-driven approach is more effective, more efficient, and more adaptable. In short, students learn functional Jiu-Jitsu faster!

✅ A Defensive Foundation

Most academies only focus on the sport Jiu-Jitsu. That's great for attack but often leaves students with deficient defensive skills. Our students learn a strong defensive foundation which means their Jiu-Jitsu skills can be used for more than just sport.

✅ Technique over Brawn

Rather than relying on physical strength, speed, or luck to beat our opponents, we emphasize technique. Specifically, we focus on control—first positional control and then a submission hold that negates our opponent's ability to defend themselves. This approach is more strategic and gives the student a lot more confidence in their Jiu-Jitsu. It's also a lot safer because the "mad scramble" is eliminated in favour of a slower, more chess-like approach.

Belts Represent Experience

We believe in fairness when it comes to promotions. We don't hold students back so they can be champions at a lower level. Nor do we fast-track promotions because the student is one of our "friends". All students are eligible for promotion when they have accumulated the right number of classes. There are no shortcuts; you have to do the "hard time" on the mat—the more you train, the faster you progress.

Promotion Pathways

Students train for different reasons so we don't use a "one size fits all" system. We offer different pathways based on each student's unique journey. If they're actively training they can opt to do a demonstration of technique or combat as soon as they've eligible. If their approach is more casual they can simply wait longer and get promoted at the instructor's discretion.

100% Independent

We made a conscious decision not to be part of a Jiu-Jitsu team. We wanted the freedom to choose what is best for our students rather than having everything dictated to us. This eliminates the politics and greed that always infects franchises. As a result, we are able to minimise training fees whilst also allowing students the choice of what uniform they wear and where they buy it from.

IBJJF Registration

Our students have the option of pursuing IBJJF registration if they want it. Although the IBJJF is a for-profit business with a lot of bureaucracy, they are nevertheless the only true international body that can certify rank. It's expensive and it isn't for everyone, but the option is there for those who want it.

✅ Maximising Safety

Training in our classes is safe for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or size. Safety is always our top priority. We teach our students that they have an obligation to look after themselves and their training partners. At all times students are required expected to use common sense and "intelligent Jiu-Jitsu".

Tapping" in class just means "reset". This way it's safe to let your guard down to try new things. Any time a student is out of their comfort zone they can "tap" to stop the activity.

Aggression and "dirty tricks" might have their place in competition and for street defense but they are never tolerated in our dojo.

✅ Jiu-Jitsu for Life!

For most students, Jiu-Jitsu becomes a way of life—a journey they will pursue for the rest of their lives. In order for that to happen, training requires three qualities. Firstly, the dojo's atmosphere needs to be friendly and safe—with a sense of comradery and belonging. Secondly, the student needs to feel a sense of progression—a sense that they're improving and advancing. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, they need to enjoy their training—classes should be fun and relaxed.

✅ The Competitive Side

Most academies today, including the franchises they belong to, are focused on competition. Having champions in your team brings a lot of prestige and is good for business. But it's important to remember that not everyone trains for competition.

Our 90 minute classes always include 30-40 minutes of rolling. It is relaxed, social combat where students are safe to try new things. For most students this is enough. Class rolling is optional. Students can drill techniques instead if they prefer.

For competitive students we offer regular Open Mats. These are semi-competitive in that the combat intensity is a notch above regular class rolling. This is usually enough to satisfy competitive students. From this level and above, you are competing against an opponent not a training partner.

Students are also welcome to compete in external tournaments. This is the most challenging and most intense version of combat. Your opponent will be aggressive and the risk of injury is greater.

Class Rolling

Class rolling is non-aggressive, social rolling. It's an opportunity to let your guard down and try the new things you have learned in class. It's safe with very little risk of injury.

We roll back-to-back rounds of 10 minutes. Our rolling does not include points or advantages. Longer duration matches force students to slow their game down an employ strategy rather than physical strength and speed. It's more chess-like in nature with a greater emphasis on control.

It also develops endurance, a quality that is available to all everyone, including mature students. Against more energetic students, we simply "weather the storm" and as they begin to fatigue we press our attack, first by transitioning to better position and then to a submission hold where it is possible to finish without strength or aggression.