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Dear Potential Student,

Here’s a proven FACT about fighting:

Most—almost ALL—fights end up on the ground (or in grappling range) at some point during the fight.

So that means…

If you can’t defend yourself on the ground, YOU CAN’T FIGHT!

Bottom line is, if you don’t know what to do in a fight on the ground, you’re putting yourself at risk, and even your loved ones! That sounds unpleasant, but it’s the truth.

The fact you’re on this page right now means you’re at least somewhat serious about learning more about how to defend yourself, and learning the tried-and-tested, proven successful techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Maybe you want to compete in the sport, or maybe you just want to get the benefits of training and learning this powerful martial art… either way, we’ve got you covered!

Let’s face it. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a “must-know” style for any professional mixed martial artists like the ones fighting in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).

And these days, BJJ should most definitely be a “must-know” for pretty much ANYONE.

Here’s why:

The fight-controlling positions of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, along with the fight-ending submissions, have been battle-tested in combat, in sport, in the cage (MMA), and on the street.

And probably the main reason that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is something EVERYONE should learn, is because it can be effective regardless of a person’s size or strength!

BJJ was developed so that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend himself or herself against a larger, stronger, heavier opponent.

That’s why ANYONE can do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and that’s why EVERYONE should learn this incredible martial art!

With Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the smaller person really CAN beat the bigger person!

Here’s how a person who knows Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can defeat a bigger, stronger attacker:

It’s done by taking the fight to the ground and using proper technique and leverage, and then applying joint locks or chokeholds to defeat the resisting opponent, making them quit, and getting yourself out of harm’s way.

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit.

It’s a fact that controlling an opponent is generally easier on the ground vs. from the standing position, and 80% of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is focused on mastering these skills.

It’s the art of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling with them for a position of control, rendering your opponent helpless and at the same time, harmless.

The ability to overcome greater size, strength and aggression with lesser size and strength is the cornerstone of the art.

BJJ allows the smaller person to win by teaching how to utilize superior leverage, grip and position upon your opponent.

Students of the art gain a deep understanding of the workings and limits of the human body and how to use technique and skill to his or her advantage.

This knowledge can be used to control and submit an opponent with whatever level of severity the student chooses. The path to this knowledge is challenging, both physically and mentally, but most would agree it’s worth the journey.

Students benefit from greatly increased physical fitness, learning to problem-solve, self-knowledge of their own body as well as their mind.

BJJ also offers many social benefits that come from learning and training within a group of like-minded people as you have fun and learn the art together, side by side.

Benefits of Training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

  • Learn How to Defend Yourself Using Choke Holds, ArmLocks & Control Positions Both Standing and on the Ground.
  • Lose Weight, Tone Up, & Get In The Best Shape Of Your Life
  • Trade Boring Gym Workouts for An Activity That’s Fun & Exciting
  • Work Off Daily Stress of Life Doing Something Productive
  • Make Friends & Meet New People

New To Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? A Total Novice? No Worries Because Our White Belt Training Course Was Designed Just For Beginners Like You

White Belt Fundamentals

The White Belt Fundamentals Program is for brand new adult (over the age of 16) students beginning their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training.

Students are taught the fundamentals of BJJ and basic techniques. Class structure is formed around a short group warm-up, a lesson in technique along with partner drilling and situations “Live” rolling using techniques from that day’s lesson plan. Class running time is about 55 minutes to 1 hour.

Blue Belt Intermediate

This program is geared towards the more intermediate, Blue Belt Level Student. The Curriculum has more focus on skills beyond just the basics and is designed to help make the jump from Blue to Purple Belt in BJJ.

Mastery Program

The Mastery Program is the highest level program offered at Ivey League and is for more serious students looking to one day earn the rank of Black Belt.

Meet Your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coaches:

Coach Danny Ives
Rank: 3rd Degree Black Belt

Danny Ives is one of the most accomplished American grapplers to compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a true pioneer of his time. Danny was the first American to win the Gold Medal at the prestigious Pan American Games at his skill/weight division. Since retiring from competition he spends his time teaching at Ivey League, happily sharing his knowledge with students and helping them achieve their goals.

Coach Keith Cebula
Rank: 1st Degree Black Belt

Coach Keith began his Jiu-Jitsu journey in December of 2006. Along the way, he won a World Masters Gold medal at Brown Belt, after which he was promoted to Black Belt. Coach Keith as it turns out also excelled at coaching and has become one of the most successful coaches in the nation. In the rare downtime he has, Coach Keith enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, skateboarding and playing video games.

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