Our Academy & Our Mission
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Singapore is an Academy dedicated to teaching students sound self-defence strategies, principles and techniques to keep people of all shapes and sizes safe in the event of an altercation. Students learn to use their body and mind together to apply understandings of leverage, body mechanics, movement and timing in the most energy efficient ways possible to survive an opponent of any size. It is this efficiency mindset that students learn to apply to their lives outside Jiu-Jitsu also, meaning our role is far more than teaching self-defence, but teaches students emotional control, and to seek the efficient use of their energy in all they do.
Our Academy fosters a strong culture of learning, co-operation and community, making it a safe and enjoyable way for everyone to practice and advance their understanding of self-defence through Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Our mission is to bring the amazing lifelong benefits of practicing this wonderful art to people of every age, size and walk of life!
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Singapore
About Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was born out of a combative form of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu which was preserved and developed by the Gracie Family as a highly practical self-defence system that is designed to help smaller and weaker people survive in hostile situations. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu teaches students to utilise their understanding of distance management, leverage, body mechanics, movement and strategy to survive much larger opponents.
Helio Gracie (Opposite), one of the Art’s founders, had to find a way to make the jiu-jitsu of the past work for his weaker and limited athletic ability, the result is the system of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu we see and practice today.
Because of its widespread applicability, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has been taught to law enforcement agencies, military personnel, at risk groups, corporates and members of the public all around the world. And has started to emerge as a core component in the training of major police players and security personnel in the U.S. and most recently, in the United Nations.
Today it continues to provide people of all shapes sizes and ages with an effective, controlled and proportional method of self-protection.
A Glance into History- From the Japanese to the Gracies
The Gracie family was taught a form of Jiu-Jitsu by a Japanese emigrant to Brazil, a man named Mitsuyo Maeda. Maeda, a former student of Kano’s Ju-Jutsu and Kosen Judo, made his living travelling and challenging opponents of other styles to prize fights, including wrestlers and western boxers, many of whom were much larger and stronger than him.
Thankfully, members of the Gracie Family and their students have continued to study, train, preserve and develop this Japanese combative art to this day.
The Pedro Sauer Jiu-Jitsu Association
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Singapore is proudly affiliated with The Pedro Sauer Jiu-Jitsu Association. Our Head Instructor, Cameron Sobey is a brown belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under Phillip Grapsas of Leverage Academy, Melbourne, a black belt under Pedro Sauer. Pedro Sauer is an 8th degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coral belt under the legendary Grand Master Helio and Master Rickson Gracie. Master Sauer is revered as one of the pioneers of the gentle art in the United States, having moved from Brazil to the United States with the Gracie family in the early 1990s. Since arriving, he has captured a legion of followers through lectures and seminars as well as for his skill as an instructor, having developed several high level black belts. In 2005 he was voted by an online poll as the “Best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor” in the world.
More about, the head of our Association, Pedro Sauer here.