If you can’t protect yourself when a fight goes to the ground then you DON’T know how to really defend yourself. That’s where we can help.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a comprehensive fighting system that will teach you how to control and suppress an attacker. You will learn not only how to control attackers effectively so they can’t hurt you but also how to defeat them in a humane way. It’s the only PROVEN style where a smaller or weaker person can immobilize and defeat a larger and stronger one.
THAT’S the reason why ALL professional Mixed Martial Arts and UFC fighters have trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!
Check out our team results from the NJ BJJ Federation:
Adult Team Champions
1st Place – Team Cabeca
2nd Place – Team Oliveira
2nd Place – Team Top Control
Most Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools just toss new students onto the mats with beasts the first week they start training. Your introduction into Jiu Jitsu is getting smashed by the more experienced students. You better be in top shape before you start training at most academies or else you’re in for a long night!
And another thing, something that they won’t tell you at these schools is that you’re going to learn whatever the instructor “feels like” teaching that day. When you learn anything, whether it’s history, how to practice medicine or Jiu Jitsu educators have comprehensive, precise curriculums to assure that a student learns the essential material.
Could you imagine a college professor teaching whatever crossed his mind that day? Sadly, that is the way most Jiu Jitsu academies operate.
Luckily for you, our answer to this problem is the same reason why our students are so happy.
We have developed an Essential Curriculum for our Fundamentals Classes. Our Fundamentals classes are taught in a friendly, positive way that encourages that is completely geared toward teaching our new students our essential, basic requirements for our academy.
Many people thing that because we have many students who have successfully competed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that everything is geared toward competition and that everyone at the academy is a competitor.
That is 100% false.
In the beginning of a student’s development in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu we feel that the majority of that time should be focused on learning and improving the essential, most practical techniques of Jiu Jitsu. Not in heated sparring matches with overly aggressive, highly competitive students before they have a solid foundation of technique. Many people begin training out of shape and wouldn’t be able to complete a full fledged competitive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training session.
That’s why we offer Fundamentals classes throughout the week geared toward the true beginner.
Plus, the great part of this is that the students in the Fundamentals classes are learning the exact same techniques and our training methods that our advanced competitors and Champions are learning.
Also, most of our students start training with NO martial arts, NO wrestling, NO judo, NO boxing and NO combat sports experience. We take pride in the fact that our well respected competition team was created right here at Top Control BJJ and does not consist solely of martial artists that were well accomplished before they got here. If you want to excel we have the methods and techniques in place to make you a winner – all you have to do is bring the aspiration and capability to work hard.
If you don’t want to compete, that’s fine too (80% of our students DON’T compete). What separates us from other schools is that they don’t compete AT ALL and we believe that to constantly fine tune our program.
If you’re new to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu there’s a few things you should know. It’s very important that you make a well educated decision before picking an academy.
Because of the big wave in popularity in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events, every “board breaking” school and their cousin is calling their school as an “MMA” school or “Grappling” school or “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu” school. You have to be selective when picking a martial art school.
Actually, you should NOT join an academy or BJJ program unless it meets the following criteria:
1. Their instructors are experienced: What are the instructor(s) credentials? Have the competed? Who did they learn from? Did they learn from a real Brazilian Jiu Jitsu master or a pretender? What lineage do they come from? If you want to climb the ladder of achievement in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and grappling you have to first make sure you’re on the right ladder!
2. The school HAS TO have a written curriculum. Is there a systematic approach to teaching students to ensure that no one is left behind and some students don’t fall through the cracks? You’d be surprised at how many so called “schools” teach in a random, haphazard way so you don’t know why you’re not progressing like you thought you would.
3. The school’s STUDENTS successful? Regardless of the credentials of the instructor, it does no good unless he/she can pass on the know-how. Have their students competed and won? Are the seasoned students able to display their expertise as well? Can they make winners out of “normal” people with jobs and lives or just full time, Division 1 college athletes?
4. It is made up of a varied group of students. Some schools consists of only, causal, non competitive students that conducts itself like a social club, where people just gossip. Other schools contain only, “bald headed”, “hard core” 20 year old, wanna be MMA fighters. Whether you’re in shape or out of shape, a man, woman, want to learn how to defend yourself or compete in high level Jiu Jitsu tournaments you should have a well organized program to progress in.
5. Their tuition is NOT extremely low. Remember that you get what you pay for. If you’ve ever bought any furniture from Wal-Mart you’ll know what I’m talking about. On the shelf it looks nice enough but when you get home and start using it it starts to wobble and the true quality comes to the surface. You don’t want to spend 6 months or a year in a martial art and realize that it’s “Wal-Mart furniture”. Many super cheap schools are just that, with substandard instruction by a minimally qualified instructor who doesn’t even follow a curriculum.