WHAT IS BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, also known as BJJ or Jiu-Jitsu, is a martial art originally derived from judo with the focus on submissions or joint locks over striking. The popularity of Jiu-Jitsu exploded in the 90’s when the initial UFC showcased its effectiveness and forever redefined the landscape of MMA and combat sports.
The premise of Jiu-Jitsu is that of a methodology which exploits leverage and is designed to defeat larger and stronger opponents. The combination of no striking and effective safety parameters allows individuals to train intensively without suffering the injuries found in striking-based sports.
WHAT IS MAXIMILLIAN ACADEMY?
Maximillian was founded in 2014 and is headed by multiple-time SA champion, Jason Gregoriades. We are a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Grappling academy with a focus on the competitive sport elements of each discipline. In addition to striving toward providing the best possible competition-based training, a core value of the academy is to create an environment which is welcoming, friendly and enjoyable!
Maximillian means “one without equal” or “the greatest”. We hold the view that each person is created infinitely unique: unique in personality, physiology and purpose. The objective of the academy is to create a platform and community which helps individuals to become the greatest champion they were created to be.
Whether that’s the best accountant, teacher, athlete, IT consultant, husband, father, or sibling, our purpose is to develop champions without equal!
ABOUT JASON GREGORIADES
Jason and his brother Nicholas are two of the original pioneers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Grappling in South Africa since the early 2000’s. Since winning multiple national titles, Jason has been regarded as one of the best grappling athletes and competitors in SA.
Though the majority of his progress in the sport was self-taught, Jason received all of his BJJ grading up to brown belt from the legendary Roger Gracie. Upon returning to the sport after a break of several years, Jason received his black belt from his brother Nicholas (who incidentally is Roger Gracie’s first black belt).
With more than 15 years experience in several academies and competing internationally, Jason focuses on a teaching style and system which highlights the underlying fundamentals and concepts of grappling. He believes that through grasping the basic components, any grappler can utilise and exploit the principles to suit their own grappling style and strengths.