Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training Information - Samuel Puccio

Getting Started

Starting Your Martial Arts Training People are attracted to the Martial Arts for a wide variety of reason. Some want to be the next Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Chuck Norris or Helio Gracie. Some are looking for an energizing and stimulating workout that has practical applications. Some are the competitive type and are looking for a challenging sport to test their abilities. Others are looking for self-discipline, an Eastern approach to health improvement or spirituality. Still others are seeking a real-world solution to protecting themselves and their families in a violent world.

No one martial art is going to be right for everyone, and so the purpose of this article is to answer a few questions, give you an overview of what we teach at Samuel Puccio BJJ, and — if you think we have a good match — guide you through the next steps of beginning your martial arts training.

Which Martial Arts Are Right For Me?
Finding the right martial art for you depends on your goals and expectations. What do you want to do In your martial arts training, and what do you want to get out of it?

We teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. If you've ever watched a Mixed Martial Arts competition such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship or others, you've probably seen Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This system has proven so effective that it is now a standard part of nearly every MMA fighter's training. The training encompasses free-fighting, the clinch and ground-fighting applications.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. It is a derivative of early 20th century Kodokan Judo, which was itself then a recently-developed system (founded in 1882), based on multiple schools (or Ryu) of Japanese jujutsu.

It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant using leverage and proper technique; most notably, by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat them. BJJ can be trained for self defense, sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition. Sparring (commonly referred to as 'rolling') and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition.

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Practical and Effective Self Defense

Many people use the terms “Martial Arts” and “Self-Defense” interchangeably. Let’s be perfectly clear: they are not the same thing. Martial Arts covers a broad spectrum of study, ranging from performance-oriented art to sports competition to battlefield combat. Self-defense, by comparison, has a very narrow definition. For our purposes, we’re going to define it as what you do to get yourself or another person out of a potentially dangerous, threatening or violent situation.

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The Benefits of Martial Arts Training

With proper instruction in the martial arts you can control the stress and tension in your life, take off excess weight and enjoy yourself while learning an effective self-defense. Along with looking and feeling better you will gain self-confidence.

Martial arts builds and maintains muscle tone. A martial arts program is designed to keep the body perfectly conditioned. Its insistence on mental alertness keeps a sound mind in a sound body.

The immediate aim of the true martial arts is the welfare of the student. Not only will self-defense skills be attained, but more importantly will be the focus on the individual’s character development. A well-rounded personality can be realized only if the spirit is right. Courtesy, respect, modesty, loyalty, generosity and dedication are not only the source, but the reward of martial arts.

The student Involved in the proper instruction of martial arts will develop good self-discipline. Improvement of physical ability gained from training will be immediately visible to the student himself while the improvement of his self-discipline will be recognized by those around him. Physical activities used to enhance mental conditioning are helpful in developing a positive self-image.

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Women's Self-Defense Training

Self-Defense for Women
Taught by a Woman

Martial Arts for WomenCome join us and learn to defend yourself by using principles from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a martial art/combat sport that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. We offer classes specifically for women only, taught by a female instructor. Women's self-defense classes are held each Friday evening at 7 PM.

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Why is your system Ideal for Women?
This type of martial art focuses on the principle that a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant.

Our training program takes into account gender specific considerations such as issues of size and physical strength, reasons for and types of self-defense situations commonly faced by women, how to deal with them, as well as ways of decreasing the chances of encountering potentially dangerous situations.

Learn Practical Techniques including:

  • Essential Blocking, Breaking grips and holds
  • Using common objects as unconventioal weapons
  • Identifying vulnerable pressure points
  • Enhancing you intuition and awareness

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Children and the Martial Arts

Family Friendly Martial Arts

At Samuel Puccio BJJ, our children’s programs are second to none. We teach our students (ages 7 and up) using a basic philosophy of positive reinforcement to build Self Esteem, Confidence, Discipline, Positive Attitude, and Values. We realize that although the ability to defend oneself is important, there are many additional benefits to be gained from involving your child in our program. Our unique method of training is fun and designed to:

  • Instill A Positive Attitude
  • Build Confidence & Self Esteem
  • Teach the importance of Strong Values & Good Character
  • Promote the desire to Learn
  • Improve Effort & Motivation
  • Improve Concentration
  • Teach Self Discipline
  • Instill Respect for Themselves & Others

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Safe and Effective Training

Samuel Puccio Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training, Birmingham, AL

The martial arts are designed for contact fighting, but you cannot train if you're injured. This is why our curriculum is designed with Safety First. As you progress through your training, you'll learn how to practice safely, avoid injuries in conditioning and sparring, and ultimately how to effectively compete and/or defend yourself or your loved ones and avoid becoming a victim of violent assault.

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Ancient Arts, Modern Approach

Samuel Puccio BJJ Training, Birmingham, AL

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu traces its roots to the samurai and the battlefields of ancient Japan, and throughout it's history it has evolved to meet the needs of the times. Because Jiu-Jitsu is a concept-based system, we are continuing that tradition by focusing our training on what is practical and applicable to the needs of our modern society. Using tactics, techniques and training methods cultivated over many generations, we also take advantage of modern advances in sports physiology and conditioning and the unprecedented access to martial arts systems from around the world.

Click through our website for a very general overview to our system, and then call us for an appointment to come by and see it, and try it out for yourself!


Class Location, Schedule and Prices

Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes, along with Judo and Mixed Martial Arts will be taught five days a week at our Southside Location in Birmingham, AL. We are located at 2501 7th Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35233. Please click the "Learn More" button below for the all-new schedule of Gi and No-Gi classes, as well as the MMA and Judo courses. Also, click here for pricing information and sign-up forms.