Learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Singapore at Evolve MMA

In response to the growing number of inquiries regarding the various martial arts programs on offer at Evolve MMA, we have decided to create a running series of feature articles that will provide an in depth look into our many world class programs. In each feature, we plan to take you on a guided tour of what it is like to train in a specific discipline at Evolve MMA. In this article, we will cover our renowned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) program.

Our instructor team features authentic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champions from Brazil.

BJJ techniques are primarily focused on grappling and ground fighting. The objective is to take the opponent to the ground in order to secure a dominant position and submission hold.

There are positional techniques that focus on sweeps and guard passes, and there are submission techniques that focus on joint-locks and chokeholds. BJJ is ideal for the student wishing to learn real world self-defense while achieving peak health and fitness.

MMA World Champion, Shinya Aoki, training submission grappling with No Gi Grappling World Champion, Bruno Pucci.

Herbert Mitchell Burns, No Gi World Champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, arm bars his sparring partner.

At Evolve MMA, our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is the first and only Renzo Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu affiliate program in Asia. We are officially recognized and endorsed as the premier BJJ program in Asia by the legendary Renzo Gracie.

BJJ and MMA legend, Renzo Gracie, giving a seminar at Evolve MMA.

Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu curriculum is widely considered by many experts to be the best in Singapore as well as one of the very best in the entire world.

Our instructor team is the largest and most accomplished in Singapore, featuring a collection of authentic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champions from Brazil. When you learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Evolve MMA, you can be confident you are receiving world class instruction in a safe environment.

5x BJJ World Champion and 3x ADCC World Champion, Kyra Gracie, visits Evolve MMA.

The majority of BJJ classes at Evolve MMA will run for one hour in duration. We also have special classes such as the BJJ randoori class, which will run for 1 ½ hours. We accommodate even the most hectic schedules by offering multiple classes per day from the very early morning until the late evening. You can view our complete schedule here.

Beginner students attend the morning BJJ class under the guidance of World Champion instructor, Bruno Pucci.

Depending on your individual schedule and level of fitness, you can choose how often you will train. We recommend training at least 3 – 5 times per week.  However, we also have many students who train 7 days a week multiple times a day.

Blue belt BJJ student, Shaun Tay, trains daily at Evolve MMA.

Every Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class at Evolve MMA will begin with a thorough warm up session. The warm up prepares the body for physically intensive training and prevents unnecessary injuries. A typical warm up will include a variety of athletic movements such as forward rolls, backward rolls, push ups, sit ups, lunge walks, and squat jumps. You will also learn BJJ specific movements such as the hip escape and triangle sit up.

Our students jogging around the mats to warm up for their BJJ training.

After a thorough warm up, the instructor will demonstrate techniques and work with the students to master the fine details. This portion of the class is done with partners and often includes specific technique drills. At the end of each class, the instructor will allow students to test out their skills in a live sparring session, which in BJJ is called “rolling” or “randoori”.

Students watch carefully as Professor Gamal Hassan, Brazil Nationals Champion, demonstrates a BJJ technique.

The BJJ classes at Evolve MMA are divided according to belt level. In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, experience and skill is recognized by a belt ranking system. The order of ranking from beginner to master is as follows: white, blue, purple, brown, black, and red. Beginner students will start in one of our white and blue belt classes, which focuses on the most basic BJJ techniques. As you advance in skill level, you will receive belt promotions from your instructors.

A young martial artist receiving a promotion from Professor Almiro Barros.

BJJ promotion group photo with our students and Champion instructors Almiro Barros, Gamal Hassan, and Leandro "Brodinho" Issa. 

For higher level students, we offer purple belt classes and black belt classes. As you advance to these higher level classes, you will begin to master higher level techniques and submissions. You will begin to develop your own unique BJJ style, which the instructors will encourage and help to further develop.

2x BJJ Copa do Mundo World Champion, Leandro Ataides, gives his full attention to his students at training.

You can expect to learn chokeholds such as the guillotine choke, rear naked choke, D’arce choke, and anaconda choke. You will also learn joint locks like the arm bar, Kimura, Americana, wristlock, and knee bar. In addition to submission holds, our program will instruct you in positional techniques such as the spider guard, closed guard, butterfly guard, and many more. The objective of your BJJ training should be to obtain complete mastery of ground control and submissions.

Our young students training BJJ under the guidance of BJJ Mundials World Champion, Leandro Thomas Issa da Silva.

We also offer entire classes devoted solely to sparring, which in BJJ is referred to as randoori. The randoori class runs for a full 1 ½ hours. After a good warm up session, the remainder of the class is dedicated to sparring. Students can expect to roll with a single partner for up to 7 minutes. After a short break, students are again paired up for another 7 minute sparring session. This will continue for the duration of the class. Randoori is one of the most physically intensive classes. It is also one of the most important training sessions for serious students of BJJ. This is where you can measure your progress and identify your weaknesses.

Students learning how to use the BJJ gi for leverage.

For the students that have demonstrated the commitment, desire, and passion to take their BJJ training to the highest level, we offer the Evolve BJJ Competition Team. The team is selected through tryouts that are held periodically throughout the year. Only the most dedicated students are selected. Members of the Evolve BJJ Competition Team are invited to private team training sessions, and they are prepared by our World Champion instructors to compete in local and international BJJ competitions.

Many of our students experience significant and positive changes in their lives through the practice of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and martial arts. The Teo family, Zoyd, Clarissa, Zea, Cayden, and Zelle, share their inspiring story with us below.

To get started on your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training at Evolve MMA, head on over to your nearest Evolve MMA location in Singapore or call in to arrange a complimentary free trial with one of our World Champion instructors. All introductory classes are 30 minutes in duration, and they can be scheduled at your convenience. Consider this your test-drive for the complete Evolve MMA experience. We can accommodate all skill levels, ages, and genders. Bring a friend along if you like, and do not hesitate to ask us any and all questions you might have.

Evolve Mixed Martial Arts® is Asia's premier championship brand for martial arts. With World Champions in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Wrestling, and No Gi Grappling, Evolve MMA is the top martial arts training organization in Asia. It ranks among the best martial arts academies in the world.