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Jiu Jitsu Classes in Winter Garden

VI Levels is a MMA & Fitness Center Located in Winter Garden, Florida. We offer several on-going programs with multiple weekly classes for Kids starting at the age of 3. Choose from 3 of our on-going programs, for kids 3-5 years old we have Mighty Mites, our most popular program Youth is for Kids typically between 5-9 and our Teen program which the youngest can be about 10 years old. We don't focus so much on age but more skill.

We also have our Adult Program with Weekly classes and our Women's Self Defense Program. Along with our on-going programs you have a variety of Semi-Private and Private Programs to choose from. These programs are tailored to your needs and taught by one of our World Class or Celeberty Trainers.

Jiu Jitsu Classes in Winter Garden

About Jiu Jitsu Classes in Winter Garden

The gentle art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu (also written as jujitsu or jujutsu and often referred to as BJJ) is a martial art with Japanese origins. Just like Japanese jujutsu, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is based on ground fighting and submission holds with the objective of controlling one’s opponent, using their momentum against them, and gaining the dominant position forcing them to submit. There are a number of techniques that BJJ uses to force an opponent into submission, including chokeholds and joint locks. 

Brazilian jiu-jitsu was initially developed in 1920 by five Brazilian brothers — Carlos, Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., Goerge, and Hélio Gracie, otherwise known as the Gracie brothers. It was Carlos, however, who was first taught the traditional martial art Kodokan judo in 1917 by Mitsuyo Maeda, a celebrated judo instructor who traveled to Brazil in the early 1900s. After faithfully learning judo, Carlos opened the first Brazilian jiu-jitsu academy in 1925 naming it Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

With all the brothers involved, they innovated on the techniques and teachings of judo and jujutsu, evolving these martial arts over time to become the BJJ that’s so popular today. We mostly have Hélios Gracie to thank for these technical innovations, as Carlos began teaching him judo shortly after learning himself. However, Hélios was much smaller and weaker, and couldn’t perform many of the judo techniques requiring strength. So, he and Carlos altered the techniques to use leverage rather than strength.

Now, the main differences between traditional Japanese jujutsu and Brazilian jiu-jitsu are the use of chokes, strangles, and joint locks to force an opponent into submission. Japanese jujutsu primarily focuses on throwing their opponents as well as striking, blocking, and joint manipulation with some strangulations and chokes.  

Around the same time that the Gracie brothers opened their BJJ academy and began innovating and perfecting their art, another martial arts style known as vale tudo that was based on luta livre had become popular among Brazilians. Vale tudo translates to anything goes, and it was a style that matched fighters with different martial arts backgrounds to essentially put on a show, with cash prizes, of course.  

The Gracie brothers brought their Brazilian jiu-jitsu to these vale tudo competitions and were only defeated a few times over decades of time. BJJ’s superiority over the other arts displayed on the value tudo platform is what launched the new martial art’s popularity in Brazil and quickly all over the world. 

In essence, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is embodied by the concept that a smaller and seemingly weaker person can successfully defend themselves against someone who is much bigger and stronger. The science behind it is simply leveraging someone else’s momentum against them to take them to the ground where they can be held and forced into submission.

Today, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is widely practiced and is especially popular among MMA fighters. BJJ sparring is commonly referred to as “rolling” as drills mostly consist of ground grappling, and practitioners typically wear a gi (uniform) and are ranked using a colored belt system. While various degrees of black belts are the highest and hardest to obtain, red belts are reserved for the exceptional grandmasters who live and breathe the art.

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On-Going Programs

We go the extra mile for the kids, but we don’t take forever to get there.

Within each program we offer a variety of classes, that meet multiple times per week. Each class within the program is designed to further advance everyone with our VI levels in mind.

MIGHTY MITES

Kids Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 3-5
This mighty fun class is great for improving developmental milestones. Our Mighty Might's are given a platform of coordination, following directions and patience all while teaching the foundation of Self Defense.

YOUTH

Kids Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 6-9
Our non-traditional, enhanced, Mixed Martial Arts and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program will give your child the mental and physical skills that will assist them in everyday life. All while increasing their enthusiasm and understanding of discipline.

TEENS

Teen Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 10-14+
Our Teens Program is a continuation of our younger programs. Whether you are just joining us, or you have been with us from the beginning. Your teen will continue to develop skills designed to help them in the real world.

ADULTS

Adult Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 15+
Whether you've trained before or you're ready to start a new chapter in life. Our Adult Program is a wonderful place for people who want to learn Self-Defense, have fun, get in great shape, all while under the watchful eye of skilled instructors.

Women's Self Defense

Women's Self Defense Classes
Ages 6+
Our Women’s Self-Defense is a 5 Week Program that meets once a week for 90 minutes. This is Women's Self-Defense thats molded to everyday situations, that’s Simple, Practical, And Most of All — Reliable.

FREE WEEK TRIAL

Free Week Trial
Seriously, A Free Week!
We are currently offering a FREE WEEK TRIAL for Mighty Mites, Youth, Teen and Adult Programs. Simply sign up & select the first class you or your child would like to attend, completly FREE. Once you arrive for your class, we will handle the rest.

Semi-Private & Private Programs

Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.

Our Semi-Private and Private programs offer individual and semi-individual classes that can meet multiple times per week. Helping you to form a habit that is life changing and healthy.

FITNESS TRAINING

Fitness Classes
Ages 6 +
We offer Group and Private Classes to help get the results you desire. People who are looking for more personal attention, can hire one of our world-class coaches for Fitness & Cardio Training. Your challenge, become the best version of you!

WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE

Women's Self-Defense Classes
Ages 6 +
Women’s Self-Defense That’s Simple, Practical, And Most of All — Reliable. Our Women’s Self-Defense program is based on the effective and efficient techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Molded to everyday situations.

STRIKING

Striking MMA Classes
Ages 6 +
Striking revolves around learning how to use your knees, legs, and arms to protect yourself or someone you love. Bringing in a foundation of Muay Thai, you'll become more comfortable and confident with your body.

CAMPUS DEFENSE

Campus Defense Classes
Ages 16 +
Whether you're sending your daughter or son off to college. Or you're a current college student, learning how to get yourself out of tricky situations is a life skill. Train with our Celebrity Trainers to learn how to maneuver through life.

MODEL MUGGIN

Model Muggin Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn what to do, and what not do, in the unfortunate event of a mugging. Life sometimes throws us curve balls, be prepared when the time counts. Protect yourself and your loved ones with confidence and skills to last a lifetime.

FAMILY SAFE

Family Safe Classes
Entire Household
Having the family know what to do in a worst-case scenario provides a foundation for everyone to work from. Your family will build upon what to do and what not do in the event of real-life emergencies.

HANDGUN PROTECTION

Handgun Protection Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn how to use and control your handgun effectively and safely. Learning how you can safely manipulate and control your weapon will boost your confidence and abilities for those unforeseen times.

HANDGUN MANIPULATION

Handgun Manipulation Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn Handgun Manipulation. When faced with an impossible decision, what do you do? Learning how to break down those seemingly impossible feats, gives you the strength and confidence in yourself to come out on top.

TACTICAL JIU JITSU (TJJ)

Tactical Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 16 +
Tactical Jiu-Jitsu™ (TJJ™) is a blend of martial arts, military, and law enforcement strategies. It is a street-ready program for anyone who is serious about self-defense and personal protection.

SPORTS CONDITIONING

Sports Conditioning Classes
Ages 6 +
Our Sports Conditioning Program is geared towards the athlete who is looking to enhance their workout.

MMA CONDITIONING

MMA Conditioning Classes
Ages 16 +
Our MMA Conditioning Program is geared towards the MMA athlete who is looking to enhance their workout, learn new skills and enhance specific areas of their Defense & Offense.

HOME INVASION

Home Invasion Classes
Ages 6 +
Geared towars the entire household to provide skills and the knowledge on how to handle a home invasion.

ANTI-BULLYING

Anti-Bullying Classes
Ages 6 - 16
One of our most popular programs, our Anti-Bullying classes are for ages 6-16 and provide the foundation to give kids the skills on how to handle bullies in modern day situations.

MIX & MATCH

Mix & Match Classes
Ages 6 +
Looking for something but you're not too sure what? Why not try a little bit of everything? Or a lot a bit of something? Find your passion and do a sampling of all our privates and/or semi-private classes.

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