With a strong focus on self-defense, Alliance El Paso Jiu-Jitsu fundamental class incorporates the same jiu jitsu first taught at the original Gracie academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the 1960's. The class is designed to prepare students for both self-defense, and sport jiu jitsu while at the same time improving cardiovascular endurance, balance, and coordination. The fundamental program is designed for anyone, male or female, of any body type, or age (15 and over).

The class quickly prepares students for Alliance's world renown advanced class, and gives students a sturdy base of knowledge that they will put to practice throughout their jiu-jitsu study. Class format consists of the following; a light warm-up, 2-3 techniques are shown, and finally several drills are performed. The drills are Alliance's secret to successful teaching, and are equivalent to sparing for beginners, but are done with little resistance to reinforce proper technique.

There is very little, to no full-contact sparring in the fundamental class. Our founders, Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti and Fabio Gurgel believe this is key in the evolution of beginning jiu-jitsu students. Students with no grappling experience are asked to attend 40-50 fundamental classes, or 2-3 months before attending advanced classes.


Advanced/Intermediate Classes:

Taught by our black  belt instructor and where our world champions will be made. We  focus on the science of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo throws and Wrestling takedowns. This class is perfect for professional MMA fighters, hobbyists, and students who wish to focus on the  sport/competition aspect of Jiu-Jitsu.

In the  two hour class, students will warm-up, perform advanced  Jiu-Jitsu/Judo techniques, participate in positional specific training,  and participate in free sparring. The class is highly organized but also family oriented. We find that some of our students spend almost as much time at Alliance El Paso than they do with their own  families. Because of this, Alliance focuses on providing a safe, and  friendly atmosphere.


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