At Jay Pages Jiu-Jitsu & MMA in Chandler, we have programs to accommodate ANY ONE! From kids classes that start at the age of 4 to our black belt program. We have a program specially designed to meet your needs. All beginners start in the Fundamental program! All of our classes are taught by IBJJF sanctioned and certified black belts.

Fundamentals Class:

This class was designed for beginners with little or no experience. Here, they will learn the basic moves, positions, and the fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu. This class will help you to learn step by step techniques that are essential to build a solid game in Jiu Jitsu. We believe that this class is very important and we encourage even our advanced students to review and drill these moves as often as they can. This is a Traditional Gi class and is an hour long there is no rolling at this specific class.

All Levels:

This class consists of drilling moves and rolling (live training). Although it’s designed for people with more experience, we encourage the beginners to do this class as well as the Fundamentals class. This class will help you improve your competition game with advanced techniques. The use of a Gi is mandatory in this class. Usually this class begins right after a fundamentals class, and students will start class with a lite warm up, rolling and working techniques towards the end of class. This class is at least an hour long and students are NOT obligated to stay the whole class.

No-Gi:

This “No-Gi” class is designed for beginners and advanced students and consists of basic traditional Jiu Jitsu techniques adapted to make up for the lack of a uniform to grab. Students will learn how to take down, hold down and apply joint locks to submit opponents who are not wearing a Gi. Class consists of warm-ups, techniques, drilling and rolling (live training). This class is an excellent way to transition your Jiu Jitsu techniques into self-defense. Students must wear shorts and a rash guard (or a t-shirt) to attend this class

Black Belt Program:

This class is designed to help advanced students find the right path to the Black Belt. In this class advanced students will fine tune their techniques and develop a strong game for competition. Students will learn techniques that have been tested in competition. No one has to compete to be in this class but you have to want to train like a champion. This is an hour a half class and consists of drilling and practicing more advanced moves and rolling. White belts are welcomed to come at the instructor’s discretion. (Scheduling of this program is coming soon!)

Open Mat:

Open Mat is the time where Students can trade techniques and train without been supervised by an instructor. They are free to come and go whenever they feel like it and is very important for the development of students

History of Jiu-Jitsu:

Jiu-Jitsu, which means gentle art is the oldest form of martial art. It originated in India more than 2000 years before Christ. It was created by monks who could not use any type of weapons to defend their lives against barbarian attacks. It spread through China, and eventually took root and was elaborated on in Japan becoming the first martial art style.

The samurai clans in Japan adopted Jiu-Jitsu as their own traditional style to defeat an opponent regardless if the situation was striking, throwing or grappling. With the passing years, they split the techniques and developed other martial arts styles, such as judo, akido, karate, etc. In 1914, Japanese Jiu-Jitsu champion Esai Maeda migrated to Brazil, where he was instrumental in establishing a Japanese immigrant community. His efforts were aided by Gastão Gracie, a Brazilian scholar and politician of Scottish descent. As an expression of his gratitude for Gracie’s assistance, Maeda taught the Brazilian’s oldest son Carlos the essential secrets of the ancient martial arts technique. Carlos taught Maeda’s techniques to his four brothers, and in 1925 they opened the first Jiu-Jitsu academy in Brazil. For the Gracie brothers, teaching the art was more than an occupation. It was their passion.

One of the brothers, Helio Gracie, paid special interest to the use of the techniques. Helio being of small frame, light in weight (only 135 pounds), and in frail health, was 16 when he began learning Jiu-Jitsu. Being unable to participate in classes, he would sit and watch his older brother teach every day. One day when Carlos was unable to make it to class, Helio was asked to instruct. Because of his size and stature, he began to work with and adapt the basic rules of Jiu-Jitsu. He introduced the application of leverage to the art, making it possible for a smaller opponent to defeat a larger one. He began experimenting, modifying and enhancing the basic techniques to make them effective for a person regardless of his or her stature.Thus began the development of a new and more effective art – Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Helio’s skills eventually enabled him to beat some of the world’s greatest fighters. Helio’s feats include the longest fight in recorded history – 3 hours and 45 minutes, nonstop – and the historic match against Masahiko Kimura, who was probably the greatest fighter Japan ever produced. Helio passed away at the age of 94. Helio’s quest became today’s Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, a martial art that is continuously evolving as a result of input from practitioners throughout the world. – From Rickson Gracie