lways assume your opponent is going to be bigger, stronger, and faster than you; so that you rely on technique, timing and leverage rather than brute strength.”
— Helio Gracie
What is Brazilian

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

Cobra Tuscaloosa
As an affiliate of Cobra BJJ/Checkmat, I am ready to pass on Cobra BJJ to you!   You can learn a form of martial arts that will truly teach to protect yourself against a larger, stronger more aggressive opponent.  Cobra BJJ is a family friendly environment and can accommodate individuals that are simply interested in getting in shape while learning the most effective form of self defense, or ready to compete in the highest levels of BJJ and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts).

Classes are now available for all ages!
Cobra Tuscaloosa offers a variety of adult, women, self defense, kids and beginner classes. No matter what your age or experience level is, Cobra has a place for you!
Will I get hit or be forced to fight?
NO! Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a ground based martial art with no striking involved. Your safety is our primary concern and the intensity of your experience here COMPLETELY depends on your personal preference. So whether you're looking to get in the cage, compete in Jiu-Jitsu tournaments or simply learn to protect yourself and your family its all up to you.


1110 15th St Suite J, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

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  • David Hazday
    September 29, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Had some prior Jiu Jitsu experience, had a good time training with these guys. On my first (and last) time I got a staph infection on my chin. Maybe it was one of my training partners maybe it was the mats. Haven’t gone back.

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