Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – “The Gentle Art”

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, or combat sport, that has been made popular by its success in the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC).  The Art is system that focuses on grappling and ground fighting as a method of neutralizing an opponent.  More often that not, BJJ is taught and utilized as a method in which a smaller opponent can defeat a much larger, stronger opponent through the use of leverage and technique—Most notably, this is accomplished through a series of joint manipulations and choke holds.

Simply put, BJJ is a blend of Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling, and Judo, with the addition of Joint Manipulations and Submission Holds.

It answers the question, “Ever wonder what happens after my opponent and I land on the ground after a takedown or throw?”

What differentiates BJJ with other forms of grappling and ground fighting is its emphasis on fighting when your back is against the ground, commonly referred to “playing guard.”  The guard allows practitioners to control their opponents safely from their backs and, at any time, be able to turn the tide in their favor by executing a sweep (reversal using their guard) or by submitting their opponents.

At New Breed Academy-Chicago, we offer a few types of classes wherein we spread our BJJ knowledge.

BJJ Fundamentals – Our introductory course exposes novice practitioners to basic concepts that will be relied upon throughout their whole grappling careers.  In these classes, an emphasis is placed on developing muscle memory and introducing situation drilling.

Intermediate Class – Along with more complex sequencing, a strong emphasis is placed on positional drilling allowing the development of each person’s natural style.  We begin to tailor each person’s skill set and expose each student in these classes to a wide array of variations of basic to intermediate moves.   Full Sparring, or “rolling” is also encouraged in these classes but not required.

Advanced / Competition Class – Be In Shape for these!!! We place a premium on positional and situational drilling.  Advanced, Competition Tested techniques are taught as well as customization of each person’s “game.” Be ready for lots of “live” drills and sparring.

No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – All the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu without the kimono.  While the debate rages on as to what is more important between “Gi or No-Gi,” we feel it important to be able to train in both.  Recognizing that training in the kimono is important and the foundation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, No-Gi offers a faster change of pace—allowing grapplers to develop quick reactions and teaching our practitioners the importance of reacting quickly on your feet.

Takedowns/Wrestling Fundamentals – An integral part of any grappling art.  Although takedowns and the “stand-up” game are covered in the other classes as well, we feel the need to put an extra emphasis in this aspect—after all every match or situation starts with two people on their feet.  This class can be both “Gi” or “No-Gi” as the class caters to both.  Basic concepts and techniques are emphasized.


Muay Thai / Striking Program

Muay Thai (Thai Kickboxing) – The “King of the Ring”

Muay Thai is a very powerful, physical martial art, or combat sport, that uses stand-up striking attacks along with various clinching techniques.  Muay Thai is often referred to as the “Art/Science of Eight Limbs” because of its use of punches, kicks, knee strikes, and elbow strikes.   Low kicks, or leg kicks, to the thighs utilizing the shin instead of one’s instep are often associated with Muay Thai.  Grappling within the clinch to use both knee and elbow strikes, as well as sweeps are often seen as well.

The training involves rigorous physical training, similar to that practiced by Western boxers. It includes running, shadow-boxing, and heavy bag work. Much emphasis is also placed on various drills with the so-called “Thai pads”. These pads weigh five to ten pounds, and cover the wearers forearms. In use, the trainer wears the pads, and may hold them to receive kicks, punches, and knee and elbow strikes, and may also use them to punch at the trainee. This training is vaguely similar to the way boxing trainers use focus mitts. The characteristic Muay Thai round kick is delivered with the shin, therefore, the shins become conditioned by this type of kicking.

Full contact, full-power sparring is usually not done in training, due to the devastating nature of the techniques employed. Thai boxers may box, hands only, with ordinary boxing gloves. Another training drill is for two fighters to clinch, and practice a form of stand-up grappling, the goal of which is to try to land a knee strike. However, full-power kicks, knees, and elbows are typically not used in training.

At New Breed Academy – Chicago, we offer the following types of Muay Thai / Striking Classes for our members:

Fundamental Striking – Our introductory stand-up course allows inexperienced individuals to learn at a pace comfortable to them.  Everything from footwork, to drills to keeping your hands up are covered.  We want to make sure everyone is comfortable with on their feet and are is ready for more rigorous training.

Don’t know how to throw a good punch or a throw a kick correctly?  This class is for you!

Intermediate/Advanced Muay Thai – These classes offer more rigorous physically demanding training.  Along with more physical demands, various combinations are shown and drilled to become muscle memory.  Here you can train you like a fighter—safely.  No sparring is done during class, but you will be put through everything that a fighter would do to prepare for a Muay Thai bout.


MMA / Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is popularly known as cage fighting or ultimate fighting.  It has been made popular by the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) and is the fastest growing sport worldwide.

MMA is a full contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of techniques and disciplines to be used.  Most commonly, a MMA competitor is versed is one of each –  a stand-up art (Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, etc.), a takedown/wrestling component (Freestyle Wrestling, Greco-Roman Wrestling, Judo, etc.), and a ground fighting component (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo, etc.).  Because such a wide array of techniques is available, the sport allows competitors of all different types of backgrounds to participate.

The MMA training offered can easily be very intense at times and isare geared for those who want to compete in the sport. As such we expect our participants to be experienced in both grappling and striking arts.


Because of the nature of the training, and the skill level of our members, we reserve the right to refuse entry into this class and may employ an “Invite Only” policy for certain sessions.  If you would like to observe a session or are interested in training with us, please let us contact us.


Kids’ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Our Kid’s program provides a safe, fun, training environment for children and young teens.  We want to make sure that our younger students learn the martial art and the lessons associated with them such as respect and discipline.  But at the same time, we want it to be fun for them.

Your children will learn Fundamental Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu concepts and everything they will need to prepare them for when its time for them to join up with the adults.

Functional Fitness

Functional Fitness provides a safe, fun, and scientific approach to getting in shape.

Functional Fitness is a program that is designed and run by Sam Spiegelman, B.A. Exercise and Sports Science. For a complete fitness program, one must include strength, endurance, and flexibility when training. Functional Fitness takes out the guesswork for such a program, as each Functional Fitness class provides the student with all of these elements.

A typical class will include a dynamic warm up, which gets the body moving and takes the joints through a full range of motion. An example of a dynamic warm up type exercise would be running while lifting your knees as high as you can. After the dynamic warm up, the strength and conditioning part begins. This is the meat and potatoes of the workout. This part of the workout is done using various types of resistance. Types of resistance used during this class include kettlebells, free weights, resistance bands, TRX bands, and bodyweight. Exercises are normally done for a set amount of time rather than as reps. This allows people of all different fitness levels to train at the same time. Training by time also allows the student to get both a cardio and strength workout at once, which makes this a very efficient workout. If you have never done this type of training before, this is not a problem as every week a “ramp up class” is offered. During this class all the lifts are taught so the student gets a sound understanding of the lifts and bodyweight movements. The final part of the class is an agility and injury prevention portion. During this portion of the class, movements are done on the agility ladder, plyo boxes, and cones. The goal of this portion of the class is to cool down the body, take the joints through a full range of motion, and strengthen the joints. No mater what your current fitness level is, Functional Fitness will provide you with a safe, fun and challenging environment.


Womens Bootcamp

Women’s boot camp is an 8-week program designed to produce maximum results in a short period of time. The exercise is intense but still remains low impact. Women’s boot camp is done in a small group environment providing a safe, fun and competitive training environment. All exercises are performed for time, allowing people of various conditioning levels to all exercise at the same time. During each class various types of training equipment will be used, utilizing everything from TRX bands, kettlebells, resistance bands, medicine balls, free weights and bodyweight exercises. Classes will be offered 2 days a week, allowing for maximum recovery. All the major muscle groups will be worked in each and every class with special emphasis on the core. Included with the boot camp program are two fitness assessments: one at the beginning and one at the end, along with body fat testing as well as nutrition consulting.

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