How can you distinguish a good class from a bad one? It’s simple. In a good class, you can successfully apply what you just learnt when rolling at the end of class. If you can’t apply it, then that class was a waste of your time. As a coach, my job is to run good classes.

Classes at 80/20 are different from most other BJJ clubs. Our classes focus intensely on one particular area. We examine the overall strategy, and the posture required for this area. We drill with resistance, adding details as the class progresses. Exploration is encouraged, the goal is for students to be successful and find what works for them, not to all perform identically.

This approach requires that students work with their partners rather than against them. In each pair, one person acts as student with the other as coach. It is the coach’s goal for the student to learn. The coach uses technical resistance, as well as brute force to provide an environment that the student can learn in. By learning to become a good coach, you quickly learn the subtleties of BJJ that usually take many years to understand.

Classes are run 6:45—8:15pm, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 11am—1pm Saturdays. The juniors classes are run immediately before the adults at 5:50—6:30pm, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 10—10:45am Saturdays. As well as your gi, bring a rashguard / t-shirt as well. For new members, shorts and t-shirt is fine.

The evening classes officially finish at 8:15pm so those with family commitments can leave for home. Training usually continues until about 9—9:30pm so members can ask questions, work on specific areas or roll.

If you’re new to BJJ, you can contact us and ask for a free introductory private lesson. In this lesson you will get an overview of BJJ and learn some essential moves so you’ll be ready for your first class.