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Looking to learn Jiu Jitsu?

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, often referred to as BJJ, is a martial art and combat sport that primarily focuses on ground fighting and submission holds. It originated from Kodokan Judo, which was introduced to Brazil by Mitsuyo Maeda, a judoka and one of Judo's early pioneers. Carlos Gracie, one of Maeda's students, further developed and refined the techniques, eventually passing down the knowledge to his family, who continued to promote and innovate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


Unlike other martial arts, BJJ emphasizes technique, leverage, and timing over raw strength and size. Practitioners learn how to defend themselves against larger opponents by using efficient grappling techniques, joint locks, and chokeholds. Through continuous practice, students develop physical fitness, mental discipline, and problem-solving skills.

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Introducing Our BJJ Coach:

Alec is an esteemed Brown belt coach at Pretty Top Team, bring a wealth of experience and passion to his teaching.


Alec hails from São Paulo, Brazil, holds Brown belts in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. With a deep understanding of ground fighting and throws, Alec brings a unique perspective to his coaching. His combined knowledge of both martial arts enables him to provide students with a well-rounded training experience.

With the introduction of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at Pretty Top Team, enthusiasts and beginners alike can engage in this captivating martial art. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, renowned for its emphasis on technique, leverage, and ground fighting, offers a multitude of benefits for practitioners, including self-defense skills, improved physical fitness, mental discipline, and problem-solving abilities.


Under the guidance of Alec, our accomplished coach (and Cairns only BJJ coach who is from Brazil!) participants can expect top-notch instruction and an authentic learning experience. The flexible class schedule, featuring session 5 days a week, caters to a range of commitments.


If you're curious about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or eager to refine your skills in a comfortable setting, take advantage of the free trials offered at Pretty Top Team. Immerse yourself in the world of BJJ, discover its intricacies, and experience the transformative power of this martial art.

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Cairns BJJ Coach Alec
Cairns BJJ Classes

What type of Jiu Jitsu do you offer?

We are proud to offer both styles of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; Gi and No - Gi. 

What is the difference between Gi and No-Gi?

In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the difference between gi and no-gi classes lies in the attire, techniques, and gripping styles. Gi classes involve training with a traditional uniform, allowing for intricate grip-based techniques and strategic thinking. No-gi classes, on the other hand, focus on training without the gi, emphasising speed, fluidity, and adapting techniques for real-life scenarios. Read our in-depth blog post about it here.


Can I start at any date? 

Yes. You can start our BJJ classes at any point. 

What do I wear to No-Gi classes?

Shorts/tights and a rash guard is perfect! If you don't yet have a rash guard a tight fitted t-shirt is fine. BJJ is done bare foot.

What do I wear to Gi classes?

A Gi! sometimes called a kimono. For trials it is not always necessary but after after you sign up, you will be required to purchase your own. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gi's are available to purchase in the gym or via onnline retailers.

What else do I need to bring?

We recommend you bring a towel and drink of water. 

Can anyone train Jiu Jitsu?

Of course! BJJ is for everyone due to its emphasis on technique, leverage and timing instead of raw strength and size. 

Do you offer kids Jiu Jitsu classes?

Yes! Every Tuesday and Thursday at 5pm-5:45pm for children age 8 - 15 years.

How is BJJ graded? 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is graded on a belt system. Everyone starts a white. After that there are blue, purple, brown and black belts. It's estimated to take the average practitioner around 10 years to earn their black belt, however there are more and more people achieving black belt much quicker than that. 

Who teaches the classes?

Our coach is called Alec. He is a brown belt and has been training Jiu Jitsu since he was a child. Fun fact! Alec is the only Cairns BJJ coach who is from Brazil 🇧🇷

So why wait? Come join us at Pretty Top Team for high-quality BJJ classes in Cairns. Book a free trial today.

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