The Hawkeye Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club was founded in July 2005 at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and has quickly become one of the most popular sports clubs on campus. Our goal is to pursue the ideals of personal development and group camaraderie, by dedicating ourselves to training in the most effective style of self-defense, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Unlike most other martial arts, a distinct advantage of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is that it allows the participants to train together safely, in real time. This provides a much more realistic and practical self-defense exercise, which develops a great sense of trust among participants. The training atmosphere is therefore very friendly and strong relationships develop among members.

Above all, BJJ is a practical form of self-defense, which allows you successfully to defend yourself against a much larger or stronger opponent. By using an attacker’s size, strength, and momentum to your advantage, aggression can be overcome. Because the techniques do not require strength or size to execute Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is successfully practiced by men, women, and children alike.

The benefits of training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are vast and profound. In addition to improving flexibility, strength, coordination, and reaction time, jiu-jitsu will instill a level of self-confidence that is life changing. Consistent training in this art will improve strength of character and help develop the coveted virtue of, what Brazilians call, the ‘indomitable spirit’.

Meeting Room: S511 Field House

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