Gracie Jiu Jitsu: Core Concepts & Jiu Jitsu for a Lifetime

Gracie Jiu Jitsu: Core Concepts

Saturday 8 February

This event is expired and no longer open for registration.

Time: 12:00 - 15:00

Eke Academy of Martial Arts
734 Aldebury St #201
Victoria, BC V9A 5T4

About this event:

Come and learn Gracie Self-Defense from Steve Maxwell, physical educator, 5th degree black belt under Relson Gracie and trained personally by the Gracie family. Steve is considered by the Gracies as one of the finest instructors in their art.

In Steve's Gracie Jiu Jitsu seminars, taken together, you will learn:

  • The origins and history of Gracie jiu jitsu and how it developed
  • Why Gracie jiu jitsu may be the most applicable self-defense system in a real fight
  • The truth about self-defense in its real-world application
  • Why any self-defense system requiring strength speed or power is a step in the wrong direction
  • The Helio Gracie foundational stand-up self-defense system
  • Every fight starts standing -- how to escape the most common attacks from the feet
  • Why learning how to breath is the most important factor in maintaining calm during a confrontation
  • Why it's important to assume ANY attacker is bigger/stronger/faster/more dangerous than yourself
  • Solo and partner drills for proper breathing technique
  • How to breathe to prevent panic
  • How body tension is your biggest enemy and the primary cause of physical injury
  • The most common street attacks and how to defend against them

Stand-Up Self-Defense

The ground fighting is well-known and documented but few are aware of the devastating effectiveness of the Gracie stand-up self-defense fighting system... yet every fight starts from the feet.

In this course, you will learn:

  • How real attacks occur
  • How to avoid the sucker punch
  • How to identify a potentially violent person by reading the signs they give off
  • What step(s) you can take to avoid conflict
  • How to pre-empt and stop any punch with the wedge
  • Why distance and timing are your best friends in street encounters
  • How to escape
  • The two most common street attacks and how to defend against them
  • Release from the most common grabs and chokes

Ground Defense

It's a well-known fact that when faced with a bigger, stronger opponent, the odds are you'll go to the ground. Feeling comfortable on the ground, and knowing how to fight there, can save your life.

In this course, you will learn:

  • Why going to the ground is almost unavoidable when facing a bigger, stronger opponent(s)
  • Why the ground is the smaller, weaker man's best friend
  • Why being on the bottom doesn't mean you're losing the fight -- and sometimes it's the most advantageous position
  • How to defend yourself on the ground
  • How to fall without injury -- even when thrown or shoved to the concrete or parking lot
  • The most common hold on the ground -- and how to escape
  • How to defend yourself -- and escape -- from the headlock, eye-gouge, and bite
  • Why choking someone is preferable to kicking or punching and is the most humane way to subdue a violent attacker
  • The five key movement patterns to assure success in groundfighting


The price for this seminar is $75
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Jiu Jitsu for a Lifetime

Sunday 9 February

This is event is expired and no longer open for registration.

Time: 12:00 - 15:00

Eke Academy of Martial Arts
734 Aldebury St #201
Victoria, BC V9A 5T4

About this event:

Jiu Jitsu for a Lifetime, or: How to Endure.

Are you a dedicated Brazilian jiu jitsu player or other martial artist? Do you intend to train in your sport for decades and through life's milestones? Steve has a lot to share on this topic.

In this seminar, Steve will present the movements, exercises, drills, and mental techniques he credits with keeping him in the grappling game for over a half-century.

  • Learn why jiu jitsu training on its own is not enough for superior physical fitness, and which supplemental measures every grappler and fighter should include in order to remain youthful, vigorous, and pain-free.
  • How the fighting arts -- especially the jiu jitsu "guard -- compromise the posture and what to do to correct
  • Learn Steve's singular shoulder complex that will keep your shoulders strong, mobile, and pain-free -- especially good for rounded shoulders, or internally-rotated arms
  • How and why over-gripping is harmful to the wrists and elbows -- plus a terrific exercise to overcome the effects of excessive grippping
  • The importance of foot and ankle integrity, strength, and mobility -- and what this has everything to do with preventing knee injuries
  • Why most jiu jitsu players suffer from gluteal amnesia -- and how to correct this
  • The major source of back and knee problems -- and how to improve your situation
  • Why most jiu jitsu players have poor abdominal muscle control, relying on hyperactive hip flexors to get the job done
  • Experience Steve's deep abdominal-activating drills to keep you out of pain and injury and in glowing spinal health
  • The importance of neck and spinal mobility -- and its direct relationship to youthfulness, mental and physical health, and injury prevention


Andrew Nerlich here, the 60-year old that came to some of your BJJ classes and your Jiu Jitsu for life seminar in Sydney. I thought you might like to hear an old man Jiu Jitsu story - I entered Black Belt Master 6 at the Sydney IBJJF Open and yesterday fought a 56 year old. He beat me on points but I was super stoked I went the distance.

Your dogpile drill really helped me stay calm on the bottom and successfully fend off multiple choke attempts. I'm doing my mobility exercises every day and after tapering for the comp is now over, intend to add one day a week of bodyweight strength training, following your seminar advice and your Bodyweight Basics video, to my four BJJ sessions.

Thanks Steve, and happy trails.

Click here and read Andrew's great blog post about his experiences at this seminar

Steve & The Team,

Just wanted to give you some feedback on the seminar.

I enjoyed it but only now am I starting to realise it could be life-changing.

I realised I've been overtraining, doing heavy lifting 3 times a week and BJJ twice a week. I've replaced my weight training with isometrics, stretching and loosening up exercises and already I feel better.

Above all the thing which has helped me though was what Steve showed us about shaking our bodies... I've actually been doing this for years because it felt good, but not as much as I could have as I had never seen or heard of anyone else doing it...

Knowing that there is also some science around it and seeing everyone do it at the seminar has encouraged me to do this on a daily basis without feeling quite so weird!

Steve is a great guy and I hope to see him again.



The price for this seminar is $75
Prices are displayed in $USD

More info: James Eke, 250-216-2801 or Maxwell service desk