Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Self-defense martial art and combat sport based on grappling and submission holds. It focuses on the skill of taking an opponent to the ground, controlling one's opponent, gaining a dominant position and using a number of techniques to force them into submission via joint locks or chokeholds.
BJJ revolves around the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent by using leverage and weight distribution, taking the fight to the ground and using a number of holds and submissions to defeat them. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling and in self-defence situations. Sparring, commonly referred to as "rolling" within the BJJ community, and live drilling plays a major role in training and the practitioner's development. BJJ can also be used as a method of promoting physical fitness, building character, and as a way of life.
Micheal Cates is a recently retired US military Veteran, and has lived on Okinawa for over 13 years. Micheal has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over a decade and the last few years has been teaching techniques in both English and Japanese. He was promoted to Black Belt by Professor Ricardo Guimaraes his original instructor, who promoted him for all but one of his belts. Micheal has trained and competed at all belt levels under the Gracie Humaita Flag throughout his whole martial arts Career.
2013 Abu Dhabi SD Trails Masters 1 Middle Heavy Blue 2nd
2013 NOGI Worlds Master 1 Middle Heavy Blue 2nd
2014 Las Vegas Open Master 1 Middle Heavy Purple 3rd
2018 Asians Championship Master 2 Absolute Brown 3rd
He also holds a First Degree Black Belt in Kodokan Judo.
I have traveled all over the world and trained in many locations. I have seen many different jiu jitsu gyms and witnessed different styles of teaching. I believe that Okinawa needs is a consistent, clean, family friendly, professional Brazilian jiu jitsu Academy.
Our goal is to provide a place that feels safe, friendly and clean for everyone to learn and enjoy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! Every time you come to the Gym , you will be welcomed like family and always treated with respect. You will not need to worry about cleanliness, which can be an issue here on Okinawa. During the classes we will strive to help you meet and exceed all of your Jiu Jitsu goals!
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