I recently came back from my trip to Hong Kong, where I was able to organise training sessions at a few of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) gyms there. I last visited Hong Kong a few years ago, when BJJ was very much at its infancy, but had some very promising glimpses into the future of the sport with big players like Epic MMA and Fitness coming into the foray.
3 years has now passed and this time I was very impressed by the growth and talent emerging out of Hong Kong. This is largely due to the increased demand for the sport of MMA, thanks to the rising popularity of the UFC. With BJJ as a core requirement for any successful MMA program, it has been very clear that the investment made into quality BJJ instructors by many of the martial arts gyms has paid dividends. Not only has
the standard of BJJ in the individual gyms improved greatly, but also the overall standard of BJJ in Hong Kong as a result.
During my time in Hong Kong, I trained at Epic MMA, which boasts 4 black belts, one of which is a current UFC fighter – Alberto Mina. Jab MMA has Rodrigo Caporal, aMMA and international BJJ competitor, representing the BJJ powerhouse team ATOS. Gracie Barra Wan Chai is owned by life long martial artist and BJJ black belt Henry Chan. Coincidentally, Henry was hosting a training session with Clark Gracie, the face of modern day BJJ,of which I was fortunate enough to attend.
I have been very privileged to have competed and trained around the world for BJJ, and it always pleases me to see the continual growth of this beautiful yet deadly art everywhere I go. Hong Kong may not be the mecca of BJJ, but for those who are keen grapplers and happen to be passing through, make sure you pack your belt and gi, and bring your A game.
Give our BJJ program a go and experience the improvements to all of these fields. It is considered to be an excellent first style where the skills are easily transferable.
"I had heard about ICC through a friend who had been training there so I decided to visit for a training session. The head instructors, David and Steven were friendly and knowledgeable and the community was beyond welcoming. It definitely won't be the last time I'm visiting! I would highly recommend ICC for those interested in getting started on the journeys!
"Stopped by for a visit, everyone was friendly and welcoming. David and Steven are both excellent instructors taking the time to share finer details. Would highly recommend for those looking to try something new or those who already have some experience in martial arts."
"it’s a really nicely fitted out gym. The instructors are great and the atmosphere is very friendly. Amazing place to train!"
"Great place for training martial arts! Everyone is super friendly and just like a big family, plus there's heaps of events on. 10/10 recommend!"
"Joined this gym a couple of years ago and little did I know it would be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I can honestly vouch for the kind and supportive nature of the ICC team and family on and off the Matt’s.
I’ve progressed from not knowing a thing about Brazilian jiu jitsu and feeling unsure about joining up to recently entering grappling industries under the guidance of coaches David and Steven coming out winning 2 golds and a Silver medal having 15 fights on the day.
There is not a day I can think of where training has been unenjoyable. Rolls are always fun and challenging and improvement is always recognised and commended by all. Some of the best tips and advice I’ve been given in the gym have been from other students themselves.
All in all I highly recommend ICC to men, women, boys and girls of all ages whether it be you’re looking for a way to get in shape or the ability to protect yourself ICC is the place to be. And if you’re unsure like I was take the leap and give it your all I promise you won’t be disappointed.
- Arthur Flevaris"