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.
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"Dave is a skilled, and super friendly instructor. He runs an awesome program at ICC. You'll be safe, and happy to train here. Highly recommended!"
"Our oldest son Patrick has been training BJJ under Mario for 2 years and our middle boy Jack has just started Karate Jitsu. I cannot speak highly enough of him, the difference he has made in their lives is enormous. I'd recommend him to anyone looking to get their kids into martial arts."
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"The instructors at ICC are competent, friendly and professional but that’s not entirely why I chose to join and bring my 3 kids (2 girls and a boy) along. There are plenty of martial arts gyms with disciplined instructors but very few with the right culture and family oriented approach that make it easy for a parent to entrust their children with ICC in teaching them such an important life skill. For an old man like me and for any anyone else for that matter, the senior students have gone out of their way to pass on their skills without any condescending ego, it’s part of their journey to learn and to give back. I feel like the ICC philosophy rings true in that everyone is welcomed at ICC irrespective of their background and/or athletic ability. One final stand out for me is the large membership of girls and women in the club. As a father of 2 teenager daughters and a Girls Development Officer at a local football club it's very important for me to see the right culture is established to encourage female participation. Highly recommended."