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.
"Mario and Ann Marie are fantastic with the kids. They make training fun and my daughter LOVES going. After trying so many different sports and activities over the years, not enjoying anything enough to stick it out, she wanted to try ICC after hearing about it through a friend. It's been over a year and her passion for it has only grown. I highly recommend ICC and the instructors!"
"Integrated Combat Centre is an excellent place to learn martial arts. There is a great family environment and the instruction is world class. I would gladly recommend them to anyone interested!"
"The environment was really friendly and i would say very different compared to my previous experience where before you pay for membership and no one even said hello . I definitely liked the idea of a team workout yet everyone was getting one on one guidance on technique and the correct form . The atmosphere was very friendly and i definitely liked how you were constantly reminding the class about safe execution of techniques . The workouts definetly tested my mental and physical endurance which was the best part . The body temperature checks and sanitation before the start of each class also put my mind at ease .
Hoping to learn more and getting fit whilst being a part of the ICT family . Thank you"
"My kids love training here! They have learnt great skills, all coaches are very knowledgeable, clean open space, and welcoming community. We highly recommend this centre"
"I started training here about a year ago. The gym has great facilities, and most importantly, a welcoming environment. The classes are very well structured. There are also plenty of opportunities to improve the BJJ skills as David and Steven are always willing to go to the extra effort."