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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Ellesmere Port

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ is a martial art that focuses on grappling and groundwork. There is no striking or kicking.  

History of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu(BJJ) is an evolution of Judo, which itself evolved from traditional Jiu-Jitsu.

BJJ has its roots in Brazil, where the Gracie family took lessons in Judo from a Japanese master who emigrated to Brazil.

The Gracie family practised Judo and took it in a different direction. They did this by competing with each other and martial artists from other disciplines in Brazil.

The Gracie family also started to teach others the art, and the name of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu grew.




Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu focuses on taking an opponent to the ground, and working submissions chokes and joint locks to submit (in competition) or incapacitate your opponent.

The aim of the Gracie family in developing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was to create a martial art that allowed smaller, weaker opponents to defend themselves against bigger and stronger opponents.


In 1993 the Ultimate Fighting Championship was founded, this was the first mixed martial arts tournament to have prominence in the west. In the early days of UFC, the competition was a straight knockout. Royce Gracie won the 1st, 2nd and 4th UFC events. In these events, Royce came across opponents that were larger than he, and experts in different martial arts such as Boxing, Muay Thai and Karate, Royce won these matches by taking them to the ground and submitting his opponent.


The success of Royce Gracie in the early UFC led to a boom for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.



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Team Sukata

Team Sukata is a group of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Schools around the world. In his early days of competing at BJJ in Brazil, Mario was given the nickname Sukata by his friends and training partners.

Sukata in Portuguese has two meanings, collector and it was also the name of the local car crushing business. Given Mario’s success in the BJJ competitions, the belief is the nickname relates more to the latter.

Mario’s big break came during Universal Vale Tudo 4. 21-year-old Mario fought UFC veteran, Dan Severn, the fight went on for 30 minutes, and the judges couldn’t split them, so after a further 10-minute decider, the judges awarded the fight to Severn. However, Mario took the hearts of the crowd.

Mario has a profesional MMA record of 12-5 across varies promotions.

Mario came to the UK to coach at Wolfslair, the prominent MMA Gym in the UK in the 2000s. With fighters such as Michael Bisping and Rampage Jackson in the stable.

Mario Sukata also competed at the highest level of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions and won. Mario has International and European Brazilian Jiu-jitsu tournaments to his name. 

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Team Sukata Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Ellesmere Port
1 Burnell Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 5EX

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