What is Brazilian Jiujitsu?
Brazilian Jiujitsu (“BJJ” or “jiu jitsu”) is a martial art that focuses mainly on groundfighting. The sport is based on self-defense but is nowadays also practiced as a competitive sport. In Brazilian Jiujitsu, the goal is to control your opponent on the ground. This is done by using leverage instead of force and by submissions such as joint locks or chokes. Brazilian Jiujitsu is a growing sport that is gaining more and more ground these days.
As a registered school under the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), we adhere to the rules and regulations published by the IBJJF. These include the official rules along with the belt graduation system for both kids and adults.
What will you learn?
Learn valuable self-defense skills while you get into shape both mentally and physically. Legacy517’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is the perfect activity for both kids and adults who want to learn valuable self-defense, build confidence and learn how to handle difficult situations both on and off the mats!
In our BJJ classes (no experience necessary), our professional instructors will work with you to ensure that you have a positive and safe experience while getting into shape and meeting new friends!
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been proven to be the most effective martial art around the world. Come in today and find out why. We look forward to meeting you!
Our Jiujitsu Programs
Legacy Littles Jiu-Jitsu Program introduces 4-12 year old kids to all the benefits a Jiujitsu lifestyle offers. This program focuses on self-defense and Jiu-Jitsu techniques, as well as teaching the students the importance of discipline, teamwork, and self-confidence.
This class is high energy, filled with drills, techniques, and physical exercises, as well as step by step instructions making it very easy for beginners to start with no prior martial arts experience.
Legacy Middles Jiu-Jitsu Program is for 13-16 year old’s who would like to advance their training in Jiujitsu with higher intensity and more complex training. This program focuses on self-defense and Jiu-Jitsu techniques, as well as teaching the students the importance of discipline, teamwork, and self-confidence.
This class is high energy, filled with drills, techniques, and physical exercises, as well as step by step instructions making it very easy for beginners to start with no prior martial arts experience. Additionally, this class will introduce students to live rolling where they will have the ability to use the techniques they have learned in a safe environment.
In the Beginners Program, you will learn how to defend yourself with different techniques, such as throws, takedowns, ground positioning, and submissions that focus on dealing with someone who may be bigger or stronger than you. We will help you learn to nurture the mental strengths and physical skills needed if you are ever faced with a scenario where you have to physically defend yourself.
Although during training our students refine their fighting skill sets, what most people do not realize is that these same training methods also help with your daily battles in life, like self-confidence, relationships at work, school, and at home, discipline, and stress.
Many of our classes are taught and practiced wearing gis, we also have one night a week where our focus is on No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu. If you want to compete in No-Gi competitions or hone in on the self defense aspect of Jiu-Jitsu, come to this class.
Elizabeth Kirchmeier – Head Instructor/ Owner/ CEO
My name is Elizabeth Kirchmeier, I am a Certified IBJJF black belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu under Professor Patrick Robinson at Choke-U, out of Valparaiso, Indiana.
I have competed and won many tournaments locally and throughout the 50 states.
I have been teaching Jiujitsu in the Jackson area for 10 years through out gym, Legacy517. I have been teaching women, men and children Jiujitsu, self defense, fitness and kickboxing.
I love Jiujitsu and love that I can offer this amazing art and sport to our community.
I look forward to seeing you on the mat!
Joshua Kirchmeier – Assistant Instructor
Hi my name is Joshua Kirchmeier and I am an instructor/owner at Legacy Jiujitsu. I have been training for a little over 7 years and a Brown Belt. I started training Brazilian Jiujitsu for both the mental and physical challenges it brings. Physical in that you will learn how to move and utilize your body to perform the techniques you will acquire to de-escalate most physical altercations. Mentally, Jiujitsu is a human chess game for the time period you are rolling with an opponent. Not only do you have to know what your game plan is but have to have the mental capacity and toughness to defend what is thrown at you. I feel if you can develop the mental and physical aspects of Jiujitsu there is no challenge in real life you cannot handle.
Legacy Jiujitsu is a great place to train because we have the proven ability to teach Jiujitsu to anyone with little to no experience to someone who has wrestled their entire lives. We currently have all genders, shapes and sizes to train with and with the family atmosphere it is worth giving it a shot!
Patrick Robinson – Choke U
My name is Patrick Robinson. I am a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu addict. Choke-U is the name of my BJJ team. I love to train, teach and compete in this awesome martial art and sport. I’ve been all over the USA and to Japan, Brazil, Germany and Portugal for BJJ tournaments. I currently offer BJJ classes at the YMCA in Valparaiso, Indiana.