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Pedro Bessa North Bristol Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

The Bank BJJ is affiliated to Pedro Bessa BJJ. The main coaches are Rory, Darren and Rodrigo, who are experienced and skilled and hold black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Whichever night you join us on, you will be met with a competitive, energetic class, with a focus on high quality teaching and training.


We look forward to seeing you on the mats!

(We are offering a FREE trial session)

The Bank BJJ offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling for all abilities, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned black belt.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes in Bristol

Local, welcoming and committed to teaching a high level of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling

Learn fundamental Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling techniques alongside drills and sparring

Experienced and highly skilled coaches

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu explained

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a martial art developed in Brazil by the Gracie family. It is designed to utilise leverage through a wide variety of techniques to execute movements that advance you to a dominant position over an opponent. There is no striking in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, the techniques focus on controlling your partner, using positioning, strategy and submissions to incapacitate your opposition. When training BJJ, you need to wear a GI/Kimono and there is a belt ranking system to indicate different levels and experience. Grappling, also known as Submission Grappling and No Gi, does not require a Gi/Kimono but is based around the same principles and systems as BJJ.

Why is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu so effective?

BJJ is a complex and dynamic martial art that offers a wide variety of benefits including acquisition of skill and technique, sport specific mobility, increased muscular endurance and increased overall fitness. The techniques needed to control your opponent involve learning and being able to implement technical and physically demanding movements. BJJ will test your brain power and your physical abilities, it also offers a variety of benefits for mental wellbeing; it is very enjoyable! 

Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for me?

BJJ can be for anyone, at any level of fitness. We are able to teach people of all levels from basic through to complex techniques, alongside drills and contact sparring. The hardest thing about starting is getting through the door for your first session, but we strongly believe that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone. With the right training and coaching anyone can learn and enjoy BJJ and Grappling.

Which level of class is for me?

We offer classes to suit all levels from beginners through to advanced. 

Our fundamentals classes are aimed at practitioners newer to the sport but also a good session for mid-level students to attend. This session will review fundamental concepts, strategies and techniques. 

Our standard classes are for all levels from beginners through to advanced. These sessions will include drilling techniques, sport specific movement training and live sparring.

Our Drilling X Sparring classes provide time to practise techniques and spar with other members of the club.

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73 Henleaze Road

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  • Where is The Bank Fitness located?
    We are located at 73 Henleaze Road, Bristol, BS9 4JS.
  • What are the opening hours of The Bank Fitness?
    We are open from 6am - 10pm every day.
  • What classes are available?
    There are a range of classes and treatments available at The Bank Fitness. CrossFit Henleaze offers group fitness classes. BJJ @ The Bank offers Jiu-jitsu classes, grappling and MMA and there are a multitude of other classes and treatments on offer including Pilates, Yoga, sports massage, physiotherapy, kinesiology and reflexology.
  • Can my children sign up to classes?
    We have a strong family friendly ethos and many of our services include options for children. Please contact each coach or therapist for more details. In addition, The Bank Fitness has close ties to Manor Farm Functional Fitness, which operate fitness classes for children which are all about encouraging children to be active and move with good technique whilst having fun.
  • Do you have changing and shower facilities?
    Yes, we have two brand new shower rooms installed for everybody to use. They include a gas powered shower, toilet, basin, electric hand dryer and changing space. We also provide complimentary shower gel and face wash.
  • How can I contact you?
    Each service can be contacted directly. Please find the service you are interested in from the menu list.
  • Is parking available for my car?
    There is plenty of car parking available on nearby streets. Please be courteous to local residents who form a large part of our community.
  • Do you have a bike rack?
    We have bike storage facilities next to the CrossFit Henleaze main entrance and we will be installing more in the rear courtyard soon.
  • What are your membership options and pricing?
    Each class and treatment has a different pricing structure. Please select the service you are interested in to find out more.
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