Learn World Class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a Safe and Relaxed Environment.
Whatever the reason for starting your journey at ICON Watford; to compete, perfect an art, get fit or learn self defence you will be supported by instructors and teammates with decades of experience and be part of a global Jiu-Jitsu family.
"In a single class at Watford I can roll with a professional fighter, a family man, a doctor, a lawyer and a college guy and we all have the same motivation; to improve ourselves and help each other do the same. Any ego quickly disappears on the mat, there is nothing to hide behind, you either move correctly or you get caught." Rich Harris - Purple Belt
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has it’s martial art roots in Japan, evolved in Brazil and now practiced all over the world. Jiu Jitsu teaches you to use balance, leverage and timing to take down, gain a position of control and neutralise an opponent.
Once learned properly and practiced these principles and techniques will allow you control and force a submission on someone bigger and athletically stronger with a huge variety of chokes and joint locks. The way we drill and spar enable everyone to train and develop together in safety.
This submission method of training and competing makes BJJ arguably the most effective martial art because all the techniques used can be practiced regularly against a fully resisting opponent. At ICON Watford we spar every session. During which holds are applied in a controlled manner so that there is plenty of time to “tap out” to acknowledge submission and release before any damage is caused. There is no doubt if it works or not.
ICON Jiu Jitsu Team has been training in Watford since 2010. Head Instructor Ze Marcello has been teaching in the UK since 2002 after a professional competition career, winning tournaments across the world. A 5th Degree Black Belt under Sergio “Bolao” Souza, Ze is one of the highest ranked practitioners teaching in the UK.
With five Black belt instructors teaching at the Watford class and numerous coloured belts on the mat it is the perfect place to begin your Jiu Jitsu journey.
MITSUYO MAEDA // CARLOS GRACIE // CARLSON GRACIE // 'BOLAO' SOUZA // ZÉ MARCELLO // ...
Knowledge and Experience on the Watford Mat:
5th Degree Black Belt ('Bolao' Souza)
Mundial World Champion 1997
Pan Am Champion 1997
Brazilian Champion 1996 & 1997
European Heavyweight & Absolute Champion 2008
Black Belt (Zé Marcello)
1st Degree Black Belt (Zé Marcello)
Head Coach at Team Crossface Watford
CSW Coach under Erik Paulson
Black Belt (Zé Marcello)
Black Belt (Harley Alves Barbosa)
ICON Watford Timetable:
Tuesday // 20:00-21:30 // Gi Class
Friday // 20:00-21:30 // Gi Class
Sunday // 10:30-12:30 // NoGi Class
If you would like to know more about Jiu-Jitsu and ICON come down and watch a class, ask any questions and join in when you feel comfortable - your first class is FREE.
Beginners are always welcome, we were all beginners sometime.
Be Part of the ICON Family:
When you join ICON Jiu-Jitsu you are welcome at any ICON class, anywhere, at no extra charge. With 2 locations in Watford you can train 6 times a week.
And Welcome at ICON Teams Worldwide:
UK // BRAZIL // PORTUGAL // SPAIN // SWITZERLAND // BELGIUM // NETHERLANDS // FRANCE // ALGERIA
HONG KONG // NEW ZEALAND // USA