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Stig Lommers Plads 3
Frederiksberg, , 2000

+45 31555042


Choke Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was established in 2004. We are the most traditional BJJ organization in Denmark and the only group that is directly connected to the Gracie Family in Brazil and in the United States. In fact, when the Gracies come to Scandinavia they usually train and teach at our schools.

We have two schools - Copenhagen & Århus - and over 700 members.

Our founder and head instructor is Professor Joao Pedro Santos, who is a third degree black belt under 8th degree Carlson Gracie disciple Sergio "Bolao" Souza. 

The name Choke is short, strong and relates directly to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. According to Grand Master Helio Gracie, it is also the most powerful move in Jiu-Jitsu . It was suggested by Morten Pedersen, one of our first students.

Our logo is evidently based on the traditional Gracie Academy logo that's been used in Brazil for almost a century. There are three equilateral triangles inside the circle. They represent balance and connection to our roots.


Roger Gracie seminar at Choke Copenhagen


What an unforgettable event it was! Roger Gracie showed some of his favorite techniques with all the little details that make them so special. "What we saw today was very very advanced basics", said Choke's head instructor Joao Pedro Santos at the end of the event. "Instead of learning 20 new armlocks, how about focusing on the small details that make a basic armlock impossible to defend?".

The seminar revolved around a few simple techniques that everyone was familiar with: double leg takedown, armlock from guard, kimura from side control... So students from all levels could relate to it and apply the details and adjustments that Roger taught. "JP and I have been friends for over 15 years and I always enjoy visiting his school in Denmark. It's been a long time since I was here last time, so I hope we can make these events more often" Roger said in his closing speech.

The plan is to have him over at least once a year, maybe twice if we are lucky. On top of that, our team will train at the main Roger Gracie Academy in London in preparation for events in the UK.

In the meantime, enjoy the photos below courtesy of Tajs Kolman and Michael Krag...