Instructors | Jason Roebig

THE BEGINNING

Professor Jason Roebig first started his journey in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in 2002 while in Japan studying the traditional arts of Koryu Ju-Jutsu, Aikido and Laido.

THE HIGHLIGHTS

At that time Jason was introduced to Takamasa Watanabe, a Brown belt under Rickson Gracie and director of Axis Jiu-Jitsu Academy Headquarters in Tokyo.

He was so impressed by the skill and kindness of this teacher that he was instantly convinced that this was his home for Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Within 4 months Jason was awarded the Blue belt and 19 months later was awarded his Purple belt before returning to Australia to open Taka's first International branch of Axis.

"As a Purple belt Taka took me to the U.S to meet Rickson and the family. Kron was only 15 then. After Rickson's "BUDO CHALLENGE" we went over to Ricksons house and the conversation led to rolling in Ricksons lounge room. On the flight over Taka was telling me about how unique Rickson's  technique is. He said to me "You have to feel it to truly understand" and with those words in mind I was very excited to learn what he was talking about.

I was a changed man. What Rickson did to me that day without using his hands was ridiculous. Forget about passing his guard, how about just trying to stay upright in his guard. I looked over at Taka in disbelief and laughed. Taka just smiled and said, "Told you so." Like Taka, I was determined only to receive the Black belt from Rickson and his family and with Taka's blessing that is exactly what happened.

After spending 2 weeks with Kron Gracie in Santa Monica LA while both preparing for the 2010 Rickson Gracie Cup, Kron wrapped his black belt around Jason's waist after walking off the mats in his final fight.
The official presentation took place after Kron won the absolute division with Rickson, Kron and Taka all present.

THE JOURNEY

I believe wholly in Jiu-Jitsu. It changes lives and can impact your life in more ways than you can imagine. Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone, young, old, weak or strong. To this day it still amazes me how effortless Jiu-Jitsu is.
Jiu-Jitsu is not a selfish art, it's all about giving and helping others along the way and that's the biggest reward.
My style of Jiu-Jitsu is based heavily on strong fundamentals. My classes are all based on sensitivity to movement. Movement and technique without understanding connection is just a series of movements that will weaken your foundation.

I often see guys trying to set up advanced moves that fail because they are not understanding the very basics of the set up. The advanced stuff is useless if you don't understand the full process in detail. This basic, strong progressive Jiu-Jitsu is what I like to pass onto my own students.

Although competition Jiu-Jitsu is the fastest growing sport in the world, I also believe in Jiu-Jitsu as a true and very effective self defence. My students Jiu-Jitsu must be effective. This is the grass roots of Jiu-Jitsu and the original vision of the late Grand Master Heilo Gracie. There is a fear amongst some that the very nature of competition Jiu-Jitsu will result in it losing it's street effectiveness. This is why at Axis Jiu-Jitsu Academy we have regular classes in Gracie Self Defence. This gives the student a real sense of street combat confidence and adheres to the original Gracie way and mind set.