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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ is now universally considered one of the most effective martial arts in the world. Known as the “gentle art” BJJ focuses on immediately closing the distance with the opponent, throwing him to the ground and submitting the opponent through the painful manipulation of the limbs and body as well as constricting and blocking the airways or blood vessels. BJJ gives smaller or weaker individuals an equal or better chance to survive a fight against stronger opponents. 


Muay Thai and Kickboxing are combat sports practiced with hand and foot strikes. Muay Thai has its origins in the 16th century, while Kickboxing was created as a combination of some of the techniques of karate, muay thai and boxing in the 20th century. Kickboxing is a very popular sport in Europe and is practiced a lot by women who practice it not only for self-defense but also to keep a good physical shape. Muay Thai is very widespread in Asia and also growing in Europe and America, especially with the growing popularity of MMA. 


Mixed Martial Arts

The combat sport of mixed martial arts does not need much explanation. Mixed Martial Arts or MMA as it is known around the world is the culmination of the evolution of martial arts so far. In Albanian, this discipline can be translated into Combined (or mixed) Martial Arts.  As the name itself states, this discipline includes various martial arts depending on the individual’s abilities. However, regardless of individual preferences, Mixed Martial Arts practitioners need to acquire skills in at least two categories– the aspect of fighting on their feet and the aspect of fighting on the ground.

In addition to adults, at Tirana MMA Center we also have an MMA class for children. The training contains exercise elements of a general physical character, elements of martial arts such as kickboxing, wrestling, BJJ, judo, etc. The training curriculum is suitable for young people with the objective of having healthy, disciplined and self-confident children. but without making blows or duels that could harm the athletes. 


Karate is one of the most widespread martial arts in the whole world and this is for many reasons. Practicing karate not only teaches self-defense and prepares a healthy body, but above all it instills in a karateka’s character discipline, perseverance, concentration and self-confidence. Children who practice karate not only discharge their negative energies in the gym, but acquire character traits that accompany them throughout their lives. 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for children

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the martial arts that is practiced more and more by children in the world. The creators of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu themselves, the Gracie family, start BJJ with their children or grandchildren at the age of 3. However, at Tirana MMA Center we recommend that children register around the age of 5. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for children is often conducted in a form of games so that children learn the different movements and techniques in the most fun way possible. 


The Self-Defense class is targeted for those individuals who do not have the time to practice a particular martial art for a long time and would prefer to learn basic skills to defend themselves in dangerous situations.  The techniques that are taught derive from different martial arts, with a strong base in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. They are appropriate for both women and men. 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu became very famous first in America and then in the world after Royce Gracie (the son of Helio Gracie who together with his brother Carlos Gracie are the legendary founders of BJJ) took part in the championship of different martial arts and managed to defeat much stronger and bigger opponents than those who represented other disciplines such as boxing, savate, kickboxing, judo, sumo, wrestling, etc. After the victories of Royce Gracie, all those who were dedicated to the path of martial arts began to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Today, BJJ is part of the arsenal and training program of all competitors and world champions competing in mixed martial arts championships.

One of the best aspects of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that it can be practiced by anyone, regardless of physical shape, age or gender. In fact, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is perfect for women’s self-defense because many of the finishing techniques of BJJ are practiced from seemingly unfavorable positions for them. The video below is taken from a show where the host of the show, a guy who has practiced many martial arts, meets a girl who practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Watch the video on youtube to see the result….

At Tirana MMA Center Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is practiced in classes for adults as well as classes for children. Classes for adults are practiced with uniform (gi) as well as without uniform (without gi).


The schedule for the grown ups:

BEGINNERS – Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 18:30-20:00 (GI)

BEGINNERS – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 7:30 -9:00 (GI)

BEGINNERS – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 19:30 -21:00 (No GI)

ADVANCED: Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 20:00-21:30 (GI)

Saturday 11:30 Open Mat.

Classes at Tirana MMA Center take place in groups with the participation of men and women. They last about 90 minutes and consist of learning techniques, training with kickboxing bags as well as contact fights (sparring) outside and inside the ring.



 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 18:00-19:30

The modern history of MMA in the western world began with Ultimate Fighting Championship 1 (or UFC 1) where representatives of various martial arts such as boxing, sumo, kickboxing, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, etc. competed “style against style” to see who would win. Until that time, the impression of the spectators, based on the many films, was that the martial arts that focused on the duel on the feet would have a very easy victory. The result surprised everyone when Royce Gracie, the representative of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, beat everyone, even though he was one of the physically weaker athletes. When Royce Gracie repeated the success of UFC 1 in UFC 2 and UFC 4 (he did not participate in UFC 3), the whole world of martial arts realized that we had entered a new era where those who only possessed one martial art needed to supplement their arsenal with knowledge from other martial arts.

Since the first UFC, professional MMA competitors train in a wide range of disciplines – they train at least in a “striking” art such as kickboxing, boxing, muay thai or karate, and at least in a grappling art such  wrestling or judo and necessarily and absolutely everyone practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Even if one does not have any experience in any of these martial arts, the MMA class at Tirana MMA Center can serve as an introduction to the world of martial arts.


MMA Schedule for Children:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 16:30-17:30


MMA Schedule for Adults:

Monday, through Friday: 16:00-17:30, Saturday 10:00-11:30.

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 19:30-21:00.

Karate classes at Tirana MMA Center are for men and women. The athletes practice three times a week for about 90 minutes. Our goal is for them not only to learn proper self-defense and sports skills from karate, but to improve in all aspects of their lives, including school performance.



Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 16:30-18:00. 

All classes are offered in a professional environment by specialized instructors with higher education who understand the value of martial arts as a means of self-defense, physical preparation and character strengthening.



Monday, Wednesday and Friday 17:30-18:30

Classes are scheduled depending on the groups that are formed.  It may be possible to also organize private classes depending on the instructor’s availability. Please call +355694024540 for more information or to register.