What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)?

Jiu-Jitsu is different from most other martial arts in that it emphasizes grappling as opposed to striking; specifically, how to defend one’s self in the event a fight goes to the ground. It is documented that most physical altercations end up on the ground. Jiu-Jitsu focuses on utilizing leverage to employ techniques designed to neutralize an assailant. Practitioners of BJJ can successfully apply these techniques to individuals who are much bigger and stronger.


"CMSOJJ seeks to promote the growth and development of its’ members by helping them meet their personal goals."


"CMSOJJ aims to create a friendly, prospering community which promotes friendship, attainment of personal goals and self-actualization among individuals across all walks of life."


Development of self-defense

Promotion of personal fitness goals

Improving self-confidence

Bully prevention (kids)

Social camaraderie



Carpe Momentum School of Jiu-Jitsu (CMSOJJ) is located at 10 North Sprigg Street in Cape Girardeau, MO. CMSOJJ studios undoubtably stand among the elite in the realms of quality, cleanliness and professionalism. CMSOJJ is housed in a 3,825 square foot facility with over 1,200 square feet of mats space on a suspended impact minimization, springboard foundation floor. The school houses spacious men’s and women’s changing rooms with all inclusive lockers, restrooms and showers accessible to all students. CMSOJJ offers a wide variety of weekly classes for adults, women and kids. CMSOJJ seeks to promote the growth and development of its’ members by helping them meet their personal goals. Student growth and development is not limited strictly to self-defense, but also includes attaining personal fitness goals, increased confidence, anti-bullying (kids), social comradery, and friendship.

Why Choose CMSOJJ?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been gaining tremendously in popularity since the early 1990’s. There are a number of reasons why this specific branch of martial arts is so attractive; these reasons include but are not limited to the following:

1. There is almost no age limit. Jiu-Jitsu is an extremely forgiving sport whether one is starting at 4-years-old or 65 years old.

2. Jiu-Jitsu is an excellent self-defense tool with techniques which include a wide range of defense applications to protect one’s self against numerous attacks from street robbery to a physical assault.

3. It is a lot of fun. Talk to almost anyone who regularly attends classes at a Jiu-Jitsu academy, and they will talk about how “addicting” the art is. Many equate it to a human form of chess where technique is used to overcome larger stronger opponents.

4. It provides a tremendous boost to a person’s self-confidence. This boost in self-confidence is not limited to the mats, but in almost every aspect of one’s life! Individuals will begin to value their overall health more, push their limitations, expand beyond their comfort zones, and experience an increase in their self-esteem. All these things are also why Jiu-Jitsu has been shown to have a profound impact on children and teenagers.

5. Above all, there is an extremely strong sense of community at Jiu-Jitsu schools. Walk into any Jiu-Jitsu gym in the world and you will feel a sense of warmth and unity. Jiu-Jitsu is an extremely tight-knit community that encourages people to help and support each other.
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