10th Planet Jiu Jitsu
Koh Tao, Thailand

Just as Muay Thai has been unquestionably proven to be the best stand-up combat sport in the world, Jiu Jitsu has announced itself as the pre-eminent grappling martial art. Referred to as “the gentle art”, Jiu Jitsu has been around for over 1000 years and is one of the most influential fighting systems around. Judo, Kung Fu and virtually all other martial arts borrow heavily from Jiu Jitsu techniques.

Monsoon Gym is the home in Thailand of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu. Head trainer and co-owner, Luke, runs multiple courses throughout the day and is well respected not just for his game, but for his teaching ability.

Geo Martinez

Geo Martinez 2-time EBI champion, 10th Planet Black Belt- “My favorite place in the world to practice Jiu Jitsu is at Monsoon Gym on Koh Tao.”

We have unquestionably one of the best Jiu Jitsu training facilities anywhere. It’s a place to grind, sweat and push yourself farther than you ever expected. Our Jiu Jitsu studio is a big, dedicated area, immaculately clean and free from distractions.

In addition to training with our own staff, Monsoon Gym/10th Planet Koh Tao is the leader in Thailand in bringing in some of the best trainers in the world to come and run periodic, intensive Jiu Jitsu camps. Distinguished names such as Geo Martinez, Nathan Orchard, Ben Eddy, Marvin Castelle, Frank Barca and more have come to run camps here.

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10th Planet Jiu Jitsu FAQs

What is Jiu Jitsu? 

Jiu Jitsu is known as “the gentle art” and is designed as a way for a smaller or unarmed opponent to use an aggressor’s movements against him. In addition to being one of the oldest and most effective martial arts around, Jiu Jitsu practitioners are some of the most disciplined, open and fun people to train with. Jiu Jitsu is an amazing way to stay fit because it is such a dynamic sport and all of your muscle groups are engaged in a Jiu Jitsu training session.

Is Jiu Jitsu difficult to learn? 

Jiu Jitsu is one of the best martial arts around. As a complete beginner, you will learn new and valuable techniques, submissions, guards and attacks from your very first day! To be great at jiu jitsu is not something that will happen in a few weeks or months. Depending on your abilities and the amount of time you commit, it may take you 10 years or more to make your way up to being recognized as an elite black belt. Jiu Jitsu is like an ongoing chess match. There are countless, attacks, defenses, counters and set-ups. You will always be learning. The sport is like no other. The only way to know is to try it out!

Does Jiu Jitsu build muscle? 

Absolutely! Jiu Jitsu is a full body workout. In the course of an hour-long class followed by a roll with your peers for however long people want to train, your fat will dissolve and you will build muscles that you didn’t even know were there!

Is once a week enough for jiu Jitsu? 

Jiu Jitsu training is a great way to train and is really addictive. There’s no downside to it. Once a week is better than not training, but you will likely find yourself wanting more! If you mix up Jiu Jitsu training with other martial arts, road work, weight training, even things like Pilates and yoga, it will definitely advance your health goals. But nothing will make you better at jiu jitsu technique more than practicing technique.

What is the difference between Jiu Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)? 

Jiu Jitsu has been a combat training technique dating back at least 1000 years in Japan. It was taught to soldiers and was designed to defeat an enemy. Thus, it was a no-holds-barred fighting technique. It is taught today in Japan including strikes, various throws and takedowns as well as chokes, joint locks and a number of different submissions.

BJJ has evolved as a sport where the point is not to injure your opponent, but rather submit them. Thus, there are no strikes. Take downs, take down defense, breaking falls, chokes, and other submissions are all taught, though.

What is nogi Jiu Jitsu? 

Traditional jiu jiteiros wear a heavy canvas-like outfit with a belt much like you would see in other sports such as Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, etc. This costume is called a gi and it can be used to help control and submit your opponent. In many cases, you can even choke/strangle them with their own gi.

In Nogi Jiu Jitsu, the gi is not worn. We typically wear a thin rash vest and MMA shorts, compression shorts or leggings. You cannot gain a competitive advantage by using the clothing of your opponent. Not to mention, as you are sweating, these clothes allow both practitioners to slip and slide through unrefined submission attempts.

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