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Arete Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Malta is proud to be part of the Cicero Costha PSLPB affilitation, one of the most hard-working and winning teams of our era.

Cicero Costha has produced World BJJ Champions like Leandro Lo, Paulo Miyao, Joao Miyao and Thalison Soares. He visits his affiliations at least once a year.

Find our academy at 20 C.Mallia, San Gwann

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Beginners Course Every Month

Begin your BJJ journey!

Due to the high volume of inquiries we continue to receive, we are launching our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) course for beginners on the first Monday of every month.

No previous experience is required and all levels and genders are welcome to participate. The classes will be held by our Head Coach Thomas Vander Eecken from Belgium.

Professor Thomas

Thomas earned his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under world famous competitor Cicero Costha. Thomas also has vast Wrestling experience under Dylan Fussel.

Aside from BJJ, Thomas has a Karate background from his training at a young age, as well as Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) expertise, having lived and trained in Thailand for two years.

Classes taught by Thomas will always be in English, but he is fully capable of teaching in French, Spanish and Portuguese as well.

When does the Beginners course commence?

The course starts on the first Monday of every month. The course runs for a total of four weeks, split up into two classes per week, for a total of eight classes overall. The classes are held at the following times:

  • Monday: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Wednesday: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

What required?

  • T-shirt / rash guard / shorts / spats / track pants
  • Bottle of water
  • No piercings or jewellery whilst on the mats
  • Please ensure your nails are trimmed, personal hygiene is a must
  • The minimum age for the course is 16 years

Course contents

Week 1 – Introduction

  • History of BJJ and an introduction to the sport
  • Your first judo throw: the Harai-Goshi
  • Your first submission: the Rear Naked Choke (RNC)
  • Your first sparring session (practice fight)
  • Giftwrap position to take the opponent’s back, followed by an RNC

Week 2 – Progression

  • Your first wrestling takedown: the Single Leg
  • Your first joint lock: the Americana
  • Sequential combination of Americana to Giftwrap to Backtake
  • Sequential combination of Americana to Straight Armbar
  • Continual sparring

Week 3 – Bringing everything you’ve learned together

  • Modification of the Single Leg Finish to High Single Leg Finish
  • GIftwrap to Armbar
  • Knee on Belly to Farside Armbar
  • Continual sparring

Week 4 – Simple self-defence strategies

  • How to avoid punches from the Guard
  • How to Re-Guard
  • How to stand back up: Technical Stand Up
  • Tripod Sweep
  • Tomahawk Sweep
  • Live demonstration of high-level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu sparring between the instructors of the course

After completing the four-week course, students can join our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals classes, to continue their learning.

Course price

The first class is totally free, with no commitments!

The total price for the four-week course is €60.


Please see the map at the bottom of the page for the club location. The full address is 20 C. Mallia San Ġwann, SGN 2202. On the main high street of San Gwann, you will see the ‘BOV (Bank of Valletta)’ opposite our street and a food place on our corner called ‘Eat Me I’m Famous’. Just continue walking down that side street and you can’t miss us!

How to sign up

To sign up for the course, get in touch with us by filling out the form below. Please let us know your name, age, previous martial arts experience and if there is anything else you feel we need to know. We’re super excited to meet you and look forward to welcoming you to our academy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 🕑 When does the Beginners course start?

    The Beginners course begins on the first Monday of every month.

  • 🙌 Who is this course for?

    This course is for ANYONE over 16 years of age who is interested in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. If you’re willing to learn something new, we’d love to meet you! 

  • 📅 How long is this course?

    The Beginners course is four-weeks long. There are two classes per week: Monday: 6.30pm – 7.30pm and Wednesday: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

  • 🥋 Who teaches this course?

    Head Coach Thomas Vander Eecken from Belgium. Thomas earned his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under world famous competitor Cicero Costha

  • 💸 How much does this course cost?

    The first class is completely free. If you enjoy it, it’s 60 for all eight classes.

  • 🏆 Do I need previous martial arts experience?

    No previous experience is required. We have a range of students who join us, most have zero martial arts experience. There are no fitness requirements either, you’ll get better as you learn!

  • 🌎 Where can I find the club?

    Find us at 20 C. Mallia, San Ġwann, SGN 2202.