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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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Open Mat

Open mat sessions

Join us every Saturday at for our BJJ Open Mat, a Jiujiteiro’s happy place!

If you don’t have any plans this weekend, well you do now!

Every Saturday at 12pm, Arete holds a three-hour Open Mat session for our students. You’re welcome to come and go at whichever time works for you.

Open Mat, as the name implies, is whatever you make of it. The academy is open and essentially yours to use however you’d like! Perhaps you are looking to drill some awesome techniques you learned through the Arete Online Academy? Maybe you want to do some positional sparring to perfect your Guard Retention. or you’re simply looking for some tough rolls with your favourite training partners.

There is no pressure with these sessions, and no active teaching structure is followed. The idea is that after attending taught classes from Monday to Friday, students may have some mental learning gaps to fill, or simply a desire to practice a little bit more through additional live sparring rounds.

Community vibes

Open Mat really is Arete’s community at its most enjoyable time; these sessions are always hustling and bustling with plenty of skilled sparring partners, a strong motivation to learn and yes, they also allow the opportunity to just sit on the mats chatting with your friends about life, of course!

We have screens setup near the mats and also the reception area, so we often use the Open Mat as a good opportunity to showcase actual competition fight videos, or maybe even UFC grappling clips. This kind of theoretical study is great because students can ask questions and study the footage and theory a little bit with plenty of topical discussions taking place. At Arete, we don’t just teach techniques, we teach concepts and for some students, simply discussing these concepts is a great way to internalise them. These sessions are like live FAQ’s since the answers can be demonstrated by the knowledgeable higher belts.

So, are you still void of plans this weekend? Yeah, we didn’t think so either… See you there!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 🕑 When do Open Mat sessions take place?

    Every Saturday at 12pm - 3pm. But you can come and go as you like, you don't need to stay for the whole session!

  • 📖 What does Open Mat mean?

    It means whatever you want it too! The Open Mat sessions are not taught classes, rather, the academy is open for all students to freely use. You want to roll? Go ahead. Want to perfect some techniques you learned on the Arete Online Academy? You’re welcome to do that too!

  • 🤼 Do many students attend Open Mat?

    Of course! It’s always hustling and bustling and everyone loves to catch up on Saturday. These sessions are super chill, and if you want to get some extra rolls in, well, here’s your opportunity to do just that.