Formally Royce Gracie (UFC champion) Jiu Jitsu & MMA / BJJ Norwich (Also known as UFC training), Norfolk Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Group moved to Brazilian Top Team,Under Ze Marcello in 2006, teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ Norwich) & Mixed martial arts (MMA Norwich) Martial Arts Norwich.  In 2010 we followed Ze Marcello to form his new BJJ Association.

We hold martial arts classes every day around Norwich, Lenwade, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.  We teach Adults and kids, beginners and advanced in Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ Norwich)  and mixed martial arts Norwich

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We're now holding special Children's class for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ Norwich).  Which are really taken off as the kids enjoy a fresh approach to martial arts in Norwich, which is based on learning BJJ will having fun!  Our Childrens martial arts Norwich classes are all about fun.

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Hello, I'm Steve Cowan and thank you for visiting my website!  Starting martial arts is a super exciting time!  I still remember the first time my parents enrolled me at Judo way back in 1975 and to this day, I remember how awesome the experience was.  Now you are just one step away from experiencing the thrill and satisfaction of training self defense while getting in great shape!

Let me share with you my background.  I've been training in a mix of boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and the modern MMA style (aka UFC style) since 1998.  My gym, Icon Martial Arts Gym, is the original MMA gym in Norfolk, having been open since 2001.  We even had UFC legend Royce Gracie here 4 times to spread the training when no one new what MMA or BJJ was!

During all these years in operation, Icon has trained Hundreds of people in mixed martial arts & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu throughout Norfolk & Suffolk.  We have given fantastic results for men, women, and children, ranging from ages four to sixty years old!

We have helped men and women lose hundreds upon hundreds of pounds.  We have saved dozens of lives, which we have the testimonials from citizens, Police, and military to prove.  We have won MMA fights, BJJ world level championships.  We have even been televised by the BBC.  Most importantly, we have changed hundreds of lives that have trained in our gyms since 2001, they have all gained confidence, discipline, control over their minds and bodies, and friendships that have made an impact in every facet of their lives.
But Why Listen To Steve Cowan?
Who is he?
Quick background info on myself:

I'm a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Ze Marcello and founder of Icon Martial Arts Norwich.

I have over 35 years of experience in martial arts, having trained in wrestling, Judo,boxing, Karate, Chinese Martial Arts and BJJ.
I won 9 championships in Judo, Placed second in Sambo Wrestling & Won 4 Medals at the European BJJ championships

I have coached fighters to fight and win in MMA & BJJ, with British, English, ADCC, Area & European Champions amongst them

My team has place First for 2 years running at the European Champions

I have produced over 50 Blue Belts and purple belts from Norwich residents.

I am the only British born BJJ Black Belt under Master Ze Marcello.

I am the 22nd British born BJJ Black Belt.

I am know as the farther of BJJ in Norfolk.

Hopefully that's helped you to get to know me!  That is a quick snap shot of some of my accomplishments and credentials. Please join my email on this page.  By putting in your info, you will get INSTANT access to 5 Free videos.  PLUS, I will send you more videos weekly, along with lots of tips on MMA and grappling technique, drills, psychological concepts, conditioning and diet, martial arts philosophy, and much more!  You have nothing to lose, it's easy to remove yourself from the list at any point and it costs nothing, ever.   I will NOT send you SPAMMY emails!  I will only send you great info so take a look today!
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"When I walked into the dojo for the first time I was welcomed by everyone in the class. I never had the feeling of being the "new guy" as I did in other dojos.  The friendly atmosphere makes you feel more like hanging out with friends."

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"I've been training with Steve for five and a half years now. Although I had studied traditional Karate when I was younger, by the time I took up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu I had'nt trained at all for fifteen years, and was pretty unfit, to put it mildly. I was also nearly forty, and worried that I might well be a bit too old to resume training in the martial arts. After a chat with Steve, I started attending classes.I found myself actually looking forward to going training! ( rather than regarding it as a bit of a painful chore, as had sometimes been the case in the past with a more traditonal style). I'm happy to say that I've been training ever since. My fitness has improved out of all recognition to what it was, I've lost weight, and I am also pleased to say that I now hold a Blue Belt grade.
If you hav'nt trained in a martial art before, or think that you may be a bit too old, or not fit enough, don't worry, give it a go. I really can't recommend the club and Steve's coaching highly enough"
Neil Chandler  - Great Yarmouth
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"I've trained martial arts off and on for about 5 years until a knee injury forced me to quit. I became interested in BJJ through watching MMA events. Luckily Steve was running training sessions at my gym. After speaking to Steve i was looking forward to my first session.  I have found BJJ has enabled me to learn a new martial art without risking injury to my knee.  The structure of the sessions is well thought out, Steve has a gift for teaching and makes sure your understand each movement in a technique and are comfortable with each technique before moving on to the next.  The sessions help me keep in shape and each time i am able to reaffirm my knowledge of techniques learnt previously, be shown new techniques and practise sparring in a controlled environment.  Thanks Steve for bringing BJJ to Norfolk!"
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I was worried, that I'd be on my own and wouldn't have a partner.  But once in, I realised everyone was in the same boat as me,  new, unfit and unsure.  And I quickly made friends and so glad I made that first call.
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Being a little older, I thought I may have missed my chance, but after a chat with Steve, I realised I still got some fight in me.  I love the classes, I get to meet a bunch of people the same as me, I'm not in shape or an athlete, but I want to be in shape and have fun, the beginner classes are perfect for me.  And now and then pop in on the fighters classes.
One thing that stuck out for me was the fact that everyone wants to help me.  Even the high level guys, I feel part of something, I may never be as good as them, but that doesn't matter, as I am part of a great team and help them where I can.
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Advantages of mixed martial arts gym

A gym is a place where health enthusiasts tune their body muscles to stay fit. Mixed martial arts & BJJ are a legitimate sport that mixes various fighting skills. Its aim is to lead people to learn different and important skills to develop body fitness physically and mentally. There are many people interested in getting trained in martial arts than ever before.

New gym centres have come forward to provide the required skills to their customers. It makes sense to offer cardio, weightlifting and martial arts under one roof. Previously people used to visit different places to learn different skills. For this to materialize the gym requires a larger area consisting of full-size boxing ring, octagon and floor space. For this, people have to come forward and work together to develop such a gym. The gym also should provide different fighting gear, nutritional advisor, and a personal trainer to create a difference.

Mixed martial art motive is to strengthen all the parts of the body. To increase the cardio vascular health and strengthen muscles, light exercises like skipping and weight lifting can be practised. Gym training plays important role in movement of the muscles. Flexibility is also increased due to the exercises in the gym.

MMA & BJJ can be used to develop fitness. If there are combat enthusiasts, then they can have vigorous training in this area to develop skills. If these gyms are located amidst of residential areas, then it would drag many people to the gyms. This way awareness regarding the importance of martial arts can be spread worldwide. This art was being followed by Japanese ancestors since 700 years. But with the advent of new championships like UFC and BJJ these arts have gained importance. People began to appreciate this form of combat. These skills were known to people only through Japanese movies. A fighter needs to be aware of all different fighting skills to defend him in a combat. Knowing different combat styles improve his ability to emerge as a winner.

People learn this martial art to develop mental agility, physical fitness and for the love of sport. The awareness has increased to such an extent that training camps are organised to give a gist of the martial arts to general public. Governments and private parties should come forward to work together to develop gyms which can offer this martial art to all people. Martial arts can be practiced by enthusiasts of all ages.

New generation is going to see the upcoming of martial arts gyms. Many martial arts fighters have started gyms and training centres to teach the valuable combat skills for both fighters and fitness conscious individuals. With the advent of media in publicizing the sports many people have become ardent followers of the combat pictures. Thus, it is advisable to learn these mixed martial skills as you never know if you will be in a clinch, defending a shot, sinking in a triangle or escaping the mount. Along with gym equipment training mixed martial arts also develops your overall development as a true human.

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After a bad experience at another gym, where I was shown 1 technique then made to fight.  I was done with BJJ.  But saw the beginner only programme.  Haven't looked back since.  Friendly guys and willing to help me, not smash me...
But What Is MMA?

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport with both striking and grappling techniques, from standing and on the ground.

Wkipedia= The first documented use of the name mixed martial arts was in a review of UFC 1 by television critic Howard Rosenberg, in 1993 The term gained popularity when the website, then one of the largest covering the sport, hosted and reprinted the article The question of who actually coined the term is subject to debate
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All our mma & BJJ norwich beginner classes cater for someone who has never done a martial arts before. We donít expect you to be an athlete or in amazing shape. Our programs will do this. We wonít expect you to come in and start sparring straight away, we put you through a basic beginner program before letting you move to higher level mma norwich classes,

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All about Mixed Martial Arts

Do you know the meaning of MMA and its origin?

This contraction stands for Mixed Martial Arts. MMA is one kind of fighting which includes different types of methods from different martial arts. According to history MMA was started around the late 1800s but became very popular in 1970s through cinema. This unique combat style of fighting was first brought by Bruce Lee in his series of Dragon films all over the world. His style of fighting combined with various kinds of fighting from karate, jiu-jitsu and more western styles such as boxing. Actually this art was not recognized as a sport officially until the year 1992 with the introduction of the ultimate fighting championship.
One kind of mixed martial arts has its birth as an Olympic Sport in Greece and is currently under contemplation as an Olympic Event. This art combines the arts of both boxing and wrestling, and has made a remarkable revival in the last few decades. This art became famous particularly in the middle of 1990s. This was increase mainly because of the MMA competitions. Mixed Martial Arts is one of the fastest growing sports today. The MMA rule is very rudimentary and non-standard. Mixed Martial Arts is a sport which posed a high health risk to anyone who takes part. This art has certain injurious like head butting, gouging of eyes and biting. This art contest will consist of three stages.

1.    In this stage stand-up fighting and includes kicking, elbowing, punching and kneeling techniques.
2.    In this stage clinch fighting and holding your opponent to prevent them from hitting you.
3.    In this stage ground fighting which is where you hold down.

In this art fighters dress in with small gloves while fighting. Some fighters use open-finger and others prefer closed gloves, which are similar to undersized boxing gloves. At times the gloves are allowed in the fighting which will weight category the fight is under and which country in the staged. Some techniques are there which will to win this art. There are straight knockout, technical knockout and doctor intervention.

Fighters are also ineligible for certain number of usage of illegal moves. This art has known as the fastest growing sport in the world. In this art, garments are drumming the fashion world and impacts diagonally the globe. There is a huge market for the MMA clothing companies. In this art the fans wear the clothing as gym wear, street wear and casual wear. MMA clothing companies has huge revenue. The major mixed martial arts clothing brands are outside the Europe. In UK online shopping brands are available. The MMA clothing will be buying online because they are cheaper than big shopping malls. Online most sell T-Shirts, Shorts, Hats/Beanies and Footwear. MMA clothing companies are sponsored to all fighters. Fans are support to all the fighters by wearing MMA clothing. Some branded companies offer a signature series. So, that the fighters has been into the design of the garment.

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