Aspinall BJJ - Logo 2

Club history



Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu came to international prominence among the martial arts community in the 1990s, when Royce Gracie won several Ultimate Fighting Championships using BJJ against much larger opponents who practiced other styles of fighting, including boxing, karate, judo, tae kwon do and wrestling. BJJ has since become a staple art for the large majority of MMA fighters and is widely credited for bringing attention to the importance of ground fighting to any self-defense methodology.


After being tested in many arenas, BJJ has continuously evolved into the most sophisticated and effective ground grappling style available today. It focuses on gaining a dominant position over an opponent on the ground and then using joint-locks and chokeholds to force him or her into submission.


BJJ offers a wide variety of effectual techniques to take opponents to the ground. Once the opponent is on the ground, a number of BJJ maneouvers (and counter-maneouvers) can be utilised to manipulate the opponent into a favourable position before a submission technique is applied. Obtaining a dominant position on the ground is achieved with the use of the guard to defend oneself in bottom positions, and passing the guard to dominate from the top position with side control, mount, and back mount positions. To defeat the opponent from these dominant positions, submission holds are applied, including joint-locks (isolating a particular joint and leveraging it in an attempt to force the joint to move past its normal range of motion) and chokeholds (using leverage to compress the airway or interfere with the flow of blood in the neck). 


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is practiced not only by MMA competitors but by people of all walks of life. This is because it allows a smaller, weaker person to successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant using leverage and proper technique. Most of the advantages that come from superior reach and more powerful strikes when standing are negated when grappling on the ground. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is thus recommended for anyone who wants to learn how to defend themselves.


Brazilian Jiu-jitsu focuses on submitting opponents without using strikes. Time-tested training methods allow students to practice with full speed and power, akin to the effort used in a real competition, while nearly eliminating the risk of injury. At Aspinall BJJ, we encourage respectful free sparring (or rolling) against fellow students and instructors. This provides students with the opportunity to test and develop their skills in submission under realistic conditions, while minimising the risk of injury. Other training methods include technique drills, in which techniques are practiced against a non-resisting partner, and isolation sparring, where only a certain technique or sets of techniques are used against full resistance.



Aspinall BJJ started off life as Bolton Catch in January 2005.  The clubs home was Bolton Olympic Wrestling Club where it secured a Wednesday night training slot. A few years later and as the club grew, another location was secured on Sundays at the new state of the art purpose built SKK Judo Club. Now there are further BJJ sessions located at Team Kaobon in Liverpool on Tue & Thu, FCPC in Rochdale on Mon & Thu, and at Fighting For Fitness in Golborne on Tuesdays.


This arrangement seems to work fine as the people who train at the sessions live in locations all around the Nort West of England. There are a wide range of people who attend including MMA fighters and Judo players, BJJ players, recreational players and women and children.


All the gi sessions are taught by Andy Aspinall who has been involved in grappling for over 20 years. Both his sons train BJJ with him. All the sessions that Andy instructs now come under the same banner of the newly formed “Aspinall Jiu Jitsu”.



about bjj