About the Instructors
IJJ is blessed to have amazing people help us make the gym a better place for everybody. Here is a description of some of our main instructors.
“Judo” Vijay Krishnan
Vijay has dabbled in several martial arts including taekwondo, kickboxing, judo, and jiu-jitsu for the last 8+ years. He has finally submitted himself to studying the various grappling arts and likes to spend time learning the intricacies of balance, pressure, control and submission.
He strongly believes in keeping the techniques simple yet effective and easy to teach independent of physical attributes of a person. Apart from the technical aspect, being courteous, protecting training partners and making the class fun and warm is the philosophy and mindset he brings to IJJ.
Vijay is open-minded and tries to learn from various sources be it a student or teacher. He is here to help, learn and share whatever little he knows.
In 2012, he started training jiu-jitsu from old Rorion Gracie films and other instructional DVDs. He then trained for a couple of months at London Fight Factory in 2013 where he received his blue belt from Luiz “Manxinha” Ribeiro. During his time at London Fight Factory, he has trained with some of the biggest names in jiu-jitsu like Fernando “Terere” (multiple time world champion and legend), Jackson Sousa (2013 Nogi World Champion), and Michelle Nicolini (multiple time world champion and female jiu-jitsu legend). Once he returned, he decided to start his own school – The Institute of Jiu-Jitsu.
Apart from having a Master’s degree in Aerodynamics, his focus lies with jiu-jitsu. Jiu-jitsu has allowed him to start a school, change people’s lives and most of all be a missionary for the true Helio Gracie jiu-jitsu and lifestyle. Rohit’s style of jiu-jitsu is old school in approach with some modern touches. Though he predominantly focuses on slow methodical and fluid movements with emphasis on pressure and control, he does enjoy his share of Berimbolos, Leg Drags, and Worm Guards.
Jiu-Jitsu to him transcends chokes and joint locks. He firmly believes that jiu-jitsu shows people paths to a healthier life and the most efficient use of physical, mental, and spiritual strength.
Vidush Bhartia (Visiting Instructor)
Vidush is a blue belt in jiu-jitsu under the world renowned Henry Akins. He is equally deft in his striking and trains under Antoni Hardonk (K-1 and UFC veteran and one of the hardest leg kickers in the UFC). He also trains with Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko (former Soviet wrestling champion and UFC veteran). Vidush is also on his way to becoming a professional MMA fighter.
Due to his time under the tutelage of Henry Akins, his jiu-jitsu embodies the true Helio Gracie philosophy with patience, timing and efficiency. He also has a deep understanding of the revered “invisible” concepts surrounding jiu-jitsu.
He is also an excellent teacher and always gives individual attention to each student after demonstrating a technique. Vidush’s visits are invaluable to the students (as well as teachers) at IJJ and all of them seem to make huge jumps in their skill during his stay.