“Osswa” is an adapted transliteration of a noun found in the Qur'an often translated as ‘example’. It is taken from verse 33:21, in the chapter of the Coalition, where we are informed that
“There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of God a beautiful example”
The final Messenger of God, Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a man of great athleticism and a master grappler.
He victoriously grappled the greatest wrestler in Arabia, Rukana ibn Abi Yazid on multiple occasions and emphasised wrestling as a practice to all. In fact, in order to enlist themselves eligible to participate in military campaigns, candidates would be required pass a grappling test in front of Muhammad (al-Musara ila al-Musara, as-Suyuti).
The men & women around the Messenger, his Companions, were equally people of the martial arts, who were versed in archery, sword & spear fighting, performed amazing feats of human strength and regularly grappled amongst themselves.
Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art developed over a number of centuries in Japan, more recently refined and popularised by the Gracie family in Brazil (from where it takes the prefix, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ). It is considered part of the grappling family of arts, and as such, shares technical qualities that constitute a fulfilling of the Prophetic art of Wrestling.
Authenticity and authority are maintained through lineage and we are particularly honoured to preserve our chain of instruction back through the legendary Grand Master Carlson Gracie, a formidable champion who’s fighting philosophy and accomplishments are deeply admired by all. With ‘302’ being the original Carlson Gracie Team London headquarters in Hammersmith.
The art of Jiu-jitsu is one which has an impact upon the practitioner's physical and mental realities.
The efficacy of this martial art has been well established and bears a popular draw. However, its internally transformative effect, on refining ones character, conduct and outlook on life, is unique.
It is with this goal of self-transformation and refinement, along with emulating the practice of those who preceded us, Osswa-Jiu-jitsu seeks to aid the practitioner, forging a refined character, a fighting spirit and a conditioned form. Follow the example.
Osswa Jiu-jitsu - Carlson Gracie 302 was founded by Nisar Shaikh, an avid grappler having trained extensively in Jiu-jitsu and cross trained in freestyle and Greco-style Wrestling, Judo and Sambo. He holds a 2nd degree Black Belt in Jiu-jitsu under the Carlson Gracie Team London. His passion for the grappling arts has taken him abroad, seeking out instruction from some of the best grapplers in the world, visiting Brazil, Japan, USA and Canada.
He has an active interest in the reality and psychological aspects of confrontation, as such he is a registered Level 1 Instructor of the ‘Real Combat System’ under the British Combat Association, having sought instruction from Geoff Thompson and Matthew Evans.
Nisar is a deeply passionate and active teacher with over twenty years’ experience, instructing all levels, from professional MMA fighters to young children.
He is the author of Prophetic Grappling, a recent publication of the history of grappling in the Islamic tradition and the Objectives of Sports in Islam.
He also currently serves as Muslim Chaplain at Royal Holloway University in London.
A short film about the art of BJJ and its physical and spiritual effect on one's self. First in the series of short films on the Prophetic Disciplines, featuring Nisar Shaikh - Black Belt BJJ practitioner - from Carlson Gracie Team in London.
Nisar Shaikh (Carlson Gracie, London) takes us through his day at the Futuwwa Retreat. Nisar also shares recommendations on healthy eating as part of BJJ diet.
Pep talk and reflections on challenging yourself and giving back.
A discussion on martial arts, bullying and the nature of combat.
A discussion of spirituality through the martial arts.
Prof. Mario Sukata is a 4th-degree black belt in BJJ, who trained under Master Carlson Gracie (senior) and is interviewed by Nisar Shaikh, who is also a Carlson Gracie (London) black belt. Since May 2017, Mario has been teaching BJJ at Felicity House, Liverpool under the Futuwwa Sports programme.
The launch of a new book, Prophetic Grappling, published by Beacon Books. Author: Nisar Shaikh
Translated by: Mufti Muhammad Aman Haque
Book Launch was held on 27 Jan 2022 @ Royal Holloway University, Surrey, UK
Ustad Asim Ayub, Shaykh Thaqib Mahmood & Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa