Martial arts teacher brings Jiu-Jitsu skills home to Fort Frances with summer camps

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer

Fort Frances native Jagger Lockman is planning to spend the month of July teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) in Fort Frances.

Lockman took up BJJ when he left the Fort Frances area for Southern Ontario.

“I moved away when I was 18,” Lockman said. “I started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I’ve been training for about nine years now and I work at a gym in London teaching.”

Lockman recently took second place in his division at the Ontario Open International Jiu-Jitsu Championships.

BJJ is different from martial arts like Karate or Taekwondo, in that kicking and punching are not really part of it. BJJ finds its origins in Judo which is a grappling martial art.

“It’s very similar to Judo,” Lockman said. “It’s a grappling martial art. It was basically created from Japanese Jiu-Jitsu which Judo was also created from.”

Lockman says BJJ is a great tool for those interested in learning self-defence.

“It’s one of the best martial arts you can know to defend yourself,” he said. “You can defend yourself without even needing to harm the other person. It’s great for being able to get on top in a fight and then get away if need be, and you can also control the situation from the bottom if you can’t get to the top.”

Lockman is hoping to be able to host camps for both kids and adults throughout the month of July.

Anyone looking for further details on the camps can contact Lockman via Facebook on the Borderland Jiu-Jitsu page or by email at