Jiu-Jitsu Club (image courtesy: Michael Cubillas)

Prior to this academic year, SNHUdents had to look off campus for any sort of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) practices. Michael Cubillas (’23) saw this as an opportunity and worked with the Office of Student Involvement to create the SNHU Jiu-Jitsu club. The club allows students to meet new people and get some exercise while learning self-defense skills.

“I started the SNHU Jiu-Jitsu club to become more involved on campus by giving students a new and unique club opportunity,” said Cubillas.

Cubillas began his MMA journey a few years ago. His dedication to the sport motivates him to share his passion and give students an opportunity to try something new.

“I’ve been training Jiu-Jitsu for three years and I’m hoping this club will raise awareness for the martial art and encourage people to try it who otherwise wouldn’t have,” said Cubillas.

MMA gained traction in recent years, due in part to the growth of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been trending with members of the student body’s generation. Some research even states that MMA has grown to be one of the top sports in the entire world.

While Jiu-Jitsu is a combat sport, one of its main principles is defense. Cubillas is taking the opportunity to teach his fellow clubmates the importance of that principle.

“The other goal is to build members’ confidence by instilling in them a better understanding of what it takes to defend themselves,” said Cubillas.

The club already has up to twelve members but is actively seeking more. Cubillas hopes to eventually test members’ knowledge and have the club compete.

“We hope to one day test what they learn in practice in [a] competition,” said Cubillas.

Those interested in joining the club can email Cubillas at michael.cubillas@snhu.edu or the Office of Student Involvement at involvement@snhu.edu.