What is Jiu Jitsu?
Jiu Jitsu began in Japan but the current style of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was born on the streets of Rio De Janeiro as a form of self defense. First seen here in the states in the UFC in the early 1990’s. Popular not just as a martial art, but as a lifestyle and a way to keep in great shape and have fun. BJJ focuses on grappling and ground fighting with the goal of gaining a dominant position and using joint-locks and chokeholds to force an opponent to submit. Training in BJJ does not include striking. Solo training includes bodyweight movements designed to enhance the strength, mobility, and flexibility of the practitioner. Drilling includes the repetition of positions or submissions against increasing degrees of resistance against an opponent. “Rolling” is free-sparring against a live, fully resistant opponent where both practitioners are attempting to implement various advantageous positions as well as submissions. One of the most important aspects of BJJ is that it promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant. BJJ can be trained for self defense, sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi/submission wrestling) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition. BJJ differs in some aspects from other martial arts in the criteria for grade promotion, which is almost exclusively based on practical expertise in free sparring and championship results. Its expected, although not always the case, that any BJJ black belt is extremely proficient in every applied aspect of BJJ and also perform well in competition.
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