What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art focusing largely on grappling and ground fighting. It utilizes natural body leverage and proper technique to obtain dominant control on the ground and, as a result, provides greater position for striking or submission holds.
BJJ has been proven, when used properly, to be an effective method for weaker and smaller individuals dealing with bigger and stronger opponents and has become increasingly popular due in part to its great success in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). It can be trained for self defense, sport grappling (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts competition and has found its way into the training regiment of nearly every successful martial artist worldwide.
Translated as “the gentle art,” Brazilian jiu-jitsu focuses on using strength and technique in the most efficient way possible to control and overcome opponents of greater size, strength and aggression. With its roots in the Japanese jiu-jitsu of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the art found its way to Brazil in 1910, when Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese jiu-jitsu and judo expert, emigrated to the country. There he became friends with Gastao Gracie, an influential businessman who helped Maeda get established. In return, Maeda taught jiu-jitsu to Gracie’s sons, who became very proficient in the art, eventually passing on Maeda’s teaching in their own schools. Over the years there have been many additions, modifications, and refinements to the art made by the Gracie family, as well as the countless others worldwide that continued the “gentle art.”
What can Brazilian Jiu Jitsu do for me?
- Challenge your mind, body, and spirit
- Get a great cardio workout
- Increase strength and flexibility
- learn effective and ethical self-defense
- Get in great shape
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- have fun in a safe environment
- Build self-confidence
- Build your character