Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art and self-defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. It was formed from Kodokan Judo (Newaza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie and Luiz Franca by Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshiro Satake. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Hélio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge on to their extended family.
BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage and most notably, taking the fight to the ground and applying joint locks and chokeholds to defeat an opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or for self-defense.
Since its inception in 1882, its parent are of Judo was separated from older systems of Japanese Ju Jitsu by an important difference that was passed on to Braziian Jiu Jitsu: it is not solely a martial art, it is also a sport; a method of promoting physical fitness and building character in your people; and, ultimately a way of life.
BJJ is the most effective martial art for self-defence. It focuses on real life positions and situations that employ techniques that work against a resisting opponent or attakcer. One of the basic tenets of jiu jitsu is that once the techniques are learned, they can be used to defeat a larger and stronger opponent. This is because BJJ is based on technique and leverage as opposed to weight and strenght. This make BJJ the best self-defense not only for men, but for women and children as well.
The Army, Marine Corps and every Special Forces group uses Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as one of their main aspects of combative training, however, BJJ is enjoyed by people from all walks of ife despite age or physical abilities. Losing weight and getting in shape has never been so enjoyable due to BJJ's focus on free sparing. Weight Loss and general fitness are an inherent by-product of learning jiu jitsu.
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