IT'S A WAY OF LIFE
THE GENTLE ART
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art and self-defense system that focuses on grappling. 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. Since that time, it has evolved rapidly and spread all across the globe, bringing the core teachings from almost 150 years ago people of all types and ages.
BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant by using technique, leverage and an escalating series of pins to control or incapacitate the assailant. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or for self-defense for those looking for a sense of security.
The Army, Marine Corps and every Special Forces group all use Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as one of the main aspects of combative training. That being said, BJJ is enjoyed by people from all walks of life, 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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