About Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling art that places an emphasis on ground fighting. It is based on the practical application of technique and leverage to overcome a larger and stronger opponent. The BJJ practitioner’s goal is to take the fight to the ground, progressively gain dominate position over the opponent, and then use joint-locks and choke-holds to force the opponent into submission. Derived from the Japanese arts, brought to Brazil by Mitsuyo Maeda, BJJ was developed into its own unique style. Much of this development can be attributed, most notably, to members of the Gracie family.
Today, BJJ is established worldwide and it continues to gain popularity as an exciting sport and as one of the most effective methods of self-defense. Training and competitions in the sport of BJJ involve using throws and takedowns, gaining dominate positions on the ground, and acquiring submission holds, without the use of strikes, allowing practitioners to safely practice at full speed and full power.
The Gracie family created a storm in the martial arts world defeating martial artists of various styles in no-rules challenge matches, taking on all comers who would dare challenge the Gracie name. In the early 1990s, the Gracies exploded in popularity because of their success using BJJ in No-Holds-Barred (NHB) competitions, where martial artists could use any style to compete against one another. The Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) was one of the first times the Gracies were able showcase the effectiveness of their Jiu Jitsu style to the rest of the world. It was there that Royce Gracie won three of the first four UFC events, when there was no rules, time limits, or weight classes and fighters had to fight several times in the same night.
These NHB competitions later evolved with rules, time limits, safety standards, weight classes, and athletic sanctioning, becoming the world’s fastest growing sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). It is well known fact that BJJ is one of the primary martial arts used in MMA and virtually all MMA fighters train in BJJ in some capacity, out of necessity. The effectiveness of BJJ in NHB and MMA events was so convincing, that the United States Armed Forces uses it as the core of their Combatives program (hand-to-hand combat system) and it is also employed in virtually all defensive tactics programs practiced by various law enforcement agencies around the world.
Simply put, BJJ is the real deal and it can be used by people of all sizes effectively. The techniques can be used in real-life, not just in theory. There is no magical secrets or mystical energies required, just hard work and the development of good technique.