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What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is a self-defense art and competitive sport based on taking your opponent to the ground, achieving positional control by continuous grappling, and applying submission holds involving joint locks and chokeholds until one of the contestants surrenders. It combines aspects of wrestling and Judo as well as its own specific techniques.
Brief History
Jiu-jitsu basically means "Gentle Art". It was practiced in Japan for a long period of time and it is often believed that the Gracie family from Brazil—through the help of Mitsuyo Maeda from Japan—practiced and developed the Kodokam Judo to modern Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
Theory and Techniques
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is based around techniques that teach how to immobilize an opponent by several procedures, including: Pull guard, joint locks, chokeholds, and also the art of defeating an opponent by having more physical strength irrespective of the body composition.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a competition sport. Like Japanese jujitsu, BJJ features throws as well as joint locks and chokes, influenced by competition-orientated judo. BJJ focuses on grappling on the floor and features no striking.
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Reasons why Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is Rising in Popularity
  • Outstanding self-defense tool: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a perfect second line of defense in situations we hope to never experience. Most violent crime attacks are bound to end on the ground.
  • No age limit: Children will be able to gain a better focus, becoming more aware of the environment, their own mind and body on a deeper level.
  •  Bases for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA): BJJ has continued to prove its effectiveness in competition MMA. In fact, BJJ is mostly in the spotlight today because if its success in the early UFC days.
No Striking
Unlike other combative sports, BJJ is primarily based around grappling on the ground and does not involve kicking or punching. Because of this, it is less intimidating and much safer for newer members to begin competing in the sport.
Competitive
Unlike most fitness-based workouts, BJJ features an expansive belting system that works to participants to constantly improve their skills and learn new technique.
Skill Based
Sometimes, endurance, body type, or strength can become an obstacle in most sports. In BJJ, all of these attributes will naturally improve as time goes on, but there is no barrier to begin training. Regardless of your opponents size or strength, one can always gain the upper-hand with the right strategy.
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