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What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Martial art roughly translated means art of war. Fighting is an art form. Like a good painter, fighters hone their craft in search of perfection. A street brawl can be like a giant mess. In contrast, a battle between two trained fighters can be an artistic masterpiece. There are many styles of fighting we classify as a martial art. Many have unique traits about them. Karate and Muay Thai focus largely on striking. Judo focuses heavily on throwing techniques. The art Brazilian jiu-jitsu deals with ground fighting.

what is brazilian jiu jitsu gracie barra scottsdale az 2An Overview of Brazilian jiu-jitsu

Brazilian jiu-jitsu (commonly referred to as BJJ) is a type of submission fighting that primarily takes place off the feet. People use leverage, joint manipulation, and chokes to force an opponent into submission. In addition, BJJ fighters utilize ways to effectively fight off their back, a traditionally less dominant position. From the back position, a trained jiu-jitsu practicioner can break an opponent’s arm. Jiu-jitsu also employs techniques for smaller individuals to defeat a larger opponent.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is Exposed to the World at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)

The first time the world was exposed to Brazilian jiu-jitsu was through cage fighting. In 1993, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) put fighters from different styles into a cage with limited rules. Emerging the victor was not the biggest or strongest fighter. The first UFC champion was a lean 6 ft. and 176 lb. fighter by the name of Royce Gracie. He used Brazilian jiu-jitsu masterfully against much larger opponents, proving to the world that his family’s fighting style worked. It showed how proper technique could overcome brute strength and traditional fighting styles.

womens self defense brazilian jiu jitsu gracie barra scottsdale az 2Brazilian jiu-jitsu for Self Defense

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is not only a fighting system, but also a method of self defense. Almost all street fights begin on the feet. A majority of them, however, end on the ground. Jiu-jitsu is a very valuable skill in situations where you may find yourself in a less dominant position. Where most would feel unconfident, jiu-jitsu practicioners feel right at home.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a Competitive Sport

Those willing can also test their skills in competition. Sport jiu-jitsu consists of a tournament structure that is separated by gender, age, and rank. Competitors can score points or submit an opponent to advance in the competition. Sport jiu-jitsu has grown greatly over the past couple of years, with many different organizations hosting events all over the world.

Why do people train Brazilian jiu-jitsu?

There are several different reasons why people train Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Some people train for the sole purpose of competing. Others learn BJJ as a self defense. Many people also take up jiu-jitsu as a hobby or form of exercise. Regardless of the reason, jiu-jitsu practicioners train because they love it. If they didn’t, students would be doing something easier.

If you’re curious about Brazilian jiu-jitsu, give it a shot. The most intimidating part can be walking through the doors of an Academy. It’s a decision few ever regret.

Learn About Our Pre-Registration Special

If you live in the Scottsdale or Phoenix area and are interested in trying Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Gracie Barra Scottsdale is running a limited time Pre-Registration Special for the first 50 members who sign up! To lock in your exclusive savings and learn more about the offer, please click here.

~ Patrick J. Flores

About the Author: Patrick’s love for martial arts began early on in life.  He was greatly influenced by pop culture and the desire to mimic figures he saw on TV.  This sparked his love affair with combat sports and the culture behind it.  He obtained a BA in History from California State Polytechnic University Pomona and wrote his senior thesis on the development of Martial Arts within the United States.  During this time he practiced Karate, eventually receiving his black belt under Sensei Ray and Shawna Ginocchio in 2011.  Soon after achieving his black belt in Karate, he began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Patrick is currently holding a purple belt under Professor Rafael Olivera and trains out of Gracie Barra Chino.  In addition to training in jiu-jitsu, Patrick attends California State University Fullerton for his MBA.  He hopes to one day use his experience, education, and passion for martial arts to develop a rewarding career.

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