Jiu Jitsu Today

Jiu Jitsu Today

Like a family tree, the branches of Jiu Jitsu spread as more and more people began to train.  Now there are several different teams and styles of Jiu Jitsu.  Competitions are available to practitioners on an almost weekly basis, pushing the bounds of Jiu Jitsu from just ten years ago!  Its growing fast and is still has room to grow, adding to the excitement with more and more options.  Now most every major city in the world has Jiu Jitsu schools and more people are training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu than ever before.  People like Andre Galvao, the Mendes Brothers, and others are now able to reach even more people with online databases for their techniques harnessing the internet and its capabilities.  It is an exciting time to be part of Jiu Jitsu and everything it has to offer! (allgalvao.com)


Every budding sport needs a governing body, and in the case of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, this is the IBJJF, or International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation.  The IBJJF is responsible for forming the rule set in which competitors compete under, as well as guide lines for belt promotions and belt degrees.  This organization holds the annual World Championships, the most revered and prestigious or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Started by the son of founding father of Jiu jitsu, Carlos Gracie Jr. also runs the biggest team in Jiu Jitsu, Gracie Barra.

Rise of the Champions

You won’t win any money if you become a world champion, but your name will survive you in the halls of history.  The Worlds have propelled many grappling super stars from hungry competitors into Jiu Jitsu legends. Early on people like Royler and Renzo Gracie, The General Fabio Gurgel,  and Saulo Ribeiro blazed the trail winning several world titles in the 1990’s.  At the turn of the millennium, Jiu Jitsu saw its greatest expansion yet, with new blood like Roger Gracie, Marcelo Garcia and Terere tearing up the scene with charismatic Jiu Jitsu.  Our head instructor at ATOS, Andre Galvao got his start in the Worlds winning at every belt, including two at black belt in 2005 and 2008.

The Atos Team

By the end 2010, Atos has proven its point.  After the masterful team of Brasa dissolved, Andre along with friend Ramon Lemos( http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/ramon-lemos-atos ), they took the remaining pieces of Brasa and added new talent, and set out to take to Jiu Jitsu world by storm.  Kids like the up and coming Mendes Brothers Guillmre ( http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/guilherme-mendes-facts-and-bio ) and Rafael (  http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/rafael-mendes-bjj-fighter-wiki ) joined, perennial contenders Bruno Frazzato  ( http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/bruno-frazatto-bjj-fighter-wiki ) and Guto Campos ( http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/gustavo-campos-guto-fighter-wiki ), feather weights Ari Frias ( http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/ari-farias-bjj-wiki ) and Mike Fowler ( http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/mike-fowler ), Caporal ( http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/claudio-calasans-facts-and-bio )and Claudio Calasans ( http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/claudio-calasans-facts-and-bio ), Davi Ramos ( http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/davi-ramos ) tore up the Jiu Jitsu scene.  Now with world champions in almost every division, Andre opened his school in San Diego.  Now with guys like Michael Leira Jr, Mike Carbullido, and Keenan Cornilious, the new breed is poised to take the lead into the next decade.

Gi and No-Gi

Jiu Jitsu is traditionally trained in a gi (pronounced ghee).  It’s more sturdy than most martial art uniforms so it can be relied on during training.  At first glance it may not seem like much of an advantage, but once the student begins to learn, they realize how useful the go can be.  It can be used to hold onto opponents to control the position, or even used to submit the opponent themselves!  The materials add surface area that create more friction, so technique, not strength has to be used to escape or advance a position.  No-Gi is Jiu Jitsu without the uniform, and without the friction of the gi, the game changes.  Speed and movement become the focal point along with the technique, moves from other disciplines can be added such as freestyle wrestling and Greco Roman wrestling.  It can also be a great alternative to training in a gi during the hot summer months and opens a broader base on which students can draw from.  Both should be practiced and drilled, however the grading system of Jiu Jitsu is based solely on gi oriented techniques.


To some, this is where Jiu Jitsu will take them.  They are never mandatory, but they are a great way to help your improvement.  People will generally train for a upcoming competition, increasing their work and intensity and this often leads to increased skills and cardio.  Then when time comes, step on the mat and leave it all behind.  There are rule sets in place to protect the competitors, point systems are utilized incase a match does not end in submission.  Brackets are based on weight and rank, but most competitions will hold a absolute division for those wanting the added challenge.  Gyms from all over will come together and participate and spread the reaches of Jiu Jitsu.  These can be exciting and the energy of the tournament is contagious, and many get the bug to compete after just their first competition.

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