What is it?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a martial art

You can train it, play it, and most of all, enjoy it.  Jiu Jitsu itself translates to “gentle art” in Japanese, and was derived by using an opponents force against themselves, instead of relying on brute strength.  Smaller opponents can subdue bigger, stronger opponents with the techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  After 100 years in Brazil, Brazilian Jiu jitsu is its very own art from and is now considered the gold standard on what a martial art should be measured.  It’s now more commonly known as’ Jiu Jitsu’ by most, as it is the most influential grappling-based martial art in the world.

Leverage

At its heart, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that’s primary focus is utilizing as much leverage as possible, without strength, to subdue an opponent.  Imagine you are trying to remove a flat tire from your car.  Now you have to take the bolts off of your rim with just your fingers.  Impossible, right?!  We need to use a tire iron to create enough leverage to remove those bolts.  In Jiu Jitsu, we use our own body as that same tire iron, attacking an opponent ‘bolts’ (neck or joints) using leverage to cause a submission (making your opponent quit!).  By taking the match to the ground, you can now generate enough leverage using the techniques of Jiu Jitsu to either put the opponent to sleep, or use a joint lock to control the opponent until they submit.  All of this can be done with no harm to your opponent, but most importantly, yourself.

Effectiveness

In today’s world, it is now more evident than ever that you will need to be able to defend yourself from a grounded position.  Practitioners of Jiu Jitsu have that ability, and also the ability to use to more than just defense. the choice to dictate where the match will takes place, the most strategic move in combat belongs to the Jiu Jitsu partitioner.  Whether it be confidence enough to walk away, take an opponent down or keep yourself on yourself safely on your feet, Jiu Jitsu will give you the answer for all these scenarios.  Even wrestlers who are trained in grappling will be at a disadvantage, as the Jiu Jitsu practitioner can and will work off of his back in a comfortable fashion.  While it is said that 90% of altercations end up on the ground, it is the one who has knowledge of the systems within Jiu Jitsu that will have an advantage.

Practicality

What makes Jiu Jitsu so practical?  You can train it every single day. While striking arts can be hazardous to spar everyday, in Jiu Jitsu, you will be drilling and sparring as often as you want, while still being able to enjoy your professional and personal lives. Want a good work out?  Jiu Jitsu also offers one of the rare workouts you can actually enjoy.  Instead of worrying about ‘muscle group’ workouts, where you will either be counting reps or starring down the clock, you will be problem solving during training, thinking of the next move while your body does the workout for itself.  Those hard-to-trigger ’stabilizer’ muscles and your core are constantly being activated while drilling and rolling (sparring) in Jiu Jitsu.  Everything you need from self defense, getting a workout or improving your life and social skills, Jiu Jitsu is a one-stop shop.

Lifestyle

Jiu Jitsu can also provide something called the ‘Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle’. Though the term has been used as a marketing tool, crudely at times, it does have serious implications.  I’ve see it a hundred times. A person begins to take part in Jiu Jitsu, within weeks they start to makes friends and enjoy themselves, but after some time the training gets a bit more serious.  Within that year’s end, they’ve stopped eating bad, cut back on excessive socializing and begin living a healthy lifestyle, all on their own!  It’s not that they have been forced to eat better, its a natural progression that stems from wanting to get more out of their training so they can reach they’re next goal more quickly.  They now have life long friends, a long lasting healthy routine and goals that they want to maintain.

I believe with all of my heart that the training of Jiu Jitsu is one of the few things on this earth that has brought such positivity to my life.  I carry myself better, I feel better, I am nice to people and people seem to be nice to me.  I am healthy and have every intention of staying that way because I want more out of my training, my time with teammates, and learning.  I have life long friends, great stories and a abundance of support. It has been the best activity I have ever been a part of and I hope to share that with you soon.