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BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU is one of the world’s fastest growing martial arts. Most people will recognize it from the ground fighting techniques showcased in Mixed Martial Arts but is also a complete martial art, encompassing a stand-up game, a ground game, and the transition between them.

The Origins of Jiu-Jitsu

There is a lot of propaganda when it comes to Jiu-Jitsu and who created it. All students really need to know is that it was developed out of Judo and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil in the early 1900s. The early pioneers of the system realized that most street fights ended on the ground so the ground fighting aspect was developed and refined into a very effective self-defence system. It also developed as a very popular sport within Brazil and today many of the world’s best practitioners of Jiu-Jitsu still come from Brazil.
 
It wasn’t until the 1990s that the rest of the world was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Brazilian competitors dominated events like Pride. So confident of their abilities, many of the Brazilians chose to fight in the traditional gi. These days it is popular all around the world and there are world champions from many countries. It still forms an integral part of training for MMA competitions.

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Underlying Principles

How is Jiu-Jitsu different from other martial arts systems?

Most people think of Jiu-Jitsu as being a ground-based fight system but that’s not entirely true. Jiu-Jitsu is a complete martial art which includes standing techniques, throws and takedowns, as well as the ground techniques it is so well know for.

In self-defence and MMA you can still see kicks and strikes employed but these are usually to force an opponent to make an error, such as exposing their back. Most finishes in Jiu-Jitsu are based on straight or rotational joint locks or strangles. A simple strategy is employed: defence, followed by a transition to a dominant position, and then finally a submission. Of course, in modern sport the emphasis is on attack so this strategy is modified according to the context.

Jiu-Jitsu is built around the fundamental principles of fulcrums, levers, and off-balancing.

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Jiu-Jitsu isn't afraid to evolve.

One of the best features of Jiu-Jitsu is that it isn’t traditional. It is in a constant state of evolution as competitors adapt techniques in the quest to gain an advantage over competitors. It’s one of the few martial arts where students are able to adapt and experiment to find variations which work best for their unique body type. Traditionally many of the techniques came from Judo and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu but in recent years wrestling is providing a lot of innovation.

Jiu-Jitsu is a modern martial art in every sense.

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Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone.

It’s easy to be impressed watching the skills demonstrated by the world’s top competitors but Jiu-Jitsu wasn’t designed to be used by athletes. Originally, it was intended as a form of self-defence that could be used by smaller, weaker people. In fact, the name itself means “the gentle art”.
 
This means it is suitable for almost everyone, not just athletes. As a martial art rather than a sport it also offers a lot of non-physical benefits like improved confidence and self-esteem, learning how to set and achieve objectives, and learning self-discipline and respect.
 
For children it offers a way to counter bullies without resorting to physical violence like kicking and punching. For women it offers techniques on the ground which neutralize the size advantage of attackers. And for non-athletes and mature people it offers a form of safe, effective fitness training that also happens to be a lot of fun.
 
Jiu-Jitsu works just as well for non-aggressive, non-competitive students!