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
Jiu-Jitsu Fundamental Techniques:
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.
Jiu-Jitsu Belt System:
Belts & Promotions:
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.