Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

   There has been much publicity about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that has emerged due to the MMA (mixed martial arts) competitions.  Many who compete in MMA have Jiu Jitsu experience, and those who do are the most successful.

   Of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu styles, the Gracie family is the most famous and most effective.  The most famous of the Gracies is Helio Gracie.  One of our instructors was trained by Helio Gracie.

   We practice traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and focus on the self defense aspects, preparing for attacks that lead to ‘on the ground’ situations.  Unlike Judo, which mainly uses throws and striking, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu trains you to go beyond that, bringing the fight to the ground.  It teaches you to avoid being submitted (trapped in a held position) and how to get out of submissions if one is unable to avoid them.  Essentially, Grappling means, ‘To seize or hold another person in a grip’.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is all about grappling and submissions, but also includes throws, takedowns. 

   Our focus is on learning the most effective ground fighting techniques to protect against attacks that lead to the ground.  Our conditioning in this class is ‘Total’ and the most demanding of all our styles.   This art uses the whole body and mind, utilizing techniques that are intricate, and go beyond the usual demands of the body…more so than that of the other martial art styles we offer.  These classes require training to be prepared psychologically as well.  Because of these requirements, it takes much more time to be an accomplished Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner than to be accomplished in the other arts.

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