Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Original Name: 
Jiu Jitsu
Founded By: 
Carlos Gracie - 1925 in Belem, Brazil
Country of Origin: 

Brazilian Jiu JitsuThe Martial Arts style of Brazilian JiuJitsu is designed with precise leverage techniques at its root. The theory behind Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that it is more efficient to control an attacker by using the floor to assist in balance and control, much of the training in Jiu Jitsu takes place on the ground. The distinctive characteristic of this style is being able to contorl and dominate a stronger or larger opponent. This is achieve through ground control positions and performing the leverage techniques with precision, which means people who have less strength can still overcome larger weight opponents.

Jiu Jitsu is also known as Ju Jitsu, Ju Jutsu, and Jujitsu. It is an ancient martial art once used by Samurai warriors in Japan. Jiu Jitsu mostly comprises of punches, kicks, throws, ground-grappling, and weapons.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a common Martial Art self defense, sport grappling tournaments and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

The techniques of this Martial Art encourage taking down an opponent to the floor. This is why many ground fighting techniques are practiced with the aim of forcing the opponent into submission through such moves as joint-locks and chokeholdss. The theory behind getting the opponent to the floor is that their primary advantages such as strength and size cannot be used at their potential on the ground. Once the opponent is on the ground, a number of techniques are permitted to attempt to place him/her into a painful position causing them to submit. Getting an opponent on the ground in a commanding position is one of the distinctive characteristics of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It is important that the 'guard position' is sufficiently used to defend oneself from attacks, and passing the guard to dominate from top position with side control, mount, and back mount positions. This system of maneuvering and manipulation can be likened to a form of kinetic chess when utilized by two experienced practitioners. A submission hold is the equivalent of checkmate in the sport. However, it is possible for a combat situation to continue even after a proper submission is performed.