The Gentle Art: A Short Introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
You may have seen videos or pictures of people in pajamas grappling on the ground and wondered what the heck they were doing. Or, you may have heard about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) from a friend or family member and have been intrigued. BJJ is a martial art that anyone can learn and benefit from regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability. In this blog post, we’ll give you a brief introduction to BJJ so that you can understand what it is and why people love it so much.
Origins of BJJ
BJJ originated in Brazil in the early 1900s. It was created by Carlos Gracie, who was taught traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu by Mitsuyo Maeda—a Japanese national who was traveling around the world teaching the art of Kodokan Judo. Carlos Gracie modified what he learned from Maeda to make it more practical for self-defense situations and street fights. The result was Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, which eventually came to be known simply as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
The Fundamentals of BJJ
At its core, BJJ is about using the proper technique to take your opponent to the ground and then applying a submission hold to force them to tap out or submit. This can be done through throws or takedowns, but the most common method is by using leverage and body positioning to take your opponent down. Once on the ground, BJJ practitioners use a variety of chokeholds and joint locks to force their opponent to submit.
Why People Love BJJ
There are plenty of reasons why people decide to start learning BJJ. For some, it’s a way to get in shape and get healthy. For others, it’s a way to learn self-defense or build confidence. For many people, though, BJJ becomes a lifestyle—one that they’re passionate about and committed to for the long haul. The BJJ community is tight-knit and supportive, with practitioners of all levels helping each other grow and improve. There’s also an obvious Rush when you’re able to execute a move perfectly and force your opponent to submit.
Whether you’re looking for a new hobby, a way to get in shape, or a way to defend yourself, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu could be the perfect martial art for you. Why not give it a try? Our gym offers introductory classes, and an extended FREE TRIAL where you can learn the basics without having to make any sort of commitment. Once you get a taste of what BJJ is all about, we think you’ll be hooked!