Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the most effective martial art in the world. In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) we emphasize on taking your opponent to the ground. Studies show that 90% of all fights end up on the ground, one way or another. To put the fight in our advantage, we use self-defense to neutralize all attacks for the aggressor, which can be followed by a takedown to finish the fight on the ground, if needed.
Once on the ground, a Brazilian jiu Jitus fighter will focus on obtaining a strong position, from where he can apply chokeholds, armbars, leglocks, or other joint locks, with the goal to submit the aggressor. The effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is often displayed in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), of which the UFC is the most known tournament
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has it’s roots in traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu. Both arts are based on the idea that a weaker person should be able to defend him- or herself against a bigger, stronger opponent, by using the right techniques. This makes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu perfect for self defense.
You’ll see Brazilian Jiu Jitsu displayed in different styles of competition, with or without a gi. Without a gi it is called grappling. When punches and kicks are in the game, we commonly refer to it as MMA
A typical class consists of three elements: warming up, techniques and sparring. The warmup contains specific movements for BJJ and prepair your muscles for the training, so we prevent injuries. Once we’re warmed up, we start with the techniques together with a training partner. After that it’s time to put yourself to the test in sparring, we simulate a fight in which you can apply your skillset. Sparring is an important part of the training, because it shows you where your strong and weak points are and it prepares you for any possible attack on the street. Watching some sparing may look uncontrolled for the untrained eye, but we distinguish some basic positions, such as stand up, mount, guard, cross side and backmount.
Every fight starts standing up, facing your agressor or opponent. The goal is to control the distance in your favor, to neutralize the punches and kicks the other person might want to use. When you closed the distance, you transition to the ground by a takedown.
“The ground is like an ocean, I am the shark, and most people don’t even know how to swim”
When in guard, you’re on your back controlling your opponent with your legs. From here you want to submit or wseep your opponent using the different techniques. The guard knows many variations and thus makes it a very interesting position to work from. Some of the variations are; open guard, half guard, closed guard, de la riva guard, spider guard etc.
In cross side you control your opponent from the side, with him being on his back and your chest is on his chest. You use your bodyweight to control the opponent, and from there you start working for the submission.
When in mount, you’re siting on top of your opponent, facing each other. Again you use your bodyweight and submissions to win the fight.
The back mount is a variation of the mount, in this case you control the back of your opponent. Your leg go around your opponent, making this a highly effective position to control and submit your opponent.
Submissions can be divided in two categories: joint locks and chokeholds. A joint lock focuses on putting pressure on a specific joint, whick will lead to a severe injury when the opponent does not submit. A chokehold focuses on blocking the bloodstream in the neck, with arms or legs, leading to a knock out if the opponent doesn’t submit.
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