Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is a self defence system that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from Judo knowledge.
BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground – most notably by applying joint locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi & no gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring (commonly referred to as "rolling") plays a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is not solely a martial art; it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and ultimately, a way of life.
Primary ground positions include side mount, full mount, back mount and the guard. In submissions, you have a variety of joint locks and chokes (air chokes & blood chokes).
Fun Fact - BJJ roots go as far back as imperial Japan
Fun Fact - BJJ is a direct descendent of Judo
Takedown or throw = 2 points
Sweep = 2 points
Pass opponent’s guard = 3 points
Mounted position = 4 points
Back mount with hooks in = 4 points
Back mount knees on ground, opponent flat on stomch = 4 points
Body triangle from the back = 4 points
Knee on stomach = 2 points
Try out Brazilian Jiu Jitsu today!
Here are a few tips to get you started.
WHAT TO WEAR
Uniform. In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the uniform worn is called a gi. (Pronounced with a soft “g” like “good”.) Similar to a kimono, it has a thick collar used for grips and is made of a thicker material. They range in price and in most cases, your academy will provide one for sale. Have someone make sure that it fits correctly and that it won’t shrink in the wash. Also, pay attention to the washing and drying instructions as each gi brand is different. If you are worried about colors, stay with white as that is the most basic, introductory color despite other colors being available. You will also need a belt which may or may not come with your gi.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
- Commitment. BJJ requires a level of commitment. Like any sport, hobby, or interest it takes a willingness to keep at it. This won’t be hard to do considering the classes are fun, enjoyable and leave you feeling accomplished.
- Time. In order to gain the knowledge of techniques and concepts of the art, you need to be able to attend class regularly. When you first start out you can aim for 2 or 3 fundamental classes a week. This will be enough for you to become more accustomed to the foundation moves and basic techniques that are necessary.