Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Belts – Their Meaning And Progression

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu differs from most other martial arts in that belt rank is something that simply does not come rapidly in BJJ. In most schools, the average student will work for years just to get their next Brazilian jiu-jitsu belt rank. This has a lot to do with the fact that in BJJ the ability to apply the skills you know is more important than how much you know. I guess people who do jiu-jitsu are just pragmatic that way. At any rate, one of the most common questions that we get from new students has to do with what a student should be focused on at each belt rank in jiu-jitsu. And, it’s an understandable question. BJJ is a very deep art, and there are a lot of different ways to express it in your game. Also, since it takes so long to progress from belt to belt, many students want to know how to maximize their training time and practice so they can make that learning curve a little less steep. Now regardless of whether or not it’s a good idea to rush your progress through the ranks (it isn’t), it is always helpful to have training goals … Continue reading

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, A Modern Self-Defense Method And Sport Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ for short) is a martial art, a combat sport, and a self-defense method that originated in Brazil in the early part of the 20th century. A direct descendant of Kodokan judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a grappling art that focuses on taking the opponent to the ground and using a variety of holds, pins, chokes, and joint locks to subdue an assailant. And, while it has its origins in Brazil, it is one of the fastest growing martial arts and sports in the world, and is practiced the world over as both a sport and a self-defense method. A Brief History of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu In the late 1800s, Jigoro Kano was a jiu-jitsu instructor in Japan who wanted to make jiu-jitsu practice more appealing and accessible to the masses. Originally, jiu-jitsu was a samurai martial art that was designed to be used to disarm and incapacitate an armed attacker using unarmed techniques. Traditionally, jiu-jitsu relied on a vast repertoire of standing joint locks, strikes, throws, and takedowns, with an emphasis in some systems on wrist locks (as can be seen in the modern art of aikido, which also descended from … Continue reading

Jiu-Jitsu Training: Gi vs No-Gi

2014-12-02 This is a question many people use to ask my advice and in my opinion, Gi and No-Gi are 2 completely different universes. Why do I say that?  Because training with a Gi your possibilities of variations and reactions are endless and you will prepare your mind to assimilate the techniques with a better understanding.  Also, the transition from Gi to No-Gi is very easy and smooth while the opposite is very complicated and many people get totally lost. It’s very rare people who train No-Gi feel comfortable to put a Gi on to spar, and I’ve never heard about a person that only train No-Gi to win a gi tournament in high level divisions.  Now, when you talk about guys that just train in a Gi competing in the most prestigious No-Gi Tournaments (Abu Dhabi) you will find them winning every single weight category. I’ve been involved with Jiu-Jitsu since 1970 and I’ve experienced myself training without the Gi with the best of the best Luta Livre (ground fight system practiced in Brasil without the Gi), and I can tell you that even with only 3 years of experience of Jiu-Jitsu at the time, I’ve had epic battles with … Continue reading

Marcus Soares Words of Wisdom – 45 Years of Studying “The Art of BJJ”

Marcus Soares Words of Wisdom 45 Years of Studying “The Art of BJJ” Jiu-Jitsu nowadays is spread all over the world, and it’s an art that has a very solid structure and offers to the practitioner a good sense of self defense, auto confidence, and self-control.  The reason is because man is afraid of what they don’t know, and Jiu-Jitsu can prepare you to defend yourself against any kind of aggression, and you won’t be surprised by any form of attack. Jiu-Jitsu gives to you the confidence and the necessary calm to face any kind of adversity in a physical contact situation. The effectiveness of Jiu-Jitsu can help you when you have a solid knowledge about the basics.  The importance to have an instructor with a good reputation is essential, because you need to learn properly all the basics with the little details in each technique to avoid to develop bad habits.  Jiu-Jitsu is an art that will teach you how to feel comfortable in uncomfortable positions and to defend yourself against bigger opponents, since it is based on leverage. The main goal of Jiu-Jitsu is to defend ourselves and to control and submit the opponent.  Taking the opponent down, … Continue reading