What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?


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

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