Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or just Jiu Jitsu is a full contact martial art. It is based on the simple concept that a smaller, less strong, lighter fighter can take an opponent down by bringing the fight to a ground level. It is also called ground fighting because of this. There are a number of grappling and leverage moves that is integral to the technique and if applied right can be highly effective. Joint locks and choke holds takes precedence to kicks and punches in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
History of Jiu Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was officially started in the early 1900’s by the Gracie family. It was a martial art that stemmed out from the more ancient Japanese style of Judo. It was developed over hundreds of years, so the style is vast, rigid, and almost impossible to completely master. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on the other hand is more recent, modernized and practical in many areas of fighting. It is also concentrated down to a small number of moves that are devastatingly effective.
Space for evolution
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be seen as a martial art that is free to grow. When a grapple hold is formulated and used successfully in a tournament and is undefeated, masters work with students to find a counter which can be used against it. It is a cycle that goes over and over allowing for the expansion of the style in more ways than one.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is also used to subdue the opponent without leaving much harm or doing too much damage, and is considered to be a self-defense art. It is effective against any striking style of martial art as none of them consider how to respond to being pinned to the ground by a larger assailant.
Leeds Martial Arts Centre has three instructors who hold Black Belts in Jiu Jitsu, one who holds a Brown Belts and a Purple Belt instructor – all who teach at the parent club, Doncaster Martial Arts Centre.