What is BJJ?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial arts System that originated in Japan. Mtisuyo Maeda introduced Jiu Jitsu and Judo to Brazil in the early 1900’s. The ground fighting component of Jiu Jitsu was further developed and made famous by the Gracie Family. To differentiate their style of Jiu JItsu from the original marital art, it was called Gracie Jiu Jitsu and then later became more popularly known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Whatever it may be called, It has been proven to be one the most effective martial arts in the world, and it has become a major component of Mixed Martial Arts.
Striking based martial arts such as Karate or Taekwondo primarily focus on using punching and kicking techniques to defeat an opponent. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu however, is focused on preventing an opponent from striking, bringing the opponent to the ground, and quickly ending the fight by the use a choke or joint lock to disable the opponent.
BJJ is an intricate martial arts system that is composed of take-downs, ground positions, submissions, escapes, guards (defensive positions), sweeps and guard passes. All students learn the basics of the art and overtime find out what techniques work best for them.