About Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
The Self-Defence Advantage of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)
Even more than in the other forms of martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu uses technique and timing rather than raw muscular strength. It’s the best choice for people who need self-defence training, but are likely to be in a position of physical inferiority to an attacker, such as women, children, or the elderly. What becomes your disadvantage turns into your advantage with the knowledge and training of the right moves.
A lot of Jiu-Jitsu is ground fighting, in other words, grappling on the floor or ground. The strength of the bigger, stronger opponent is halved when he does not have the space to move about in to punch or kick that he would have if he were standing up. Jiu-Jitsu makes use of grappling techniques to bring the opponent down, and then lock him into a grip from which he cannot escape, just by using biomechanics and simple moves. Even if you are underneath your opponent and he has you in his grip, you can still use Jiu-Jitsu moves to lock him into a hold from which you could potentially break his arm or cause him to faint, giving you the time to break away.
A woman, a child, or a weaker individual will find him or herself powerfully armed in self-defence with the right Jiu-Jitsu training.
Why Train at Evolution Gym?
Evolution Gym offers world class training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from highly experienced instructors. The head trainer in this martial arts form at Evolution Gym has attained his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Each instructor is certified, and possesses a true teacher’s passion about passing on his art to others.
Class size is kept to a minimum, so that the trainer can focus individually on each student. You will receive personalized instruction at your own level, whether you’re completely new to the martial arts world, or already an experienced practitioner. As well as in-depth instruction and training, there’s a friendly, upbeat ambience at the gym which encourages you to do your best and achieve your full potential.
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What Training in Jiu-Jitsu Includes
As in all martial arts training, you’ll develop more physical strength as time goes on, plus stamina, endurance, and hardiness. You’ll learn how to concentrate and be focused even in times of stress, as in an attack. Training will include how to avoid panic, remain in control of yourself, and calmly use the techniques you’ve been taught.
- Develop patience and perseverance, some of the timeless hallmarks of martial arts.
- Increase awareness of yourself, others, and your environment.
- Be more self-confident with the knowledge that you can defend yourself or a loved one in time of danger.
- Develop a tenacious, never-give-up attitude.
History Behind Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Jiu-Jitsu is a specific outgrowth of Japanese judo, developed by a Brazilian family named Gracie in the 1930’s. Hélio Gracie in particular was the first to develop traditional Japanese moves into predominantly ground fighting techniques. Due to his apparent lack of physical “brute force”, he made up for it by developing techniques which enabled a smaller, weaker person to overpower a larger, stronger person. This was how Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, later also called Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, began.
The Gracie family also intentionally wanted to give their homeland, Brazil, a form of martial arts which could be its own national sport. Despite that, neither they nor other practitioners have forgotten that the chief focus of Jiu-Jitsu is a powerful self-defence method.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a Martial Art Form
Ever since the Gracie family brought their new form of hand-to-hand fighting to the arena, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has remained a highly respected form of martial arts. It has become an integral part of military training for special forces in some countries, due to its being usable even when the combatant has been weakened or brought down. Jiu-Jitsu practitioners have repeatedly proved their value and worth in martial arts competitions around the world, winning their way to respect and deference to the art form.
“Jiu-Jitsu is for the protection of the individual, the older man, the weak, the child, the lady and the young woman – anyone who doesn’t have the physical attributes to defend themselves.” – Hélio Gracie, Founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu