An Introduction to Jiu Jitsu

Why learn Jiu Jitsu?

Much of Jiu Jitsu’s appeal comes from the fact that a person of any size can learn the techniques and apply them against a larger person. As a student of Jiu Jitsu, you will learn to escape from and defend yourself in realistic scenarios, such as being flat on your back with an attacker on top of you.

Here are just some of the benefits you’ll get from learning Jiu Jitsu:

  • You’ll learn practical techniques you can use to defend yourself against an attacker.
  • You’ll learn ways to neutralize an aggressive threat without inflicting lasting harm.
  • You’ll develop self-confidence as your physical capabilities increase.
  • You’ll be have fun be mentally engaged while at the same time getting plenty of exercise!

Where did Jiu Jitsu come from?

Jiu Jitsu was originally a grappling-based martial art / combat sport originating in Japan. In the early part of the 20th century, what became known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu evolved when the Japanese techniques were brought to Brazil and adapted for more modern self-defense scenarios.

Jiu Jitsu achieved international prominence in the 1990’s when BJJ fighter Royce Gracie used the techniques to dominate competitors from various martial arts backgrounds in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and became the first champion of the now widely popular UFC.

Since then, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has spread around the world and has gained popularity as both a sport and an effective form of self-defense.

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