What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and ground fighting and is considered by many to be the most realistic and effective form of self-defence available. It was made famous world wide due to it's complete dominance of the early Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events which were mixed martial arts events with few rules. In the first UFC held in 1993, Royce Gracie a small and physically unimposing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner shocked the world when he showed exactly how effective Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was in a real fight.
Practitioners of the style are often able to utilise position, technique and leverage to control and apply submission holds to much larger and stronger opponents. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is highly effective and involves problem solving under intense pressure with a vast and almost never ending variety of problems for you to experience and learn to overcome. Despite being an individual activity, everyone in a club benefits from a strong team environment where concepts and techniques are shared openly and where nothing is hidden. This practice creates a friendly and social environment and fast tracks progress for everyone who embraces it.
As you undertake realistic sparring or ‘rolling’ your body quickly adapts to the demands of the sport leading to weight loss, strengthening, flexibility and an increase in confidence and fitness. Many people find that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu becomes part of your lifestyle rather than something that they do in their spare time to keep fit. It is also a great way to meet interesting people and make new friends.