Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu History
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a nutshell
Formely known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was developed by Helio Gracie ; being physically frail , his style put less emphasis on the use of strength and more focus on leverage , speed and flexibility.
In 1993 during the first UFC , Royce Gracie, Helio’s son, out of his 180 lbs dominated the no hold bared tournament where all Martial arts were represented, putting on the map Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the martial art community.
BJJ allows smaller and weaker individuals to defend themselves against larger and stronger opponents by using speed, timing and leverage of their own body.By taking their assailant to the ground – BJJ practitioners are aiming to get a dominant position and to eventually defeat their opponent by either a joint lock or choke hold.
Often referred as Kinetic Chess, BJJ requires you to unite your mind and body to develop a more intuitive way of fighting as every bjj technique has a transition or an escape.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not only a Martial Art and a Sport but also a lifestyle that promotes Respect, Discipline and Fun!
What to expect
Classes always start with a warm up followed by a stretching routine.Flexibility exercises include basic static stretching as well as more dynamic exercises.
Once the body is properly warmed up and stretched, Anaerobic drills, that are specifically designed for brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, are then performed to increase explosiveness, speed and endurance.
These include exercises that will improve your movements on the ground by specifically targeting your takedowns, guard passing, positioning and escapes.In essence,the situations that are more likely to drain your energy tank.
Techniques are then demonstrated , Each technique is followed by a drill that is designed to improve your muscle memory so the technique becomes second nature.
Finally, Classes are ended by a rolling session (Sparring) where all the demonstrated techniques will be put into practice.
(Note that beginners will not take part to sparring session till they reach a good level of understanding of the fundamentals)