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So What Is Jiu-Jitsu?

In our encounters with parents new to the martial arts, we invariably get asked if Jiu-Jitsu is like karate or Tae Kwondo.  While Jiu-Jitsu is definitely a style of martial art, and is definitely a powerful self defense martial art, it is significantly different than traditional “stand-up” styles of martial arts.

Jiu-Jitsu is a form of grappling that has it’s roots in Japan, and is almost exclusively a ground fighting style of self-defense.  Much like wrestling, the objective is to take your opponent to the ground where you can control them.  Unlike wrestling, instead of simply pinning the person to the ground, in Jiu-Jitsu you are taught to apply what is called “submission” techniques.  These are techniques like chokes and joint locks that are designed to incapacitate a person so you can escape from the situation.

Many parents read that and think, “Whoa, that sounds pretty dangerous!”  Well, it IS dangerous on anyone who decides to attack a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner!  But that is very different when it comes to practicing the art.  The wonderful aspect of this martial art is that since there is little striking, it can actually be practiced at full speed with little chance of injury.  In Jiu-Jitsu, practioners work very hard to obtain dominant position on the ground, but are taught to slow down once a submission is applied, or nearly applied.

When a submission is being applied, students are taught to “tap out” by tapping their opponent with a hand, foot, or saying “tap”, which signals the competition to stop.  With this method of training, students can work at 100% speed since they will quickly learn that by the time the submission technique is being applied, the match is already slowing down, and they are in control of their own safety.  This type of training is just not possible with striking styles of martial arts since it is not possible to train at 100% speed but stop the motion right before a strike occurs.

There are plenty of video clips on line showing the effectiveness of Jiu-Jitsu practitioners defeating opponents MUCH bigger than themselves.  No where is this more evident than the second Ultimate Fighting Competition when 185lb Royce Gracie defeated 250 lb Olympic Wrestler Dan “The Beast” Severgn.

So for all of those parents wondering about what Jiu-Jitsu is, I hope this brief little synopsis helped.  Give us a call at 248-957-9597 to start your OWN martial arts program today with Gracie Barra Novi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Thank You!

Greg Fernandes

Gracie Barra Novi

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