What is BJJ? GI and No-Gi
What is BJJ? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is more than just a sport, and more than just a martial art. It is a combination of all of these things and it’s benefits can often change someone’s entire life. I know what you’re thinking. It looks really fun and interesting, but it might not be for me. I’m here to change your mind! BJJ is for everybody – women, men, and children. Before I explain HOW it will change your life, let’s start off with the basics and a little bit of BJJ history.
“Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defence system that focuses on grappling, and in particular ground fighting.
BJJ was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie by Master Mitsuyo Maeda. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Helio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge onto their family.
BJJ emphasises getting an opponent to the ground, gaining superior positioning and applying numerous chokes, holds, locks and joint manipulations to defeat them. By using leverage and proper technique, BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant.”