BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu)
BJJ is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting with the goal of gaining a dominant position and using joint-locks and chokeholds to force an opponent to submit. The art was based on early 20th century Kodokan Judo, which was itself then a recently-developed system (founded in 1882), based on multiple schools (or Ryu) of Japanese Jujutsu.
One of the most important aspects of BJJ is that it promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant. BJJ can be trained for self defense, sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi/submission wrestling) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition.
Sparring (commonly referred to as ‘rolling’) and live drilling play a major role in training. This live drilling helps to reinforce the techniques and help the student to modify the movements to their particular body type.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s focus on submissions without the use of strikes while training allows practitioners to practice at full speed and with full power, resembling the effort used in a real competition. Training methods include technique drills in which techniques are practiced against a non-resisting partner; isolation sparring where only a certain technique or sets of techniques are used against full resistance; and full sparring in which each opponent tries to submit their opponent using any legal technique.
BJJ differs in some aspects from other martial arts in the criteria for grade promotion, which is almost exclusively based on practical expertise in randori (free sparring, or rolling) and championship results. Its expected, although not always the case, that any BJJ black belt is extremely proficient in every applied aspect of BJJ and also perform well in competition.
Much like the BJJ classes the Submission Wrestling commonly called nogi focus on applying the same techniques and strategy of BJJ. The difference is that instead of a kimono or gi students will wear shorts and a t-shirt or rash guard.
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