First thing's first
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a type of submission grappling art, which relies on the efficient use of leverage and technique in order to control and dominate a larger, stronger opponent. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is also referred to as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, named after the Gracie family of Brazil, who adapted the ancient traditional grappling form into what BJJ is today.
Several facts prove the efficiency of BJJ as a self-defence/real fight situation discipline. For starters, BJJ was transformed by Hélio Gracie, a man of frail physique, who had to adapt the art to people of his size and lack of special athletic abilities. Hélio would go on to defeat several larger opponents in his professional fighting career.
BJJ has been adopted by the most respected law enforcement agencies and military branches around the world. For example, in the U.S, BJJ has reportedly been adopted by The Army Special Forces, US Army Rangers, US Navy SEALs, the CIA, US Navy, US Air Force, US Marine Corps and US Coast Guard.
Another factor that serves as a testament to the efficiency of BJJ is the fact that the absolute majority of professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters today have included BJJ into their training and practice it on a regular basis.
At Armidale Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we believe that students should start by learning the self-defence aspect of BJJ, before moving on to preparation for sport competitions, and then for those interested, MMA.
The art is often referred to as “human chess”, and its reliance on the use of technique, leverage and smooth movement as opposed to strength, makes BJJ the perfect choice also for women and children. Adults and children will learn how to defend themselves, develop incredible coordination, flexibility, agility, and get super fit while having fun in the process. All in a healthy, friendly and family-oriented environment.
It is often said that you don’t just “do Jiu-jitsu”, Jiu-Jitsu becomes part of you. It’s a lifestyle choice. Jiu-Jitsu is something that won’t just teach you how to defend yourself; it will challenge you, put you in complex situations and test your ability to overcome adversity.
In return, it will make you a more confident, calmer and focused person, capable of dealing with whatever other challenges life may throw at you.