“Never quit, you have to resist to the utmost. ‘Til you drop, like a Samurai” - Grandmaster Carlson Gracie Sr
What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (most commonly known as "BJJ") is a martial art, combat sport and a self-defence system that focuses on grappling (grabs, locks and holds instead of punches and kicks) and fighting on the ground rather than standing up. It originated in early 20th century Japan, and developed into current practices, techniques and rules in Brazil through the Gracie family.
The main principle of BJJ is that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger opponent by using leverage and proper technique. It involves taking the opponent to the ground and getting a submission (causing the opponent to admit defeat by tapping) by using the techniques of submission holds, joint locks and chokes.
Because the contest is won by the opponent signaling his defeat rather than through more violent means (knock outs), it is known as the "gentle art".
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be trained for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competitions. It is very useful for self-defence because of its inherent principles. A notable value of this martial art is that it places a premium on sparring (referred to as 'rolling') during practice which serves to develop the practitioner's ability quickly and in real situations.