Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is as a combination of Judo and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu that was created by Helio and Carlos Gracie. In the 1930’s it ultimately became known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Because of his small stature, Helio struggled with most judo techniques that required more strength and power. He began adapting judo techniques for his own physical attributes, particularly with the use of leverage. By maximizing leverage and minimizing the necessity for strength, he was able to develop a discipline that allowed smaller and weaker practitioners to defend themselves and even defeat much larger opponents.
The average expected length of a practitioner’s journey from white belt to black belt is 8 to 10 years. The belt system for people 16 years and older is white, to blue, to purple, to brown to ultimately black. Each belts requires 4 stripes to be honored before the opportunity to be tested to another belt rank.
Material Required : Gi (uniform ) and Belt , groin protector and mouth guard are optional.
BJJ for Self-Defense: It is ideal for women and men of smaller statue. BJJ provides smaller people the opportunity and the skills necessary to defeat a much larger person. BJJ is designed as stated above, specifically, for that reason. This advantage can be utilized even in self-defense situations, especially women who are seeking either an alternative or compliment to carrying firearms or other self-defense weapons.
BJJ for Fitness: Provides an opportunity to improve cardiovascular health, plyometric strength, isometric strength, balance, as well as fat burning and muscle toning. Those who truly committed to BJJ will gain all of these benefits.
BJJ Life Style: The bonds and relationships that develop through BJJ are very unique, but are also very special. As surprising as it might seem, training BJJ can actually bring people closer together on a personal level. Since there is no striking involved, both practitioners can give 100% and still finish the session relatively unscathed. Unlike boxing or kickboxing where training partners are advised to pull back when it comes to throwing punches to avoid injury, BJJ practitioners can train without holding back without the immediate threat of bodily harm.
BJJ Character Building: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is incredibly humbling. For every practitioner, how they handle the mental demand is just as important as how they handle the physical. The mental demands and how they are dealt with will, often times, determine whether a practitioner decides to press on and continue training or simply leave jiu-jitsu behind. The most important test of a practitioner’s ego is dealing with the fact that they can be defeated by a smaller and, possibly, weaker opponent. Technique and skill is the backbone of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as it can easily prevail over strength and size. All practitioners must face this reality, especially in the beginning. How this reality is dealt with can determine if a person decides to pursue BJJ.