Brazilian Jiu Jitsu also known as Gracie Jiu Jitsu, has risen to prominence due to the devastating effectiveness of its techniques in modern mixed martial arts competition such as the UFC, as well as its adoption by many military and law enforcement agencies for use in combat.
The basic strategy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in combat is to evade and neutralise an opponent’s attack, establish a clinch and bring the opponent to the ground using a throw or takedown where they can be controlled safely. From here the opponent can be rendered harmless through the use of a submission hold such as a choke or joint lock.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu generally encompasses three main areas of study; Self Defence, Mixed Martial Arts/Vale Tudo and Sports Competition. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu if taught properly should really cover all three subject areas although in this day and age most schools focus primarily on the sportive aspect.
The sports side of Jiu Jitsu involves competitive grappling matches in which two competitors of similar skill and experience compete in a grappling only match to determine who the better competitor is. The winner is determined by either a submission which acknowledges absolute defeat through superior control and technical skill such as a submission, or through a decision based on points which are awarded for various scoring techniques which allow a competitor to control the pace and direction of the match. This method of training allows students to develop the attributes and timing necessary to apply their techniques against resisting opponents
Self Defence is an important part of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as it is the foundation that allows individuals to develop confidence and feel safe in their ability to defend themselves from harm. Self Defence techniques are invaluable to all Jiu Jitsu students regardless of age, sex or athleticism as they can are designed to combat physically superior opponents.
The third component of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu encompasses Mixed Martial Arts techniques formerly known as Vale Tudo, which is a Portuguese term for “Anything Goes” fighting. Mixed Martial Arts or MMA techniques can be used in a physical confrontation if necessary to defeat an attacker even if they have some physical Martial Arts training or are seasoned veterans of combat.
For the most part MMA techniques are taught after a basic understanding of Self Defence and Sports competition techniques are learnt and practised as working against strikes and uncooperative unfamiliar attacks generally require a higher skill level due to the nature of the training.
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