Brazilian Jujitsu, the Ultimate Martial Art

By: ktmcna@aol.com

Brazilian jujitsu is the name of a full-contact martial art focusing on grappling or ground fighting, instead of punches and kicks. This style of martial arts teaches you the skill to fight an assailant that is larger and stronger. The lock techniques and choke holds of Brazilian jujitsu enable you to overcome much stronger opponents. Your ability to get opponents into such positions will give them no other option but to submit. Mitsuyo Maede, a Japanese judo expert, invented what we call Brazilian jujitsu after training in the Japanese style. Mitsuyo dedicated his life to the martial arts; in 1910, he immigrated to Brazil to spread the word about his work. He chose to call his technique jujitsu while training the wealthy Gracie family in Brazil.

When the Gracie family moved to America to start their own schools, this art became known as Brazilian jujitsu. Compared to certain other fighting styles, Brazilian jujitsu techniques are relatively easy to learn. Despite the large number of techniques it is better to concentrate on mastering four or five techniques at once before moving on to other ones. The primary difference between Japanese and Brazilian jujitsu is that the former is biased toward standing combat, while the latter focuses on forcing an opponent into submission on the floor. Once a martial art student masters the Brazilian jujitsu methods of blocking, kicking and sticking, they become prime candidates to master other martial art styles because the foundational techniques of jujitsu compliment many other styles of fighting. Brazilian jujitsu was designed to compete with and defeat many other martial arts styles which concentrate mainly on blocks, kicks, and punches. This is what gives this style the edge over styles that offer no training on what should be done while you are on the floor. Some form of Brazilian jujitsu is now taught to most of the world's army and law enforcement personnel for self-defence. As the styles and techniques used are excellent in dealing with almost any kind of attack from any attacker.
Brazilian jujitsu has become more popular in recent times due to UFC fights on television. It's quickly becoming the most popular style of martial arts out there.

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