The Science of BJJ: How Grappling Makes Its Own Natural Laws
BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU IS THE BEST MARTIAL ART
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) is the most popular sport in Brazil. It’s also one of the oldest ones, dating back to the 1500s. There are many variations on this ancient art, but all of them share certain characteristics.
1. The use of both hands to defend against attacks;
2. A high level of physical fitness required for success; and
3. An emphasis on self-defense and a sense of camaraderie among competitors.
These three elements make Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the best martial art ever invented!
What Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
In its purest form, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling system based around the use of your feet and hands to control and subdue your opponent. The goal is to submit or defeat your adversary through the application of brute force. You may have heard the term “no holds barred” used in reference to some type of fighting game. That means no punching or kicking. It’s all about grappling.
While most people think of jiu-jitsu as a form of martial art, this is a bit of a misconception. Yes, it can be used for self-defense, but it was originally intended as a way to finish a fight as quickly as possible. It’s a killing art!
This is one of the reasons why it’s so popular in Brazil. Many people in this country are familiar with gun violence and other types of crime. They want to learn a system that allows them to defend themselves against a stronger and perhaps armed assailant.
For these people, brazilian jiu-jitsu provides a sense of security and protection.
Jiu-Jitsu was originally developed by Japanese martial artists who were living in Brazil at the time. They wanted to adapt their skills for fighting on the ground. Their system involved using physical strength and speed to defeat your opponent as quickly as possible.
It’s this type of jiu-jitsu that you often see in mixed martial arts (MMA) events today.
Because of the environment in which it was created, Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually branched out into different styles. Some of these styles focused on stand-up fighting (like boxing and karate), while others focused more on grappling, like wrestling. The jiu-jitsu you see in the Olympics is actually a variation of the sport, with rules that are similar to those of wrestling.
These different styles all have their own benefits and downsides. For practical self-defense purposes, though, you’re probably better off learning the original form of jiu-jitsu. The stand-up and weapons defenses are taught as separate courses.
You might be wondering why we haven’t mentioned the word “jiu-jitsu” once yet. That’s because in Brazil, it’s called “grappling.” Since this is a more accurate description of what is actually going on when two people are fighting, you’ll find that this is the name we’ll use throughout this book.
Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Confusing?
If you’ve never heard of brazilian jiu-jitsu before, don’t worry. A lot of people haven’t! It wasn’t until the early 1990s that it started to appear in the United States. Even today, it’s still not as well known as other forms of martial arts. If you were to ask the average person on the street about karate or taekwondo, they’d probably know what you were talking about. If you asked them about jiu-jitsu or even judo, though, you’ll probably get a puzzled look. This is slowly starting to change due to its wide acceptance in MMA events and the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).
So what makes brazilian jiu-jitsu so confusing?
The confusion typically stems from the fact that it doesn’t look like what you see in the movies. In the movies, when two people are fighting, they typically punch each other and kung-fu their way through the battle. While this may look cool, it doesn’t reflect the reality of a real fight.
As we mentioned earlier, most violent encounters end up on the ground, followed by both parties wrestling for control. This is why the self-defense aspect of brazilian jiu-jitsu is so important. Even if you’re facing someone who isn’t armed, knowing what to do can keep you from getting hurt.
There are no flashy attacks and nobody is breaking blocks of cement with their hands. This is the “down and dirty” fighting that you need to know how to do when everything else fails.
Now, with all of that said, you don’t need to be a ground fighter to take advantage of this book. Whether you’re standing up or on the ground, these are important moves that can keep you from getting hurt. Plus, some of the standing techniques can easily be used without ever taking your opponent to the ground.
The World Of Martial Arts Can Be Confusing…
With so many different styles out there, how do you know which one is right for you?
Here are a few things to think about as you read through the rest of this book:
Do I want to focus more on stand-up fighting techniques (striking) or do I want to focus more on takedowns and ground fighting?
What is more important to me, self-defense or competition?
It’s perfectly okay if your interests and goals change over time. Most people’s do. It isn’t a black and white decision like “I want to learn this for the rest of my life,” but more of a natural process of exploration. Your goals will change as you change. That’s why we’ve included a wide variety of different martial arts in this book. We’ve got styles for everyone, no matter what your interests are or where you’re at in your life.
Defining Your Interests
If you’re looking for more of an aerobic workout:
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a good style for you. It’s a good way to get in shape and still learn some great self-defense measures.
If you’re looking to improve your strength and athletic ability:
Krav Maga is a great option for you. It was developed by the military for use in real-life, close combat situations and it has a heavy focus on learning by doing.
If you’re looking for more of a spiritual experience:
Kung Fu is a great option. It is a very old style of fighting that has been handed down, refined, and perfected over the years. Practitioners are always learning new things about this powerful art and often become masters themselves and pass their own schools and techniques down to others.
If you’re looking to perfect your technique:
Tai Chi is a great option. It is slow and tedious to learn at first, but the long-term benefits are fantastic. If you want to master an art that takes both strength and patience, this is the one for you.
If you’re looking to get into shape:
Kickboxing is a great option for you. It combines a variety of techniques that work together to get you into the best shape of your life. It also helps you build confidence and discipline, which are just as important as any martial art technique.
If you’re looking for a fun way to get in shape:
Capoeira is a fun option for you. Practitioners move to upbeat rhythms as they flow from one movement to another. It’s a fun way to get exercise and you don’t ever feel like you’re doing “workout” because it’s so much fun.
If you’re looking for a family sport:
Taekwondo is a great option. This Korean martial art focuses on teaching students discipline, respect, and loyalty – all while having fun and getting a great workout.
Whatever your reason is, we’ve got a style for you. Start reading and find the one that catches your interest.
Chapter 1: Krav Maga
Krav Maga is an Israeli martial art that was originally developed for use by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Since then, it has spread throughout the world and is now used by military and police organizations everywhere.
Krav Maga is a ruthless and aggressive style of fighting. It doesn’t rely on technique or any kind of finesse. Instead, it relies on catching your opponent off-guard and then giving them enough pain that they stop what they’re doing.
This is why Krav Maga is such a good choice for the more aggressive practitioners out there.
The traditional “forms” in Krav Maga are very simple and aren’t really forms at all.
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