Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling with particular emphasis on ground fighting. Whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit. Due to the fact that control is generally easier on the ground than in a standing position, much of the technique of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is centered round the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions from where the opponent can be rendered harmless.
To control and overcome greater size, strength and aggression with lesser size and strength is the keynote of the sport. This is done by utilizing superior leverage, grip and position upon your opponent. Students of the sport gain a deep understanding of the workings and limits of the human body.
This knowledge can be used to subdue and control an opponent with whatever level of severity the student chooses. The path to this knowledge is physically and mentally demanding. Students benefit from greatly increased physical fitness, problem-solving ability, self-knowledge of their body and mind and the many social benefits of working within a large group of like-minded fellow students as you learn and have fun together.
Many students first learn about jiu jitsu through the great popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, where Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique is very prominent. Indeed, the beginnings of the contemporary MMA competition were largely tied up with proving the combat-efficiency of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The practice of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a sport, however, is strongly separated from MMA. Daily classes do not feature kicking or punching. The focus is on safe grappling technique that can be done on a daily basis with no more fear of injury than any other contact sport. While there is a professional MMA team at the Renzo Gracie Academy, the great majority of students study only the grappling sport and find that this is the most enjoyable and satisfying route to take.
Legendary UFC fighter Royce Gracie revolutionized the sport of MMA as well as the world of martial arts in general by demonstrating the effectiveness of jiu-jitsu in a no-holds-barred competition. It was immediately apparent that if you were unable to defend yourself on the ground in a real fight of no/minimal rules, most people were frankly unable to survive against a jiu-jitsu practitioner. As the sport evolved, another fact has become apparent: those that wield a strong wrestling background do extremely well in most fights. This is largely due to the simple fact that the superior wrestler in a fight can decide in what domain (standing vs ground) the fight will occur, which gives a massive advantage.
This class will focus on the fundamentals of grappling, utilizing primarily techniques from jiu-jitsu , sambo, submission wrestling. While primarily a technique and drill based course, students will engage in live grappling sessions.
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