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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling with particular emphasis on ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was developed from Kodokan judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught by a number of Japanese individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda, Soshihiro Satake, and Isao Okano. Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own defined combat sport through the innovations, practices, and adaptation of judo.

BJJ advocates the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent by using technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments and in self-defense situations. Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling” within the BJJ community) and live drilling play a major role in training and the practitioner’s development. BJJ is considered a martial art, a sport, a method for promoting physical fitness and building character, and a way of life.

Also known as : BJJ, Gracie jiu-jitsu, Jiu-Jitsu, Gracie Jujutsu
Focus: Grappling
Hardness: Full-contact
Country of origin: Brazil
Creators (various):  Tomita Tsunejirō, Mitsuyo Maeda, Takeo Yano, Soshihiro Satake, Geo Omori, Jachintho Ferro, Donato Pires dos Reis, Carlos Gracie, Hélio Gracie, George Gracie, Luiz França, Oswaldo Fadda
Parenthood: Kodokan, Judo, Jujutsu