Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)
In the 1920s a Japanese Judoka, Mitsuyo Maeda taught two brothers, brothers Carlos, Oswaldo, Gastão Jr. and George and Hélio Gracie in Brazilian Kodokan Judo. The brothers quickly realised the effectiveness of newaza (groud fighting) to enable a fighter defeat a much larger opponent by applying skill and leverage. The family developed the martial art into Gracie Jiujitsu or Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ) where the practitioner’s goal is to achieve a dominant position such as side control or mount and force opponent to submit by joint locks or choke holds.
In 1993, the Gracie family debut Brazilian Jiujitsu to the world in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) where fighters from a variety of martial arts were invited to compete in a tournament. For many people in the world it was shocking to see that BJJ (a martial art that does not train punches or kicks) won the tournament. The Gracie family continue to win UFC 2 and UFC 4. Very quickly it has became a “must know” martial art if you were to fight in a cage.
BJJ continue to develop for purpose of self defense and sports. Within sports jiujitsu we can subcategories them into Gi and no-Gi, wearing a traditional Judo-like costume and not respectively. In Artillery Kai, you will get exposure to both.
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