155 pound teen takes on 340 pound man in Jiu-Jitsu match

Friday, March 17, 2017

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art combat system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda, and Soshihiro Satake.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of Judo through Carlos and Helio Gracie as well as other instructors specifically for street self-defense and to prove that size and strength are not everything.  Years later it is still being utilized by nearly every mixed martial artist on every level.

Helio Gracie was often described as small and frail which immediately put him at a major disadvantage when it came to combat sports so if he wanted to be competitive he had to figure something out.  What he figured out revolutionized martial arts and is beautiful in its simplicity: technique and leverage will overcome nearly any size and strength advantage.


What Helio developed was a method of utilizing technique and various leverage points to nullify his opponent’s strength and size advantage.  This became the epitome of what defines Brazilian/Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

A perfect example of this premise can be seen in the video below as a 300 lb. man takes on a 155 lb. teenager in a Jiu-Jitsu tournament.  Immediately the size difference is recognizable and there is no doubt an enormous strength difference as well.

In order to nullify these advantages, the young man must utilize technique, precision, and movement in order to have any hopes of being successful in the contest.  Will the young man be able to utilize his skill set against this obviously larger man?

Check out the video below to find out.

Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…

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