Tuesday, November 14, 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.

In the video below this idea is epitomized as it is plain to see that no strength advantage whatsoever is required.  One could argue that the video begins with the one person in a dominant position and that a strength or size advantage is necessary to obtain that position to which I would reply with, “go read the beginning of this article again.

It is plain to see that utilizing technique and leverage will not only put one in an advantageous position but will allow one to finish the fight or altercation as well.

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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