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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, derived from Kodokan Judo, which itself is derived from Japanese Jujutsu, has, as you might expect, a strong focus on grappling and ground fighting aspects such as joint-locks and chokeholds.

Joint-locks typically involve isolating an opponent’s limb and creating a lever with the body position which will force the joint to move past its normal range of motion.

A chokehold is generally a hold that reduces or prevents either air (choke) or blood (strangle)  from passing through the neck of an opponent.   The restriction may be of one or both and depends on the hold used and the reaction of the victim.

In Jiu Jitsu, through the use of leverage and technique, as oppossed to brute strength, a smaller weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant.

The Birth of Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu

Jiu-Jitsu arrived in Brazil in 1914 via Mitsuyo Maeda, one of Judo’s top five groundwork experts that Judo’s founder Kano Jigora sent overseas to demonstrate and spread his art to the world.    In due course Maeda passed his knowledge on to Carlos Gracie who,  after a few years, passed his knowledge on to his brothers, including Hélio Gracie who gradually developed Gracie Jiu Jitsu as an adaptation from Judo.   So began Jiu-Jitsu’s longstanding identification with the Gracie family.

In BJJ competitions are generally encouraged as a way of gauging a students growth, however, there is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ranking system which awards a practitioner different coloured belts to signify increasing levels of technical knowledge and practical skill.  While the system’s structure shares its origins with the judo ranking system and the origins of all coloured belts, it now contains many of its own unique aspects and theme.

Today BJJ is no longer regarded solely as a martial art, but also a sport, a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people, and, ultimately, a way (Do) of life.

Jiu Jitsu Resources:
The British Ju-Jitsu Association National Governing Body
Scottish Ju-Jitsu Society
International Brazilian Jui Jitsu Federation

Jiu Jitsu Books:
Jiu Jitsu for All: Yellow Belt to Green Belt
Jiu Jitsu for All: Purple Belt to Dark Blue Belt
Jiu Jitsu for All: Brown Belt to Black Belt
Jiu-Jitsu for Beginners: An Illustrated Introduction to the World’s Hottest Martial Arts Discipline
Jiu-jitsu University
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: A Training Manual
Just Ju-Jitsu
Jiu-jitsu Unleashed: A Comprehensive Guide to the World’s Hottest Martial Arts Discipline
Mastering the Rubber Guard: Jiu-jitsu for Mixed Martial Arts Competition
X-guard: For Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, No Gi Grappling, and Mixed Martial Arts
Advanced Brazilian Jiujitsu Techniques
Submit Everyone: The Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu Files: Top Secret Tactics to Become a Submission-Focused Fighter
Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu: The Closed Guard (Book of Knowledge)
Small-Circle Jujitsu

Jiu Jitsu DVD’s:

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 3 DVD Box Set
Ju Jitsu – From Beginner To Black Belt [DVD]
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Armlocks [DVD]

Jiu Jitsu Clothing & Equipment:

Martial Arts Scotland Jiu Jitsu Pages:
Register your Jiu Jitsu club with Martial Arts Scotland
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