Never feel intimidated again.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), aka the gentle art, came into international prominence during the 1990’s when Brazilian proponents of the sport won tournaments against much larger opponents of various fighting styles and disciplines in the United Fighting Championship (UFC).
BJJ involves closing the distance between you and your rival and using takedown techniques to take him/her to the ground and then makes use of ground-fighting or grappling techniques such as joint locks and choke holds to subdue and submit. The essence of BJJ is to use mechanical advantage over strength to overcome another. It’s tests you both mentally and physically, as you seek to out-think and out-manoeuvre your opponent. It’s physical chess.
I encourage you to try. Not for self-defence reasons, granted that is a huge benefit, but for the lessons it teaches…
- persistence and dedication pays off
- humility and desensitised to failure (anyone who has trained BJJ knows the “failure” of “tapping out” in a training session. We all do it. It’s fundamental to learning and growing. Those whose ego doesn’t allow them to tap out and submit are soon lost to the sport).
- patience… there are no short-cuts
Learn the gentle art with me. I offer no Gi instruction that’s perfect for beginners.
In one sentence. Strategy, subtleties and submissions.