Brazilian Jiu jitsu is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit. Much of the technique of Brazilian Jiu jitsu is centered around the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions.
To overcome greater size, strength and aggression with lesser size and strength is the keynote of the sport. By utilizing superior leverage and position, it is possible for a smaller, weaker person to defend themselves against a much larger opponent. Students of the sport gain a deep understanding of the workings and limits of the human body. Students also benefit from greatly increased physical fitness, problem-solving ability, and the many social benefits of working within a large group of like-minded fellow students as you learn and have fun together.
Many students first learn about Jiu jitsu through the great popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, where Brazilian Jiu jitsu technique is very prominent. In fact, the beginnings of the contemporary MMA competition were largely tied up with proving the combat-efficiency of Brazilian Jiu jitsu. The practice of Brazilian Jiu jitsu as a sport, however, is very different from MMA. Daily classes do not feature kicking or punching. The focus is on safe grappling technique that can be done on a daily basis with no more fear of injury than any other contact sport. While we do have a professional MMA team at The MMA Lab, the great majority of students study only the grappling sport and find that this is the most enjoyable and satisfying route to take.
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