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What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
The Gentle Art
The term jiu-jitsu is derived from the Japanese phrase “the gentle art.” Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the gentle art, is a martial art that generally focuses on ground fighting. When using proper technique, a smaller and weaker individual can defend against and even dominate a larger and stronger opponent. By using leverage and techniques such as joint locks and chokes, it is possible for a smaller person to dominate a larger person.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training is more rigorous than many other martial arts, due to the intensely physical nature of grappling, vastly improves physical conditioning. Part of a training session includes cardiovascular training, stretching, breathing work and a resistance workouts. These sessions build your strength and endurance, and help increase flexibility.
People trained in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu learn how to avoid, evade, and escape from many types of physical confrontations. Self defense is one of the many valuable benefits gained from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
On the emotional and mental health front, training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu directly leads to a significant increase in self confidence, self discipline and the ability to make decisive action. This occurs not only via training the sport, but through skilled and empowering coaching.