Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a self defense art that was developed in Brazil during the early 1900s from traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. The movements in BJJ rely on technique and balance rather than strength and agility. These concepts allow a smaller individual to defend themselves against a larger opponent.
While BJJ is a form of submission wrestling, it is different in the fact that it is trained with a gi (kimono). The gi simulates a person’s clothing and can be used to control and submit an opponent. Knowledge of gi submissions can be a great advantage in a self defense situation.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers an engaging way to get in shape both physically and mentally. Training BJJ provides the perfect combination of aerobic and anaerobic conditioning to both build strength and increase cardiovascular capacity. Additionally, BJJ has been called “kinetic chess” by many, as it relies heavily on “outsmarting” your opponent.
A typical Jiu-Jitsu class at Summit contains a warm-up, technique drilling, a lesson with 2-3 techniques, and finally training. Our warm-ups generally consist of light calisthenics and stretching. During drills we review techniques in a controlled fashion where students focus on correct technique rather than speed. Lessons involve the instructor teaching a new skill, then breaking off into groups of two to practice. Finally, we finish the class with live training where students practice the techniques at a reasonable pace against a willing opponent.
* Wikipedia has an excellent history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Submission wrestling (also known as no-gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or simply grappling) is heavily rooted in both BJJ and various wrestling styles. It uses many of the same grappling techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but without a gi. Instead of using the gi to acquire grips on the opponent, one must focus on using arm, leg, and body control to manage their opponent and position them for a submission. Submission wrestling uses a combination of sweeps, escapes, joint locks, and chokes to engage opponents. In order to win a grappling match, one must make their opponent submit or “tap.” Cross-training submission wrestling can greatly improve one’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game.