Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art which focuses on grappling and ground fighting. This art was developed in Brazil with its roots from Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Judo. BJJ focuses on an individual’s use of leverage, techniques and tactics to overcome size and strength. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the most effective arts today and also a great combat sport that helps build character that goes beyond the training mat.
A TYPICAL CLASS
As Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a sport based upon grappling and ground fighting, students work on a variety of rolls, falls, etc. so warm-up exercises and stretches are crucial. Classes begin with specific conditioning exercises to develop full body flexibility and strength. There may be a brief period of instruction and discussion regarding certain aspects of the sport such as techniques for submission and resistance, and variations of the guard.
A major period of the class will include students rolling with each other. They will rotate with different partners so that they have an opportunity to practice with different body types and skill levels. Class ends with a summary from the instructor on what they have practiced and handshakes and bows are exchanged by all students and instructors.