My BJJ journey all started back in 2004. I just got back home from playing college football and was trying to find something to compete in. I am the type of person that always need to be doing or be part of something. I thought about power lifting. I loved doing weights. But still that did not fill the void that I had inside me. Then during a class one morning I had a person telling me about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Once I heard his stories about it, I knew that I had to find somewhere to learn this martial art.

It was a long journey for me to find the right academy to train at. The first place I trained at was a guy who claimed to be a black belt. Had an autographed pictured of Royce and everything. I trained with him for about 3 months. I really thought that I was learning something. I had dedicated a lot of time and money with this guy to be disappointed. I found that I was pretty close to 2 schools. I decided to go to one. I did and I was submitted by a 14 year old kid. That hit the ego pretty hard but I knew that I needed to change schools. So I soon found a new BJJ home.

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and History

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is known as a martial art, combat sport, as well as a self defense fighting system that specializes in ground fighting and wrestling. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was developed from the Kodokan Judo ground fighting basic principles which were demonstrated to a few people which includes Takeo Yano,Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake. Brazilian jiu-jitsu gradually came into existence as its own martial art through the findings, strategies, and adaptation of judo through Carlos and Hélio Gracie, who handed down their skills to many of their relatives. 

It was not until the sport art of Judo as well as the combat art of Jiu-Jitsu were exposed to the Gracie family in Brazil how the actual art of Jiu-Jitsu would have been brought to existence once more. Japanese Jiu-Jitsu (pretty much Judo) was brought to the Gracie family approximately 1914 by Esai Maeda, who had been also called Conde Koma. Maeda had been a champ of Jiu-Jitsu plus he was a direct pupil of Kano, at the Kodokan in Japan. He was born in 1878, and have become practitioner of Judo in 1897.

In 1914, Maeda was presented with the chance to visit Brazil as part of a major Japanese immigration community. In Brazil, in the northern state of Para, he became friends with Gastão Gracie, an important business person, who assisted Maeda get founded. To demonstrate his appreciation, Maeda agreed to teach conventional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu to Gastão’s eldest son, Carlos Gracie. Carlos studied for years and ultimately transferred his knowledge to his siblings. 6 Minutes To Skinny
Helio, the younger of the boys of Gastão and Cesalina Gracie’s eight youngsters (three were women), was extremely physically frail as a child. He would go up a staircase and would have fainting spells, and no one could understand the reasons why. Following doctor’s orders, Helio spent most of his time observing other teach.

Finally, when he was 16 years of age, a student arrived for training whenever Carlos was late. Helio, who had memorized all the BJJ techniques from observing his brothers, agreed to start the class. As soon as the class was over, Carlos turned up and said he was sorry for his tardiness. The student responded, “No problem. I enjoyed training with Helio a lot and, if it is ok with you, I want to keep on learning through him.” Carlos agreed, and Helio had become a teacher.

BJJ shows the concept an inferior, weaker individual can effectively fight against a larger, more powerful opponent by utilizing effective technique, leverage, and most particularly, bringing the battle to the ground, and applying joint-locks and chokes to beat the assailant. BJJ education and learning can be used in sport grappling competitions (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) fights or self-defense. Live training(commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling carry out a significant role in proper training, and a premium is put on effectiveness, particularly in competition, with regards to development and progression by its ranking structure.
Since its beginning in 1882, its parent art of judo had been divided from much older systems of Japanese Jujutsu with a significant difference which was forwarded to Brazilian jiu-jitsu: it isn’t exclusively a martial art, it is a sports activity; a hobby for encouraging health and fitness and building character in youth.

BJJ is most certainly separated from other martial arts by its higher concentration on ground fighting. Generally, striking-based styles devote not much time on ground fighting. Actually other grappling martial arts often spend longer on the stand up fighting. It is beneficial to compare its rules with kodokan judo’s higher focus on hip throws, because of both its drastically different point-scoring strategy, and the lack of the majority of the judo guidelines that create the competitors to have to recommence in a standing position. It has resulted in more time committed to training on the ground much like that of Kosen Judo, causing in improvement and new information of groundwork tactics by BJJ practitioners.
As well as BJJ’s superior advantages on the ground comes its relative under emphasis of stand up fighting, such as strikes. To treat this comparative absence, it has a growing amount of focus on taking opponents to the ground and training between other sports of BJJ and wrestling, sambo, or judo, in addition to striking based disciplines for example karate, boxing, and kickboxing.