This is a blog that is going to track my passion project: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). BJJ is a martial art that is quite peaceful, whereby there are no strikes involved. The main idea of Jiu Jitsu is engaging your opponent on the ground and implementing a series of movements, positions, and locks to subdue your opponent. Almost non of Jiu Jitsu’s submissions involve pain to the oppononent – rather they are “locked” into a position where they cannot inflict harm onto you.
BJJ started off as a japanese martial art – what we would refer today as Japanese Jiu Jitsu. In the 1900’s, Esai Maeda -the chief of a japanese immigration colony who stationed in Brazil, introduced Jiu jtsu to Carlos Gracie. Along with Carlos’ brother Helio, they adjusted the techniques to suite their small frames, and renaming their system “Gracie Jiu Jitsu”. The martial art was renamed Brazilian Jiu Jitsu after it gained popularity in the 1980’s in the United States. BJJ has become the most effecient martial art to date, and the fastest growing martial art in history. On the biggest stage of combat sports, such as the UFC and Strikeforce, individuals who lack knowledge in BJJ tend to perform worse than those who have a strong foundation of BJJ.
Since I already have background in Japanese Jiu Jitsu, my passion project will be picked up at the “blue belt” level of BJJ. I will be attending one drop-in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class a week at Fierce studio and will update my progress on this blog. I will also learn submissions through videos posted by Eddie Bravo, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, and founder of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu. 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu implements Jiu Jitsu without the use of a gi. This simulates real world applications of BJJ because the clothes we regularly wear don’t have leverage points like a gi does. I will be learning the moves of 10th planet BJJ.