Brazilian Jujitsu

Written by Sierra Rein
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The techniques associated with Brazilian Jujitsu are very much the same as traditional Japanese Jujitsu. The difference lies in that the Brazilian method (also called Gracie Jujitsu) concentrates more on grappling moves and maintaining control of one's position on the ground. There are literally hundreds of techniques in this martial art, and because it incorporates some Kosen Judo moves as well it is considered a highly specialized martial arts form.

Brazilian Jujitsu focuses on joint locks and putting an opponent into a submissive position. Even a much larger opponent with longer arms and powerful striking power can be wrestled to the ground using Brazilian-based Jujitsu moves. In real-life situations, these can be utilized to get an attacker pinned to the ground until help arrives, or at least embarrass him enough to run away as soon as he is let go.

A holding or grappling lock is built upon the knowledge of joints and the physics of an opponent's limb. One can learn how to force an arm or leg into a painful position that will get worse if the opponent decides to fight against it. Breaking his will and causing him to think twice about continuing his attack on you is the main goal of most Brazilian Jujitsu moves.

The Real-World Value of Brazilian Jujitsu Training

Because the Brazilian form of Jujitsu concentrates on locks, training with a partner in this form creates a lot of real-world opportunities for a student. In a true attack, Jujitsu is a great way of subduing an opponent without a lot of violence. Couple this with the knowledge of more aggressive self defense moves and one can be truly called an expert in the field of personal protection.

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