Jiu: Gentle | Jitsu: Art

Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that originated in Japan and was later developed in Brazil. The term “jiu-jitsu” means “gentle art” or “gentle technique” in Japanese. It is known for its emphasis on ground fighting and submission techniques, making it effective for both self-defense and sport.

The Evolution of Jiu-Jitsu

There are several branches of Jiu-Jitsu, including traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, but the most widely recognized and practiced form is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). BJJ was developed in Brazil by adapting and modifying the techniques of traditional Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. By intelligently applying leverage, technique and strategy, smaller individuals to can learn to defend themselves effectively against larger opponents. The art continues to grow and evolve today, from the ground up, within jiu-jitsu training academies across the world.

A win for all levels, on multiple levels

In jiu-jitsu, practitioners spar or “roll” with live resistance. In addition to being a ton of fun, rolling helps to develop practical skills for self-defense and sport competition while simultaneously imparting a host of physical and mental benefits. Furthermore, anyone can excel at jiu-jitsu: male, female, brain-y, brawn-y, young and old.  This diversity creates a vibrant community and sense of camaraderie within the training academy. Thus, it is no wonder why jiu-jitsu has gained global popularity.  Today it is the fastest growing martial art in the world…but enough talk.  Let’s Roll.

Gi vs No-Gi

The traditional practice attire is called a Gi, a two-piece garment consisting of loose fitting pants and a heavy weight cotton jacket, tied with a cloth belt. No-Gi attire usually consists of shorts and/or tights (a.k.a spats) and a close fitting shirt (a.k.a. rash guard).  There are benefits to training in both Gi and No Gi, so we practice with each, alternating days.
  • Gi: Provides more grips
  • Gi: Increases friction; slows down the game
  • Gi: Applicable in some self defense situations
  • No-Gi: Emphasizes athleticism
  • No-Gi: Promotes easy comfortable movement
  • No-Gi: Less friction speeds up the game

Living the Life


Mat time is second to none, but engraving skills into your brain with the aid of video is very effective.  Click the link below to visit our YouTube channel.  Here you will find “practice snacks: short, sweet snippets to help keep your juices flowing and your brain growing in between classes. As you watch these videos, imagine the FEELING of performing the skill. Recommended practice time: 5 minutes per day.

A Rising Tide Lifts All Ships

At Lexington Jiu-Jitsu & Fitness, we aim to promote cooperation between other academies and to raise the level of skill across all jiu-jitsu practitioners.  Whether you are a member here or at another school, we invite you to train with us.  We offer a free Community Roll, Sundays from noon to 1pm, and a free Ladies Only class on Saturdays from 11am to noon.   Click the button below to read our house rules and fill out our waiver.  Please feel free to call or email us if you have any questions.  See you on the mats!