Jiu-jitsu, literally translated as the “Gentle Art,” is an ancient martial art renowned for its techniques that equip one to disable opponents without weapons or displays of violence. It has become the fastest growing martial art in the world, and rightly so—it offers the mental stimulation of a chess game, the physical challenge of a Crossfit workout, and the social gratification of happy hour on a Friday.
Jiu-Jitsu is a combat sport system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Its innovative techniques utilize leverage, joint locks and choke holds. When applied properly, it empowers a smaller, weaker person to successfully defend against and defeat a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant. Jiu-Jitsu training can be used for sport grappling tournaments and in some self-defense situations.
Sparring (commonly referred to as rolling) and drilling play a major role in training. Ascension through the ranking system is earned through competent execution of techniques during live rolling. Instructors promote students based on merit, not to assuage egos or bolster business.
It’s not only a martial art, it’s also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness, a means to refine your character, and to participate in a vibrant community. It is, ultimately, a way of life.