Jiu Jitsu (Jujutsu) literally translates as the gentle art and focuses largely on grappling and ground fighting. As with all martial arts, practicing connects the body, mind and spirit.
It's modern day roots can be traced back to early Judo from Japan. The art was significantly transformed in Brazil, and somewhat redefined by the Gracie family in the early 1900s. Jiu Jitsu continues to evolve as practitioners globally contribute to its growth and development.
Jiu Jitsu is an effective and practical method of self-defense. It utilizes leverage and technique to control position and apply submissions. Training includes the development of all accompanying performance attributes, such as but not limited to: strength, speed, balance, flexibility, focus and temperament.
Self-defense is multi-faceted. Beyond that of concerns related to outside threat, life presents the internal struggle. The martial arts offer us the opportunity to still the mind and be present. Stillness provides a connection to our genuine selves; a way to strip away distraction, cleanse the spirit and experience a clear state of mind.
Jiu Jitsu is also a widely practiced sport with hopes of one day becoming an Olympic event. There are many competitions available for all levels and abilities. The sport offers a venue for advanced development of skills. It also offers participants all the benefits that are synonymous with healthy competition.
Jiu Jitsu is an art form rich with history, a functional method of self-defense and an organized sport. As a way of life it promotes integrity, respect, discipline, harmony, fitness and much more. Regardless of style, this is the way of all true martial arts.
"I want my students... to value the spirit of the fight over the color of the medals."