Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling sport that is fun, challenging and beautiful to look at. One of the things that makes it so great is that it is suitable for all ages. With proper instruction, children as young as three or four years old can hit the mat with confidence. Jiu-Jitsu is done traditionally in a gi, but this has been adapted for mixed martial arts. Now you can choose between gi and no-gi Jiu-Jitsu. The objective of the sport is to make your opponent submit or earn the most points by gaining advantageous positions, performing takedowns or submission attempts. Hover over photos for further detail.
From a standing position, there are multiple ways to take an opponent down to the mat. One of the most simple take-downs to learn is the single-leg whip.
Once both fighters are on the ground, Jiu-Jitsu becomes an aggressive game of rolling around, scrambling for the best position, and attempting to enforce your will onto your opponent.
From the ground, you can try to pull off hundreds of submissions. The arm-bar is becoming common knowledge with the rise of UFC star, Ronda Rousey submitting 75% of her opponents by arm-bar. I have been in many, and I can assure you that it's not a fun position to be in.
Another well-known submission is the triangle choke. A triangle is formed when the head and one of the arms are caught in a triangular hole made by either the arms or the legs. This blocks the opponents airway and blood passages causing decreased blood flow to the brain and an inability to breathe.
While the arm-triangle Choke is a practical submission, a leg-triangle choke can be even more effective due to increased strength in the legs and the ability to pull on the arm, utilizing more muscles for maximum choking power. This submission is also useful because it can be done from the guard position with the opponent on top.
The last submission I will go over is the guillotine choke. The guillotine choke is as easy to pull off as it is versatile and effective. This particular choke can be done from a standing, kneeling, or prone position. The most effective position to lock in a guillotine choke is from guard. With the forearm tightly against the throat, a submission can be forced within seconds.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a fantastic sport that truly is fun for the whole family. It caters to all ages, skill levels, and provides a surprising amount to learn. It can take around seven years to earn a black belt which, for many, is an exciting goal. If this post piqued your interest (even in the slightest) I highly recommend giving it a shot!