Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is the art of using ground fighting techniques to neutralise an opponent through joint locks and choke holds. BJJ is unique as a martial art in that while it doesn’t teach or encourage striking, it has proven to be one of the most effective forms of combat and is the foundation of many top level Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters.
While BJJ has its roots in Traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Judo there are key elements that help in differentiating them. Judo emphasizes the takedown of the opponent and fights are considered over once the opponent has been thrown to the ground while BJJ assumes that combat begins once both opponents are on the ground. Traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu has its roots in Samurai combat, and has elements of that training which focus on striking and weapon use, whereas BJJ focuses on unarmed combat without the use of strikes.
At The Gentle Art, your BJJ journey starts with the establishment of a strong foundation focused on basic essential techniques to ensure that students have a strong core before eventually introducing the more advanced modern Jiu Jitsu techniques.