Brazilian jiu-jitsu: how/why proper technique beats strength


In combat it is often believed that the stronger of the two fighters will come out victorious, Brazilian jiu-jitsu blows that out of the water. A martial art that stems from judo, adapted by Helio Gracie, BJJ focuses solely on ground based techniques which rely on precise execution and intelligence. BJJ promotes the idea that a smaller, weaker fighter can defeat their opponent through technique rather than brute strength. Rather than focusing on powerful strikes, BJJ uses a mix of joint locks and choke holds to subdue the opposition. With another major aspect of the art form dealing with the transitions, escapes, and maintenance of positions, students learn how to defend and attack in all situations.

Training in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu is built around live training along with the tedious repetition of movements at reduced speed so that students can gain muscle memory. One of the major benefits of BJJ is the safety of the training even when preformed at full speed. Due to the way in which the submissions develop, students can set up their submission and begin execution, but stop before injuring their training partner. This form of training allows for real life skills to be built without the risk of real injury like in other forms of combat. At Seung-ni Martial Arts, each class utilizes part of the time to teach technique and then another portion to allow students to implement their knowledge in live training. BJJ is a wonderful form of combat for anyone to learn, especially for those who feel they are strong mentally, but may be at a disadvantage physically in real life situations.

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