01 January 2010

What is Jiu Jitsu?

Competitors at an IBJJF Championship Tournament
With the rise of mixed martial arts, and MMA organizations such as the UFC, Strikeforce, and others...the buzz is going around about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills that many Brazilian MMA fighters are bringing to the ring. What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? And can American wrestlers compete with the submission skills of BJJ fighters? Even among other fighting disciplines, like muay thai, karate, or boxing, the importance of ground fighting cannot be ignored.

But for many serious BJJ students, Jiu Jitsu is not all about MMA fighting. Quite the contrary, many of these students are focused on the art of Jiu Jitsu alone, and it is controversially one of the most difficult martial arts disciplines to master. Traps, sweeps, submissions, take-downs, and a combinations of techniques that take years of focus and discipline to master. This is all a part of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Join me on my Jiu Jitsu jaunt, as we take on this adventure from beginning to end, (hopefully an end that will lead us to a black belt in Jiu Jitsu!). We will discuss the trials and tribulations of training on the mat, give tips and advise (and we will be opening to hearing yours too!), show some of the best BJJ moves, preparing for bjj tournaments and competitions, dieting and cutting weight, and more!

Thanks for reading, and please leave your comments. We would really love to hear from you.