Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is very different from many other martial arts. Unlike other martial arts like Karate and Tae Kwon Do, BJJ’s main focus is on grappling and ground fighting. However, surprisingly to many, BJJ has emerged as the elite martial art that has dominated the world of MMA.
In contrast to other Martial Arts that only teach stand up techniques, BJJ teaches how to compete and control your opponent from being on your feet to defeating them on the ground. With statistics showing 90% of fights going to the ground it is obvious that the one that has the best ground skills is going to have a serious advantage. For those that wonder how this affects it’s use as an efficient form of self-defense it is important to remember where it came from. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was specifically developed as a formidable form of self-defense in one of the toughest and most dangerous cities in the world. If it succeeded in becoming the most effect form of self-defense in Rio de Janeiro, you can bet it can help you out when you need it.
As opposed to martial arts like Karate that rely on power and hard strikes to do damage to an opponent, BJJ can be easily used by anyone of any size against a larger and stronger opponent. Jiu-Jitsu focuses on technique and strategy instead of brute strength. It certainly takes a lot more effort and energy to beat down a large opponent than to choke one out or submit them using a joint lock. This makes BJJ a great martial art for men, women, teens and kids alike. The other advantage this form of fighting has over striking arts is that is offers more control in real life situations. While it might sound cool to some, a poorly thrown punch can easily end some one’s life even if it wasn’t your intention. This can have serious consequences even if you were defending yourself. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can still be deadly if needed, but better than that it offers an easy way to take control of an attacker and render them unable to attack until they give up, calm down or help comes along.
Another nice thing is that BJJ training offers full contact, hands on experience. Tae Kwon Do and Karate kicks might look cool, but the majority of class times are spent practicing useless forms that are never going to be used in real life or UFC competitions. Most Tae Kwon Do schools also only offer point sparring which makes practitioners completely ineffective once attacked in the street. Isn’t it wiser to train for the situations you will actually face?
Finally one of the major and most important differences you will find in BJJ schools like Paulo Guillobel’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy in California that serves, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente is the dedication to real training and real principals. Unlike so many Karate and Tae Kwon Do schools that have sprung up on every corner that are happy to trade dollars for pretty colored belts, you will find brilliant BJJ academies like this remain true to the philosophies that have made them successful and that have become a complete way of life for those that desire to be true warriors.
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