Over last few decades, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) has increased enormously in popularity, mostly as a result of the domination of Royce Gracie in the octagon in the early years of the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). Gracie took on challengers of many different sizes and from many different arts, and consistently proved the importance of a good ground game. The popularity of BJJ was partly due to the fact that most martial artists hadn't seen anything like BJJ before, and also because it is based on arts that have a long history and have been refined over the years to make them highly effective on the ground.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a very intimate art. Your body is constantly in a push-or-pull struggle with your opponent. As such, conditioning is an important part of this program. Flexibility can also be an asset in BJJ. The more flexible you are, the easier it is to get out of certain holds and locks. Plus, being flexible makes it easier to maneuver the arms and legs to get opponents into submission.
BJJ classes consists of a short warm-up period, followed by about ½ hour that focuses on a specific technique and variations. Generally, classes focus on variations of a single technique during the course of a week. The last hour of the class consists of live drilling and sparring. Because techniques in BJJ adapt to your opponent's reactions, sparring with an active opponent is an essential part of any BJJ training.
Why is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) the best martial art for my child?
The fact that martial arts are great for kids is common knowledge; the benefits include confidence, discipline, respect, better grades and much more. As far as questions go, this one is as easy as it gets. In jiu jitsu, the GOAL is to CONTROL, always, not trading strikes with another person. That’s exactly why jiu jitsu is the best choice for your child, there is absolutely no punching or kicking! A large portion of jiu jitsu techniques are done off of your back, from the perspective of a person who has been tackled to the ground. This is the essence of self-defense! Here at CheckMat Charleston BJJ, we teach the kids that they need to avoid the fight at all costs. When we teach them take downs, it’s from the perspective of a cornered person, or a person being attacked with punches and kicks. When we teach ground work, the goal is to gain control of the attacker; NOT to hurt them. When we teach them finishes or a limited number of submissions, it is for use in sport tournaments only.