Self Defence but More!
Jiu Jitsu was originally a mere self-defence model but it has lately become so much more. It operates on the premise that smaller, weaker people can defend themselves as effectively as larger ones can by the use of leverage in that moving the opponent to the ground assists with the use of joint-locks and choke-holds. At this level, size and brute strength are far less important than technical superiority. Jiu Jitsu is still used for self-defence but it has become an exercise and fitness medium as well as a competitive sport. One of the most important aspects of it is that smaller sportsmen and women are able to compete and showcase their technical prowess and supremacy. Sport grappling tournaments and mixed martial arts competitions provide opportunities for practitioners to advance their skills and be known in the world of self-defence exercise.
Although martial arts originated in the East, Brazilian jiu Jitsu has developed the sport and incorporated a multi-facetted form of self-defence, sport, exercise, self-discipline and character building. The art is able to promote self-esteem and empowerment in children without a functioning family unit or a social support system. These vulnerable youngsters are encouraged to channel their energy, anger and frustration into a worthy field rather than indulge in dangerous gang related activities.
Larger, stronger opponents rely on size as their advantage but with jiu jitsu smaller bodies mitigate that power by forcing the fight to the ground where reach and strength have less impact. An experienced and trained grappler can maximise force using mechanisms of the body and how it functions to gain the upper hand.