Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

brazilian-jiu-jitsuJiu-Jitsu, the oldest form of martial art, originated in India more than 2,000 years before Christ. Developed by Buddhist monks, it spread through China and eventually settled in Japan.

Over the years, since the Meiji restoration in the last century, Jiu-Jitsu became practically extinct in Japan surviving only as a very restricted sportive form of Judo.

Popularized by the Gracie family with their amazing success in the early Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling based martial art with emphasis on positioning and leverage to apply submission holds such as joint locks and choke holds.

The strength of BJJ lies in its usefulness to ALL practitioners- young, old, male or female. The BJJ philosophy for self defense is one that is effective regardless of physical size, strength or athletic ability.

Any self defense program that is without BJJ is incomplete. For the little ones, check out our Kids Jiu Jitsu Class!

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Ground Techniques

brazilian jiu jitsu ground techniqueYou might think that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not that different from other martial arts but this is not true. While other styles teach you to fight well while you are standing, this is one art that will help you learn how to subdue an opponent when you’re on the ground.

If you are overpowered by your opponent, the best thing to do is to fall to the ground because this will make him think that he owns you. This is the best position for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique known as the guard.

What you are trying to do here is keep your opponent down using your legs so you will prevent him from hitting, pinning or mounting you.

Be In A Dominant Position

To be in the dominant position, try the arm drag to arm bar maneuver by pulling their sleeves in one hand towards you.

Hook one hand under the opponents leg and control his head with the other hand. Move your hips out to create space and circle your hand to the front of your opponents face then swing your leg over your opponents face. Arch a little to apply the arm bar as this is the only way to trap your opponents arm by keeping this tight to your body using your tricep.

When this is achieved, you can do whatever you want with them like punch them in the chest. This can only be done if you have strong legs and hips.

Mounting Your Opponent

Another technique you can do is mount your opponent using the shoulder wrench to arm lock combination.

While sitting on one side of your opponent, you pin one arm to the ground and then execute the upward shoulder wrench. It is normal for your opponent to resist so secure the other arm by grabbing his trap.

Make sure that your rear knee is high close to his head and that your body weight is over his pinned hand. Lastly, swing over to one side and sit back to execute the straight arm bar.

If They Get Away

Should he get away, you may us the scarf fold to knee lock.

First, you reach over your opponents head and lock this in between your armpit with both hands clasped together. Since his legs are free, stop it by placing your foot against the inside of your opponents thigh.

Bring the leg that is closest to the ground closer to you to maintain close hip to hip contact. Now cross your ankles, squeeze his knees together and take control of their heel. Don’t forget to arch to exert pressure against your opponents knee joint.

Other Ground to Ground Techniques

There are other ground to ground techniques you can learn in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. You will find each one to be very useful in close quarter combat so practice it regularly until you get it right. Knowing it might just make you win your next tournament or even save your life if your life is in danger.

The ground fighting techniques mentioned should only be done under the direct supervision of a trained expert. If you fool around with it at home, you could hurt someone or maybe even hurt yourself.

If you want to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, visit your local gym and see if they are offering classes.

Muay Thai

muay thaiMuay Thai, or Thai Boxing, is a striking art that focuses on the use of various punches and kicks along with application of knee strikes and elbow strikes to give the student a well rounded understanding of kickboxing.

The program is a great cardiovascular workout and is a vital component of the overall self defense program. Learning how to use your strikes with proper technique is essential to success not only in self defense, but also in MMA competition.

We take it one step further and teach the student the overall strategy of the striking game and ensure that the student knows which strikes are required for the given situation.

Knowing how to do something correctly is good, but knowing when to do it is even better!

Mixed Martial Arts

mixed martial artsThe fastest growing sport in the world according to Sports Illustrated, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has been thrust into the mainstream with the success of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

MMA is a blend of various martial arts including boxing, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Muay Thai among others. This blend has allowed MMA to become a style in and of itself.

You cannot have an effective MMA program without understanding how to combine the elements of striking, clinching and grappling into one cohesive system and using these different elements to support each other in an overall strategy!

A good MMA program allows the student to become proficient in ALL ranges of personal combat, whether standing, clinching or grappling.