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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Updated on July 20, 2015
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People begin their journey with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for a variety of reasons. Some are looking to develop more self discipline. Others are seeking knowledge of self defense. Many more people want all those things as well as to develop a high level of physical fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can provide all of this for a person and more.


Once a person starts training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, they will notice a significant improvement in their cardio abilities. They will no longer be out of breath after minimal activity. People can engage in more intense activities. The kind of activities that would wear them out before training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. There are many exercises involved with training in this sport, that will increase a person's cardio strength.


Training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu involves developing of grappling skills. These are moves and counter moves intended to create a physical advantage over an opponent. It involves body position as well as escaping an opponent's attacks. This is an effective way to injure an opponent. There are many different types of grappling styles and applications. Grappling can be used successfully in conjunction with other moves to defeat an opponent.

Training Methods

Many of the training techniques involved with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will result in a person's improved cardio ability. There are drills practiced with a partner who does not resist. There is positional drilling, it's often called isolation sparring. The goal for some of those who train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is winning competitions. They want to develop skills that put them in a controlling positions during a match.

Technical Knowledge

Students of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu improve their cardio abilities as they learn a number of basic techniques. The techniques a student is taught build an important training foundation. They must be mastered before a student moves onto the next level. Once the basic techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are known, the student will be taught how to combine these techniques with a number of movements referred to as combinations. The training is designed to develop a person's physical and mental abilities.

Physical Battle

An important aspect of training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is developing cardio strength. This is needed to last the length of any match. The two participants will be using a variety of submission holds, joint locks in an effort to take away their opponents strikes and put them to the ground. A joint lock will provide leverage and discomfort in an opponent's limb. When done correctly this will cause the opponent to give up. A person needs to be physically able to last as long as it takes to win.


One of the important aspects of training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is repetition. This is an effective way to develop skill and proficiency. This is also a great way for a participant to develop confidence in their abilities. The more a person participates in repetition, the chance for injury decreases. It's important a person not give into arrogance as they master skills.


One of the important skills to develop for a good offense is rolling. Rolling is something that should be done regularly during training. When rolling is practiced with someone at a lower rank, a person's offense can be improved. When this is done with someone of a higher rank, their defense will be developed. There is a problem when people practice rolling with individuals at their level. This is when injuries can occur. A constant battle for position and submission happens. Such a match needs to be closely watched and stopped if necessary.

International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation

The organization that governs the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, is the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. This organization hosts many of the largest tournaments around the world. They provide information on training as well as a list of world rankings, a hall of fame and more.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition

A Brzailian Jiu-Jitsu throw
A Brzailian Jiu-Jitsu throw


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