Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a martial arts style based on ground self-defense. Rather than more traditional stand-up or striking martial arts, like Karate, Jiu-Jitsu is all about overtaking your opponent from the ground.
Is Jiu-Jitsu better than the stand-up martial arts? Well, in many situations Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will give you an advantage over your opponent. Here are a few of the advantages of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu:
During a conflict or physical confrontation, the fight will frequently end up on the ground. With the skills you learn through Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, you will know how to defend yourself in this type of situation while keeping yourself and the fight under control.
2. Size and Strength are Secondary to Skill
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu teaches you how to use leverage and technique to take down your opponent. The nature of the movements in Jiu-Jitsu is what gave it the term “the gentle art.” Your Jiu-Jitsu skills are your primary form of self-defense. Your opponent’s size and strength are secondary. What this means is that a smaller, weaker individual can take down a much bigger, stronger person by using good technique.
3. Everyone Can Learn
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu isn’t for a particular age or body type. Both adults and children can learn Jiu-Jitsu. And even though most martial arts seem like predominantly male sports, women also benefit from learning BJJ.
4. Mental Workout
Beyond learning self-defense and getting in a good workout, another reason that martial arts like Gracie Jiu-Jitsu draw people in is because of the mental benefits. Jiu-Jitsu is “the human game of chess” because it involves a lot of strategic thinking. To bring down your opponent, you can’t only rely on your physical technique. You must also think ahead and plan your strategy.
5. Skill Application
Jiu-Jitsu is unlike many stand-up martial arts in how you learn and practice techniques. Rather than practicing or drilling on your own, Jiu-Jitsu gets you matched up with a partner so that you can spar, practice, and learn. You’re almost always training against an opponent, so you get plenty of time to practice using your skills.
If you’re interested in learning more about Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, visit us at Team Rhino in Meridian or contact us today!