On the mats and in the ring, what is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu good for?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is unique in that it is a martial art, self defense system and combat sport all rolled into one. It promotes physical fitness and builds character while also providing a wide range of practical skills in the real world. So the short answer is yes, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is practical.
On the mats, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teaches you how to submit your opponent using joint locks and chokes. In terms of combat sports, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is known for being one of the best grappling arts with its effective use of throws, sweeps, takedowns and submissions from both top position or bottom position. This makes BJJ ideal for no gi competitions since there are no restrictive clothing rules which could give either fighter an unfair advantage over another.
What does it mean for something to be practical?
Practical is a word that gets tossed around, but it can be hard to pin down exactly what it means. Here are some common uses of the word “practical”:
- Practicality in the sense of being able to use something in everyday life. For example, a calculator is practical because you can use it for math. It makes your life easier by using it instead of doing everything by hand.
- Performing under pressure or when things get tough. Like when your opponent has you in an arm bar and you have to figure out how to escape. This type of practicality is dependent on your skill, confidence and experience more than anything else. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) helps build all three of these things over time until confidence is strengthened.
- Something that you can use on the streets to defend yourself in dangerous situations.
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Are the moves and techniques easy to master and execute when needed?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu promotes the principle that a smaller person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique.
In BJJ, there is more to the technique than raw strength. You can use your opponent’s size and weight against them through fluid movement and flexible understanding. Because BJJ is about technique, not strength, it can be very effective for anyone who wants to learn how to protect themselves. This is very important in situations where there’s an overpowering attacker.
Many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners will connect the lesson to a real world situation. A few examples of this include how to escape various pinning positions or using leverage to break free from someone’s grasp.
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