BENEFITS OF JIU JITSU
Physical: Practicing Jiu Jitsu regularly improves strength, cardio, flexibility, mobility and stamina. You will also see benefits in weight control, increased energy and improved sleep. Jiu Jitsu is a wonderful all around low impact full body workout.
Mental: In addition to the physical benefits there are also fantastic mental and emotional benefits. Jiu Jitsu training conditions you for mental endurance, problem solving, critical thinking, patience and creativity. It teaches you to stay cool under pressure and deal with stress gracefully. There are also all of the general mental benefits of exercise such as higher natural happy chemicals, confidence and overall brainpower.
Personal: You’ll make new friends at the classes. You’ll be learning something new that has a worldwide community and sense of excitement around it. You’ll find yourself being invited to new and interesting events. All of a sudden watching sports takes on a new life. The principles in Jiu Jitsu carry over into daily life, so you’ll most likely evolve your approach to things like cooking, checking emails, time management or relationships. You’ll find yourself becoming more patient, more efficient, more effective and confident. Also…more happy.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF JIU-JITSU
JiuJitsu was created in Japan as a battlefield art for samurai warriors. It had many variations (Ryu's) which included throwing, joint locks, strangles, striking, grappling and weapon disarms. One style derived and popularized from Japanese Jiu Jitsu is Judo, which consists of grappling and throwing. A student of Kano (The creator of Judo) named Mitsuyo Maeda was a guest of George Gracie in Brazil in 1912. Out of gratitude for Georges hospitality he taught Jiu Jitsu to Georges son Carlos. Carlos passed on his knowledge to his brothers which led to the opening of the first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in 1925.
JuJitsu soon became synonymous with the Gracie name in Brazil. The Gracie boys began to teach Jiu Jitsu and test it in fights in public challenges. They had refined their style to ground fighting, a strategy they were able to use to neutralize strikers and larger opponents.
In the early 1990's Rorion Gracie brought the sport from Brazil to the US where it would eventually be showcased in an event created by himself and Art Davies, The Ultimate Fighting Championship. His younger brother Royce, the smallest man in the competition dominated the fights, winning four in one night. This has led to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu being the fastest growing martial art in the world.
Jiu Jitsu is used by military and police, its techniques and philosophies are used for anti-bullying programs all over the world, it is widely competed and practiced in many professional arenas. It is also very fun and thousands of people find profound enjoyment, satisfaction, fulfilment and meaning in it every day.