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Jiu-jitsu beautifully demonstrates how a smaller, weaker person
can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by
using leverage and technique; most notably by applying
joint-locks and chokeholds.
Training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi),
mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, or self defense. Sparring
and live drilling play a major role in training,
The essence of Jiu-jitsu is the ability to move or flow from one
technique to another in order to defend oneself efficiently and
effectively. A Jiu-jitsu fighter’s ability to adapt in any
situation, to fight empty handed, grapple, or use any type of
weapon against an opponent, helps define Jiu-jitsu as one of the
most effective self-defense arts.
The literal translation of Jiu-jitsu is the art of gentleness or
pliancy. Jiu-jitsu is not a contest of muscular skill and
strength; rather it relies on natural biomechanics, balance,
leverage and timing. Because of this, Jiu-jitsu is the perfect
art for self-defense and does not rely on any one advantage such
as size, weight, height, and reach between opponents. Jiu-jitsu
is equally accessible to men and women and is an extremely
practical and effective form of self-defense.
Emphasis on striking techniques, balance displacement
techniques, throws and takedowns, joint manipulation, restraints
and immobilizations, ground grappling, and weapons defense makes
Jiu-jitsu a very complete art of self-defense.
It differs from modern arts, such as Judo and Karate, in that
the main goal is self-preservation.