Originating in Feudal Era Japan, Jiu Jitsu was not only a fighting style but a way to survive. As each Feud in Japan had their own set of warriors, known as the Samurai. 

The samurai wore heavy armor and so Jiu Jitsu emerged as a way for a smaller un-armed person to defeat a larger, armored opponent by way of devastating joint locks, pins and throws. 

In time this fighting system made its way to Brazil where it took on a new life as a competitive sport and a lifestyle of its own. 

BJJ teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themself against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent by using leverage and weight distribution to take the fight to the ground, and then applying joint locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments and in self-defense situations. Sparring (commonly referred to as "rolling" within the BJJ community) and live drilling play a major role in training and the practitioner's development. BJJ is considered a martial art, a sport, a method for promoting physical fitness and building character, and a way of life. 


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