Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA Training
The effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) has been very well documented. From high-octane mixed martial arts competitions to the unforgiving city streets, this fighting system has been shown to be an effective antidote against larger, stronger opponents.
Misuyio Esai Maeda, the revered judoka expert, brought this unique fighting art to Brazil during the early part of the 1900s. A member of a large Japanese contingent seeking to relocate to South America, Maeda met and befriended a successful local businessman named Gastão Gracie. The Japanese master then began teaching Gastão’s eldest son, Carlos Gracie his fighting system. Even Carlos’ younger brother Helio, picked up the techniques of jiu-jitsu.
The two eventually mastered this martial art. They revised and fine-tuned several moves. Together, they developed their own brand of fighting and ushered in the birth of modern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
The diminutive Helio Gracie strongly promoted their version of Jiu-Jitsu by competing in grappling competitions and winning most of his encounters. A “Gracie Challenge” was even issued by Carlos Gracie to showcase the effectiveness of their style. Fighters who trained under different fighting systems would then try to defeat Helio or other Gracie family members skilled in the use of Jiu-Jitsu.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu banner would eventually gain worldwide popularity. The Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) was established during the early 1990′s and demonstrated the effectiveness of BJJ in a real life situation. Boxers, karate experts, sumo practitioners, karate masters and even brawlers shared the stage with Helio Gracie’s son Royce. In tournament style, eight-man contests, Royce showed just how practical BJJ was by winning several UFC events. On the other side of the world, Royce’s elder brother Rickson was also on a winning streak. Competing in Japanese promotions, he built up an impressive, unbeaten fighting record.
Because the majority of people have no inkling to how to properly fight on the ground, A BJJ practitioner may chose from a variety of choke holds, submission holds or joint locks to end a brawl. Even from seemingly inferior positions, those using BJJ techniques can quickly end a fight.
Mash Gym of Redford, Michigan provides top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training. Since BJJ is a self-defense system, and just a flat out way to get in shape, so training under sub-par teachers should not even be an option. Those in the area should consider Mash Gym as it is home to some of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors in the Michigan.
For a look at the Gracie Family tree click here.