Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was made popular in the U.S. by the Gracie family. It is now the fastest growing martial art in the world. The art is comprised of four components: self-defense, vale tudo (anything goes), sport jiu-jitsu, and takedowns. The techniques of Jiu-Jitsu help a smaller and weaker person defend against a larger, stronger opponent of greater physical attributes. Students will get a great strength and conditioning workout while learning one of the world’s most effective martial arts.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will take you deep into the world of grappling and you will begin to understand the intricisies of ground grappling. Each move and technique must be done with precision and proper timing. The emphasis of base and leverage is to enable the smaller, weaker, person to take a bigger, stronger, more aggressive opponent out of his element and submit him. Jiu-Jitsu was created so that the small guy can survive and even win against the size and strength of any opponent. It invloves using every element of the body and mind to win. Leverage, technique, timing, endurance, strategy, sense of touch, element of suprise, sight, sensitivity of weight, balance and feeling the intentions of your opponent.
A message to freinds from Royce Gracie,
October 1, 1913 – January 29, 2009.
Today my father, Helio, at the age of 95 passed on. I am honored to be the son of such a great man! He was an inspiration to me throughout my life. As a Grandmaster of Jiu-Jitsu and the father of “Vale Tudo” he brought Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the forefront of martial arts. He was a man of small stature but his heart was that of a giant. He proved with Gracie Jiu-Jitsu that even a small man could overcome a bigger stronger opponent by using leverage and technique. He was truly an innovator. Just look around and you can see how his success gave birth to the sport of mixed martial arts that we all enjoy today.
Many of you may think that the greatest thing my father ever gave me was Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. But I want all of you to know that I will remember him most for what he taught me off the matt. He taught me how to be a man, a husband and a father. He showed me how to be honorable, respectful and diligent. He taught me how to be a whole person.
I ask that together we celebrate the remarkable life of my father, Helio Gracie. The greatest tribute you can to pay to my father is to continue to train and share Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, remembering to never lose sight of the fact that what you do off the matt counts more than what you do on the matt. Face life’s challenges with confidence, dare to pursue your dreams and live to the fullest just as my father did.
God bless us all!
Mixed Martial Arts is one of the fastest growing sports in America. Better known as MMA, the term made popular by the UFC, it combines several different types of martial arts. During one fight, fighters can be seen utilizing wrestling, Judo, Muay Thai kickboxing, boxing, and Brazilian Jui-Jitsu. A complete fighter is someone who can fight in the 4 primary ranges of combat: kicking, punching, clinching, and ground fighting.
Due to the constant changing of ranges, the key to this type of training is physical conditioning.
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The late Bruce Lee developed Jeet Kune Do (JKD) after a life of studying 26 different styles of martial arts. What Lee did was take bits and pieces from each art that he found useful in the appropriate range and make them his own. This could mean using the thai kick from Muay Thai in kicking range, a jab from boxing in punching range or a rear naked choke borrowed from Jiu-Jitsu on the ground. The idea is simple, not to be limited or bound by any means and to find what works best for you. “Absorbing what is useful” JKD is being able to flow in and out of combat ranges, from standing to the ground and back up again, fighting with a weapon, defending against a weapon, fighting 2 on 1, fighting 3 on 1, surviving 4 on 1! Being able to think clearly under extreme pressure. Fights mutate, they can change at an instant. Being able to adapt to the ever changing times and situations, that is JKD.
The notion of cross-training in Jeet Kune Do is similar to the practice of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in modern times — Bruce Lee has been considered by UFC president Dana White as the “father of mixed martial arts”. Many consider Jeet Kune Do to be the precursor of MMA because of its synteric nature. This is particularly the case with respect to the JKD “Combat Ranges“. A JKD student is expected to learn various combat systems within each combat range, and thus to be effective in all of them, just as in MMA.
Bruce Lee said:
I have not invented a “new style,” composite, modified or otherwise that is set within distinct form as apart from “this” method or “that” method. On the contrary, I hope to free my followers from clinging to styles, patterns, or molds. Remember that Jeet Kune Do is merely a name used, a mirror in which to see “ourselves”. . . Jeet Kune Do is not an organized institution that one can be a member of. Either you understand or you don’t, and that is that. There is no mystery about my style. My movements are simple, direct and non-classical. The extraordinary part of it lies in its simplicity. Every movement in Jeet Kune-Do is being so of itself. There is nothing artificial about it. I always believe that the easy way is the right way. Jeet Kune-Do is simply the direct expression of one’s feelings with the minimum of movements and energy. The closer to the true way of Kung Fu, the less wastage of expression there is. Finally, a Jeet Kune Do man who says Jeet Kune Do is exclusively Jeet Kune Do is simply not with it. He is still hung up on his self-closing resistance, in this case anchored down to reactionary pattern, and naturally is still bound by another modified pattern and can move within its limits. He has not digested the simple fact that truth exists outside all molds; pattern and awareness is never exclusive. Again let me remind you Jeet Kune Do is just a name used, a boat to get one across, and once across it is to be discarded and not to be carried on one’s back.
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