Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most fun and exciting ways to learn self-defense. By using leverage versus strength and ground fighting, Jiu-Jitsu is a proven system that allows individuals to defeat and control a stronger opponent.
Some of the most popular or “known” moves of this gentle martial art are joint locks and chokeholds. The techniques used in this martial art have been incorporated by law enforcement, military forces worldwide and professional Mixed Martial Artists.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu got its beginnings in Japan. Mitsuyo Maeda, a top groundwork expert, was sent overseas by Judo founder Jigoro Kano to spread the techniques of Judo around the world. Maeda left Japan in 1904 and visited a number of countries giving demonstrations and accepting challenges from various other martial artists before eventually arriving in Brazil and meeting the Gracies.
Carlos Gracie became Maeda’s first student, eventually passing his knowledge onto his brothers. Hélio Gracie, the youngest of the Gracie brothers and who was naturally frail, gradually developed a unique style of Jiu-Jitsu mainly based on ground fighting. As he was unable to perform many Judo moves that required direct opposition to an opponent’s strength, Hélio Gracie developed a system that focused more on leverage versus strength, which allows smaller, weaker opponents to take control of a stronger aggressor.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers great cardio and it also helps increase muscular and bone strength, allowing for the development of a leaner and more toned body. Students from Higher Ground have experienced rapid weight loss; one of our students has even lost 30 pounds in 8 just weeks! The exercises and techniques applied in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu require the work of the entire body, which is why you get the best type of workout.
In addition to the physical benefits, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu stimulates the mind and increases self-discipline.
Once you learn how to use your body for self-defense, you will start to understand how to maintain and empower it. A healthier body and mind are a great combination that leads to a happier life. (No, we’re not making this up! Studies have shown that exercising increases happiness).
You can start as early as 6 years old and never stop practicing! Hélio Gracie, co-founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu kept practicing until his 90s! The techniques used in this martial art were designed so that the weaker, smaller person can successfully defend against a stronger assailant.
Absolutely! At Higher Ground BJJ, we promote and practice respect, discipline and a healthy lifestyle, all of which any individual can apply in daily life situations. HGBJJ instructors are committed to see students succeed and they offer a curriculum that optimizes a student’s learning experience.
Higher Ground also encourages family engagement; many members are father and son duos or even whole families!