Jiu jitsu is an ancient Martial Art from Japan practiced by the elite Samurai warrior. It incorporates Joint Locks, Throws, Takedowns, Immobilizations, Chokeholds, Grappling and Akemi (strikes).
The samurai practiced TantoJitsu (knife), Kenjitsu (the way of the sword) along with the unarmed tactics of Jiu Jitsu.
Each Instructor kept their methods and techniques secret within their own Ryu’s (school) and were fiercely protective of their approach.
Jiu Jitsu Instructor and practitioner Jigaro Kano took all he had learned from Jiu Jitsu and combining Sumo wrestling he formed the Art of Judo. Judo means ” Gentle Way”
Originally the Art was separated by two distinct approaches. One focused on Throwing and Takedowns and the other on Grappling: Pins, Joint Locks and Chokes. When both approaches were combined, Kodokan Judo was formed.
The sport grew rapidly. In 1964 it became an Olympic sport and is now practiced by over 184 countries.
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU, BJJ
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu began when Japanese Judo Instructor, Mitsuyo Maeda traveled to Brazil to teach and spread the Art of Judo in the early 1900’s. He was known for specializing in the ‘grappling’ aspect of Judo.
Soon after arriving he began teaching Carlos Gracie who eventually began to teach his brothers and family. Over time these Brazilians formed a unique Art of their own which took the grappling aspect to a whole new level. Their Art is now practiced around the world.
Sport vs. Art
Now that Jiu Jitsu has grown, distinctive style differences and ideologies have emerged. Some are ‘sport’ orientated and others focus on more ‘Self-Defense’ aspect.
Each has their own merits. The Gracie’s, the ‘pioneers’ of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, after focusing on the ‘sport’ aspect for many year, have returned to teaching the full ‘Self-Defense’ style which made their Art so popular.
Jiu jitsu Near me
We proudly teach the Self-Defense aspects of Jiu Jitsu in both our schools. We do not teach the sport approach. Our Schools are: Westside, 8647 W. Washington st. Indianapolis and Northside, 10990 Allisonville rd. Fishers 46038
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