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BRAZILIAN    

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Francisco "Fran" Martins jiu-jitsu

MATT WHITBY

P H O T O G R A P H Y

LIFESTYLE

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art based on grappling and ground fighting techniques.  The techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is to control and subdue a larger and stronger opponent through the use of superior techniques, leverage, and body mechanics.   With an emphasis on grappling rather than striking, students are able to practice with varying levels of intensity, without the threat of serious injuries which can occur more often in martial arts focused on punching and kicking.

 

Traditionally, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu student practices in a gi or kimono, a martial arts uniform similar to a judo outfit.  In recent years, many schools and academies have incorporated no-gi BJJ, commonly referred to as submission wrestling, to their teaching curriculum.  In no-gi BJJ, students typically wear t-shirts and shorts, instead of the typical gi.

   

WHAT CAN JIU-JITSU DO FOR ME?

 

BJJ students develop a deep understanding of the mechanics of the human skeletal and muscular systems. Using this knowledge they are able to subdue an attacker without causing him injury, should they so choose. Acquiring these skills is not easy, and requires mental and physical effort on the part of the student. The rewards however, are great, and include massive improvements in stamina, strength, flexibility and mental clarity. In addition to this, social skills are improved as a result of interacting with individuals and the group as a whole.

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