The history of the art goes back to the 1930's where it was tested in
the crucible of competition from the start. It wasn't until the early 1990's
that the art gained attention in the US with the advent of televised NHB/UFC
fighting that was dominated by the Brazilian BJJ fighters. Through BJJ,
practitioners such as the Gracie family and the Machado
brothers, took the martial arts
world by storm shattering long held myths of the invincibility of certain
traditional systems and training methods.
An outstanding aspect of BJJ is that, unlike many other martial arts,
you can practice at 100% speed and power- meaning you don't have to "pull
punches" so to speak. That might sound like a scary proposition but, as effective
as BJJ is, it is still a very gentle art and you can practice all day long and not suffer injuries.
Once you have a properly applied technique, your partner will not be
able to escape and will have to "tap out" which ends the match
with no one getting hurt. In a self-defense situation, you have the option
of taking the techniques further than you ever would in class.
- For more on the incredible history and details of the art please refer
to this Wikipedia entry,
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