Many people were inspired to learn more about the martial art Jiu-Jitsu after watching Nick Bova compete. Bova was a middleweight competitor with a brown belt in the sport at the time he was leading his class in competitions. He aided others in learning the methods and skills required, and there are now instructors using what they learned to pass on the knowledge to others. Here is a quick introduction to the sport of Jiu-Jitsu.
The Art of Jiu-Jitsu
Jiu-Jitsu is known as both a martial art and a form of combat. It is generally a hand-to-hand activity with many maneuvers taking place on the ground. The participants are taught how to defend themselves against larger competitors as well as people with weapons. The techniques are similar to Judo, but there are also many differences in how the movements are performed.
The Main Regional Differences
There are two main types of Jiu-Jitsu. The Japanese method was the original combat style, and the students were taught how to use an opponent’s own strength and force against them rather than attempt to use their own force. This involved pinning an often-armed opponent, throwing them or locking their arms or legs in place to prevent them from causing harm. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) was inspired by the Japanese form but added more ground techniques. BJJ also avoided the use of any weapons, unlike the Japanese version where it was permissible to carry some type of short weapon.
How it is Used
Jiu-Jitsu is useful as a method of self-defense. Like many forms of martial arts, it is about protecting a person rather than being an aggressor. However, most people prefer to learn the sport to compete in tournaments and to gain ranking status. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is most commonly used in competition with the opponents spending the majority of their time displaying their ground maneuvers in front of judges and an audience.
Many martial arts studios around the country offer jiu-jitsu classes. It is a great skill for both children and adults to learn because it builds confidence through its self-defense techniques. Other benefits of the sport include the emphasis it places on overall health through developing good eating habits and physical fitness.