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The Brazilian Jujitsu or Ju-jitsu brasileiro, often abbreviated to the English language acronym BJJ, is a martial art, a combat sport and a personal defense method specialized in the fight and in particular the one on the ground. It should not be confused with its Japanese predecessor Jūjutsu.

The discipline was born as an appendix of the kodokan jūdō in the twenties of the twentieth century, when the master Mitsuyo Maeda taught the fundamentals of the fight on the ground (ne-waza) to students like Carlos Gracie and Luis França. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu then became an art in its own right through experiments, practices and adaptations of the master Hélio Gracie and his brother Carlos, who then transmitted their experience to their family and their students.

The discipline teaches as its foundation that a smaller and weaker person can successfully defend himself from a bigger and stronger assailant by bringing the crash to the ground where he will use appropriate techniques such as levers, joint keys and strangulation. The training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu is practiced mainly with kimono (gi) but in recent years the International Federation has also introduced competitions without kimono (no-gi or grappling) more useful for the athletes of MMA (mixed martial arts). The practice of sparring (commonly called rolling) and training sessions with comparison to an uncooperative opponent play a major role in training, and performance is rewarded, especially during competitions, in relation to progress through grades / belts.

Since its inception in 1914, the upward art of judo was separated from the older systems of Japanese jujutsu by an important difference transmitted to the Brazilian jiu-jitsu: it is not only a martial art but also a sport, a method to promote the development of physical and character in young people, and finally a way (Dō) of life.






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