A simple definition from Black Belt magazine describes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) as a martial art and combat sport that teaches a smaller person how to defend himself against a larger adversary by using leverage and proper technique. The Gracie family, the founders of BJJ, modified judo and traditional Japanese jujutsu to create the art. It contains stand-up maneuvers, but it is most famous for its devastating ground-fighting techniques. Gaining superior positioning—so one can apply the style’s numerous chokes, holds, locks and joint manipulations on an opponent—is the key in BJJ.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a lot more than just its definition. It builds bonds like you’ve never quite experienced before. It helps you face your fears. It is the most applicable form of self defense, without any reservation. It is the most honest thing you will ever experience in your lifetime. It forces you to be recognize that learning is a never ending process that cannot be ever truly perfected. You’ll find out who you are. It is a beautiful, fun, energetic art form often referred to as the gentle art.