Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. BJJ was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie and Luiz França by Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake. Carlos Gracie is known as the founder and creator of modern Jiu-Jitsu (Gracie Jiu Jitsu/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu). BJJ eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Hélio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge on to their extended family.
BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.
Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of Judo was separated from older systems of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: it is not solely a martial art, it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way of life.
Here at SBG Ireland HQ we host a free weekly Women’s Only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class each Saturday at 11am. It is an open invitation class, so feel free to drop in and watch one if you’re considering taking it up. Also, this class is free to any girls from any other clubs that want to supplement their training. The free class came about after the highly publicised event in May 2018 in which a young women was abducted in broad daylight and bundled into a car. She was found dead two days later. Read more on how The Irish Time’s Laura Kennedy found the Jiu Jitsu Classes before we had our weekly Ladies Only Classes here.
If you’re interested in taking us Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, why not drop us a line using the contact button below, we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.