What Jiu-Jitsu IS vs. What It IS NOT
In 1993, the first UFC took place in Denver, Colorado. The whole event was structured and designed to showcase Martial Arts on a global platform and to find out what the MOST EFFECTIVE and REALISTIC form of Self-Defense/Martial Arts was. Jiu-Jitsu won quite easily and shed light on a certain “reality” that other Martial Arts were missing.
Jiu-Jitsu Is Reality
The purpose and principles of Jiu-Jitsu involve having a fundamental physical and psychological perspective of a real Self-Defense encounter. The art is based around the concept of “A smaller person being able to survive an attack by a MUCH larger individual.” This philosophy and approach created by the Gracie Family, after a century of fighting, analyzing and honest reflection, laid the foundation for GRACIE JIU-JITSU.
The core and the root of Jiu-Jitsu
MMA Is A Sport Developed Based Off Of American Culture
With the success of the first UFC, more UFC events began to follow. With the financial success of the first UFC, more opportunistic business men created other events and businesses to follow. This heightened exposure and this combined with our societies new found understanding of “Reality Based Martial Arts”, it forced all other disciplines to LEARN Jiu-Jitsu and evolve with the times. This combination of Jiu-Jitsu and other “traditional” Martial Arts created MIXED MARTIAL ARTS.
American culture is fascinated and addicted to “sport.” Our society is also obsessed with violence and at the same time totally against it (I know, doesn't make sense #Life). I always viewed the ORIGINAL UFC's, in it's purest form, as the most advanced case study for Self-Defense and Protection. I wanted to know what worked, what was real, and what made sense to my life. I did not see it as a bloodsport because I was trying to understand the technique. This was mostly due to the fact that I was in a SEVERE NEED for REAL Self-Defense due to the bad area I lived in.
We must remember, it was only meant for ONE NIGHT!
Over time the bloodsport turned people away, ushered it into a “dark age” and revived with ZUFFA to create “sport with blood... sometimes” that now has a lot more rules and safety precautions. Now Jiu-Jitsu is the most integral part of the sport and is combined with other disciplines, but we need to remember Jiu-Jitsu's, reality based concepts for LIFE!
Jiu-Jitsu vs. Other Martial Arts
GRACIE Jiu-Jitsu was developed through real fights. It was developed through the most intensive “case study” ever done for the Martial Arts. They were not creators, they were INNOVATORS. They re-modeled the Japanese Art they learned through intensive study and HONEST results of their combat encounters.
Most other Martial Arts are generally based upon principles of “THEORY” and have not been practiced without limitations and restrictions. This is usually done unknowingly or because the culture and society they live in frowns upon the use of violence. All of these restrictive training practices, conformed thought patterns, and untested training methodologies allowed a manifestation of incomplete Self-Defense systems.
All Martial Arts strengths and weaknesses, Jiu-Jitsu created a neutrality that allowed it to become complete. Below are some ideas of what certain Martial Arts are more applicable for...
Jiu-Jitsu Is FOR ALL
This amazing art is more of a lifestyle than an activity. More of a way to face life, than face opponents. When you learn this, you learn why Jiu-Jitsu helps you in every area of your life and will be the only thing that never plateaus and evolves as you do. For the life we live, there is nothing better than a Martial Art that is...
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