History of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
One can hardly discuss the contemporary Martial Arts scene without including the revolutionary movement that is from Brazilian Jiu-jitsu schools in Pompano Beach . This very direct and to-the-point method of self-defense and fighting does not make claims of leading a person to any sort of spiritual enlightenment or philosophical mastery nor does it make any claims to the effect that by studying and mastering the art one may achieve an almost supernatural level of human ability. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu or BJJ is quite simply an extremely efficient and effective method of subduing an opponent by means of holds joint-locks and chokes. Many other arts and fighting styles have among their arsenal of techniques some of these same movements so how did Brazilian Jiu-jitsu come to be such a dominant and revolutionary force in a comparatively short time.
Let us begin not with the rich history of this art itself but rather the greater martial landscape of the modern Martial Arts era. I will say that in my opinion this is the period after World War II when American servicemen returned from places like Okinawa Japan Korea and other Eastern nations bringing back newly acquired knowledge and experience in arts such as Karate Ju-jitsu Judo Taekwondo and Kenpo.
Of these arts it can be said that Karate and Judo were the most widely practiced. It was much later in the Bruce Lee era that Americans became fascinated with Chinese Kung-Fu and its incredibly artistic cinematic counterparts. Beside the widely-received films of Bruce Lee himself you have the early works of men like Jackie ChanSnake-fist Fighter 36 Crazy Fists Drunken Master Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin Gordon LiuMater Killer 8-diagram Pole Fighter Shaolin 36th Chamber Kill Bill and the unrivaled Venoms Mob5 Deadly Venoms Magnificent Ruffians Unbeatable Dragon Masked Avengers Chinatown Kid.
This same Venoms Mob an uber-talented group of Martial Arts film stars also made a movie entitled "Chinese Super Ninjas". This leads us to the next stage of American Martial arts interest the Ninja.
Few figures have become as iconic as the mysterious and deadly Ninja. The truths and legends regarding this facet of martial culture require a degree of research and examination that lie beyond the scope of this essay but let us say that America was Ninja-crazy in the 1980's and it has hardly died down in popularity since when u consider the success of children's programming such as Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles and the more recent Naruto.
In the years that followed the Bruce Lee/Kung-Fu and Ninja film period a new player emerged in the American martial world Korean Taekwondo.
Taekwondo came to dominate the 80's and early 90's in this country. While many other arts and combat sports also flourished in the commercial Martial Arts boom of that period Taekwondo schools and masters seemed to be on every corner selling promises of martial mastery character development and enlightenment all to be accomplished over the course of a multi-year program enforced by a legal and binding contract. While a good number of folks may have achieved their ambitious goals in this regard many others came to see that Taekwondo is a Martial Art a fighting system a sport and an examination of Eastern thought and culture not a form of Magic.
Towards the close of this commercial Karate and Taekwondo boom a new no-nonsense player emerged into this equation Gracie Jiu-jitsu.
That there is no distinction between Gracie Jiu-jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu will be quite apparent to anyone who does even a modest bit of research. With this said what distinctions are there between Japanese Ju-jitsu and Brazilian or Gracie Jiu-jitsu
Let us now go into a brief bit of history and the exportation of Japanese Ju-jitsu to the country of Brazil. Ju-jitsu seems to have simply been a name for unarmed combat in the Samurai period though this may be an oversimplification on behalf of modern scholars. In any case there were definitely striking and percussive movements within the general subject of Ju-jitsu.
It was the advent of Kodokan Judo under the venerable Jigoro Kano that initiated the first grappling revolution or shall we say isolation of grappling-type techniques. Judo practitioners practiced an art and sport which featured no punches or kicks but rather focused solely on throws sweeps and locks. That these chokes and joint locks are potentially fatal is paradoxical in respect to the "gentle" nature of both Judo and Ju-jitsu.
A certain "Count" Maeda found himself in Brazil many decades ago and it is from this point in history that Gracie and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu begins. This Count Maedaaka Count Koma instructed two sons of a locally prominent fellow by the name of Gastao Gracie. These sons Carlos and Helio went on to develop both the Gracie style of Jiu-jitsu, like you see in jiu jitsu schools in Pompano Beach, as well as the Gracie diet.
This stripped-down variant of the original Ju-jitsu eliminated techniques which relied on strength favoring maneuvers that focused on leverage and technique. The Gracie clan followed in the path of Maeda which involved challenging stylists of other fighting systems to no-rules or in the Portuguese "Vale-Tudo" matches in order to prove the effectiveness if not invincibility of this somewhat obscure art.
These early Vale-Tudo matches gave way to the Gracie-sponsored Ultimate Fighting Championship which clearly demonstrated to the entire fight-world the importance of ground-fighting skills and the unbelievable effectiveness of the Gracie-method of Jiu-jitsu.
Nothing in life remains stagnant and fighting is no exception. Modern MMA or Mixed Martial Arts competition as typified by the UFC Strike Force and Bellator Fighting Championships showcase fighters of various disciplines including Greco-Roman Wrestling Muay Thai Kickboxing and of course Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Rather than BJJ remaining a singularly-dominant method of achieving victory in MMA it has become an aspect of the larger fighting elemental recipe alongside boxing wrestling kicking and takedown defense.
BJJ training is usually conducted in three manners:
Sport BJJ- This is the most traditional type of BJJ practice and involves wearing a "gi" or Judo/Ju-Jitsu uniform. Very similar if not nearly identical in many respects to the Judo practice of Ne-Waza.
No-Gi Jiu-jitsu- As the name suggest this is BJJ practiced minus the dynamics of the gi. This type of grappling practice is nearly indistinguishable from the American designation of "Submission Wrestling" as most widely exemplified by the NAGA or North American Grappling Association and its regularly hosted events which are open to grapplers of any style.
BJJ for MMA- The inclusion of striking techniques drastically alters the concerns of the Jiu-jitsu artist but not entirely so. The strategies utilized by a BJJ fighter remain essentially the same though necessarily modified to address the concerns of striking while grappling. It is this variant that is the most relevant to the MMA-fighter and in fact may be seen as simply something to defend against rather than use offensively as in the case of a fighter such as Quinton "Rampage" Jackson who while very difficult to submit rarely attempts any sort of Jiu-jitsu finishing technique.
Anyone interested in this incredibly effective art who is in the South Florida area will invariably come across the name American Top Team. This team is the largest and winningest team in the entire sport of MMA worldwide. Master Charles Panoyan's Velocity Martial Arts and American Top Team of Pompano Beach and Velocity Martial Arts - Marcelo Silveira Jiu Jitsu Team service the entire South Florida, Boca Raton, Lighthouse Point, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale area in their state-of-the-art facility in Pompano Beach. I recommend their gym above all others for someone who seeks to learn and study this magnificent art.
I hope this brief dissertation has been helpful to you when you are looking for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Schools in Pompano Beach / Lighthouse Point / Fort Lauderdale. Best of luck to you and yours see you on the mat.
Call or stop by our state-of-the-art BJJ school in Pomano Beach, Lighthouse Point, Deerfield Beach, and Boca Raton today, and allow us to guide you in your pursuit of martial proficiency. Begin training in this dynamic and effective art today, and see for yourself why Brazilian Jiu-jistu has revolutionized the entire world of the Martial Arts.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes in Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point, Deerfield Beach, and Boca Raton
Pompano Beach Jiu JItsu has become very popular. There are many schools in Pompano Beach that claim they do Jiu Jitsu or Mixed Martial Arts, however 9 times out of 10 that is just some marketing scam. My suggestion to you is go to all of the schools that claim to teach Jiu Jitsu in Pompano Beach and take a class. Ask if the teacher is actively competing, or if he/she ever has. Find out if the students are encouraged to compete. Typically if the school is good, the students are encouraged to compete. The largest winning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team is American Top Team. As far as Pompano Beach Jiu Jitsu, Velocity Martial Arts - American Top team of Pompano is the only choice.
Lighthouse Point Jiu Jitsu schools are impossible to find. Largely because there are none:)Velocity Martial Arts is right on the border of Pompano Beach and Lighthouse Point Florida. If you are interested in Lighthouse Point Jiu Jitsu, come and try a class at Velocity Martial Arts of Pompano Beach Florida
Deerfield Beach Jiu Jitsu schools are a little easier to come by. There is an American Top Team of Deerfield, and here is Velocity Martial Arts of Boca Raton. Both schools are good, however Velocity Martial Arts of Boca Raton has a Deerfield Beach Jiu Jitsu Class which is taught by Legondary Master Marcelo Silveira (co-founder of American Top Team).
Boca Raton Jiu Jitsu
schools are everywhere. There is American Top Team, Gracie, Brazilian Top Team, Jaco, Blackzillians, and more. All of these schools in Boca Raton offer Jiu Jitsu and are all very good teachers. However, in this area, Master Charles Panoyan and Master Marcelo Silveira are the pioneers in Boca Raton Jiu Jitsu.
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