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ABOUT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU GETTING STARTED HISTORY OF JIU-JITSU

ABOUT

WHAT IS BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a sport, self-defense system, and a fitness program. It has proven to be the most practical and effective self-defense system in the world. It relies on leverage and technique, rather than strength and size. This allows you to defend yourself against much bigger, stronger attackers. As a result, BJJ is a great sport for everyone – women and kids included.

It is one of the fastest growing martial arts, due in part to its great success in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and Mixed Martial Arts in general. BJJ focuses on grappling and ground fighting with the goal of getting into a position to force an attacker or opponent to submit or give up.

BJJ is also an intense, aerobic and anaerobic workout so your overall health and fitness will improve, including your flexibility, strength, cardiovascular fitness, ability to burn fat, and muscular endurance.

BENEFITS OF BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU

Although many people start Jiu-Jitsu to learn self defense, they quickly learn that it is an addictive sport full of physical & mental benefits. You may find that you sleep more soundly, focus better at work or school, accomplish more of your goals, and have a more optimistic outlook on life.

PEOPLE WHO REGULARLY PRACTICE JIU-JITSU CITE SEVERAL POSITIVE CHANGES

IMPROVED CONFIDENCE

RAPID WEIGHT OR FAT LOSS

MORE ENERGY

LESS STRESS

Better focus at work or school

DEEPER SLEEP

HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

BETTER ATTITUDE & OVERALL HAPPINESS

Enhanced athleticism

(strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, condition, muscle tone)

PEOPLE WHO REGULARLY PRACTICE JIU-JITSU CITE SEVERAL POSITIVE CHANGES

IMPROVED CONFIDENCE

RAPID WEIGHT OR FAT LOSS

MORE ENERGY

LESS STRESS

BETTER FOCUS

DEEPER SLEEP

HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

BETTER ATTITUDE & OVERALL HAPPINESS

ENHANCED ATHLETICISM

(strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, condition, muscle tone)

Every new student at Lepri Jiu-Jitsu receives 3 orientation lessons to begin your Jiu-Jitsu journey depending on the program you take. These orientation lessons are essentially private or semi-private lessons designed to maximize your Jiu-Jitsu experience.

For those new to the sport, they introduce you to the most important concepts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to help you develop a solid foundation. They cover the basics in a way that will make your journey in the sport easier, safer, and your development faster.

The orientation lessons occur during the classes dedicated to fundamentals. They are taught individually or in small groups and generally last 30-60 minutes. Regardless of your age, fitness level, or experience in the sport, it will help provide an easy transition & maximize your development and success in the sport.

GETTING

STARTED

HISTORY OF BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU

BY ADAM BENSHEA

In 1914, Esai Maeda, also known as “Count Koma,” arrived in Brazil to establish a Japanese immigration colony. Maeda was aided in his quest by a Brazilian scholar of Scottish heritage, Gastao Gracie. Maeda was no ordinary immigrant; he was a direct pupil of the founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano. Further, Maeda was a master of both Judo and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu.

To repay Gastao’s kindness, Maeda taught Gastao’s oldest son, Carlos, the arts of Judo and Jiu-Jitsu. In turn, Carlos then taught the art to three of his four brothers: Oswaldo, Gastao, and George. And in 1925, the first Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy was opened in Rio de Janeiro.

The fourth brother, Helio, was a frail young man, weighing only 135 pounds. Therefore, he was not included in the original instruction. However, he watched attentively from the side of the mat. One day when the other brothers failed to show up to teach class, Helio provided instruction based on his modified versions of the Jiu-Jitsu techniques. Helio focused on using leverage, rather than strength, to apply the techniques.

The concept of techniques based on leverage, not strength, became the essential principle of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or BJJ. To prove the effectiveness of their art, the Gracies followed in the tradition of Maeda and provided an open challenge to anyone who doubted the applicability of BJJ in a real fight. These challenges, known as “Vale Tudo” (Portuguese for “anything goes”) matches, manifested themselves in a manner of combat that is the precursor to today’s MMA.

THE FOUNDING OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP

The Gracies’ fame quickly grew as a result of their success of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the Open Challenge matches; so much so, that the Gracie family wanted a larger stage to showcase the efficiency of their family’s art. In 1993, Helio’s eldest son, Rorion, along with Art Davie, held the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the USA in Denver, Colorado. As a means to exhibit the effectiveness of the art, and not the practitioner, the rather meek-looking Royce Gracie was chosen to represent the family. To the surprise of many viewers, Royce won three of the first four UFCs, and in the process defeated opponents up to 80 pounds heavier than he was.

The advent of the UFC and the success of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu caused many martial practitioners to question long-held assumptions about the effectiveness of their martial art in a realistic combat situation. After the initial UFCs, there was a surge in the martial world toward learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as BJJ dominated the initial MMA and No Holds Barred (NHB) shows in North America, Brazil, Japan and Russia. But over time, the image of the BJJ fighter as the constant victor in MMA shows diminished, as the hybrid style of the MMA fighter emerged.

Nonetheless, the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu remains a crucial component of the skills training for any successful MMA fighter. In particular, the majority of ground positions and submissions commonly encountered in an MMA fight have their origins in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In competition, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu match may last anywhere from five to ten minutes, based on the age and rank of the competitors. Recently, BJJ practice and competition has become divided between two forms of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: gi and no-gi. The primary difference separating the two forms of BJJ is based on whether the practitioners are wearing the traditional martial arts uniform (gi). No-gi BJJ is characterized by a looser and faster style of “rolling” or live sparring. In addition, the no-gi style of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu corresponds more directly with mixed martial arts. While there does exist slight modifications in the techniques one applies to gi or no-gi, the conceptual ideas in BJJ remain constant.

FAQS

Below are some frequently asked questions about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or you have a suggestion, please email us at info@lucaslepriph.com , call us at 704-937-1606, or fill out our online contact form.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a sport, self-defense system, and a fitness program. It has proven to be the most practical and effective self-defense system in the world. It relies on leverage and technique, rather than strength and size. This allows you to defend yourself against much bigger, stronger attackers. As a result, BJJ is a great sport for everyone – including women and kids.

It is one of the fastest growing martial arts, due (in part) to its great success in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and Mixed Martial Arts in general. BJJ focuses on grappling and ground fighting with the goal of getting into a position to force an attacker or opponent to submit or give up.

BJJ is also an intense, aerobic and anaerobic workout so your overall health and fitness will improve, including your flexibility, strength, cardiovascular fitness, ability to burn fat, and muscular endurance.

No. You do not need to be strong, flexible, or in particularly good shape to start Jiu-Jitsu. By practicing Jiu-Jitsu, you will most certainly improve your strength, flexibility, and conditioning (plus balance, coordination, and more), but you do not need to have those traits to begin with. Disclaimer: Doctors’ recommend anyone who starts any strenuous activity, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, receive a physical examination to ensure they can safely participate in the program’s activities.

You generally wear either a gi (sometimes called a kimono) or nogi attire to practice/train. If you are in your trial classes, you can wear any comfortable clothing and we will loan you the appropriate attire. When you sign up, you will receive a gi as part of registration.

A gi consists of a cotton jacket, reinforced cotton pants, and a belt. It was adapted from the uniforms used in traditional martial arts like karate.  When using the gi, you and your opponent have more “things” to hold onto and use against each other.

We also practice and compete (for those who want to compete) without the gi. This is called “nogi” Jiu-Jitsu or “submission grappling”. The “nogi” attire consists of fight/board shorts and a rash guard.

*Both Males and females should wear a rash guard and a spandex shorts under the gi.

No. The majority of people who learn and train Jiu-Jitsu do not compete. Of course, competition can be a reason to set goals and a great way to challenge and test yourself. We encourage anyone who wants to compete to do so, but there is no expectation or requirement to do it. Come learn, get in shape, and enjoy the sport. You can decide later if you’d like to compete.

Jiu-Jitsu has proven itself in actual 1-on-1 combat situations:

(1) challenge matches, (2) the Ultimate Fighting Championship (Mixed Martial Arts), and (3) the military/law enforcement:

1. One of the primary methods of advancing the sport during its early development was to issue or accept challenge matches to test the art against other martial artists, fighters, and/or tough guys.

Jiu-Jitsu practitioners consistently won those confrontations, and losses or weaknesses that were exposed resulted in adjustments to the sport (less useful moves/positions were changed or eliminated and more effective techniques added).

2. Inspired by the challenge matches and subsequent videos, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was created in 1993 by Rorion Gracie, Art Davie, and John Milius to showcase the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Royce Gracie (Rorion’s younger brother) entered the first four UFCs.Despite being the lightest competitor in all 4 events, he won 3 of them (UFC 1, UFC 2, & UFC 4).

He withdrew from the finals of UFC 3 due to dehydration.

He didn’t lose a match and won 11 consecutive victories by submission, a record that still stands today.

Perhaps the only more meaningful attribution to Jiu-Jitsu is that every Mixed Martial Artist and nearly all serious martial artists now incorporate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a core part of their training program.

3. The US Army’s Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP) is based largely on brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and its founder, Matt Larsen, is a black belt under Jacare Cavalcanti and a member of the Alliance family of Jiu-Jitsu academies (which includes Lucas Lepri Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Fitness).

Jiu-Jitsu is a very safe sport, and safety is a core principle at Lucas Lepri Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Fitness. Our mat etiquette, curriculum design, practice process, and instruction methods all ensure safety first.

Today is the day you can begin your journey that will definitely change your life.

BJJ is for everyone – regardless of sex or age. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was originally formulated for use by smaller, weaker people to allow them to defend themselves against larger, stronger attackers. In that way, Jiu-Jitsu is perfectly suited for women, kids, young and old. Anyone and everyone can participate!

NO. Anyone, at any age, can do Jiu-Jitsu.  Alliance has students ranging in age from 3 to 80.

No preparation is required. Just bring your attire (gi or nogi), flip flops, and come ready to learn and have fun! If you don’t have a gi, you can borrow one of ours for your introductory classes. Once you sign up, you will get a gi. If you already have a gi, ensure is without any other academy patch.

The belt order for adults is: White, Blue, Purple, Brown, Black, Red/Black, Red/White, & Red. Some schools award “stripes” for white, blue, purple, and brown belt, based (typically) on time/ practice frequency. At Lucas Lepri Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Fitness, we award stripes as follows:

  • White: 1 stripe at each 30th class (appropriate level class required), up to 4 stripes.
  • Blue, Purple, Brown:  1 stripe at each 90th class, up to 4 stripes.

The decision to promote any individual from belt to belt is a subjective process based on criteria beyond simply participation. Generally, attitude, technical knowledge, and demonstrated skill are important elements for belt promotion with character traits, leadership, etc. become increasingly important at higher ranks.

Kids, until 16 years of age, use a different belt ranking system which includes White, Yellow, Orange, and Green.

The journey in Jiu-Jitsu is much more rigorous that most other martial arts but when you see a black belt, you know it was earned. Although each person is unique, it generally takes between 8-15 years to reach black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It takes 9 months – 18 months to go from white to blue belt and then 2-5 years each for the subsequent belt, up to black.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the best workouts you can get, and it provides far better results than a typical aerobic workout. It is also much more fun and interactive than most exercise programs, so you end up working out more and harder. Many people practice it primarily for the health/exercise benefits, which increase muscle tone and reduce body fat while improving your balance, coordination, cardio vascular capacity, and muscular endurance.

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