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Is Jiu Jitsu Changing? Springfield MA

 

What if I told you the answer to that question might be “no”. Most people would say that the answer can’t be “no”- not now at least, not after the evolution that has occurred over the last decade. You can point to the exponential growth of competition and it’s competitors, the availability of high-level instruction, the prevalence of video instruction, and a growing group of professional jiu jitsu athletes as proof that the sport has advanced far beyond where it was just 10 years ago. But, all of those things are elements of the sport, not the jiu jitsu. So again I’ll ask the question, has the jiu jitsu actually changed?

There is no doubt jiu jitsu techniques are hard to hide in this day and age, and that new positions and techniques are available like never before. Now with live streaming of every major event, and YouTube, there are no more secrets, so it forces everyone to evolve and grow. But are the fundamentals that win championships any different than they were 10-15 years ago? Earlier this year when we were out in San Diego visiting Master Royler Gracie, he shared something with us that was sort of eye-opening. He told us that the approach he would take to competition now would be no different than the approach he took in 1999 (discussing technique and strategy). Now you are more than welcome to form your own opinions about this topic, but I can tell you that Royler was very sincere in this sentiment.

Let me submit an argument that perhaps you don’t always have to learn the “latest” techniques (although there is nothing wrong with this) to compete at the very highest level in this day and age. The case would be that jiu jitsu in it’s pure unadulterated form can be learnt and applied the same way today in competition as it was in 1999, and that in fact, jiu jitsu’s effectiveness is not changing, merely it’s competitors.

 

Exhibit A: Royler winning the Mundials in the late 90′s

 

Exhibit B: Kron winning the Pans in 2008 with relatively similar, and equally fundamental BJJ

 

Exhibit C: Roger Gracie,  one of the most dominant competitors in the last few years

I understand completely that it is pretty absurd to suggest that jiu jitsu isn’t changing, especially given what you see the Mendes Bros., Miyao Bros., and other high level competitors doing on the mats, but I would simply like to suggest the idea that jiu jitsu is not evolving beyond it’s own effectiveness.  The premise of this article is that fundamental jiu jitsu is never changing, even though the execution might look different.

How can this benefit you? Don’t always concern yourself with learning everything that’s out there. Learn  proven technique from qualified instructors, and focus on application. All jiu jitsu works, old and new. So study all the above videos, there si something we can all learn from each of them.

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Springfield BJJ asks, Is Brazil the Most Important Country in UFC History?

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  UFC World Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos is seen in the octagon at UFC on Fox:  Live Heavyweight Championship at the Honda Center on November 12, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Brazil is the most important country in the history of mixed martial arts, but not in the history of the UFC.

When the UFC burst onto the scene in 1993 and had a Brazilian by the name of Royce Gracie as its poster boy, the whole concept of “mixed rules” fighting was a new thing to contemporary American sports scene, then obsessed with boxing and unrealistic Karate/Kung Fu films.

However, “no holds barred” fights were nothing new in Brazil. These sport of fighting was called “Vale Tudo” which was Portuguese for “anything goes,” and it became immensely popular in Brazil in the 20th century.

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The biggest stars of the Vale Tudo scene?

The Gracie family.

Their patented weapon?

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Their fighting art (which was basically Judo modified to focus more on ground techniques rather than throws and arbitrary competitions for points) was eventually exported via Rorion Gracie, who traveled to the United States and, after some struggling, managed to get on his feet and even break into Hollywood, where he is famous for teaching Mel Gibson a bit of Jiu-Jitsu.

Rorion’s exploits, as well as those of the Gracie family, were written about in an edition of Playboy magazine that caught the attention of an advertising mogul by the name of Art Davie. Davie and Rorion came up with an early version of the UFC (then called War of the Worlds).

This meeting, along with the help of pay-per-view executive Robert Meyrowitz, led to the creation of the UFC and the airing of the inaugural event in which Rorion’s relative Royce Gracie showcased how effective the family art could be against someone who didn’t know it.

But it wasn’t exactly the family art.

What they (brilliantly) branded and marketed as “Gracie Jiu-Jitsu” was actually Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The Gracies didn’t invent it; they just packaged it and sold it better than anyone else.

Nevertheless, it started a martial arts revolution.

Soon after the first UFC events, serious fighters began training in all facets of Jiu-Jitsu. You had to know BJJ, or at least how to counter it, if you were going to be successful in the cage.

This lead to strikers cross training in BJJ. Once the BJJ fighters realized that the strikers knew what they knew, they started training in striking, and mixed martial arts was born.

Thus, Brazil and BJJ helped to create the modern sport of mixed martial arts, but it wasn’t the most country in the UFC’s history.

Yes, a Brazilian with a Brazilian fighting style helped create the UFC, but that was the old UFC, the UFC owned by the Semaphore Entertainment Group.

The modern-day UFC is owned by a company known as Zuffa. And it’s Zuffa that’s responsible for much of the UFC’s current success.

Zuffa backed the UFC even when it was making a loss, and eventually got the UFC onto Spike TV in the form of a reality show called The Ultimate Fighter. The show catapulted the UFC into stardom practically overnight; it had a place in society now.

The UFC would continue to grow and hold events in other nations, but its principle fanbase was in the United States, and more UFC shows were held in the United States than any other country (since it was and is an American company, after all).

But that’s not to discount what Brazil has done for the modern UFC. Many of the Zuffa era’s best fighters—such as Anderson Silva, Junior Dos Santos and Jose Aldo—are all from Brazil. The Brazilian market is also a massive one for the UFC, and the MMA circuit in Brazil is ripe with amazing, undiscovered talent.

Still, while it was Brazil that ultimately created MMA and the old UFC, it was the actions of Americans in the United States that helped bring it to it’s current heights.

Both countries have their importance, and modern MMA/the modern UFC couldn’t exist without either.

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Bruce Lee, Father Of Mixed Martial Arts MMA Jeet Kune Do

Western Mass BJJ is a big fan of how Bruce Lee affected martial arts in Springfield Ma.
Mixed martial arts or MMA as this popular fighting sport is commonly known is a combination of different martial arts combat styles including kickboxing, jiujitsu, wrestling, boxing and others.  The MMA fighters are basically using the most effective fighting techniques from different styles of martial arts in the ring.  Interestingly enough, there is a Bruce Lee connection to MMA.
So instead of training in just one discipline like wrestling or boxing, MMA fighters must train in a variety of techniques from different martial arts which make them better rounded fighters.  Although it may seem like a novel or revolutionary concept, this idea of using the best of different martial arts styles is not new.
In fact, the martial arts legend and action movie star Bruce Lee, is considered by many in the martial arts world to be the father of mixed martial arts.  He was the first to publicly advocate training in a variety of martial arts styles including western boxing and wrestling.
Bruce Lee moved away from being a traditional martial artist utilizing classical forms, stances and techniques.  He created his own style of martial arts called Jeet June Do which is pretty well his style of mixed martial arts.  He even compiled his ideas of mixed martial arts in his book called Tao of Jeet Kune Do.
This caused some controversy among some of the traditionalists in martial arts back in his time, especially before he became famous through his movies.  But as time went on, even after his death, his concepts became more accepted by modern martial artists around the world.  He has influenced countless numbers of martial artists to train with a variety of martial arts techniques.
History now suggests that Bruce Lee was way ahead of his time with his early ideas of mixed martial arts.  If he can only see what he has started now with the explosion of MMA as a popular sport.  He would be certainly be proud.  The mixed martial arts MMA world definitely owes a lot to Bruce Lee for having the ingenuity and courage to go against the traditionalists to develop the mixed martial arts concept so many years ago.
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The Advantages of Participating in Jiu Jitsu for Girls: Health, Strength of Character and Self Defense

“But shouldn’t she be taking dance classes instead?”

“My daughter is 9 years old and a fourth grade honor roll student. Besides being smart AND the most beautiful girl in the universe (as I am sure your daughter is, too!) she is also creative and energetic. She enjoys playing with dolls, reading horror books (like R.L. Stine) and sewing. She likes boys, too, which of course is new territory for me as her mom. Often she spends hours braiding her hair or changing her outfits six times per hour. In other words, she is a typical nine year old girl!

Three days a week, however, she (along with her younger brother) dons a gi, kicks off her flip flops, bows respectfully and joins a large group of (mostly) boys for her class in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. For an hour she sprints, rolls, cartwheels, and performs all manner of difficult Pilates-style exercises before spending twenty to thirty minutes participating in full-contact grappling with boys and girls of all sizes and ages. Her instructors are tough – the children are expected to have self-control and discipline. There is no striking, kicking, hair-pulling, eye-poking, or roughhousing allowed. If a student feels concerned he or she will be injured, a simple tap on the sparring partner’s body alerts the person to ease up and then they begin again.

So why do I allow my daughter to participate in a full-contact grappling sport?

The short answer: Because I love her, and I want her to be independent and secure her entire life.

“It can be a dangerous world for girls”

Statistics show that 1 in 5 girls have been sexually assaulted by someone they know by the time they reach high school. Far from the media-perpetuated myth of armed strangers attacking helpless girls, the most common sexual assault is perpetrated by someone the girl knows.

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Western Mass BJJ: Is BJJ Truly the Most Effective Martial Art in the UFC?

Most experts would say, YES.

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is revered as the most thorough and comprehensive martial art practiced in the world today. With its core rooted in practical self-defense and real life scenarios where ground technique is necessary for survival, BJJ gives any fighter the ability to compete on an equal plane with their contender with very little regard to size, skill and speed.

Because of it’s reputation of being so effective and results-driven, naturally, Jiu-Jitsu techniques are becoming increasingly popular. The art of BJJ has been slightly altered to better serve the military, police, and law enforcement across the globe. Changes have been made taking the focus off of street fighting, while instead highlighting more specific confrontational situations that these organizations primarily deal with. The main goal is to gain control of those they’re aiming to apprehend, while significantly reducing the risk of harm to both parties. It is useful with restraint procedures, weapons control and disarmament. What makes it so successful in these circumstances is that it can be incorporated into training programs with ease, while the techniques are both extremely effective and comprehensible. The trainee does not need to be an advanced student in order to grasp the concepts and use them with accuracy – a necessity for the officer to be confident in their ability to execute the technique properly.

Developed to encompass the unpredictable nature of a street fight, BJJ’s self-defense component includes techniques such as grabs, holds, submissions, and previously mentioned weapons disarmaments. These techniques can be especially valuable to females found in compromising positions, defending against abuse and rape versus larger individuals. Through the development of the UFC, BJJ has been able to prove itself as the most effective martial art. By being able to compare the techniques of BJJ to other methods used in real fight scenarios (situations where the fight ends up on the ground, making punching and kicking difficult to execute) it becomes extremely evident that the BJJ techniques reign supreme, as match results dictate.

Perhaps most important, is that those who train BJJ, train against an opponent at full strength. Most martial arts cannot be practiced against an opponent at full strength, making it scenario-based, as opposed to actually being real life. BJJ students are afforded the opportunity to train at 100% capacity, thus developing their techniques fully. By training against active opponents, the success rate for defense in real situations increases drastically because you’re able to train in the follow-through, completing each move until your opponent taps.
*Citations: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Mark Walder