BJJ a martial art, combat sport, and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. The art was derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan Judo which itself is derived from Japanese Jiujitsu.
It teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique – most notably by applying joint-locks and choke holds to defeat your opponent. 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 performing various drills with a partner play a major role in training.
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