Jiu Jitsu is originally from Japan and was the art of the samurais. In the late 1800s, Jigoro Kano took the grappling techniques from Jiu Jitsu, and developed Judo which later became an Olympic sport. In 1914, Kano's student, Mitsuyo Maeda, traveled to Brazil, where he would do challenge fights against other martial artists and started teaching Jiu Jitsu. In Brazil the art continued to evolve into what we today call Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. One of the main differences between Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, is that in Judo, the focus is on the standing part of the fight where you can win by throws, in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the focus is on the ground fighting and on finishing your opponent using joint locks and choke holds.
Besides being one of the world’s most effective martial arts as far as real life application, one of the most obvious benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that it’s a great workout! Training Jiu Jitsu will improve your fitness and health drastically, without you having to spend hours in the gym on the treadmill or lifting weights. You’ll get stronger, increase your mobility, improve your cardio, enhance your motor skills and coordination, and build muscle while losing fat.
While the physical benefits of training Jiu Jitsu are great, we believe that the mental benefits of training Jiu Jitsu are even greater. As a student you will develop your ability to stay calm and focused in stressful situations, to be energy-efficient and control your heart rate by breathing properly, practicing problem-solving and finding creative solutions along with many other skillsets that you'll develop while training Jiu-Jitsu, which are very useful in other aspects of life
From the basic techniques that provides logical solutions to common problems, to the intricate advanced techniques with numerous details and variations, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is like a never-ending game with an infinite number of options. It’s highly technical and is as challenging for the mind as it is for the body, which is why it’s often referred to as “Human Chess”. In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu there is no finish line, there is an infinite number of positions, techniques and variations, with new ones being developed daily all across the world, so you'll never get the feeling that you know everything and that there's nothing left for you to learn. That keeps it exciting and challenging to train, even for people who have trained their whole lives.