12 Facts About Brazilian jiu-jitsu


Brazilian jiu-jitsu left Japan in 1904 and visited a number of countries giving "jiu-do" demonstrations and accepting challenges from wrestlers, boxers, savate fighters, and various other martial artists, and arrived in Brazil on 14 November 1914.

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Brazilian jiu-jitsu taught Carlos for several years, eventually passing his knowledge on to his brothers.

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Name "Brazilian jiu-jitsu" derives from an older romanization of its original spelling in the West; the modern Hepburn romanization of ?? is "jujutsu".

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Brazilian jiu-jitsu did not follow these changes to judo rules, and this divergence gave BJJ a distinct identity as a ground focused grappling art, this difference was later consolidated with the creation of a new set of rules that guide BJJ practice today.

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Brazilian jiu-jitsu focuses on getting an opponent to the ground in order to neutralize possible strength or size advantages through ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds.

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Traditionally, to be promoted in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the wearing of the Jiu-Jitsu gi while training is a requirement.

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Brazilian jiu-jitsu ranking system awards a practitioner different coloured belts to signify increasing levels of technical knowledge and practical skill.

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Unlike in some martial arts such as taekwondo and karate, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu commonly takes more than several years to earn, and the rank is generally considered expert level.

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Since its inception Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has had different registered federations and tournaments .

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The first Brazilian jiu-jitsu federation was the Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Guanabara, which has remained a regional federation of Rio de Janeiro, while many others were founded.

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The most common injuries Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners suffer from are ACL tears, rotator cuff tears in the shoulders and spinal disc herniations, most commonly in the neck region.

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Besides the normal strains and pulls associated with most martial arts, Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners are exposed to regular skin abrasions and potential unsanitary mat conditions.

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