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What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport based on ground fighting. It focuses on using leverage to control, gain a dominant position, or subdue a potential attacker or opponent. These techniques also include various joint manipulations and chokeholds that force your opponent to submit or give up. 

BJJ or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, is a branch of the Jiu Jitsu lineage tree that began with The Japanese many centuries ago. Intended for use at close combat, Jiu Jitsu became the foundation of many modern martial arts and combat sports, such as Judo, Aikido, and Sambo. In the 1920s, Jiu Jitsu was introduced to the Gracie family in Brazil. They developed their own style of the art and named it Gracie Jiu Jitsu, which later became known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 

Jiu Jitsu teaches a smaller and weaker person to use leverage to defend themselves from bigger and stronger opponents. It provides the individual with increased physical strength and cardio as well as increased self confidence and the ability to remain level headed in stressful situations.

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