Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at it’s best!

A big question first- What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, aka BJJ?

Let’s look at the wikipedia definition, and then I’ll give you my version:

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting.

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Okay, I think we all knew that. We might be sitting in the BJJ backwater of Dublin, but we knew that much! Let’s look more practically and ask another question:

What is the goal of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Some would say that the ultimate goal of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is submission- make your opponent tap (give up) with a choke or joint lock. This is definitely a great way of winning a fight. But what if a choke or joint lock is impossible, or even dangerous? Let’s take a couple of scenarios.

First, an MMA fight. The goal of the Jiu Jitsu fighter in an MMA match is to avoid being hit or kicked, take his opponent down, get to a dominant position, and then to finish with a submission. If the opponent takes the Jiu Jitsu fighter down first, then the BJJ fighter can use a variety of techniques to win the match, even when he’s lying on his back. (a unique facet of BJJ). He can also use BJJ to control his opponent and to land fight winning punches.

A second scenario is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu match. Here the goal is basically the same, but two things are different. Firstly, no strikes are allowed, and secondly, the opponent will be more or less equally versed in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The BJJ fighter still wants to win by submission, but must score points along the way using the BJJ points system. He may tap his opponent using a choke or joint lock to win the match.

Finally, let’s look at a self defence scenario. Assuming an assault is probable, the best method for a Jiu Jitsu fighter to win, is to use the good health and fitness she’s gained through training to outrun a potential attacker. If this is not possible, then the goal is the same, control your opponent, and use a joint lock or choke to disable them or to hold them until help arrives.

The point is that in any of the three scenarios, Jiu Jitsu works in the same way. So we could say that the goal is to control or submit your opponent.

While we agree with that at Kyuzo, we actually think the goal is almost incidental. Since the majority of our members do not compete in either MMA or BJJ, and thankfully incidences of them being attacked on the streets of Dublin are extremely rare, for us it’s better to see the goal of BJJ like this:

To train for self improvement, fitness and health, and to pass on the art of Jiu Jitsu!

We hope to see you here soon!


Sounds like your thing? Why not give us a shout at members@kyuzogym.com to find out how you can learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu right here in Dublin!

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