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What is the difference between GRACIE JIU JITSU and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

GRACIE JIU JITSU is a self defense martial art focused on leverage and efficiency developed by Carlos and Helio Gracie. When GRACIE JIU JITSU came to the US, due to name ownership and to make it more recognizable it is often called Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Also, it is frequently found that schools focusing on “Gracie” Jiu Jitsu spend more time teaching self defense and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools focus more on the competition side of Jiu Jitsu. Griffin Jiu Jitsu Academy uses Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on our signs as it is very recognizable BUT we are a GRACIE JIU JITSU school under Master Pedro Sauer.

I thought Jiu Jitsu was from Japan?

That is correct. Jiu Jitsu was originally developed in Japan. In the early 1900’s a Japanese statesman traveling in Brazil taught the sons of Gastao Gracie a martial art called Jiu Jitsu to say thank you for helping get a Japanese colony established. Through trial and error the Gracie brothers refined what they were taught and named it GRACIE JIU JITSU.

What is a “Gi”?

Like most martial arts, we wear “uniforms” during class. This uniform is called a “gi” or kimono. With the frequent grabbing of clothing during an attack or grappling situation, the gi is more sturdy and prevents the tearing of our normal clothes.

What should I wear when trying an introductory class?

Although Griffin Jiu Jitsu Academy has “loaner” gi’s you can wear, we recommend wearing comfortable clothes that you are comfortable wearing if laying on the ground.

What is the structure or plan for each class?

Each class at Griffin Jiu Jitsu Academy starts with a brief warmup of basic movements and a review of techniques and principles taught in the previous class. Following this, new techniques and principles are taught and practiced and the class finishes with positional/situational training to develop reflexes, timing and accuracy.

How do I advance in Jiu Jitsu?

Adults progress through a series of belts (White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black) by attending class regularly and passing “belt tests” after the required amount of classes have been completed. Typically a student is ready to test for their Blue belt after 100 class hours. The Purple belt test can be requested after 500 class hours have been completed. During the progress of each belt, stripes or degrees, are awarded to recognize progress.

Kids also progress through a series of belts and earn stripes/degrees after a certain number of classes have been reached. After 50 classes a child can test for their Jr Grey belt. After 100 classes they can test for their Grey belt and again for their Sr Grey Belt after 150 hours. From there every 100 classes allows them to test for their next belt, Jr Yellow, Yellow, Sr Yellow, Jr Orange, Orange, Sr Orange, Jr Green, Green and Sr Green belts.

What is better, Karate or Jiu Jitsu for self defense?

Most bullying situations and street attacks end up on the ground. Further, punching and kicking is frequently against school policy. GRACIE JIU JITSU uses leverage and technique to defend against a larger/stronger attacker without the use of punches or kicks. It allows you to escape a dangerous position, maintain a dominant position and apply effective submission holds until the attacker gives up or help arrives. It is the perfect martial art for kids, youth and women!

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