Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport and a self- defense grappling system developed after Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake moved to Brazil and taught Kodokan Judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals to Carlos Gracie and Luiz França.
After years of experimentation and adaptation within their extended family, Carlos Gracie and his brother Hélio (the creators of modern Gracie Jiu-Jitsu/ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) eventually evolved BJJ into its own distinct art.
BJJ promotes the concept that smaller, weaker persons can successfully defend themselves against bigger, stronger assailants by taking the fight to the ground and defeating another person via the use of joint-locks or chokeholds.
'"Jits" training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi or no-gi), MMA competition and self-defense situations. Sparring (commonly referred to as "rolling") and live drilling play a major role in training and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progression and ascension through its ranking system.
BJJ is not solely a martial art, it's also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way of life.
The Foundation BJJ program outlines the main concepts, positions and strategies required to roll safely at SBG Australia.