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Jiu-Jitsu is a self-defence martial art and combat sport that originated in the late 1920s, based on grappling, ground fighting, and submission holds. It focuses on the skill of taking an opponent to the ground, controlling one’s opponent, gaining a dominant position, and using a number of techniques to force them into submission via joint locks or chokeholds.

Based on Kodokan judo it later came to be its own defined combat sport.  today it’s an essential martial art for modern MMA. Governing bodies such as the IBJJF work worldwide, and set the rules and standards to be held in sport competitions.

The concept, taken from Japanese jiu-jitsu, that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent by using leverage and weight distribution, taking the fight to the ground and using a number of holds and submissions to defeat them. Jiu-Jitsu training can be used for sport grappling and self-defense situations. Sparring, commonly referred to as “rolling” within the community, and live drilling plays a major role in training and the practitioner’s development. Jiu-Jitsu used as a method of promoting physical fitness, building character, and as a way of life.