Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting.
It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant using joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat an opponent.
BJJ can be trained for self defence, sport grappling tournaments and mixed martial arts competition.
The art began with Mitsuyo Maeda, an expert Japanese Judoka. Maeda was one of five of the top groundwork experts that Judo’s founder Kano Jigoro sent overseas to spread his art to the world.
Maeda left Japan in 1904, and visited a number of countries giving demonstrations and accepting challenges from wrestlers, boxers, as well as a variety of fighters and martial artists. Eventually he arrived in Brazil 1914.
It is often claimed that BJJ is a development of traditional Japanese Jujutsu, and that Maeda was a Jujutsuka.
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