It was a really big day for Richmond’s Apex Martial Arts, when they sent fifteen athletes to compete in the fourth annual IBJJF Pan Kids 2012 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship, and thirteen of these athletes came back home with a whopping thirteen medals. This competition is held at California, and is the biggest Jiu Jitsu event held in all of North America. There were athletes from all over the world, from Brazil, England, Japan and USA, who participated in the event.
Marcy Hilario, who is an instructor at the Apex Martial Arts centre, said that it was not a bad haul at all for such a small Jiu Jitsu school. Marcy was of the opinion that they have definitely made their mark in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu circuit, and is here to stay. Camille Bedard is a twelve year old, who is the owner of a grey belt, and Bedard reached the top spot with a gold medal, and he competed in the Ultra Heavy division. On the other hand, Brannon Jaurigue, an eight year old, emerged the victor in the Pee Wee Three Heavy Category. What is of utmost importance here is the fact that these contestants are just kids, and there is a long journey ahead of them yet, and it can be surely said that if they can perform this well now, at this ripe and tender age, they will definitely do wonders in the course of their lives in the world of Jiu Jitsu.
Jiu Jitsu is a sport of the highest level of focus and perseverance, and if these kids can perform at this degree of excellence now, then it can be safely said that the world is in store for quite a few utterly brilliant Jiu Jitsu practitioners in the near future.
Ever since it originated the number of changes and variations that have been incorporated have contributed to the varied facets of jiujutsu. Each teacher or instructor has incorporated a few new moves and techniques and have thus caused the main art form to diversify into many schools or ryu. The formations of new federations help other schools, instructors and clubs. Vary rarely it has resulted in such distant branching-offs that certain schools do not consider themselves a style of jiujutsu at all.
The 2000 or more jiujutsu ryu’s present during the 1600 was all characterized by certain common features. Certain old forms or schools of jiujutsu include Kashima shin ryu, Hontai Yoshin ryu, Kito ryu, Tatsumi ryu, Yoshin ryu, Sekiguchi Shinshin ryu, etc
Aikido, hapkido, judo, kenpo and Brazilian jiujutsu are certain martial art forms that have been influenced by jiujutsu. Karate and aiki styles have also been influenced by certain forms of jiujutsu to a certain extent. After the introduction of oriental jiujutsu in the west there were many inductions that led to the evolution of the traditional styles.
Traditional jiujutsu underwent several adaptations under the western instructors or teachers mainly to suit western cultures however sticking to their Japanese roots to various degrees. There are many schools founded following post-reformation in 1905, however the Danzan ryu, Jigo Tensin ryu (USA), German jiujutsu, Atemi ju-jitsu ( French), Hakko ryu, small circle jiujutsu are worth a mention.
Westernization of the martial art has led it into sports and entertainment. The “JJIF rules sports ju-jitsu” which is organized by the JJIF (ju-jitsu international federation) is recognized by the world games as an official sport. Sport jujitsu has two main variants, Duo where the attacker and defender (tori and uke) both come from the same team to demonstrate self-defense techniques and Fighting System or Free Fighting.
Marcus Almeida and Gabrielle Garcia from Brazil walked away with the black belt winning trophy and a sumptuous amount of money which amounted to $30,000 and a $10,000 respectively, at the World Professional Jiu-jitsu Championship finals in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. The four-day event was organized by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Almeida was undoubtedly thrilled and excited over winning the tournament because there were participants from over 50 nations. He said that he had been dreaming for this day to come in his life and now it was are laity to him which was enthralling for him. At the same time, he also mentioned that he was looking forward to coming to Abu Dhabi again to participate in the nest edition of the championship. His excitement about winning this tournament lies in the fact that he considers this tournament of jiu-jitsu to be one of the best tournaments in the world.
Talking about the tournament’s final fight in which Almeida won, his extra weight in comparison to his opponent would have given him an extra advantage but he made it sure not to make undue utilization of the same. He said that the entire credit of his winning went to his coach.
On the other hand, on the women’s tournament, it was Gabrielle Garcia who emerged victors and surprised everybody with her excellent jiu-jitsu skills. Her fight was tough although it was hard for the spectators to understand. So to her the victory was worth it.
Besides the crowned prince’s august presence, there had been an arrangement of lucky draw and the two winners pulled out names of the inners and the winners got a Land Rover and a Jaguar car.
The art of jiu-jitsu lies in the conservation of energy, just like nature conserves its own. The yardstick of efficiency in this martial art is based on how little strength one is making use of while making the moves to strike the opponent. The motion should be all the more economic so that the opponent will be down and not much of sweat will be wasted-more the sweat, more the energy wasted. That is almost regarded as a discredit. A good jiu-jitsu player can be identified if he breathes through his nose throughout the showdown. That is enough proof to show that he is not tired at all.
With practice, the ability to fight on for hours sharpens. Sloppy techniques are a strict no-no. The best way to judge how efficient one has become in jiu-jitsu is to go find a suitable partner who is quite experienced in this already and get into a wrestling session rather than simply punching on bags and practising kata. One needs to bring out that perfect game hidden inside him and that can be only achieved through keeping focus on how beautiful he can deliver the techniques because after all, jiu-jitsu is an art.
Very few can make it to that perfect and beautiful form of jiu-jitsu. But what this art gives out immediately after its initial mastering is the transformation of a character which includes personal development and overall uplifting of the personality. One not only becomes strong physically but also his character becomes a well-shaped one. This is because one breaks the shackles of emotional weaknesses and rises above them and gains the control of his soul. That is where the art of jiu-jitsu becomes meaningful to one’s life. It is not just a combat mechanism but a form of contemplation as well.
Of the numerous martial arts practiced the world over, one cannot help but come across Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It is one of the most well known forms of martial arts, and it is practiced by many the world over. This technique focuses on grappling methods, and ground fighting skills. The art was introduced in Brazil by Mitsuyo Maeda, who was a student of Kodokan Judo.
So, when a couple of Jiu Jitsu fighters got their brown belts from Jiu Jitsu legend Roger Gracie, it made the sports page of quite a few sports journals and papers. Sahid Khamlichi and Yasmine Wilson were awarded the prestigious brown belts by the legend, earlier this month, and this comes after years and years of hard work and toil and dedication. When approached, Khamlichi said that it was a huge honour to get his belt from the Jiu Jitsu legend, and it was really shocking, as he was not expecting it in the least. In the UK, there are only two black belts Jiu Jitsu fighters, but neither of them compete. So, if things go well, both Khamlichi and Wilson have the full potential to go all the way, and compete at the various international events and tournaments.
When their coach Capel was asked what he thinks of Yasmine, he stated that she has every chance of becoming the greatest Jiu Jitsu fighter in the UK, and the future really looks promising for her, and she can very well become the most undeniable female Jiu Jitsu practitioner in the country, and will surely make her mark in the world tournaments. Yasmine was of the opinion that she knew that she was doing well in LA and in Abu Dhabi, but she was not expecting Roger Gracie to hand her the brown belt.
Jujutsu is a Japanese martial art. And it is a method of close combat for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon or only a short weapon. Ju can be translated to gentle, flexible or yielding and Jujutsu can be translated to mean art or technique. Mainly it represents manipulating the opponent’s force against himself rather than confronting it with one’s force. Jujutsu developed among the samurai of feudal Japan as a method for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon or only a short weapon. Because striking against an armored opponent proved ineffective, practitioner learned that the most efficient methods neutralizing an enemy took the form of pins, joint locks and throws.
There are many variations of the art, which leads to diversity of approaches. Jujutsu schools may utilize all forms of grappling techniques to some degree. In addition to jujutsu, many schools teach the use of weapons. Today, Jujutsu is practiced in both traditional and modern sport forms. Derived sport forms include the Olympic sport and martial art of judo, which was developed by Kano Jigoro in the late 19th century from several traditional style of jujutsu. And Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which was in turn derived from earlier (pre-world war-II) version of Kodokan judo.
Japanese jujutsu systems typically place more emphasis on throwing, immobilizing and pinning, joint locking, choking and strangling techniques as compared with other martial art systems such as karate. Atemi waza (striking techniques) were seen as less important in older Japanese systems, since samurai body armor protected against many striking techniques. The Chinese systems focus on punching, striking and kicking more than jujutsu. In comparison, systems that derive more directly from Japanese sources show less preference for such techniques. Now it is a very popular and entertaining game among Chinese, Japanese and others country.