And why Gracie Barra should be your choice.
The Gracie challenge was first issued by Carlos Gracie Sr. in the 1920s to promote and develop the Gracie’s style of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and as an attempt to show that it was superior to other styles of martial arts in real-world applications. The matches were advertised in local newspapers and typically featured a smaller Gracie versus a larger and/or more athletic looking opponent. Carlos Gracie Sr., his brother, Hélio Gracie, and their sons defeated martial artists of many different styles of martial arts such as Kung Fu, Boxing, Judo, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Wrestling, while experiencing few losses.
In Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, the bulk of our time is spent defending against strikes using throwing and grappling techniques. In addition, we spend a lot of time training the fine details of grappling techniques that make it possible for a small person to control or subdue a much larger opponent.
Differences Between Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu and other Martial Arts
One of the major differences between most martial arts and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is the application of the art and its techniques. Many martial arts will have you practice kicking and punching as your main mode of defense with grappling being executed only if the opponent grabs you. This is because they believe in a “one strike victory” mentality. That is, they often feel that practicing striking will make you so good that you will be able to knock out people with just a few quick/powerful attacks.
While Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu does involve practicing kicking and punching, these techniques are often used just as a quick distraction to get inside the opponent’s striking distance and throw them to the ground or begin applying chokes or joint locks. This is because we understand, through practice and actual application, that one strike knockouts are very rare and counting on them is a poor habit. Grappling, however, is almost impossible to avoid in a defensive encounter. Whether it’s a fight between two people or an aggressive assault of some sort, grappling is almost always part of the action. By understanding grappling, you can avoid getting hit hard and overcome even the most aggressive opponents.
Effective Training methods of Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu
Probably the most profound difference between Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and other martial arts is the training methods employed. When training most other martial arts, you will spend a lot of time drilling alone. Kicking and punching the air while moving from one side of the floor to the other. You’ll spend a lot of time doing forms, kicking and punching the air in a pre-set pattern. These things, while great for learning balance and developing some endurance, really don’t teach you anything about how to use the techniques. Even one step sparring teaches very little compared to real world application. Why go to a school and spend most of your time practicing things you can be taught once or twice and then practice during your own time?
When these other arts practice sparring it’s often with little or no contact. This means they have no idea what will happen when they make contact with an opponent during a defensive situation. Watching Boxing, MMA, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai on TV should tell you that most people can take a lot of abuse and not get knocked out in one or two punches. These matches go on for 10 or 15 minutes, and neither person is ever knocked out.
In Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, however, the training is nearly always with a partner. This will help to make sure your time in training is optimized. You spend your time developing the timing and reflexes to make the techniques you learn work in a realistic situation. You’re training against another opponent who is trying to stop you from making your moves.
The obvious benefit of this training method is that every participant knows for a fact that their moves will work for them when the time comes.
In the end, it’s the depth of content, application of techniques, and method of training that sets Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu head and shoulders above other martial arts in terms of a consistent outcome. Certainly, a good head kick or punch can knock out an opponent. But most often, this is not the case. It would be like using a gun that sometimes shoots but most of the time does not. This just doesn’t make sense.
Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu, more than any other martial art, will deliver (and has delivered) consistent results time and time again.
Mixed Martial Arts and the necessity of Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has emerged as the elite martial art that has dominated the world of Mixed Martial Arts.
In contrast to other Martial Arts that only teach stand up techniques, Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu teaches how to compete and control your opponent from being on your feet to overcoming them on the ground. With statistics showing 90% of fights going to the ground it is obvious that the one that has the best ground skills is going to have a serious advantage.
Martial Arts and how Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu minimizes the danger of Bullying
Size and gender matter less, much less.
As opposed to martial arts like Karate that rely on power and hard strikes to do damage to an opponent, BJJ can be easily used by anyone of any size against a larger and stronger opponent. Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu focuses on technique and strategy instead of brute strength. It certainly takes a lot more effort and energy to beat down a large opponent than to choke one out or submit them using a joint lock. This makes BJJ a great martial art for women, kids, teens and men. The other advantage this form of fighting has over striking arts is that it offers more control in real life situations. While it might sound cool to some, a poorly thrown punch can easily end some one’s life even if it wasn’t your intention. This could have profound consequences even if you were defending yourself.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can still be deadly if needed, but better than that it offers an easy way to take control of an attacker and render them unable to attack until they give up, calm down or help comes along. This strategy of control and submission has many real-world applications such as defending against bullies or women’s self-defense needs.