Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is one of the most popular styles of martial arts. It is widely considered to be one of the most effective arts in terms of self-defense and giving a practitioner a chance of defending himself or herself from a larger and stronger assailant.
Despite its current popularity, BJJ was not widely known or practiced in the United States until fairly recently. In fact, BJJ can be considered a relatively new art, as it was developed/evolved from the Japanese martial arts of Judo within the last century, whereas many other martial arts are several hundred years old.
I was not really interested in learning BJJ when I first heard about it, as it seemed very different from the other, more traditional styles of martial arts that I had studied. For one thing, BJJ places heavy emphasis on grappling techniques, particularly on the ground, whereas I had studied arts that emphasized more punching and kicking. However, there came a time where I had to accept that this was THE art of the future, as it had been clearly shown in competitions (consisting of practitioners from many different styles and backgrounds) to be an art of incredible effectiveness. Unfortunately, there were not many schools in the area teaching BJJ until fairly recently.
About 7 years ago, I was very fortunate to be able to begin studying BJJ at Baltimore Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, which marked the beginning of my formal training in the art.
We now offer a BJJ program for adults, certified through Carlson Gracie Jr. Carlson Gracie Sr., his father, was the eldest son of Carlos Gracie, who, along with Helio Gracie, is generally credited as being one of the founders of BJJ as we know it.
One of the things that attracted me to this particular branch of BJJ is the fact that it emphasizes techniques that could work in BJJ tournaments, but also in self-defense situations. In BJJ tournaments, there are many rules, including rules prohibiting strikes and slamming one’s opponent to the mat. This means that many of the techniques that have been more recently developed were created without concern for the possibility of strikes and other attacks that can occur in real-life self-defense situation.
One of the advantages of Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is that the students can develop a solid foundation of techniques that could work in a tournament, but could also be used to defend one’s self should they ever need to do so.
So whether you are looking to learn the art of self-defense, participate in tournaments, or just get in the best shape of your life, contact us and come give our Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu classes a try!
One of the best things about martial arts for children is that every child has an opportunity to be a winner. Notice I didn’t say that every child automatically gets to be a winner. Certainly not, our testing standards are quite high and we require that each student put forth his or her best effort before we award them their stripes/belts.
However, their success or failure has nothing to do with height, athleticism, speed, etc. (although martial arts training can certainly help to develop athletic attributes). It also has nothing to do with competition between teammates for a starting spot on the field.
Not that I don’t like team sports, in fact our dojo is very proud to sponsor several teams in the Lutherville Timonium Rec Council Leagues. However, martial arts provide certain benefits that may not always be found in team sports (and these sports also offer some unique benefits of their own).
In order to pass one of our tests, the student must put forth his or her best effort. If he or she makes a critical error, they get to go home, practice, and retake the test.
I believe that this teaches them an important lesson. It isn’t always realistic to get things right on the first try, or to win every time you go out. In life, we generally DON’T get things right on the first try. But as long as we never give up, we will succeed.
If you are interested in taking a challenge and working to become a winner, MD Martial Arts Academy might be for you. For more information, contact us today.