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!