Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: BJJ

What is MMA BJJ: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

A Brief History of Jiu Jitsu from Jujutsu to the MMA style of BJJ

The mixed martial art form referred to as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (or BJJ) has a storied history and is commonly credited to Mitsuyo Maeda, a true master of Jiu Jitsu and Judo, who settled in Brazil and opened a Jiu Jitsu Academy, where many of his students learned and then adapted his original style to develop what has now become the current version of the MMA BJJ, or mixed martial arts style of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, with extensive ground grappling, powerful Jiu Jitsu techniques, chokes, arm bars, and the traditional guard defense for ground grappling.

Founder of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

BJJ, as it is referred to in short form in MMA circles, descends from the tree of Jujutsu (or Japanese Jiu Jitsu), which is an unarmed style of fighting and martial arts form with origins in the old world Samurai art of hand strikes, trips, throws, and ground fighting.

Japanese Jujutsu is a comprehensive hand combat approach to any violent situation, and is sometimes referred to as the founding art or “mother art” for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Japanese Jiu Jitsu was designed by the Samurai to kill, maim, or badly incapacitate a foe on the battlefield in most cases, but the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has adapted many of the potentially-fatal moves over the years to make them more suitable for practice and training, self defense and non-lethal incapacitation. You simply tap out, give up that round of sparring, and then start again, allowing you to go full bore in every training and making you much more ready for actual combat.

Ju Jutsu

Yet while Japanese Jiu Jitsu training covers a wide umbrella of myriad of elements including Kata, Aikido, Judo, and hundreds of other unique and adaptable elements, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has taken one central focus from its parent lineage and perfected the art of grappling and the ground game.

There is a lot of overlap between Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and traditional Jiu Jitsu depending on the BJJ Academy, and the Marcus Aurelio Jiu Jitsu Academy focuses distinctly on giving credence to both mixed martial arts schools of thought.

But while many BJJ techniques and training elements originate from Japanese Jujutsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is definitely its own highly respected and specialized mixed martial arts form on its own merit… as it has taken the seeds of a good grappling game from Japanese Jiu Jitsu and and turned those foundational elements into an entire cultural movement of powerful action and reaction, strong movements and even stronger responses.

Jiu Jitsu

When you watch a BJJ mixed martial artist train in an MMA gym, or step into the ring (or Octagon) to engage in physical combat, you see a much more relaxed art that you would expect.

A lot of fighters take this relaxed element as weakness and meet it with an over-abundance of aggression and forward violence. This is a big mistake, and well trained BJJ fighters and MMA masters will use the momentum of their opponent (along with their well-honed BJJ techniques) to quickly and easily subdue the enemy with a hold, choke, throw, or counter.

That ability to use an opponents aggression against that aggressor is a big part of what makes BJJ one of the best martial arts and why it is such a popular mixed martial arts form for the public -and one that is highly sought after for private training in specialized MMA gyms, schools, and BJJ academies.

Anyone, young or old, in great shape or looking to lose some weight and tone up, strong or physically less strong, even someone with no background in grappling or hand combat, can learn enough to take on the largest of bullies and brutes with ease if they put in the time, training, and hard work under the tutelage of their highly trained professional BJJ instructors.

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Correct Spelling: Jiu Jitsu, Ju Jitsu, Jujitsu, Jujutsu, or Jui Jitsu?

There are as many variations of the spelling of Jui Jitsu as there are different adaptations of the style. Jui Jitsu is actually the incorrect spelling when referring to the Japanese martial art form, as the correct spelling is Jujutsu or Ju Jutsu. In spoken Japanese, a medial syllable “ju” is usually pronounced with a vowel sound that English does not have.

Jujutsu | Ju Jutsu | Ju Jitsu.

Symbol for – JU

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Symbol for – JUTSU

English speakers hear more of an “i” sound such as in the word “sit” and so interpreted Jutsu as Jitsu.

Phonetically the pronunciation is much closer to “jootsoo” and a close translation of Jutsu, which is “art” or “craft,”shows a much closer meaning than Jitsu, which means “truth” or “reality.”

Yet while the Japanese Jiu Jitsu is actually wrong, and should be referred to and spelled as Jujutsu or Ju Jutsu, the spelling of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is actually correct in using Jiu Jitsu as this was the common spelling of the word around the early 20th century when the art was formed.

Though the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu mixed martial arts form descends from Jujutsu, the simple fact is that BJJ is not Jujutsu, and is a legitimate independent style of its own right with an established spelling of Jiu Jitsu, Jiujitsu, Jiu-Jitsu,or Jiu jitsu.


Why Choose a Miami MMA Gym for BJJ?

MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts and essentially MMA is a functional blending of hand combat styles that allows a variety of stand up fighting techniques and down on the mat grappling options. It allows hand to hand fighters from a variety of backgrounds and martial arts styles to face off and test their prowess and expertise against each other.

Miami BJJ and MMA Academies (like Marcus Aurelio’s) are top tier learning centers for the physical arts of MMA and BJJ. And there is no other place like Miami to learn the intricate and physically taxing techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or any other mixed martial arts elements for that matter.

North Miami Beach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy

The beautiful blend of year-round sun, a paradise location, and the confluence of amazing South American and North American cultures put MMA schools in Miami a definite head and shoulders above the rest of the United States.

A Miami BJJ School will be in the heart of the global pulse, with all of the latest elements and foundation points emphasized in equal measure. And any Brazilian Jiu Jitsu mixed martial arts classes you take in Miami will likely blend the best of self-defense, physical endurance, and professional technique available here in America.

And who wouldn’t want to train and take Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes on the beautiful North Miami Beach.

When you combine that with some of the best instructors in the world, and some of the best BJJ Academies in the world, it becomes quite clear that to any get better BJJ MMA training you would need to travel to Brazil.


What Can Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Do For You?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is great for the young, giving them the structure and discipline they thrive on, while providing all the tools to help keep them safe and let them burn off that excess energy that could go elsewhere.

Whether you are looking to lose weight, build strength, tone your body, learn how to defend yourself, grow in confidence, or simply find a healthy workout outlet that gets you off the treadmill and into the heart of a much more satisfying physical experience, our professional MMA experts and BJJ teachers has the knowledge and experience to give you the results you crave while teaching the nuances of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Miami’s #1 BJJ Academy.

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