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TEACHERS OF THE sportforum mals 2019

Alessandro Federico
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, BJ for self defence, animal drills

Portrait Ernst Almhofer

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) was developed in the 1920 in Brazil by the Gracie family, building upon the classical Japanese Jiu Jitsu which was introduced in Brazil by some Japanese Masters who lived in Brazil at that time.
The system was developed by five Gracie brothers, especially by Helio Gracie, and was based upon leverage, allowing a physically weaker person to prevail over a much bigger and stronger person in an actual physical confrontation.
The BJJ style evolved introducing a wide arsenal of close contact fighting techniques, with or without the kimono, and specialized in fighting on the ground.
The BJJ style eventually became known in Brazil because of the so-called vale tudo fights (no-rules fights), which took place usually inside a cage, where the BJJ experts closed the distance and finished the fight with a strangle hold or joint lock, forcing their adversaries to submit.
In 1993, the Gracie family immigrated to California and created (with the help of some Hollywood entrepreneurs) the famous UFC tournament, to show the effectiveness of BJJ to the world. The most famous American fighters participated in this event, but they were all defeated and submitted by the much lighter Royce Gracie, who opened the eyes of martial artists about the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
In the following years the UFC tournament changed their rules with time limits and banned a lot of techniques, in a much more suitable format for television broadcast. BJJ on the other side became a competitive sport, with different competition formats, with weight and age divisions, with and without the kimono (i.e. grappling).
BJJ is an art which is in a constant state of evolution since the early years, and this evolution has not come to a stop yet.
In a MMA context, BJJ is an absolutely needed piece of the puzzle. Alessandro Federico is fond of saying, to compete in MMA without knowing BJJ would be like competing in triathlon without knowing how to swim.

In this session we are going to learn the most basic and effective techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
1. Two throws (taking the adversary to the ground)
2. Two chokes (forcing the adversary to submit, or if he chooses not to submit, rendering him unconscious)
3. Practical tests

The animal drills, as practiced in Brazilian jiu jitsu, are a great training method to keep oneself in shape. They imitate the animal movements as seen in nature and give the jiu jitsu athlete the movement patterns needed for close contact fighting, especially for fighting on the ground.
No particular physical talent or exceptional physical shape is needed for them, they are fun to do and are also mentally challenging.



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