JIU-JITSU       MUAY THAI       MMA


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About Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling or ground fighting. The art, which includes the application of joint-locks and chokeholds, was derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan judo in the early 20th century. Jiu-Jitsu, which translates to “soft art” in Japanese, teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training can be used for self defense, sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA). 

Brief History 

In 1914, Judo Master Mitsudo Maeda was given the opportunity to travel to Brazil as part of a large Japanese immigration colony. Maeda met an influential businessman named Gastão Gracie who helped him get established. In 1916, his 14 year-old son Carlos Gracie watched a demonstration by Maeda at the Teatro da Paz (Theatre of Peace) and decided to learn the art. Maeda accepted Carlos as a student and Carlos went on to become a great exponent of the art and ultimately, with his younger brother Hélio Gracie, became the founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, modern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In 1978, Helio’s eldest son Rorion left Brazil to bring Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the US. 


About Muay-Thai 

Muay Thai is the National sport of Thailand. It is a combat sport that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. It is similar to other Indochinese styles and is referred to as the "Art of Eight Limbs" or the "Science Of Eight Limbs" because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight "points of contact", as opposed to "two points" (fists) in boxing and "four points" (hands and feet) used in sport-oriented martial arts. 

Muay Thai training includes working with coaches on Thai pads, focus mitts, heavy bags, and sparring. Thai pad training is a cornerstone of Muay Thai conditioning which involves practicing punches, kicks, knees, and elbow strikes with a trainer wearing thick pads which cover the forearms, hands and abdominal area. With the success of Muay Thai in mixed martial arts, it has become the style of choice for many competitive stand-up fighters. 


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