Brazilian martial arts are generally understood to be different from other forms of martial arts. In some ways, they are similar, but they also have several differences that make them unique. One could opt to learn the more technical ground fighting techniques or the more graceful, acrobatic, aerial gymnastics with accompaniment dance. Brazilian Jujutsu and brazilian jiu jitsu are considered to have been derived from a technique called Kodokan Judo, though there is considerable difference between the two.
Another difference between the karate, kung fu styles is the clothing worn by practitioners. Most Brazilian martial arts schools require that students don’t wear any clothes except for the gi (covering the torso). The karate student’s uniform consists of pants, a shirt and a belt; the sport fighter’s uniform is similar except for the fact that he wears a pair of leggings. In Brazilian jujutsu, however, students are allowed to wear whatever they want as long as it does not cover their genitalia or restrict their movements. It has been argued, though, that it is important to have full knowledge of self-defense techniques even if one is not planning on using it.
As one progresses through the various levels of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, or Brazilian martial arts, one can become more adept at submission holds and ultimately, can attempt more difficult moves. However, no one ever moves to the point where they attempt any serious self-defense techniques. Instead, students learn to apply non-lethal techniques and to be very careful in applying force when defending themselves. The goal of Brazilian martial arts is always to win the match, but the emphasis on learning to subdue one’s opponent rather than kill him makes it much more fun to engage in.
Because of the emphasis on submission and ground fighting techniques, there are many different styles of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. There are so many different schools and instructors that you can become confused as to which school to attend. Two of the most popular styles include the Gracie family, which is named for its founder Helio Gracie, and the Jiu-Jitsu Academy. The Gracie family has had its roots going back over thirty years, while the Jiu-Jitsu Academy has been around for about fifteen years. Regardless, of where one draws their inspiration from, learning Brazilian martial arts can make for a very beneficial life-style.
Since most Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes emphasize on ground fighting, those who participate are often very well-rounded individuals with great endurance. These individuals may not have any problem with submitting their opponents from a standing position, but they also understand that they need to be able to defend themselves if they end up on the ground. The Gracie family, which consists of Helio Gracie, Carlos and Rilion Gracie, have been practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu for over thirty years. These experts all have very solid backgrounds in both wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and all three have proven that they are masters in their respective fields.
The Gracie family has been very active in helping to establish a unified Brazilian Fighting League (FEDC), though currently the only team in existence is made up of the absolute champions. The Gracie’s never allowed others to fight beneath their banner, which has created a sense of loyalty amongst the Brazilian population. This loyalty is what leads to so many people turning to the Gracie Family for their martial art training. No one has become a truly master martial artist without spending some time studying under the tutelage of a master like Rigan Machado. In the modern age, Rigan is widely considered to be the world’s best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, and is respected throughout the MMA community.