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The Gracie Jiu Jitsu Triangle

The Gracie Triangle, the widely recognized symbol of the Gracie Academy, has evolved over the years. Today, it appears on the storefront of every martial arts school that is committed to teaching the techniques and philosophy of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in its purest form.

The triangle represents the stable base possessed by a Gracie Jiu-jitsu master. Regardless of which side it rests on, the Gracie Triangle always has a strong base. The three sides represent the mind, body, and spirit – the three components of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu mastery. The slight inclination near the top of the triangle forms the letter “G” for Gracie. The two fighters on the inside represent all the practitioners of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu who seek to master themselves in mind, body, and spirit – on and off the mat. http://www.gracieacademy.com/gracie_philosophy.asp

Recently, during a seminar with John Frankl, who runs a jiu jitsu gym in South Korea, the triangle symbol was described as three different points.  One point of the triangle was grappling, the second was defense and the third was vale tudo. See http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/john-frankl for more information on Frankl.

Jiu Jitsu and Children

Just read this recent article on Jiu Jitsu Times titled why Your child should train BJJ.

http://jiujitsutimes.com/blog/why-your-child-should-train-bjj/

Well written article emphasizes the benefits of jiu jitsu: confidence, discipline, respect, and many other developmental qualities. Reminds us that jiu jitsu does not include striking or raising your fists.  Instead it is about gaining control and dominance over your opponent.

Additionally, a child can measure their progress in the sport through the belt process. The sport isn’t a stagnant set of skills. Rather it is continuous learning.

“BJJ is the most important form of self defense for a child and every child should be training. The problem is so many schools these days don’t teach the core moves needed to defend yourself. One thing I pride myself on is teaching the kids what works first and fun second.” Andrew Calandrelli  Andrew has been my coach when I lived in the Connecticut area.

 

More Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Japanese jiu jitsu vs. Brazillian Jiu Jitsu

this is a link to a video that compares the origin of Jiu Jitsu to the Jiu Jitsu techniques developed in Brazil.  The link is at BJJVault.com.  You access other links of interest under About Gracie Martial Arts

Here is a link to a video of Helio Gracie at 91 years young schooling a jiu jitsu student.

Helio Gracie rolling

I will keep posting instructional videos of Gracie Jiu Jitsu  and other relevant sites.

Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

What is Gracie Jiu Jitsu? How is Gracie jiu jitsu different than other jiu jitsu practitioners?

The Gracie family (ˈɡɾejsi) is a prominent martial arts family from Brazil known for their development of Brazilian jiujitsu (BJJ). They have been successful in combat sport competitions including mixed martial arts, vale tudo and submission wrestling events.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gracie_family
  • Since 1925, over 40 members of the Gracie Family have dedicated their lives to developing the most effective system of
    self-defense the world has ever known.
    Today, the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy is a global organization which stands alone
    in its ability to empower anyone — regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability — using the time-tested techniques and
    teaching methods perfected over the last century. www.gracieacademy.com
    Gracie jiu jitsu as advanced by founding father, Helio Gracie, was for the weak.  Helio was a sickly, weak person.  He
    wanted a way to get stronger and to defend himself against stronger opponents.

    The Benefits of Gracie Jiu Jitsu

    Some of the benefits are:

    Stamina
    Strength
    Confidence
    Control
    Patience
    Discipline
    Strategy
    Focus

    prodigyteams.com/gracie-jiu-jitsu/

    The techniques, philosophy and belt progression of Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will be adopted by Gracie Vero Beach.

 

World of Jiu Jitsu

I have been exploring a new internet site. If you are a jiu jitsu fanatic, you need to check it out. http://ibjjf.org or International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Foundation.

I decided to check out the anti-doping page.  I keep hearing whispers of drug use in jiu jitsu and MMA.  I am not aware of drug testing procedures in either sport.  Here is what is on the ibjjf page.

The rules and regulations of IBJJF’s Anti-doping Policy aim to:

– Promote Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a drug-free sport;
– Uphold and preserve the ethics of Sport;
– Ensure that all athletes have an opportunity to compete equally;
– Safeguard the physical health and mental integrity of the athletes;
– Encourage Affiliate Federations to execute similar regulations with their athletes.

I haven’t picked up anything about enforcement or determining how drug testing in done.

Also interesting is the number of cities and countries hosting tournaments ie. Russia, Spain, Boston, Chicago, Germany, Toronto, Las Vegas.

TapOut?

As a white belt, I am constantly reminded to tap when I am uncomfortable.  You know, the either you win or you learn mantra.  In a recent bout at the IBJJ Federation, tournament a competitor’s arm was dislocated by a behind the back arm bar. The injured opponent continued to fight because she had been winning on points.  Yes, she.

To tap or not to tap.  I have attached an article http://bjjlegends.com/bjj/reviews/tournament/item/1254-when-not-to-tap written by .Aiseop  He is a brown belt who has practiced for 7.5 years.  He also has a blog which you might find interesting.  http://throughjiujitsu.com/

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Training Partners

How we work with and treat our training partners is a critical component of jiu jitsu as well as other combat sports.  Egos need to be checked before getting on the mat.  It is ok to tap to a white belt.  Article below is a good read.

The Gentle Art of Humility: Ego and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu http://breakingmuscle.com/martial-arts/the-gentle-art-of-humility-ego-and-brazilian-jiu-jitsu

“If we’re not willing to be bad at something first, we’ll never get better at it.”

6. Be as just and enthusiastic about others victories as you are with yours. Part of the 10 commandments of jiu jitsu from Carlos Gracie, Sr.

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Can BJJ be Harmful to Children?

Some parents might be concerned that their children will be come bullies given their jiu jitsu skills.Jiu Jitsu is designed to equalize the playing field between the weaker and the stronger and not as a means of aggression.  Children are taught that their skills are NOT to be used unless they are in a dangerous situation.  BJJ Today addresses this potential parental concern in a great posting. http://bjjtoday.net/is-brazilian-jiu-jitsu-good-for-kids/

Should a child use the skills they’ve learned in class, outside of class in a way that is opposite what is taught, they will be removed from class.  Offensive action is not tolerated.  As stated in bjj today:

It’s not tolerated, encouraged or accepted and rightly so.  From the standpoint of kids and BJJ, it is all about knowledge, discipline, understanding the BJJ way of life and gaining positive confidence knowing you have the ability to defend yourself and loved ones. – See more at: http://bjjtoday.net/is-brazilian-jiu-jitsu-good-for-kids/#sthash.AnNl1BVF.dpuf
It’s not tolerated, encouraged or accepted and rightly so.  From the standpoint of kids and BJJ, it is all about knowledge, discipline, understanding the BJJ way of life and gaining positive confidence knowing you have the ability to defend yourself and loved ones. – See more at: http://bjjtoday.net/is-brazilian-jiu-jitsu-good-for-kids/#sthash.AnNl1BVF.dpuf
It’s not tolerated, encouraged or accepted and rightly so.  From the standpoint of kids and BJJ, it is all about knowledge, discipline, understanding the BJJ way of life and gaining positive confidence knowing you have the ability to defend yourself and loved ones. – See more at: http://bjjtoday.net/is-brazilian-jiu-jitsu-good-for-kids/#sthash.AnNl1BVF.dpuf

That said, the teacher is critical in teaching the proper technique as well as the proper attitude.

Tiny Terrors

For those who worry that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is too aggressive for children and adolescents, read this article posted in BJJ Today. http://bjjtoday.net/terror-bjj/ The first paragraph is the answer to any parent’s worries.

BJJ is a martial art for everyone, young or old, male or female.  As billed, BJJ is a martial art that enables one who may be smaller, lighter, and weaker to protect themselves against and even overcome larger, heavier, and stronger opponents.  We see the truth of this perhaps more in evidence than anywhere else when we see it manifest in our young ground sharks.  BJJ Today is proud to feature this profile of one such younger practitioner, a young lady who embodies the promise of BJJ: Taylor, aka “The Terror,” Guerra. – See more at: http://bjjtoday.net/terror-bjj/#sthash.k3w33uzs.dpuf
BJJ is a martial art for everyone, young or old, male or female.  As billed, BJJ is a martial art that enables one who may be smaller, lighter, and weaker to protect themselves against and even overcome larger, heavier, and stronger opponents.  We see the truth of this perhaps more in evidence than anywhere else when we see it manifest in our young ground sharks.  BJJ Today is proud to feature this profile of one such younger practitioner, a young lady who embodies the promise of BJJ: Taylor, aka “The Terror,” Guerra. – See more at: http://bjjtoday.net/terror-bjj/#sthash.k3w33uzs.dpuf
BJJ is a martial art for everyone, young or old, male or female.  As billed, BJJ is a martial art that enables one who may be smaller, lighter, and weaker to protect themselves against and even overcome larger, heavier, and stronger opponents.  We see the truth of this perhaps more in evidence than anywhere else when we see it manifest in our young ground sharks.  BJJ Today is proud to feature this profile of one such younger practitioner, a young lady who embodies the promise of BJJ: Taylor, aka “The Terror,” Guerra. – See more at: http://bjjtoday.net/terror-bjj/#sthash.k3w33uzs.dpuf

Why Train Jiu Jitsu?

“A real jiu-jitsu fighter does not go around beating people down. Our defense is made to neutralize aggression. ” Helio Gracie
“There is no losing in Jiu-Jitsu. You either win or you learn.” – Carlos Gracie Jr.
“The art of Jiu-Jitsu is worth more in every way than all of our athletics combined.” – President Theodore Roosevelt

Jiu Jitsu thrives in downtown Vero Beach.  Training is for children, adults of any age, law enforcement personnel and military personnel.

For children, jiu jitsu is beneficial in a number of ways. Training in the martial arts  for kids requires listening, following directions, focus, discipline, getting along in a group and with another individual (training partner).

In addition, there are tremendous physical benefits including cardiovascular health, flexibility, muscle strength and coordination.  Psychologically the benefits include improved self esteem, self confidence and body awareness.

Additionally jiu jitsu works on developing balance, coordination, reflexes, and flexibility to make students better athletes for any sport.  Mentally, the sport works to enhance self-esteem and confidence by establishing a work ethic that builds discipline, a skill which carries over to school and life outside of the gym.

Historically, Jiu Jitsu originated in Japan as a form of Judo. Mitsuyo Maeda showcased his talents around the world and eventually settled in Brazil in the 1920s.  After training with Maeda for many years, Carlos Gracie opened his own training academy.

The Gracie family became dominant in the sport of jiu jitsu.  In the 1990’s Royce Gracie won a number of titles in the nascent UFC ( Ultimate Fighting Championship) by proving that boxing techniques alone were not enough to win challenges.  Today all MMA contestants utilize jiu jitsu as part of their training and competitive skills.

The Forge Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness offers martial arts training for children, ages 6 and up,  who can sustain concentration for a 45 minute classs.  For those who want to compete, tournaments are available.

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