What is jiu-jitsu

It’s a combination of martial arts, self-defense techniques, and combat sports systems. The primary purpose of this gentle art is to control the opponent with various methods. It’s another type of ground fighting that involves grappling. 

Besides, it’s a popular Brazilian martial art which was originated from Kodokan judo and the ground fighting techniques that were performed in that art. The essential element of this fighting art is the ground game. 

Additionally, various techniques are used in this martial art, such as joint locking techniques and chokes. By using both techniques, it’s easier to slow down and submit the opponent. 

BJJ clarifies that if a person is smaller, weaker, and wants to win against a larger opponent, then he can use takedowns, joint manipulation techniques, and chokes to take the fight to the ground and submit the larger opponent. 

Furthermore, there are many BJJ institutes available that provide specialized training to people so that they can quickly learn self-dense. The two significant elements of this training include practicing technique and live drilling (rolling). 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

History of jiu-jitsu 

The name Jiu-Jitsuis derived from Romanization where it was named as jujutsu. In Japan, it was also called Kano jiu-jitsu, but at that time, most martial artists were not aware of this art. 

Geo Omori was the first person to open the Jiu-Jitsu school in Brazil. In that school, he taught two people this fantastic art which was Luiz França, and later, Mitsuyo Maeda. Not only did his students demonstrate these techniques in Brazil, but he also traveled overseas to demonstrate this art in different countries. 

On November 14, 1914, this art was given the official name, and many schools were opened during that time. Besides, not only did it become a popular martial art, but it was taught to different people all over the world for self-defense. 

Main Positions of jiu-jitsu 

Nowadays, you’ll find many positions in this art, but the leading five positions are mentioned below. 

Side Control: It is an essential position because here, you can control the opponent, and position your self to submit him. This position is also known as side mount because here, elbows, shoulders, and knees can be controlled as you mount from the side.  

Full Mount: It’s the strongest position in jiu-jitsu. The best thing about this position is that you can easily control your opponent by putting pressure on his chest and hips. Submissions from the full mount are almost guaranteed. 

Back Mount: It is known as the most dominant position in BJJ because here, you can use your legs and wrap them around the opponent. The arms control the upper body in this position, and pressure is put on the neck and other body parts. Basically, it’s a mixture of side control and full mount. 

North-South Position: This technique is applied by expert players and is one of the best BJJ techniques that you can use. Besides, not only is it one of the best positions, but it also opens up opportunities for different submissions. Also, this technique is applied on the front side, where most of the pressure is put on the chest.

Jiu-Jitsu as a Sport

Jiu-Jitsu is an evolving sport that has become more popular than ever. Mixed Martial Arts have embraced this art as the go-to art in the ground game. Combined with techniques from American Wrestling, Russian Sambo, and other grappling arts, MMA fighters that train BJJ become dominant in the Octagon. 

Final verdict 

Jiu-jitsu is the best form of martial arts and has been used all over Brazil. This technique is ideal for a self-defense system. Also, this art has been very popular in Japan as well, where people are taught to use the art for sport and for self-defense.

Sep 6-8, 2019: Seminar with Doshu in San Mateo, CA

Sep 6-8, 2019: Seminar with Doshu in San Mateo, CA
From: Peter Ralls posted on 14. Jun 2019, 08:32am
URL: http://ai-ki-do.org/doshu-2119

Doshu Ueshiba Moriteru will be teaching a seminar September 6-8, 2019, at the San Mateo County Event Center in San Mateo, California. For more information go to ai-ki-do.org/Doshu-2019

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  • Aikikai Malta Gradings

    Aikikai Malta Gradings
    From: Kevin Bonanno posted on 14. Jun 2019, 08:32am
    URL: http://www.aikidomalta.net

    The first Maltese Aikidoka being examined and promoted in Malta to Nidan and Sandan are Claude Calleja and Kevin Bonanno respectively. The gradings were conducted by Satomi Hakkenkai, Tokyo, Chief Instructor Jun Nomoto Shihan (7th Dan) on behalf of the Aikikai Foundation. The gradings were held at Aikikai Malta, the new established Aikido school recently authorised by Aikikai Foundation.

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  • June 3, 2019: San Diego Martial Arts & Community Center Anniversary Seminar

    June 3, 2019: San Diego Martial Arts & Community Center Anniversary Seminar
    From: Lisa Tomoleoni posted on 8. May 2019, 01:27pm
    URL: http://www.sandiegomacc.com/2019-fundraiser.html

    June 3, 2019, San Diego, CA: The San Diego Martial Art & Community Center is celebrating our 1st Anniversary with a fundraising seminar! Try or watch Intro classes for SIX different arts offered by some of our professional Instructors from 9 am-1:30 pm! Afterwards, we will hold a BBQ Pot Luck party until 4 pm!

    Training and the BBQ Potluck Party are family friendly, and all classes are open to beginners and/or those who have to adapt for any physical needs.

    Observers are welcome and the facility is non-discriminatory.
    The participating Programs are:
    Sound Vinyasa Yoga & Sound Healing with Guide John Jai, Jiai Aikido with Cat Strada Sensei & Lisa Tomoleoni Sensei, Misfits Martial Arts Academy No-Gi Jiu Jitsu with Coach Manny Garcia
    ***Snack Break***
    Traditional Shotokan Karate of San Diego with Juan Balmaceda Sensei, San Diego BJJ & Judo Academy with Luciana Bassoli Sensei, Progressive Combat Solutions with Ken Good
    1:15-1:30 pm Sound Vinyasa Yoga & Sound Healing with Guide John Jai
    1:30-4:00 pm Potluck BBQ Party (Please bring something to share!)

    The San Diego Martial Arts & Community Center (“SDMACC”) is a world class, incubator Training Dojo and Healing space where Coaches, Instructors, and Healers can easily open, expand, and/or grow their own programs…..This is where dreams are realized and futures made. Please join us and help support the SDMACC! See you June 2nd!

    Further information at www.SanDiegoMACC.com.

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  • June 28-30, 2019: Aikido Shimbokukai USA Summer Seminar, Crystal Lake IL

    June 28-30, 2019: Aikido Shimbokukai USA Summer Seminar, Crystal Lake IL
    From: Lisa Tomoleoni posted on 8. May 2019, 01:27pm
    URL: http://https://www.aikidoshimbokukai.org/usa-summer-seminar-2019.html

    Join us for our annual summer seminar, to be held this June at the Abiding Spirit Aikikai in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

    The seminar will be three days of training, fun, and friendship. Please take this opportunity to meet other Shimbokukai members, as well as folks from other organizations. The seminar will feature 18 hours of training, with instruction by four main top class instructors, supported by other Shimbokukai member instructors.
    Early Registration discounts until May 15, so don’t wait too long!

    Dates: June 28-30, 2019
    Location: The seminar will be held at Abiding Spirit Aikikai, 829 Virginia Rd, Suite D, Crystal Lake, IL 60014.

    Main Instructors
    Lisa Tomoleoni Sensei,
    Director, Aikido Shimbokukai

    Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei,
    Boulder Aikikai, Boulder, Colorado

    Todd Jones Sensei,
    American Butokukan, Tampa, Florida

    Meido Moore Sensei,
    Shinjinkai, Chicago, Illinois

    As well as other Aikido Shimbokukai Instructors:

    All students of Aikido, regardless of affiliation, are invited to join us!

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  • Aikikai Malta Receives Recognition from Aikikai Foundation

    Aikikai Malta Receives Recognition from Aikikai Foundation
    From: Kevin Bonanno posted on 22. Feb 2019, 02:10pm
    URL: http://www.aikidomalta.net

    Aikikai Malta is pleased to announce that it has received authorisation from Aikikai Foundation, Japan (Aikido World Headquarters) as a local Aikido school to diffuse Aikido in Malta for the instruction and training in the Art of Aikido following the principles laid down by the founder, Morihei Ueshiba.

    Aikikai Malta can now award grades that are registered with the Aikikai Foundation being recognised world-wide.

    Congratulations must go to practitioners and teachers alike within Aikikai Malta who have all worked diligently for many years to create an authorised Aikido school.

    Special mention goes to Jean-Francois Riondet Shihan (Technical Director) and Jun Nomoto Shihan (Aikikai Director) who made this reality possible for Aikikai Malta and the local Aikido community.

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  • “The Gospel of Combat”

    “The Gospel of Combat”
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 8. Feb 2019, 10:18am
    URL: http://https://www.gospelofcombat.com

    From their website: The Gospel of Combat is a 30 minute documentary about an East African martial artist’s journey toward self-understanding through Aikido and Karate. The film follows Benedict “Sensei Ben” Kiyaga, a freelance martial arts instructor, as he ekes a living from a handful of private classes. Along the way, Sensei Ben reflects on the application of martial art as spiritual practice, and shares how it has helped him make sense of his multicultural identity amid pervasive tribal conflict.

    The movie is slated to screen in Los Angeles, CA and Sedona, AZ in February, 2019.

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  • Zenko Okimura in Newark, DE, Feb 23, 2019

    Zenko Okimura in Newark, DE, Feb 23, 2019
    From: Birte Feld posted on 8. Feb 2019, 10:17am
    URL: http://www.aikidoda.org

    Aikido Delaware Aikikai Winter Seminar

    Aikido Delaware Aikikai will be holding their annual winter seminar under the leadership of WAAI Founder, Chairman, and Chief Instructor Rev. Zenko Okimura Shihan on February 23rd. On this cold winter day, stimulate your mind, exercise your body and warm up your heart with Aikido. The seminar will conclude with a potluck get together where you can socialize and meet new friends.
    Where: Aikido Delaware Aikikai, WAAI Headquarters, 667 Dawson Drive, Ste. A, Newark, DE 19713
    When: Saturday, February 23rd 8.30 am to 4.30 pm (followed by potluck dinner)
    Adults: $65, Aikido Kids: free from 11am to 12pm. All are welcome!
    For more information visit www.AikidoDA.org or call 302-369-AIKI (2454).

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  • Xavier Dufau, 5th Dan Aikikai, Edinburgh, 22-24 Feb 2019

    Xavier Dufau, 5th Dan Aikikai, Edinburgh, 22-24 Feb 2019
    From: Scott Reed posted on 19. Jan 2019, 11:12am
    URL: http://www.edinburghaikido.co.uk/seminars/

    Xavier Dufau is coming to Edinburgh for his first seminar. He is a 5th dan aikido, 3rd dan Iaido and has trained extensively with Tamura Sensei, Toshiro Suga and Tiki Shewan.

    The course is open to all – please bring aikido weapons and insurance.

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  • “Perceptions of the Aikido Community” by Josephine Fan

    “Perceptions of the Aikido Community” by Josephine Fan
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 17. Jan 2019, 09:34pm
    URL: http://thewayyoupractice.blogspot.com/2019/01/guest-article-josephine-fan-perceptions.html

    Here’s an insightful article from Josephine Fan of Long Island Aikikai on “Perceptions of the Aikido Community.”


From the article: “A particular question continued to pop up in my research: ‘Why do people have such a poor impression of Aikido?’ […] Taking in my experiences from understanding how social media worked, the simple answer was that the Aikido community itself gave a terrible perception and impression to the outside world. […] There’s so much infighting (“My sensei is better than your sensei, my style is better than your style, the way I train is the best way to train”) and lashing out against anyone that is different or new. It has very little to do with whether or not there is anything worth learning in it, since we know there are benefits to doing so. The perception of the Aikido community has amounted to a joke, and it’s entirely deserved.”

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