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Jiu Jitsu

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Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on ground fighting with the goal of gaining a dominant position and using joint-locks and chokeholds to force an opponent to submit. There is no striking in Jiu Jitsu. Having its origins with Judo Jiu Jitsu began in Japanese martial arts. Eventually Jiu Jitsu found its way into Brazilian culture and was the Japanese form of the art was modified over the years and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was born. Jiu Jitsu was made popular in Brazil, and it is also perhaps the style of fighting that can be credited to giving rise to MMA as we know it today thanks to Royce Gracie’s dominance in UFC 1 in 1993.

Jiu Jitsu fighters try to negate an opponent’s striking power by taking the fight to the ground, and then methodically establishing a dominant body position before attempting a submission hold.

Over the years Jiu Jitsu has become an integral part of any fighters training regime. It is also one of the few martial arts that does not involve striking, which makes it accessible to all walks of athletes. Some popular Jiu Jitsu fighters include BJ Penn and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

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