What is Jiu-Jitsu?

What is Jiu-Jitsu? 

Most of today’s Jiu-Jitsu lineages can be traced back to Mitsuyo Maeda. Mitsuyo was an experienced Japanese Prize Fighter. He was a martial arts practitioner of an early form of Judo, also known as Kano Jiu-Jitsu at the time. While training at the Kodokan in Japan he became a star pupil by challenging fighters of other martial arts styles. In 1905 Maeda then traveled the world and refined his art through reportedly over 2,000 challenge matches and professional fights.

Mitsuyo Maeda

In 1917 Maeda began to teach members of the Gracie family his version of Judo. Maeda not only taught the art of judo but also taught a particular philosophy about the nature of combat based on his travels competing and training alongside catch-wrestlersboxerssavate fighters, and various other martial artists. Although the art has evolved tremendously many of these techniques and strategies are still the base of modern Jiu-Jitsu.

The Gracie Family and other practitioners in Brazil followed Maeda’s lead and tested their skills through challenge matches and prize fights. Through this process one of the most effective martial arts styles of all time evolved. Jiu-Jitsu would revolutionize martial arts as the world knew it. The secret was out once the Gracie family started the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) to prove the effectiveness of Jiu-jitsu in a real, no rules fight. Royce Gracie easily dominated representatives of other styles of martial arts. BJJ then became a base for anyone interested in martial arts, self-defense or fighting. The US Army recognized the effectiveness of and made Jiu-Jitsu the base of Army Combatives.

One of the most well-written and comprehensive descriptions of Jiu-Jitsu is below.

“Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit. Due to the fact that control is generally easier on the ground than in a standing position, much of the technique of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is centered round the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions from where the opponent can be rendered harmless. To control and overcome greater size, strength and aggression with lesser size and strength is the keynote of the sport. This is done by utilizing superior leverage, grip and position upon your opponent. Students of the sport gain a deep understanding of the workings and limits of the human body. This knowledge can be used to subdue and control an opponent with whatever level of severity the student chooses. The path to this knowledge is physically and mentally demanding. Students benefit from greatly increased physical fitness, problem-solving ability, self-knowledge of their body and mind and the many social benefits of working within a large group of like-minded fellow students as you learn and have fun together.

Many students first learn about Jiu-Jitsu through the great popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, where Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique is very prominent. Indeed, the beginnings of the contemporary MMA competition were largely tied up with proving the combat-efficiency of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The practice of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a sport, however, is strongly separated from MMA. Daily classes do not feature kicking or punching. The focus is on safe grappling technique that can be done on a daily basis with no more fear of injury than any other contact sport.” –  John Danaher, BJJ Black Belt

Jiu-Jitsu Can Help You Discover Who You Are

Training Jiu-Jitsu can be an important tool for self-improvement. You learn really a lot about yourself if you pay attention during training. I believe training BJJ can expose character flaws and really help you improve as a person.

Are you humble or arrogant? Are you a hard worker or lazy? Are you too competitive? Are you a know it all? Do you never give up? Are you consistent or inconsistent? Are you mentally weak or strong? Are you able to keep long lasting relationships? Do you make excuses or do you make it happen?

Train Jiu-Jitsu long enough and you will discover some things about yourself if you are willing to look inward. If you do not play and work well with others it will become apparent in training.

Many have used BJJ to improve myself as a person. If you practice BJJ we would like to encourage you to use what you learn about yourself on the mat to fix problems off the mat. Personality traits get magnified during tough training. You can find out who you are vs who you want to be…

 

New Classes Added to the September 2012 Schedule!

Below is a link to the new Smash schedule for September 2012. Starting September 10th we’ve added a new 4:30 SmashFit time slot so that busy parents can workout while their kids train. Morning, Noon and Evening classes available.

 

 

We often hear from our members that since they’ve joined Smash they actually look forward to going to the gym. This unique experience is the result of an amazing staff of instructors and the supportive members. Our classes deliver a fitness experience that allows you to actually learn something in a fun group format as you workout. Learning a new skill as you get in shape helps members to stay consistent and interested. The comprehensive schedule allows you to do a new workout every day to keep it interesting!

Smash Gyms has a versatile and unique member base. Located in Silicon Valley between Santa Clara and Sunnyvale we have a constant influx of new members from diverse backgrounds. Because Smash offers corporate memberships for Silicon Valley start ups, many of our members are new to the area and have used Smash Gyms group fitness classes to meet new friends. Our friendly staff and members are very active in the local community. Every night at Smash is like a social fitness event! Our classes are interactive  in which you will often be paired or matched up with partners. This group format allows for a supportive environment that will help you reach your fitness goals, provide networking opportunities and meet great people with similar goals.

Our comprehensive schedule includes zumba, ujam, bootcamp, kettlebell, strength & conditioning, personal training, jiu-jitsu, krav maga, kickboxing, yoga, kids wrestling and martial arts and more. Every class is taught by a true expert in their field. Crossfit certified instructors, 3rd Degree BJJ Black Belts, Krav Maga experts from Israel, experienced personal trainers just to name a few. The goal of our instructors is to run classes in which participants will have fun, get a great workout in addition to transferring their expert knowledge to our members. You will not get lost in the crowd at Smash. Each instructor pays close attention to the progress of those in their class. Every class is like a personal training session.