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With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, stylists that weigh 100 lbs or less can quickly put a submission lock on someone who is 2 to 3 times their weight and size.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Beyond TechniqueEven though it has been around for many years, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was made famous in the United States by Royce Gracie. Many people, even those familiar with most of the more common martial arts, weren't all that familiar with the style until Gracie entered the UFC and continued to dominate fighters of all styles and weight classes one after the other.

Once people began to see how quickly Gracie could defeat an opponent, however, they quickly became interested in this "new" art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

As many now know, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an art that is associated with ground grappling, and submission wrestling, with very little stand up skills involved. A majority of the movements and techniques used with this martial art are executed on the ground. One thing that many people find interesting is that the techniques require very little strength on the part of the stylist, as most of them are more about the technique behind the move than the application of brute force.

Skilled Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu stylists that weigh 100 lbs or less can quickly put a submission lock on someone who is 2 - 3 times their weight and size.

Even though Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is great for tournament fighting, it isn’t so great against multiple attackers or for actual street fighting. With one-on-one fights it can make the sylist very dominant, although if you are against multiple attackers it will be very hard to pull off one of its choke holds or arm locks. You simply won't have the time to do it, as your other opponents will be trying to take your head off.

Using Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from the ground, the stylist will have many options that he or she can make use of. He can pull off choke holds, arm locks, leg locks, and dozens of other techniques that can take someone out of the picture in a matter of seconds. When the stylist is on his back with the opponent on top of him he has the guard, which is where he wraps his legs around the attacker. From the guard position, the Brazilian Jujitsu stylist can execute dozens of effective martial arts techniques - even though it may appear to the untrained observer that he doesn't stand a chance.

The mount, side control, and back mount are primary positions, along with the guard.  The mount position is where the stylist is mounted on top of the attacker on the ground - a position where he can punch or execute a submission hold.  With side control, the stylist is laying on the opponent's chest, a position where he can easily execute an arm lock. The back mount is among the most dangerous positions - where the stylist is on the opponents back and really do some damage if the opponent has no Jiu-Jitsu experience.

With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the ranks start out with a white belt, then move on to blue, purple, brown, and the highest color - black belt.  As with most of the martial arts, to move through the ranks it takes a lot of practice and dedication, usually around 2 - 3 years per belt. Once a student reaches the black belt, he or she is capable of teaching other students what he or she knows. It takes a long time to reach this point, more than 10 years - although it is well worth it.

In the world of martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is very effective. It is one of the best martial arts techniques for ground fighting, especially in tournaments.  Ground grappling is very common with tournaments these days, which is why it pays to be a well rounded stylist.  Very few martial arts styles can compete with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on the ground, which is why so many people are deciding to study it.  If you've decided to start studying this exceptional ground based martial art - you can pat yourself on the back for making a decision you won’t regret.

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