The initial observation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is of its intrinsic beauty and gracefulness with thousands of unique techniques. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport, established for a smaller person to defend oneself against a larger adversary. Its basic techniques use leverage and are most productive with proper form. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu began in the early 1900s, founded by Gastago Gracie had the idea of coupling the arts of judo a traditional Japanese jujutsu. Well known for its ground fighting maneuvers, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu surprisingly has many stand up maneuvers. Its stand up and ground maneuvers are and can be overwhelming and disheartening to an opponent, if used properly. The skill to apply the many chokes, holds, locks and joint manipulations on an opponent positions Brazilian Jiu Jitsu above other martial arts.
Marco Aguilera understands that every community deserves a martial arts studio they can trust and one that is easily assessable from Little Elm. One that would bring Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to all ages and fit all schedules. When Little Elm students attend their first class they might feel overwhelmed by the number of moves and maneuvers. The typical student believes they need to learn a complicated maneuver quickly. The mistaken belief is it will aid in self-defense at the outset coupled with the belief it’s better to be really good at a few maneuvers versus learning the fundamentals. This belief could not be farther from the truth. We firmly discourage working on advanced techniques without first establishing a fundamental foundation. The establishment of a strong foundation of basic techniques will be important to your continued growth and skill level. Why not learn ta few hard techniques first? The answer is basic, there are literally thousands of maneuvers, only being good a few may serve you well in early competitions, but opponents are smart and will quickly adapt placing you at a complete disadvantage. A strong foundation of fundamentals and basic techniques will lay the ground work for you to adapt on the fly and counter your opponent in any situation. Remember, the basics are essential for a single, simple reason: THEY WORK!
The techniques best for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu beginners, include (no particular order):
- Bullfighter Guard Pass (“Toreando”)
- Elbow to Knee Escape vs Mount
- Cross Collar Choke from Guard
- Triangle Choke from Guard
- “Upa” / Bridge and Roll Escape vs Mount
- Hip Bump Sweep
- Guillotine Choke from Different Positions
- Double Leg Takedown
- Rear Naked Choke
- Scissor Sweep
- Straight Arm lock from Mount
- Guard Replacement with Hip Escape
- Over-Under Guard Pass
- Straight Arm bar from Guard
- Headlock Escape from Standing and on the Ground
- Americana Lock (Ude Garami) from Side Control
Why were these techniques selected?
- Universal techniques
- Build skills that later can be used for more advanced variations
- Highest percentage techniques for each of the major ground positions
- Widely used by your opponents
- Can be used by you for a very long time, throughout your training
- Relatively simplistic
The Gracie family developed Brazilian Jiu Jitsu further, beginning in 1925. Quickly becoming known as Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The Gracie’s founded the first Federation of Jiu Jitsu in Brazil in 1967, focusing on a safe setting for Jiu Jitsu competition and elevating it to sports status. Rorian Gracie brought the sport to the United States in 1978 and named it “Gracie Jiu Jitsu” because of the confusion with traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu.
Aguilera Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is focused on lifelong learning and self-improvement. Our team of instructors are here to guide, instruct and motivate you. Whether you want to compete, or just to learn, we have a class for you, in Little Elm!