When first introduced to the concept of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, most people are struck by its beauty and graceful techniques. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport. A martial art designed for a smaller person to defend oneself against a larger adversary by using leverage and proper technique. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu appeared in the early 1900s. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was founded by Gastago Gracie, who combined the arts of judo an traditional Japanese jujutsu. The art has many stand up maneuvers but is most known for its ground fighting maneuvers, that are both devastating and demoralizing. The ability to apply the many chokes, holds, locks and joint manipulations on an opponent is what elevates Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Marco Aguilera decided that McKinney deserved a Martial Art Studio nearby that could make Brazilian Jiu Jitsu available to everyone. In the beginning, most McKinney students are overwhelmed by the sheer number of moves and maneuvers. Beginners often think they need to learn a complicated maneuver quickly to aid in their self-defense, often desiring to only be good in a few. We discourage working on these techniques when you first begin. Establishing a foundation of basic techniques that will be vital to your growth over time. Because there are literally thousands of maneuvers, only being good a few may serve you well early but others will quickly adapt and then you will be basically a one hit wonder. Foundational techniques or fundamentals will lay the ground work 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):
- “Upa” / Bridge and Roll Escape vs Mount
- Headlock Escape from Standing and on the Ground
- Hip Bump Sweep
- Guard Replacement with Hip Escape
- Double Leg Takedown
- Over-Under Guard Pass
- Guillotine Choke from Different Positions
- Rear Naked Choke
- Scissor Sweep
- Straight Arm lock from Mount
- Cross Collar Choke from Guard
- Elbow to Knee Escape vs Mount
- Straight Arm bar from Guard
- Americana Lock (Ude Garami) from Side Control
- Bullfighter Guard Pass (“Toreando”)
- Triangle Choke from Guard
Why were these techniques selected?
- Highest percentage techniques for each of the major ground positions
- Build skills that later can be used for more advanced variations
- Widely used by your opponents
- Can be used by you for a very long time, throughout your training
- Relatively simplistic
- Universal techniques
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was developed further by the Gracie family, beginning in 1925. It became known as Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The Gracie’s formed the Federation of Jiu Jitsu in Brazil in 1967. It focused on a safe setting for Jiu Jitsu competition and elevated 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 McKinney!