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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu — A Competitive Martial Arts Field

Hand-to-hand combat skills are introduced during formal Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lessons. Unlike traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, which focuses on discipline and self-defense, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a more recreational martial art form that concentrates on ground fighting and submission grips.

A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

If you would be interested in competing in a martial arts field, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy may offer classes that will help you prepare for your role as a competitor. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) uses a variety of dominant movements, including using leverage to take an opponent down and applying pressure to joints and other body parts, to prevent an opponent from getting up. During a live match, points are awarded to the competitor who was dominant during each physical interaction.

An academy may provide resources that will help you enter a competition circuit. All future competitions that you take part in may be based upon your personal experience level. Contact a representative of a BJJ Academy and request class enrollment details.

Class Sessions And Rankings

Each BJJ session may involve warming up, learning or practicing a skill that an instructor introduces or has introduced, and sparring with other students. A safe environment will be furnished during each class session. This will allow each student to confidently mimic the movements that an instructor has taught.

During your time at an academy, you may be directed to wear a uniform. A jacket, trousers that contain a drawstring waistband, and a belt are the typical garments that are worn while actively practicing or competing in the BJJ field. On your first day of class, you may be allowed to wear shorts and a t-shirt.

The belt that you will eventually be issued will be associated with your ranking. The color of the belt that you will be responsible for wearing will indicate your current rank. As you move up in rank, you will be issued a new belt that will be a different color. Some BJJ academies may advise their students to wear some protective gear. A rash guard will protect delicate skin. Spats are cloth pieces that are designed to protect the instep and ankle.

Your instructor will go over the dress code during the beginning of a BJJ course. They may demonstrate how to wear the garments while you are actively practicing and sparring with others in your class. The garments are designed to be comfortable. While you are wearing your gear, you will be able to maintain a normal range of motion.