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- $30 for one month of unlimited youth Mighty Warrior jiu-jitsu classes ($70 value)
- $30 for one month of unlimited teen jiu-jitsu and judo classes ($70 value)
- $55 for two months of unlimited youth Mighty Warrior jiu-jitsu classes ($140 value)
- $55 for two months of unlimited teen jiu-jitsu and judo classes ($140 value)
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Size Doesn’t Matter
Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes don’t just increase physical strength and stamina—they also teach practical self-defense techniques. Read on to learn more about this South American art.
If David and Goliath were to fight a rematch inBrazilian jiu-jitsu, the odds might be even more in David’s favor. That’sbecause Brazilian jiu-jitsu’s grappling techniques, such as mounts and jointlocks, are designed to help fighters overtake opponents of virtually any size.A modified version of traditional Japanese jiu-jitsu and judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsudemands that fighters stay close to the ground, incorporating timing andleverage to take advantage of faster, stronger opponents.
Appropriately enough, the martial art ofunderdogs emerged largely because of a fighter who was forced to overcomephysical disadvantages. Hélio Gracie, the youngest child of the Gracie family,was forbidden from learning to fight due to his often poor health and physicalfrailness. Around 1917, Hélio’s oldest brother, Carlos, began studyingtraditional jiu-jitsu and judo techniques from Japanese fighter Mitsuyo Maeda.Worried for Hélio’s health, the family decided that the art should only bepassed to the stronger sons. Undeterred, Hélio studied his brothers closely andbegan modifying the Japanese techniques to his advantage. Eventually, hecrafted an enduring martial art and proved that strength and speed could beovercome with proper knowledge and technique. Blossoming out of the prodigiousGracie clan, the art, sometimes even referred to as Grace jiu-jitsu, has sincespread from South America to as far as Slovenia and Alaska, which is notoriousfor its polar bears well versed in karate.