Self-defense or Sport, what is Jiu-Jitsu?

Self-defense or Sport, what is Jiu-Jitsu?


Of all martial arts, Jiu-Jitsu is the most complete. This is proven Royce Gracie defeated all other modalities. People learned that they cannot enter an octagon without knowing at least some notions of Jiu-Jitsu. Helio Gracie had already proven this in Brazil by defeating opponents from all other styles, like Zbyszko, who weighed over 230 pounds while Helio only weighed 139 pounds. Royce repeated this in the United States. So the fact that Jiu-Jitsu is the most complete and efficient fighting style has already been proven. Lately there has been some controversy regarding sport jiu-jitsu… Jiu-Jitsu is only one. I agree, Jiu-Jitsu is only one. But it has its parts. Jiu-Jitsu is composed of self-defense, stand up throwing techniques, which is Judo, ground fighting, striking techniques: kicks, elbow strikes, punches, especially distance management that Jiu-Jitsu teaches, fighting posture. In fact, many Jiu-Jitsu fighters are using a boxers stance. In boxing kicking is not allowed. When you lean forward too much, you become vulnerable to getting kicked in the face. The Jiu-Jitsu position which Helio used, which Carlson used, even Royce and Rickson, was with the head back, hands up, using the side kick. So Jiu-Jitsu is self defense, stand up, ground, striking and the philosophy. Because without understanding the philosophy of Jiu-Jitsu, which was so well explained by Carlos and Helio Gracie, you end up completely distorting Jiu-Jitsu, even the technical aspect. I witnessed a jiu-jitsu fighter, in addition to Helio Gracie, a fabulous fighter: Carlson Gracie. Carlson was a complete fighter. He used a complete jiu-jitsu, a wholesome Jiu-Jitsu. Carlson knew self-defense, Carlson was very good standing up. There is a video of his fight against Valdemar Santana, who was very tough, very strong, throwing Valdemar with uchimata, a sequence of three, four, five uchimatas in a row, throwing Valdemar, embarrassing Valdemar, like an authentic Judo player. Carlson! Nowadays many Jiu-Jitsu practitioners do not possess these skills. On the ground he was very tough. He would win on the ground. And in striking techniques he would box and kick formidably. And he knew self-defense. Recently we saw Jon Jones defeat a Jiu-Jitsu fighter with a self-defense move, wrapping the arm. So trying to separate Jiu-Jitsu in sport Jiu-Jitsu, Jiu-Jitsu for this or for that is not right. There is only one Jiu-Jitsu, which I learned from Carlos and Helio Gracie. And they learned from Count Koma. And Helio perfected this jiu-jitsu even more, because he was very skinny and he created certain details he didn’t invent anything, but he created details which enabled a weaker person to execute the techniques. So there is only one Jiu-Jitsu. There are not two Jiu-Jitsus. And it is divided in self defense, stand up fighting to throw your opponent, fighting on the ground, how to win on the ground how to submit on the ground, striking techniques, and the philosophy which is extremely important. Rest, nutrition, sexual lifestyle, a spirit of justice, loyalty, all of this we learn in jiu-jitsu, even personal hygiene.

13 Replies to “Self-defense or Sport, what is Jiu-Jitsu?”

  1. I was in a BJJ school for 4 months.  We did not go over throws, or any stand up.  During training, the professor would say, "good move, that's an advantage. Or that's a point."  Is this common across a lot of schools?

  2. Had a great seminar with the Valente Brotheres a few weeks ago in Norfolk VA hope to train at their gym sometime in Miami

  3. one of the best explanations of Jiu Jitsu I've seen.  Hopefully this video will prevent the re-writing of history.  ….on a side note, I started my training career at a Carlson Gracie school and we learned NONE of the standing techniques that Carlson himself was so good at.  Very interesting to say the least.  Thanks for sharing!

  4. Excelente! Explicações como essas só nos trazem a memória o quão importante é o Jiu Jitsu. Grande mestre! sincero, objetivo e comprometido com a Arte Suave.

  5. Jake Holm, thank you for participating. The issue is in the true definition of jujutsu (jiu-jitsu). Dr. Pedro Valente was referring to the jujutsu he learned in the 1950s. In his opinion sport JJ did not represent the essence of JJ and therefore was not jujutsu as per its original definition. Grandmaster Dr. Pedro Valente Sr. respected the sportive movement. Also, please reconsider your views on the striking aspects of JJ. Some schools of JJ chose, overtime, to neglect striking. That does not mean jujutsu does not include atemi waza (striking).

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