About Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport with a focus on grappling and ground fighting. The art form and combat sport has evolved significantly since being developed over 100 years ago by Japanese immigrants to Brazil. It currently enjoys a great deal of mainstream popularity thanks to mixed martial arts promotions such as the UFC.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu, or “BJJ” for short, has a simple concept: you can overcome an opponent by using proper technique and leverage with takedowns and ground fighting. Regardless of the disparity in strength. Regardless of size. Essentially, a strong and heavy opponent can be dominated by a smaller, weaker person that takes them to the ground and applies joint-locks and chokeholds. Unsurprisingly, Brazilian jiu-jitsu has evolved into a popular form of self-defense.
Matthew Hartman, 4-stripe Blue Belt, serves as the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class instructor in Woodlands at Tiger-Rock Martial Arts. The program is administered by Gracie Humaitá North Houston.
Like our core taekwondo program, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes from Tiger Rock in Woodlands offers numerous benefits such as improvement in physical health and strong character building.
Training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes feature that help you hone your ground fighting, grappling, and submission techniques. For younger students, we also include anti-bullying lessons and stranger awareness training.
Unlike most Japanese and Korean martial arts systems, BJJ is known for its greater emphasis on ground fighting over striking. In fact, a lot of our lessons are geared towards helping trainees sharpen their ground fighting skills. While it is one thing to take an opponent to the ground, it is really about knowing what to do when you go to the ground. We’ll teach you how to use leverage to defeat your opponent on the ground.
You will be taught to control your opponent through various grappling positions that will lead to your opponent’s submission. Positions include side control, mount, back grab, closed guard, open guard, and half guard. By properly applying these positions, you will be able to overpower your opponent.
Submissions are generally divided into two categories: joint locks and choke holds. Over the course of your jiu-jitsu training, you will learn how to apply various submission techniques in each of these categories. The goal is always to get your opponent to submit.
There are three key benefits to training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in Woodlands. These include:
Character development. This training system instills character building values in each of its trainees. You will learn the importance of respect and courtesy—not only for others, but for yourself as well.
Building confidence. By adding this new dimension to your life, you will gain confidence through the various empowering techniques you learn. As a result, you will carry yourself differently. In fact, you will be better able to take on any surprises that could come your way.
Physical & Mental Fitness. Jiu-jitsu training helps build muscle, strengthen core muscles, and improve your cardiovascular health. Furthermore, you mental keenness will be heightened, as you will boost your focus.