Born in India as a form of self-defense, Jiu-Jitsu was developed as a technique based on the principles of balance and joint system of the body. In Brazil, the fighting system was improved, making the country the world center of this sport, which summarizes its technical aspects, by using leverage and proper technique in joint-locks and chokeholds, to prove the dominance of technique over strength.
Day by day Brazilian Jiu Jitsu attracts new practitioners, and becomes a lifestyle to the ones who, in search of conditioning and self-defense, find in the sport, a therapy; and in their mat mates, a second family.
Many, who are willing to start practicing a martial art, are also in doubt of what to choose among so many choices, and sometimes think that Jiu-Jitsu has a certain taboo that only the ones “in shape” can train.
This is not true. Jiu-Jitsu, which means gentle art, is considered the most complete martial art, and leads the practitioner to obtain physical and psychological benefits, through ancient knowledge, from the east. Like other sports, Jiu-Jitsu, reduces stress and anxiety, but also emboldens the shy ones and increases self-esteem, while working the entire body and contributing to weight loss.
The sport requires concentration and promotes quick responses to the opponent’s body, develops emotional control and improves the reflexes. It is also defined as a chess played with the body, where well-formulated rules preserve the physical integrity of practitioners.
As an aerobic activity, it boosts the metabolism and improves cardiovascular and respiratory capacity; and as a martial art, develops motor skills and reflexes. There is no restriction on the practice, active men and women of any age can practice the gentle art, that is also a great option to those seeking to lose weight and improve muscle mass, since it is possible to eliminate anywhere from 750 to 1500 calories in one class.
With so many good points, I invite you to come join this family called Fight Sports, and let the gentle art become your lifestyle…
Roberto de Abreu Filho, “Cyborg,” has began his Jiu Jitsu journey in the city of Campo Grande Brazil, where he was born. For the last years Cyborg has been leading the Fight Sports team in Brazil, United States, Canada, Ireland, and Morocco, teaching numerous champions. He has throughout his career four gold medals in World Championships. Three times Pan American Champion, four times South American, and has the gold on the Nationals in Brazil and Europe Jiu-Jitsu. Cyborg has the title of Brazilian Champion in Wrestling (he is a member of the Brazilian National Wrestling Team) and is an fourteen times champion of Grapplers Quest Open Class. Other than leading the FS Team to the PANAMERICAN AND WORLD TEAM TITTLE.