Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Ages 1 6 yrs old & up
What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is considered to be "the gentle art". Jiu-Jitsu emerged over 4,000 years ago and can be traced back to India and the Buddhist Monks. It was a martial art that did not involve violence or weapons. It spread and evolved over the years through Japan (officially now called Judo in Japan) and then to Brazil in 1925, when Helio Gracie opened the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school there. Helio improved on traditional Jiu-Jitsu to accommodate practitioners of smaller, weaker size. Focusing on technique, he was able to reduce the reliance on strength.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was first widely introduced to the United States in the 1990's and has continued to grow and gain popularity. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most effective martial arts today, and is well-known across the globe.
See more information on the history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu here:
RCJ Machado Jiu-Jitsu
History of BJJ coming to America
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner wears a Jiu-Jitsu Gi. This uniform is similar to a judo Gi, but with tighter cuffs on the jacket and pants. The Jiu-Jitsu Gi is required for class. It is popular now to also train "No-Gi" in which case a rash-guard or closely fitting t-shirt and shorts are permitted. The instructor will notify you ahead of time of a No-Gi class.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ranking system awards students different color belts to signify their level of technical knowledge and skill. There is a system for youth (under 16 yrs old) and for adults ages 16 years and older.