About Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a non-striking, grappling Combat Sport that focuses on ground based techniques. Typically, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu match would start with two opponents engaging from a standing position with one opponent eventually getting the match to the ground. Points are awarded for performing certain moves and/or attaining certain positions. The match can be won either by a collection of points, or if one gives up by “tapping out” when a technique has been applied that they feel they cannot escape. Which techniques may be legally applied in competition vary widely depending on the tournament organizer, the age, and belt rank of the competitors. The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) is widely considered the authoritative figure for competition. While Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a widely practiced Combat Sport with specific rules, it’s effectiveness as a form of self defense and fighting system has been popularized in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition and by the Gracie family, the founders of this wildly popular art.
Adult Program Curriculum
Yamasaki Academy is a registered school with the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF). As a result, we follow the competition rules and standards set forth by the Federation as the main reference point for what is taught in classes as well as for ranking and grading students. We generally will cover techniques specifically for the Sport aspect, but we also incorporate Self Defense and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) concepts that go beyond the scope of the Sport. That being said, we do not condone the intentional harming or bullying of our teammates or competitors. Students must, however, learn and understand how and why a technique is effective. For that reason all students are expected to treat each other with utmost respect regardless of experience level.
While Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is primarily a ground fighting style, all matches start standing up. As a result, Judo throws and Wrestling takedowns are a part of the curriculum. We also offer Submission Grappling classes which is basically Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu without the traditional uniform. In these classes we typically wear shorts and a t-shirt or rash guard and there are no belt ranks.
Adult Competition Team Training
Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge encourages all adult students to compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and/or Submission Grappling tournaments. There are a number of benefits to competing:
- It increases your ability to be recognized for belt promotion.
- Gives you purpose in training.
- Builds confidence and self-discipline.
- Puts you in the best shape of your life.
- It builds comradery with the other competition team members.
While competing is encouraged, we do not require it. Anyone competing regularly (more than three times a year on average) will receive a Yamasaki Academy Competition Team patch. For larger tournaments where travel expenses are high, the Academy will do fund raisers to support the Competition Team members when possible. Being on the Competition Team has some incentives like merchandise discounts, sponsorship, and assistance on competing expenses.
Self Defense/MMA Training
At the Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge we strongly believe that Self-Defense doesn’t have to be Self-Offense. By training in a Combat Sport like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu our youth learn how to control a bigger and stronger opponent of lesser skill. They learn that they don’t have to strike or hurt someone to stay safe and win in competition This is very often an important distinction for people seeking self-defense training in that we don’t have to be more violent than our “opponent”.
That being said, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training is different than Self Defense training. Being safe is your main priority for self defense, winning your fight is for MMA. Because all of our MMA fighters are required to take our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes we do cover principles necessary to be successful in MMA. We feel that adding striking into the grappling game is not only necessary for MMA but improves our overall grappling skills as a whole.
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