Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/Gracie Jiu Jitsu came to international prominence in the martial arts community in the early 1990s, when Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Royce Gracie won the first, second and fourth Ultimate Fighting Championships, which, at the time, were single elimination martial arts tournaments. Royce often fought against much larger opponents who were practicing other styles, including boxing, karate, kickboxing, Muay Thai, wrestling and tae kwon do. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has since become a staple art for many MMA fighters and is largely credited for bringing widespread attention to the importance of ground fighting.

BJJ is most strongly differentiated by its greater emphasis on groundwork than other martial arts. Commonly, striking-based styles spend almost no time on groundwork. Even other grappling martial arts tend to spend much more time on the standing phase. It is helpful to contrast its rules with judo’s greater emphasis on throws, due to both its radically different point-scoring system, and the absence of most of the judo rules that cause the competitors to have to recommence in a standing position. This has led to greater time dedicated to training on the ground, resulting in enhancement and new research of groundwork techniques by BJJ practitioners.


BJJ is part of our Freestyle Martial Arts program. Please see the Freestyle page for schedule.