“The Gentle Art”
The term “jiu-jitsu” is derived from the Japanese phrase “the gentle art”. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), also known as the gentle art, is a martial art that generally focuses on ground fighting and grappling with an opponent. When using proper technique, a smaller and weaker individual can defend against, and even possibly dominate, a larger and stronger opponent. By using balancing leverage and techniques such as joint locks and chokes, students of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu can gain self-confidence in their abilities to protect themselves.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training is more rigorous than many other martial arts due to the intensely physical nature of grappling, but because of this rigorousness, students vastly improve their physical conditioning. Each Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training session includes cardiovascular training, stretching, breathing techniques and resistance workouts. These sessions build students’ strength and endurance, and help increase their flexibility.
Self-defense is one of the many valuable benefits gained from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Students trained in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu learn how to avoid, evade, and escape from many types of physical confrontations. They also learn how to physically protect themselves and their loved ones when physical confrontations are unavoidable. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students are trained to use restraint and physical techniques as appropriate.
Training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu directly leads to a significant increase in self-confidence, self-discipline and the ability to make decisive action. This occurs not only via training the sport, but also through skilled and empowering coaching and role modeling from such great teachers as Sammy Garcia.
Family time and bonding
Practicing the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can foster and develop family unity and friendly competition among siblings. The Teixeira Garcia Jiu-Jitsu Academy helps grow a sense of pride in oneself because of the accomplishments students have. Parents develop pride in their children’s accomplishments while at the same time the children’s own self-worth grows with each lesson learned.