Frequently Asked Questions About Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
What is Jiu-Jitsu?+
Jiu-jitsu is a martial art which uses the opponent’s own strength against them rather than pitting one’s strength directly against the adversary. The main focus of jiu-jitsu is not striking but in grappling your opponent into submission. Jiu jitsu uses the principle of leverage to allow even a smaller weaker opponent to be able to dominate. Practioners build endurance, flexibility and learn time-tested techniques. These techniques make BJJ the most effective martial art in the world.
Will Jiu-Jitsu make my child violent?+
No. Jiu Jitsu is used for self-defense and as a last resort. The kids learn controlled grappling and it usually has the opposite effect. They are not allowed to bully or use Jiu Jitsu to intimidate or bully others. The core principles of Park City Jiu Jitsu is solving problems peacefully and having the self-confidence to handle the situation if necessary.
My child is not very athletic. Can they still benefit from Jiu-Jitsu?+
Certainly. We teach them skills that will help with their coordination, flexibility and strength. It just takes commitment and practice and you will see great results.
Will my child be injured if they practice martial arts?+
There is a chance of physical injury with any form of exercise. We are careful and very strict and supervise all classes to see that the students are performing them correctly.
How fit do I have to be to take an adult Jiu Jitsu class?+
We have people of almost all levels of fitness attend our classes. Your level of fitness is not that important a factor because we work on improving your level, no matter where you are in terms of physical fitness.
I have a past injury or medical condition. Can I still train in martial arts?+
You will need to talk to your doctor about the risks you may incur by performing rigorous exercise. They will know best about what your body can safely handle.
What should I wear for my first class?+
Bring a top and pants that are comfortable and easy to move in and a WATER BOTTLE.
What are the benefits of Jiu-Jitsu?+
- Technique is vastly superior to strength
- Self Confidence and self-defense
- A great workout
- Better mobility and flexibility
- A mentally stimulating martial art
- A strong community of people
What is the history of Jiu-Jitsu?+
Jiu-jitsu has a very long and rich history, but it may be beneficial for newcomers to understand the reason this martial art was born. First, the rough translation of the terms from Japanese is Jiu= gentle and jitsu = technique or art. The “gentle art” was developed to subdue and defeat armed and armored opponents; using the weight of the armor and the momentum of the weapons to put an attacker off balance and open for countermeasures. The focus was on defeating samurai who held advantages due to their equipment.
Esai Maeda introduced Japanese Jiu Jitsu to the Gracie family in Brazil in 1914. Meada taught this art to Carlos and Helio Gracie. They took this art, refined it and focused their attention on ground fighting. They made it into the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu we know today, sometimes referred to as Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Helio taught these skills and techniques to Master Pedro Sauer. Master Sauer is an 8thdegree red and black belt directly under Helio and Rickson Gracie. He is recognized for his superior technical efficiency of his jiu jitsu. Mike Diaz was had the good fortune of directly being instructed and trained by Master Sauer for over 10 years. Master Sauer presented Mike Diaz with his black belt in 2006. Mike Diaz is a 3 stripe black belt, officially raking him the title of Professor.