New Students to our Academies often comment that our Jiu Jitsu is more like MMA rather than the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu they have seen or are used to.
Our Jiu Jitsu covers five elements or areas of study:
Clinching and Take downs
Philosophy & Fight Strategy
Mixed Martial Arts also cover the same areas, thou focus may differ depending on the Gym.
The major difference between the two lies in their Philosophies and Fight Strategies.
In MMA you compete with time restraints and a strict rule set against a perfectly matched opponent re Weight, relative skill set and you are the same sex.
The MMA rules always favour the Striker (wrapped & Gloved hands, penalties for inactivity on the ground etc). Each Round begins on the Feet irrespective of where the previous one ended. The focus is on athleticism and aggression.
In Jiu Jitsu, whilst we have an enormously popular Sport side to the Art (pls see here for an earlier article on that: Gracie or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? ) our focus at The Academy is on Self Defence.
This begins with what we eat and how we combine our food.
Energy efficiency, natural body movement and punch proof technique are the three guidelines to the material we Teach our Students.
Patience and having a Survival mindset are essential attributes, if attacked by a much larger, younger, stronger, more athletic antagonist. This naturally connects to the previous guidelines.
Anybody can study Jiu Jitsu, regardless of age and athletic ability,
Both MMA and Jiu Jitsu have the ability to be very positive on the individual and indeed for many of us can be life changing!
Cya on the Mats!