Out of all of the martial arts available in this area, why would someone choose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? This is one of the most common questions that our visiting guests ask. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has an incomparable past and our answer to this question is based solely upon how Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu evolved to one of the most respected and appreciated martial art forms of the world. When you read along, it becomes apparent what the three reasons why so many students were able to make this practical and easy selection of lifelong martial art style.
1. Self-Defense
We live in a world that is, unfortunately, riddled with violence and crime, so it is imperative to be able to defend yourself and your loved ones should you find yourselves in a dangerous situation. Jiu-Jitsu training provides students with unrivaled self-defense techniques that have proven to be effective time and time again. Self-defense techniques acquired through Jiu-Jitsu training teaches students the most effective, leverage based methods to neutralize an opponent, while minimizing any harm or damage that may occur. Because of the focus on technique and precision over brute strength, Jiu-Jitsu empowers anyone regardless of age, size or physical ability to effectively defend themselves against much larger opponents!

2. Exercise
Jiu-Jitsu training involves a tremendous amount of movement within a brief amount of time. Here at the Gracie Academy our focus is to help our students get into their desired physical shape while gaining valuable Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense skills. Jiu-Jitsu training increases your cardiovascular fitness, while grappling incorporates your body’s largest muscle systems. After the first few months of training, you will find yourself in the best shape of your life. Our students experience greater endurance, focus, reduced stress and better sleeping habits!
3. Empowering Women
Our Academy offers classes for women. We will teach you how to neutralize the most common attacks ranging from having your hair grabbed to being pinned to the ground by an aggressive assailant. Each one-hour class lesson addresses these self-defense specific techniques as well as verbal, physical, and psychological defense strategies that have been tested and proven effective over nearly two decades! You can start classes at any time and participate in any class without previous experience. Unlike most self-defense systems that rely heavily on strength, speed, and coordination, the techniques taught in our classes employ leverage, technique, and timing, so anyone, regardless of age or athletic ability, can make them work against larger opponents.
4. Real Life Sparring
Sparring at Charles Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy offers realistic experiences within a safe environment. While sparring is considered dangerous in other sports, such as boxing, it is taught and executed much more mindfully in Jiu-Jitsu. One of the greatest safety measures in sparring in Jiu-Jitsu is the ability for either competitor to tap out at any time. This helps to avoid injury on the mat, and allows the opportunity for participants to regain focus and continue. The participants then resume sparring and attempt to gain the advantage yet again. With the ability to stop at any time, it is extremely difficult to get injured during sparring. You can focus on learning the moves at your own pace with help from knowledgeable sparring partners. At the Charles Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy, you can learn the moves without injury.

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