Thank you for showing interest in the Academy and the Martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The following information will give you an idea of what the martial art is all about and what is offered here at Omaha’s Academy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on the ability of a smaller opponent to be able to defeat a much larger opponent through the use of leverage and superior techniques. One is able to force an adversary to quit attacking through the use of various joint manipulations, joint locks, and also a variety of chokes. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has grown in popularity over the years as it is also practiced as a sport where two people display their skills in an attempt to gain superior positions for points all the way to ending the match thru a variety of submission holds.
The use of Jiu-Jitsu can also be displayed in today’s sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Traditionally, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is taught with students wearing a GI or Kimono. This is what the uniform is called that students wear. The art is also taught where students wear just shorts and t-shirt to give a different look to what may apply in an everyday setting. This is called NO GI as a student is not wearing the GI to train in.
There is a belt ranking system in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which is as follows: White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black. Each belt has 4 degrees or stripes within it that one achieves on their way to the next belt level. Students should expect to be very patient when it comes to promotion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as many practitioners take 10 to 12 years to obtain a black belt.
This is a very brief explanation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to give one a basic understanding of what we do here.
See you on the mats!
Dennis Bacon, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
Owner and Instructor
Omaha's Academy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu