Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Gi and No Gi)
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling art that uses principles of physics, leverage and body mechanics to allow a smaller, weaker person to defeat a larger, stronger opponent.
It is very practical for self defense for kids because it is an art without punching or kicking, so it is very safe to practice from a young age with resistance and it is very beneficial for self defense in a school environment. In a short time training, kids are able to learn to control and defeat much larger kids/bullies without hurting the other child.
Jiu jitsu originated in Japan during the Samurai age, and was brought to Brazil by a Japanese practitioner named Maeda. He met with Gastão Gracie, a circus owner who employed him, and as a “thank you” Maeda taught Gracie’s sons Carlos, and Helio Gracie. Over time they taught their sons, grandsons, and in a matter of decades this phenomenal style because popular throughout Brazil and then in the United States as well.
Here is a video of kids training and having fun during one of our morning BJJ classes in summer camp: