Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an art of self defense. It is a form of Modern real combat oriented martial art that was developed by its two Brazilian founders Carlos and Helio Gracie in 1962. Tracing its roots from the Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Japan’s famous judo and sumo wrestling techniques, it evolved into a deadly martial arts technique. It is now being utilized as a modern martial arts technique in famous mixed martial arts tournaments.
Brazilian jiu jitsu or simply BJJ is considered one of the most effective martial arts techniques that focus on submission holds and ground grappling. Competitors or warriors of the sport utilize it as the necessity arises from time to time. MMA or Mixed Martial Arts such as the most coveted UFC or Ultimate Fighting Champions is a physical full contact sport where it plays a major role. Other martial arts skills involved are Muay Thai, kickboxing, Karate, wrestling, taekwondo, wrestling, boxing and many other self-defense and martial arts techniques. Mastering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the other forms of martial arts are important to win in the prestigious event.
BJJ as an art has its own discipline and rule to follow just like any other martial arts skill. It has its own uniform called the BJJ-Gi. The Gi or Kimono is always clean as a respect for the art in which discipline is highly regarded. When individuals practice, spar or compete in any event, the Gi should be properly worn. It comprises of three basic suits, the drawstring pants, the belt and the jacket. The uniform is highly regarded as the armor and it is usually made of high quality fabrics to withstand the painstaking practices of its students.
Here are lists of rules as a discipline guide for students who want to learn the art:
• Keep uniforms clean and tidy as a sign of respect.
• Wear uniforms with dignity – Wear uniforms with dignity as a sign of respect. Always wear the complete set of uniform.
• Grooming – With uniforms on, the need to be properly groomed is essential to show respect for the sport.
• Respect instructors, fellow students and everyone in and out of the gym, classroom or building.
• Respect time – Time is always of the essence in a discipline such as martial arts.
• Always bow or shake hands before a sparring – This is to acknowledge sparring is done in goodwill and for the sake of the sport.
• Never mix emotions while sparring – Emotions of anger should never be displayed nor used in sparring sessions. It alters the basic discipline of the sport and might cause injuries or may inflict harm to the sparring partner.
• Respect for the “mat” – The “mat” is considered sacred in the sport. No shoes are allowed on the mat.
• Silence should be properly observed – When an instructor is lecturing or giving instructions, silence should be observed. There is always a time for questioning, clarification and interactive discussions.
• After sparring sessions or practices, it is always a tradition to remove the uniform properly and fold it. This keeps the dignity of the sport alive and the disciplined instilled within the minds of the students who are into the sport. Never treat uniforms as ordinary clothing which is simply trashed around. Soiled or unsoiled, tidiness is always essential to keep the sacredness of the sport.