Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is derived from Kodokan Judo; a Japanese fighting style which emphases on the grappling to neutralize a powerful opponent and ground fighting to overcome the size and reach disadvantages for a short and weak fighter. Once the opponent is on the ground, chokeholds and joint locks are applied to get a victory by submission.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu we teach in Tucson is regarded as the greatest grappling technique in all combat sports and one of the best martial arts for self-defense. Fighting experts and analysts mention BJJ as a tool to defeat a stronger and taller opponent regardless of prowess and strength.
BJJ in UFC
After the Ultimate Fighting Championship was inaugurated in 1993, its first three editions were won by a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter; Royce Gracie. Other fighters were from Muay Thai, Boxing, Kick Boxing, Taekwondo and Karate background. Royce Gracie easily defending his titles for consecutive three years and was the first and only man to achieve a hat-trick in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Top Fighters Using BJJ
In UFC, fighters mix more than one combat sports during a fight and that’s why it is called MMA – Mixed Martial Arts – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and boxing are the only two sports which can be seen in almost every fight of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Top fighters in UFC are those who are experts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
1 – Khabib “The Eagle”:
Khabib is an undefeated fighter and is listed number 3 in UFC pound for pound list and he has become the face of UFC or MMA after defeating the big mouth; Conor McGregor in last October. Although Khabib is unstoppable with a record of ( 27 – 0 – 0 ), still he has started training BJJ in last December to polish his fighting abilities to continue his winning streak.
2 – Jon “Bones” Jones:
Jones ( 25 – 1 – 1 ) is pound for pound number 1 in the world and he is currently a blue belt in BJJ. His only defeat is a controversial disqualification loss which came from Matt Hamill; the purple belt holder in BJJ.
3 – Anderson “Spider” Silva:
Silva ( 34 – 10 – n1 ) is highly regarded as the all-time best MMA fighter in the world and he is an expert in BJJ with 3rd-degree black belt rank and he easily manhandles his opponents with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques in the octagon.
4 – Daniel “DC” Cormier:
Daniel is pound for pound number 2 in the world with a professional record of ( 22 – 1 – 1 ), he is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His only defeat came after he fought Jon Jones; a blue belt holder in BJJ.
BJJ Real Life
Not only the art of fighting or skill of self-defense but BJJ is also a lifestyle, along with fitness and self-confidence, BJJ helps one easily tackle the bullies and street fighters. Our team of BJJ practitioners here in Tucson, Arizona is growing into a large group of active competitors. If you are considering Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and live in or around Tucson, you should swing by for a free class. Our world-class instructors and active members will take you in, show you the ropes, and help you along your way to becoming a Jiu-Jitsu black belt. In addition to Jiu-Jitsu, you may also want to check out some of our other combat sports. We have three locations in Tucson and offer a range of classes for those want to get fit, and those that want to compete. We truly do have something for everyone. So come down and try out Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Crossfit, Personal Training, Boxing, or MMA.