How would one best describe this unique martial art and the enigma behind it? First and foremost, it is a self-defense system. It is referred to as the ‘Gentle Art’ because by using the techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, one can “humanely” control an opponent using minimal force and without harming them. Ultimately, I believe the best way to learn the answer is by practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This way, one can truly feel the practicality, efficiency and rich philosophy of the art first hand.
The answers uncovered by my favorite BJJ lifestyle magazine/website GracieMAG.com in this archived article titled, “What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?” are also noteworthy. We’ll post a few blogs per week highlighting the answers given by the art’s founders, masters, teachers and fighters. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
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