An Introduction To Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Even though it has been around for many years, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was made famous in the United States by Royce Gracie in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.  Many people weren’t all that familiar with the style until Gracie entered the UFC and continued to dominate fighters of all styles and weight classes one after the other.  Once people began to see how quickly Gracie could defeat an opponent, they quickly became interested in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

As many now know, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an art that is utilized with ground grappling, with very little stand up skills involved.  A majority of the techniques used with the martial art are executed on the ground.  The techniques involve very little strength from the stylist, as most of them are all about the technique behind the move.  With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu stylists that weight 100 lbs or less can quickly put a submission lock on someone who is 2 – 3 times their weight and size.

Even though Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is great for tournament fighting, isn’t so great against multiple attackers.  With one on one fights it is very dominant, although if you are against multiple attackers it will be very hard to pull off one of the choke holds or arm locks.  You simply won’t have the time to do it, as the other attackers will be trying to take your head off.

From the ground, utilizing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the stylist will have many options that he can utilize.  He can pull off choke holds, arm locks, leg locks, and dozens of other techniques that can take someone out of the picture in a matter of seconds.  When the stylist is on his back with the opponent on top of him he has the guard, which is where he wraps his legs around the attacker.  From the guard position, the stylist can execute dozens of techniques – even though it may appear that he doesn’t stand a chance.

The mount, side control, and back mount are primary positions, along with the guard.  The mount position is where the stylist is mounted on top of the attacker on the ground – a position where he can punch or execute a submission hold.  With side control, the stylist is laying on the opponent’s chest, a position where he can easily execute an arm lock.  Back mount is among the most dangerous positions – where the stylist is on the opponents back and really do some damage if the opponent has no Jiu-Jitsu experience.

With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the ranks start out at white belt, then move on to blue, purple, brown, and the highest color – black belt.  To move through the ranks it takes a lot of practice and dedication, usually around 2 – 3 years per belt.  Once a student reaches the black belt, he is capable of teaching other students what he knows.  It takes a long time to reach this point, more than 10 years – although it is well worth it.

In the world of martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is very effective.  It is one of the best martial arts for ground fighting, especially in tournaments.  Ground grappling is very common with tournaments these days, which is why it pays to be a well rounded stylist.  Very few martial arts styles can compete with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on the ground, which is why so many people are deciding to study it.  If you’ve decided to start studying this exceptional ground based martial art – you can pat yourself on the back for making a decision you won’t regret.

Next post I will write some about how the Army approached the Gracies and took their style of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as the foundational component for the new Close Quarters Combat Training.

The Techniques Of Muay Thai

A majority of the offensive techniques that are used in Muay Thai utilize a students hands, feet, elbows, and knees to strike an opponent. In order to bind the opponent for both defensive and offensive reasons, there is a small amount of grappling on the feet that is used – the clinch.

The clinch occurs when someone gets in your circle of radius, inside of your comfort zone. To execute knees and short kicks from the inside, the clinch can be very useful. The Thai fighter makes great use of the clinch, tying up on opponent on the feet then pounding his stomach, ribs, knees, and legs with brutal knees. Knees are very popular techniques with Muay Thai, as Thai fighters spend a lot of time training their strikes – especially knees and elbows.

Although high kicks to the opponents head looks amazing during the fights, experienced Thai fighters always say that knees and elbows have a lot more impact, and they do the most damage to the body. If a Thai fighter is very experienced and has enough power in his strikes, he can quickly and easily kill someone with his techniques.

In all Muay Thai techniques, two in particular have become very popular with other styles of martial arts.

The roundhouse kick
The roundhouse Thai kick is a very useful technique for both self defense and competitions, proving to be very efficient when it is executed properly. Thai stylists execute the roundhouse kick by a straight leg and the entire body rotating out from the hip. The hip is locked shortly before the thrown leg makes impact with the opponent. If executed properly, the roundhouse kick can easily render someone unconscious.

The low kick
The low kick is a common Muay Thai attack, that involves a circular movement from the stylist’s body to kick the opponent in his upper shin area. If the low kick isn’t blocked or defended, it can quickly lead to fight being ended. After a few well placed low kicks, the opponent will be unable to put pressure on his legs due to the bruising, and will eventually crumble.

With other martial arts styles, such as Tae Kwon Do, stylists use snapping kicks that are indeed faster to execute, although they have less power. Muay Thai on the other hand, teaches stylists to follow through with kicks, using the shin instead of the foot. Nearly all of the techniques involved with Muay Thai emphasis movement with the entire body, which means rotating the hip each time the stylist kicks, punches, or blocks. The techniques are slower, although they are far more powerful that techniques found in Tae Kwon Do and even Karate.

As a lot of people already know, the training and conditioning training found in Muay Thai is nothing short of legendary for the intensity and rigorous training. The training in Muay Thai aims to harden the weapons used in the martial art to a high degree. Students who have been training in Muay Thai for many years can absorb a beating, yet if they land a shin kick it will feel as if you have just been hit with a sledgehammer.

All in all, Muay Thai is a very dangerous combatives martial art that teaches punishing blows with very little grappling. Thai stylists are physical strong, capable of taking an opponent out with just one well placed strike. Muay Thai is also one of the most well known and most popular styles in the world today – which is why you shouldn’t hesitate to study. I really Kicks A**.

An Introduction To Muay Thai

All across the world, people have heard about it and possibly even witnessed it first hand or on television – the furious punches, bone crushing elbows, lethal and piercing kicks, and the unforgettable knees. Although watching it on television is great, nothing begins to compare to seeing these moves executed live – with thousands of fans cheering the fighters on.

This is the wonderful world of Muay Thai kickboxing. Muay Thai is a martial art that is unlike any other, rich in the proud heritage of an entire nation. The style is interwoven into the well known history of the Thai people. Even though they are gentle and fun loving people, they’ve had to defend both themselves and their land for many years against the aggressive powers and thieves.

To protect what they had, the Thai people developed a fighting system of close combat techniques that were suited to the type of rough terrain they would be fighting in. Over the years, it eventually become a rite of passage for all Thai men to train in this amazing martial art.

In the beginning, Muay Thai proved to be a dangerous and deadly art, with the fighters having no safety gear or protection – all they had were lengths of cords in which they would wrap around their fists as gloves. As the years progressed, rules were written into the equation to establish some protection for the fighters.

Over the years, Muay Thai has progressed as both a martial art and a style, attracting people from all over the world. There are training facilities in Russia and the United States, with qualified instructors to help teach Muay Thai to interested students.

These days, Muay Thai is one of the most popular sports in the world. There are a lot of television networks that broadcast Thai bouts on a weekly basis, pleasing avid fighting fans from all over the world. International boxing is another popular sport, although most successful International boxers got their start in Muay Thai. This goes to show why Muay Thai training is so popular – and so lethal as well.

Normally, Thai bouts are fought with 5 three minute rounds, with a two minute rest period in between the rounds. All fights are preceded by a dance, which gives the contestants the opportunity to pay homage to their teachers. The dance is an excellent exercise to warm up with, with plenty of symbolic meaning towards the style.

During the fights and even with training, you’ll see that each Thai boxers wears armbands and a headband. The headband that fighters wear is believed to have been blessed by a monk or teacher, and will bestow luck upon the fighter. Thai boxers take a lot of pride in their training and fighting, with the headband being a source of inspiration and pride for the fighter.

During training, Thai fighters will learn a lot about their spiritual well being, the history of Muay Thai, and the skills they need to survive. Fighters that plan to compete in Thai fights will need to practice a lot, as the fights can be very demanding. Thai training can be very brutal, all depending on where you study. If you are studying the ancient arts of Thai boxing, you can count on the training to be very rigorous and demanding.

Although Muay Thai can be a tough art to practice, it is one of the best martial arts that you can study. The techniques are lethal, the training is tough – yet the competitions make it all worth while!

There are some Military Systems that use Muay Thai, if fact they teach the thai thigh kick and some other low line Thia kicks in the new Combatives field Manuals for the Modern Army Combatives fm 3.25-150 2002 and the last fm 25-150 from 1992 (I got those from www.combatives101.com, mentioned last post) also). as the Army moves to more MMA style combatives I think We will see more effective Thai Boxing Techniques mixed in.

CYA

Part of what inspires me to start a blog is to write about the arts I have studied and enjoy. My greatest influences in Martial Arts have been Bruce Lee, The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Military Combatives Arts.

It is not a secret that martial arts have really advanced over time.  Numerous years ago, Bruce Lee made the martial arts become even more known, when he formulated his style that he called Jeet Kune Do.  He acted in many films, demonstrating his speed and finesse to the world .  Since then, films have became  a favorite means to display martial arts skills.

Back in the 1990s, something called the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) appeared to move matters even farther.  Although there have been other  similar competitions to the UFC, none of them possessed the style and the commitment as the UFC managed.  When it first started, the UFC matched assorted styles and various weight classes.

The final result was energizing bouts with variable consequences.  The 1st ever superstar was a gentleman from Brazil named Royce Gracie.  Gracie was the 1st to present Brazilian Jui-Jitsu in this way, opening up the eyes of everybody who saw him fight.  After the first UFC, Brazilian Jui-Jitsu was immediately deemed the best martial art. Royce weighed below two hundred pounds, and he was altogether dominating fighters near 2 times his size.

Gracie would also win UFC 2 and 4 as well.  He was the most commanding in the sport, and opened the eyes of everybody around the world.  In UFC 3, he did not lose, although he come across a tough fighter who just about beat him.  Gracie returned in UFC 5 for a superfight with Ken Shamrock, which would go the distance and end in a draw.

Other fighters have done exceptionally well in the UFC, although none of them had the impact as Royce Gracie.  Fighters like Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Oleg Taktarov, Matt Hughes, and Matt Sylivia have also done very well.  Matt Hughes is also regarded as one of the best, as he fights in the Welterweight class and is considered pound for pound to be the best fighter in the world.

In the world of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), the UFC has made a big impact.  In the beginning, there were no rules and no judges, just one on one fights until someone either tapped out, got knocked out, or the ref through in the towel.  Fighters also fought in a tournament style as well, which took 3 fights to win the championship.

Over the years, there were several changes.  The UFC would start with judges after a few years, along with eliminating the tournaments.  The fights would eventually go to one on one, which was great for the fans.  Although the fights didn’t have time limits in the beginning, they do now.  The non title fights are three 5 minute rounds, while the title fights are five 5 minute rounds.

If a fight goes to the judges, the judges decide the winner.  There are three judges, which normally change with each different UFC.  Judges are there do determine the winner if there is no knockout or submission, while the ref is there to protect the fighters.  The referee can stop a fight as well, if a fighter is unable to defend themselves.

With all the changes in the rules of the UFC, it’s only a matter of time before the UFC gains a lot more popularity.  It is more popular today than it ever has been, which tells you that martial arts have come a long way.  Martial arts is very popular these days, with competitions such as the UFC being one of the most popular sports in the world.

If you would like to learn a little street efefective bjj, I would suggest starting with the Army Combatives Groundfighting.  It was taken directly from Gracie Jui-jitsu (BJJ) and is a good beginning place.  The manual is easy to follow and the videos are free. You can find the materials to study the army groundfighting systemat www.combatives101.com. It is a membership site, but it is free to sign up.

Got to go will write more tomorrow

Hello world!

August 4, 2008

welcome to my little blog about fighting and life. I hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think. I was going to start a web site called http://www.combatives101.com, but as that was already taken, I thought I would start a blog instead.

Life will throw you these little curves, what can you do? Let’s make the best of it, hey?

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