The Combat Sports, MMA, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and Jiu Jitsu in Texarkana
In order to be extraordinary, you must not follow the ordinary path.
It makes sense.
All Martial Arts Offer Some Benefit for It’s Practitioners.
The style that you choose should suit what you want to accomplish with training.
Different styles appeal to people for different reasons.
This post will talk about some of the training differences from a broad perspective to help people understand different training methods.
It is not meant to be this art or style is better than another art.
Gracie Jiu Jitsu
The Gracies developing a system of martial arts that was grappling based contrary to the common wisdom of the time that grappling didn’t work in a fight. This idea went on the revolutionize the martial arts, combat arts and sports. The Gracies were the founders of modern MMA and the UFC.
They used the UFC to show the world how well Brazilian Jiu Jitsu performed in a very close to no rules fight against other skilled martial artists.
One of the Gracies, Royce Gracie, went on to win 3 out of the first 4 UFCs.
Martial Art Styles
If you’re thinking about training for yourself or your child, many different styles exist… Karate (like Shotokan), Tae Kwon Do, Krav Maga, Judo, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Kickboxing, Sambo, and other combat sports and martial arts.
By the way, I like to make this distinction in martial arts styles/systems.
You can break martial arts into two groups… the combat arts/sports and the ‘traditional‘ martial arts.
What’s the difference in these 2 Martial Arts categories?
Traditional Martial Arts
Traditional martial arts include tae kwon do, karate (like Shotokan karate and Kenpo karate), Japanese ju jitsu, Aikido, and others.
These martial arts are by in large a static system that was passed down through many years, often centuries.
These arts are generally a closed system of martial arts. The techniques do not generally change over time.
A large part of the practice in these styles consists of the practice of forms or kata. These are long sequences of movements that are memorized.
Presumably, the arts were taught that way because of limited written communication / reading. It was a way to pass on the techniques in this era.
They often incorporate weapons that were used centuries ago like the staff, nunchuks, or tonfa.
These arts do not typically spend much time in live drilling and sparring against a resisting opponent. It varies depending on the school.
The old school traditional arts tend to discourage much cross training in other arts, whereas some of the less traditional ones allow or at times encourage cross training. It depends on the art and the particular martial arts school/instructor.
Combat Martial Arts and Combat Sports
The combat arts include MMA, boxing, muay thai/kickboxing, judo, wrestling, sambo, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
These arts are not static.
These arts tend to be an open system of arts that change over time as new things are learned and improved on.
These arts are based more upon performance, that is being able to use the movements against a resisting opponent that has counter intentions of their own.
You see these arts as the primary styles that work in Mixed Martial Arts competitions like the UFC.
This type of training follows the line of thinking that if you want to learn how to swim, you’ll have to get in the water.
The benefits to training in combat arts like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that participants develop…
- the ability to use what they learn in a more realistic scenario.
- improved fitness, endurance, and conditioning.
- improved focus because the participant remains attentive and present in practice and training.
- improved discipline in other areas of their life because participants want to perform better in their chosen sport and this causes them to evaluate if their lifestyle (habits, diet, exercise, …) will improve their performance or reduce it
- Gain much better control of their emotions because anger and other negative emotions will cause them to perform poorly during training (and competition)
- and the confidence that they can actually use the techniques against an attacker.
A very important added benefit to training in a grappling style like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that participants are able to train without the repetitive head trauma that often occurs in the striking arts.
As we learn more about concussions, this is something that many are rightfully concerned with both for adults and especially for kids.
Plus, as far as kids go, the kids learn how to handle a bully or an attacker without having to resort to punching or kicking them.
Kids in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu learn how to control their aggressor without injuring them. This is particularly important with modern school policies punshing both students involved in a fight, regardless if it was simply from one bullying another.
There is some cross over between the 2 camps of martial arts at times and different martial arts schools may lean a little more towards performance or kata type training regardless of style depending upon the instructor.
However, this is a good way to intellectualize the difference between the various martial arts.
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How To Do A Inside Trip/Reap Variation (A Modified O Uchi Gari) for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Texarkana Martial Arts.
Texarkana Jiu Jitsu head coach, Marc Hagebusch demonstrating how to do a simple takedown.
How To Do An Inside Trip Variation (Modified O Uchi Gari (Judo)) for Jiu Jitsu.
Head Coach Marc Hagebusch demonstrates a trip that can be used to put an opponent on their back followed by a positioning in the guard to minimize your opponent’s attacks. Discover more free videos on our YouTube channel.
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Japanese JuJutsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), and it’s Evolution As A Combat Sport. Texarkana Martial Arts
Jujutsu is a traditional martial arts style which originated in Japan.
We often think of Japanese Jujitsu visualizing a little guy dancing around throwing attackers effortlessly as they come at him with choreographed attacks (similar to karate kata).
This was partially a function of the practices. The reality is though that in the old days of Japanese JuJitsu, it was not taught in a safe manner. Often severe injuries and even deaths occurred in training.
This is in contrast to the way many Japanese JuJitsu practices are run today. Most emphasize the kata-like movements and others integrate resistance sparring in an intelligent way. It really varies widely from school to school.
Pre-Organized Katas and Forms
These were often practiced relentlessly without resistance in Feudal Japan.
In the olden days these choreographed katas and ‘forms’ allowed masters to pass the movements down to their students in a time when so many couldn’t read and they weren’t filming everything to put up on their Facebook page.
Many styles of Japanese Ju Jitsu were modified and consolidated into the style of Judo by Jigoro Kano.
Kano organized techniques from various Ju Jitsu styles into a logical system and developed a way of training that allowed practitioners to practice safely so that they could continue training over longer periods of time in order to develop higher levels of skill.
Several other styles continued on as individual styles of Japanese Ju Jitsu and Aikido (which also grew out of the style).
Ju Jitsu was the martial arts style originally developed as a foundational martial art of samurai combat fighting techniques.
The samurais used the style as a method of close combat for defeating an armed and armored opponent. This was used against armored opponents that had no weapon or a short weapon.
Judo and JuJitsu / Jiu Jitsu Spreads Throughout the World
Many styles of Ju Jitsu were taught in Japan. Some of these styles made their way out and to the rest of the world as Japanese practitioners migrated to other countries.
Brazil was on of the locations that attracted many Japanese settlers. It still has a fairly large Japanese population today.
Old school Judo was a fighting style that spread to the world including Brazil where it ultimately gave rise to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
It happened when one of Jigoro Kano’s students migrated to Brazil and spread Judo/Jiu Jitsu to the local Brazilians, including a young man with the now well known last name of Gracie.
The most well known Jiu Jitsu style today is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because of it’s rapid spread throughout the world since giving birth to the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) in 1993, where the style proved it’s effectiveness in combat.
All styles of Ju Jitsu and Judo focuses on using the opponent’s aggressiveness, energy, and momentum against him.
This concept is essential in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
This type of re-direction and use of opponent’s energy allows a smaller person to defeat a much larger one in combat or self defense.
JuJutsu focused it’s techniques primarily on throws, chokes, and joint locks. This was because of several factors. The samurais were often wearing armor, making most striking less effective.
The samurai also discovered that grappling allowed smaller fighters to defeat larger ones by placing the opponent in a position where they would no longer be a threat and could easily be defeated.
Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu have kept much of these emphasis as the styles evolved into both systems of martial arts and very popular sports.
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How To Save Your Family, Your Own Life, and Defend Yourself in Texarkana
What Is Real Self Defense?
NOTE: this is relative to adults, not children. Kids do have specific, but different needs to protect themselves. Some are the same as adults, whereas others are different.
Gun control is always a hot, highly charged political topic. We will not debate that issue here!
But, let’s talk briefly about firearms.
One of the core issues around guns is self defense.
I think that everyone should have 4 things to protect themselves and their family.
Four Important Self Defense Components to Protect Yourself, Your Family, and Your Home.
Fitness, unarmed self defense skills, a good dog (good deterrent and barking gives you forewarning), and a gun.
Your health and fitness are the most likely threat to you (and your family).
The reality is that most people die from a lack of health/fitness.
You are much more likely to drop dead of a heart attack from lifestyle problems than have someone shoot you….
So, it makes sense to focus a lot of attention here.
The vast majority of early deaths are from chronic diseases… heart problems, cancer, diabetes, and others.
These are virtually all lifestyle, it’s not your genes but how they are expressed through lifestyle/environmental factors… primarily diet, exercise, stress management, and sleep that effect whether you get a health problem or not.
Weapons, Isn’t A Gun Enough?
The short answer is, “No!” Here are a couple of reasons why.
As I mentioned above, you’re more likely to die from a preventable health problem than from an attack. This must be at the forefront of your protection plan for you and your family.
Another important point,
Sometimes, you can’t get to your gun in time.
Other times, it will be very risky because of the situation where you may lose control of your gun,particularly at very close range and if you can not control the attacker (another way Jiu Jitsu will save you).
I mentioned a well known Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt in a prior post that had his home invaded in a past email. He awoke at 2 AM while sleeping on his couch to a masked man standing over him pointing a gun directly at his head.
The intruder said, “If you say anything or move, I’ll kill you and everyone in the house.”
His 3 year old son, his wife, and a few friends were also in his house.
It turned out that there were 2 intruders in his house. They rounded everyone up in a room and told everyone to kneel on the floor.
Fortunately, one of the gunmen was very close to the black belt as he told him to get on the ground to be executed with his family.
The BJJ black belt was able to take the gun and save his family.
His unarmed self defense skills saved him, his wife, his 3 year old son, and his friends.
If he did not have them and act, they would likely all be dead. So would the next house that came under invasion from these criminals and so on.
Was all the time he spent training worth that one moment in time where he saved his family?
If you asked him, clearly his answer would be yes. The challenge is that the time training had to be spent BEFORE the incident, not after.
The home invaders were later caught and tried. They had murdered 2 families before this particular home invasion took place.
Why did this event happen? Many factors, including there are bad people in this world.
Here are a few contributing factors…
- He had an alarm (it wasn’t on).
- He had a gun (not on him).
- He didn’t have a dog (but has 2 now).
Here is the cool thing about Training Jiu Jitsu with us…
You will improve your Health and Fitness, Reduce Stress, and Learn How TO Protect Yourself in Unarmed Combat.
You can add additional protection with a gun and a dog if you would like, but we improve the things that are most likely to take you out AND that’s real self defense.
“I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.” Clint Eastwood on gun control.
Of course, it helps if you know Jiu Jitsu to maintain that control!
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Grit, Perseverance, Your Child, and Texarkana Martial Arts.
Psychologist Angela Lee’s primary research has been into looking at why some people succeed in areas whereas others, often more gifted people fail.
This is a great video that talks about grit and mindset. It’s something that is very valuable in ourselves.
Now more than ever it’s critically important in our kids.
Kids have to be able to face adversity, see it as an event (not a final outcome), and grow from the set back.
It’s so important that they do not hit an obstacle and quit. As this happens over and over again, they make it a habit.
This is one of the huge benefits of your child training Jiu Jitsu at Texarkana Jiu Jitsu.
They will learn that they can achieve more than they thought possible. They’ll be pushed.
Sometimes it’s a challenge, but overcoming that challenge gives your child indisputable proof that they can succeed.
This develops confidence, a growth mindset, and grit – the ability to persevere in the face of obstacles.
It’s how we achieve more not just on the mats, but in school, work, and life.
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