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Brazilian jiu jitsu


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What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Is that the thing where you breakdance and fight at the same time? Which is your favorite analogy for it: human chess or combat yoga? Why should I do it? My 12 year old cousin is a black belt. Can he beat you up?

Presented by Justin Nguyen at SF Learning Night on December 9th, 2015.

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Brazilian jiu jitsu

  1. 1. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Human Chess / Combat Yoga / Martial Hugging
  2. 2. My background ● I first tried out jiujitsu in the summer of 2009 ● I did a couple years of judo in college ● I picked up jiujitsu again here in SF after graduating ● I’m NOT an expert
  3. 3. What is BJJ? Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground. yes, I copied and pasted this from Wikipedia
  4. 4. What is BJJ not? Capoeira Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
  5. 5. History of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  6. 6. History of BJJ - the samurai and jujutsu
  7. 7. History of BJJ - Jigoro Kano and judo
  8. 8. History of BJJ - the Gracie family
  9. 9. History of BJJ - Royce Gracie and the early UFC
  10. 10. Philosophy and Techniques
  11. 11. The Basic Gameplan perform a takedown achieve a dominant position apply a submission
  12. 12. ● Seek opportunities to exploit leverage advantages ● Manage distance to manage damage ● You can still fight effectively off of your back ● Don’t fight strength with strength directly ● If you don’t see an opening to exploit, create one A sample of assorted Key Concepts
  13. 13. The Armbar
  14. 14. The Guard
  15. 15. The Mount
  16. 16. Combinations
  17. 17. Combinations
  18. 18. David vs Goliath
  19. 19. ...Goliath still wins a lot of the time, though
  20. 20. Jiu Jitsu and You or, BJJ as a vehicle for personal growth and self improvement
  21. 21. Strong body, strong mind “No man [or woman] has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man [or woman] to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his [or her] body is capable.” -Socrates, with minor edits by Justin Nguyen
  22. 22. Learning through failure
  23. 23. Reality Check “The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you’re a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.” -Henry Rollins
  24. 24. Other reasons to give it a try ● Exercise is good. BJJ is exercise. You should exercise. You should try BJJ. ● Self-defense ● Competition (if that’s your thing) ● The people are great ● It’s fun!
  25. 25. Where I Train