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Bindner Academy Frequently Asked Questions

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that emphasizes ground grappling, with free sparring being an important training method. The aim is to use a variety of grappling holds to advance in positioning and to finally obtain a submission hold. Neither size nor strength is needed in order to be a good grappler. What is required is stamina, technique and spirit. The odds are always with a technician over a brawler. You will see many takedowns, throws, pins, joint locks, pressure points, ground holds, and chokes. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches many things, including balance, mobility, stability, blending with energy flow, mental resistance and distractions, energy focus, energy transfer, pressure points, solidifying a base, sticking, control and sensitivity, rotational momentum, and transitional flow. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is usually practiced in a gi very similar or identical to a judogi, but no-gi training is also part of the training regimen in many BJJ schools and is sometimes referred to as “submission grappling”.Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu became internationally prominent in the martial arts community in the 1990s, when Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Royce Gracie won several single elimination martial arts tournaments called Ultimate Fighting Championships against sometimes much larger opponents who were practicing other styles.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s emphasis on joint locks, chokes, and maneuvering rather than strikes means that one’s technique can be practiced at full speed and almost full power, resembling the effort and technique used in a real fight. Training partners can resist and counter just as they would in an actual fight, providing valuable real-world experience should the techniques ever need to be applied in an actual fight. This practice of live training, officially called Randori but commonly known as “rolling” in BJJ circles, is considered by many BJJ practitioners to be the major factor differentiating combat sports (ex. BJJ, Judo, Boxing, Wrestling) from traditional martial arts (ex. Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido).

Why Study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Simply, it is the best, most practical activity a human being can do for a healthy mind, body and spirit. Here is how it is accomplished

  • Mind Like a game of chess, you must be strategizing all the time, and are forced to engage your mind 100% of the time to win, or in this case, gain a submission. You will increase centeredness and focus. It is like a mini vacation from your current life situation.
  • Body Students will sweat, lose weight, decrease body fat, develop and tone your muscles, gain flexibility and mobility, increase energy and endurance levels, and decrease stress. You will increase your fitness level.
  • Spirit This is what drives you through the tough positions, and situations. You must let adversity, persistence and patience, be your allies.

Who does Jiu-jitsu?

Anyone aged 7 and up, with various fitness levels and the right attitude are welcome. Whether you want to maintain, or get into better shape, this program is for you!

What does Jiu-jitsu mean?

Jiu-Jitsu can be translated as the “Gentle Art”. However, it is important to understand the meaning correctly, since the term “jiu” explains the basic principle of the art, gentle in this context means yielding, and flexible. One should not move against the force of the opponent, but “flow with the go”, and use the strength of the opponent to ones own advantage.

A Brief History

Carlos Gracie: Founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu born 1901. The Gracie style was created in Brazil in the early part of this century by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu pioneer Carlos Gracie, who studied traditional Japanese jiu-jitsu as a teenager under the great Japanese champion, Mitsuyo Maeda known in Brazil as Conde Koma the “Count of Combat”.Carlos Gracie was interested in streetfighting and was also a boxer, quickly modified the classical techniques he learned from Count Koma to meet the demands of real, “no rules” fighting in the streets of Brazil. The young Carlos Gracie then tested and refined his system through constant matches, open to all comers, constantly working to make it more effective. At one point, he even advertised in newspapers and on street corners for new opponents upon whom to practice and further refine his art. He fought anyone and everyone who was willing, regardless of size, weight or fighting style. Even though he was a mere 135 pounds, his style was so effective that Carlos Gracie was never defeated and became a legend in Brazil.This tradition of open challenge is a part of the heritage of Gracie jiu-jitsu. Carlos Gracie taught his style of jiu-jitsu to his four younger brothers (Oswaldo, Gastão, Jorge, and finally Helio) and to his older sons (including Carlson and Carley), and they in turn taught their brothers, sons, nephews and cousins. After Carlos retired from the ring, he managed the fight careers of his brothers and sons, continuing to challenge fighters of all styles throughout the world. This tradition of open challenge has been continued by his sons, grandsons, brothers, nephews, and students, who have consistently demonstrated the superiority of the Gracie style in real fights and minimum-rule matches in rings throughout the world.
Mitsuyo Maeda: Brought Jiu-Jitsu to Brazil was born in Aomori Prefecture in 1878. When he was a boy, he learned Tenshin (Tenshin Shin’yo) Ju-Jitsu. He moved to Tokyo when he was about 18 and went to Tokyo Senmon School. He began practicing Judo and a record of him entering the Kodokan is dated 1897. He was very persistent and never gave up on anything. He was naturally talented in judo and rose through the ranks quickly to establish himself as the most promising young judoka in the Kodokan. Maeda was a small man at 164 cm, 70 kilo.

Maeda would travel also throughout Latin America to fight. In 1915, he ended up in Brazil in a city called Belem. He considered this place to be ideal and settled in Belem which would become his home. He engaged in challenge matches and became famous throughout the region. He also returned to Cuba, Mexico, and the U.S. when necessary. Maeda was to continue his role as a judo instructor. He taught San Paulo policemen, army college cadets, as well as ordinary citizens. Of course, one of them was a teenage boy by the name of Carlos Gracie, who would perhaps become his most notable student.


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