Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Effective?

No one likes wasting their time. Odds are, before you start training and investing your time and energy into something, you’d want to know as much as possible about whatever it is you’re planning to go for. Thank god for the internet.

Royce Gracie really put Brazilian jiu-jitsu in front of the eyes of the world in 1993. Even before that, the Gracie family had an open challenge waiting for any practitioners of other martial arts wanting to prove the effectiveness of their chosen art. They won most matches.

Today, you don’t have to look that far back. You can watch a street fight that happened a day ago from the comfort of your of your home. The latest UFC event is on pay-per-view and much more: instructional videos, competition footage, interviews, etc.

Question is: can you use Brazilian jiu-jitsu in a fight. The answer is: yes, you definitely can. Now, how successful you are going to depend on many things. Are you fighting off several attackers on the street? Ist it a one-on-one test of strength? Are you in the octagon?

We will be focusing on the octagon in this weekly article. First, for people completely new to the scene, the octagon is the fenced space where mixed martial arts events take place. Mixed Martial Arts, or the sport, MMA is exactly that: all martial arts put into one. You have got to admit the premise was genius: a tournament to pick out baddest fighter out there, and not just the fighter, but the ultimate fighting art as well. Get this. There were no rules, no weight classes, no judges and no pauses. Most importantly you were not going to be stood up if the fight went to the ground. Grapplers shined. But, Royce Gracie beat them all with jiu-jitsu. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu became one of, if not, the core art of Mixed Martial Arts.