What is Jiu-Jitsu?
Jiu-Jitsu eclipses chokes, joint locks, immobilizations, throws, and strikes. A true understanding of the Jiu-Jitsu philosophy prepares men, women, and children for life, showing them paths to lead a healthier life and empowers the most efficient use of physical, mental, and spiritual strength.
Grand Masters Carlos and Hélio Gracie propagated this way of life for almost a century.
Maximum Effectiveness with Minimum Energy
Jiu-Jitsu is the way to the most effective use of physical, mental, and spiritual strength. By teaching you attacks and defenses it refines your body, your mind, and your soul and helps you make the spiritual essence of Jiu-Jitsu an integral part of life.
The principle of maximum efficient-use of mind and body is the fundamental principle governing all the techniques of Jiu-Jitsu. This principal can also be applied to the improvement of the human body making it strong, healthy, and useful. It can also be applied to the improvement of intellectual and moral power. It can be applied to the improvement of diet, clothing, housing, social interaction, and methods of business, therefore constituting a study in living. Jiu-Jitsu, in its fuller sense, is a study and a method of training in mind, body, and spirit as well as in the regulation of life and affairs.
Jiu-Jitsu expresses the philosophy of yielding to an opponent's force rather than trying to oppose force with force. Manipulating an opponent's attack by using his force and direction allows a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner to control the balance of their opponent and hence prevent the opponent from resisting the counter attack.
The philosophy of Jiu-Jitsu describes the states of mind that a warrior should be able to adopt in combat to facilitate victory. These include an all-encompassing awareness, zanshin (literally "remaining spirit"), in which the practitioner is ready for anything at any time; the spontaneity of mushin (literally "no mind"), which allows immediate action without conscious thought; and a state of composure or imperturbability known as fudoshin (literally "immovable mind").
Our style - Efficiency and Effectiveness
With the advent of sport jiu-jitsu and the innovations surrounding it, some of the core principles of jiu-jitsu are beginning to get violated. These amazing techniques, as efficient as they may be, lack versatility in applicability (i.e. they can be applied only in certain situations and only by certain people). It’s fascinating that modern jiu-jitsu players are capable of creating leverage using the lapel of the kimono and other complex strategies, but it is yet to be seen whether the same techniques can be applied without a kimono, and/or whether they can applied in a street/self defense situation. This is where effectiveness is important.
At the Institute Of Jiu-Jitsu, we make sure, as Rickson Gracie says; our techniques are efficient (i.e minimal use of strength and energy) as well as effective (i.e. it must be applicable both gi and nogi and must also work in a self defense scenario). We have our fair share of students that love to train the sportive aspect of jiu-jitsu, but it is a must at IJJ that the same students must also be adept at the Helio Gracie self-defense curriculum. The techniques that are taught at the school are also thoroughly reviewed before exposing the students to them to ensure that all body types can apply the same technique. The type of jiu-jitsu being taught is old school in its approach – slow and methodical without having to burn much energy.
IJJ is here to preserve and propagate the lost aspects of jiu-jitsu and prevent this beautiful art from being watered down and eventually become ineffective in its application.