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Is Jiu-Jitsu a Sport?


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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is considered both a martial art and a sport. It originated as a martial art and self-defense system but has evolved into a popular sport with its own set of rules and competitions. Here are the key aspects that define BJJ as both a martial art and a sport:


  1. Martial Art: BJJ has its roots in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. It was further developed in Brazil by the Gracie family, who adapted and refined techniques to focus on ground fighting and submissions. As a martial art, BJJ emphasizes leverage, technique, and the ability to defend oneself in various situations.

  2. Self-Defense System: One of the primary goals of BJJ is to provide effective self-defense skills. Techniques include ground control, escapes, and submissions, with an emphasis on using leverage and technique to overcome larger and stronger opponents.

  3. Sport: BJJ has gained widespread recognition as a competitive sport. There are organized tournaments and competitions held globally, featuring practitioners of various skill levels and age groups. These competitions follow specific rules and scoring systems, with the goal of determining the most skilled and strategic participants in a controlled and safe environment.


What are your thoughts on Jiu-Jitsu as a sport? Do you like the current point system?

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