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While jiu-jitsu is widely recoginized for it's highly effective ground defense techniques in tournament competition, at American Black Belt Academy we teach jiu-jitsu as a complete self defense art incorporating it's lesser known but comprehensive system of standing techniques.   Our jiu-jitsu program teaches striking, kicking, closing distance, and takedowns.
While some studies suggest as many as 90% of all fights go to the ground, 97% of all altercations start standing up. So in order to maintain a complete and effective self defense training program we incorporate jiu-jitsu's stand up training skills as a key foundation to our training.


The greatest advantage Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers is the ability for a smaller person to learn principles of leverage that will assist them in defending against or defeating a larger opponent on the ground or standing-up.




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In a real world situation, an attack is over within a few short seconds. These seconds are filled with panic, chaos and confusion, and you won't have time to think at this point. The application of a few simple principles and techniques will allow you to survive.

Many martial arts schools claim to teach self defense, but real attacks happen as a complete surprise and afford no time to raise your hands and get into a fighting stance like you do in a tournament.  Our program pays special attention to the real world nature of attacks that occur as a complete surprise and require an appropriate, immediate, conditioned response.

Founded on easy and instinctive movements, this reality-based method is intended to transmit practical self-defense in the shortest doable time. Our courses will teach you the defenses against the most common street attacks. Learn to defend against ordinary chokes, grabs, punches, kicks, bear hugs and head locks, as well as weapons such as guns, knives and sticks. Just as important, we teach people to function during the stress and shock of a sudden violent encounter.

It is the effectiveness of jiu jitsu in these situations that has made it the official hand-to-hand combat system of the United States Military and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies throughout the country.

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Maeda was one of five of the Kodokan's top groundwork experts that Kano sent overseas to spread his jujutsu to the world. Maeda left Japan in 1904 and visited a number of countries giving demonstrations and accepting challenges from wrestlers, boxers, savate fighters and various other martial artists before eventually arriving in Brazil on November 14, 1914.

Maeda met an influential businessman named Gastão Gracie who helped him get established. In 1917, his son Carlos Gracie, still a 14 year old boy, watched a demonstration by Maeda at the Teatro da Paz and decided to learn jiu-jitsu. Maeda accepted Carlos as a student, and Carlos went on to become a great exponent of the art and ultimately, with his younger brother Hélio Gracie became the founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, modern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

In 1921, Gastão Gracie and his family moved to Rio de Janeiro. Carlos, then 17 years old, passed Maeda's teachings on to his brothers Osvaldo, Gastão and Jorge. Hélio was too young and sick at that time to learn the art, and due to medical imposition was prohibited to take part in the training sessions. Despite that, Hélio learned jiu-jitsu by watching his brothers. He eventually overcame his health problems and is now considered by many as the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

The Gracie family continued to develop the system throughout the 20th century, often fighting vale tudo matches (precursors to modern MMA), during which it exploited its focus on ground fighting and refined its techniques.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s techniques were refined and innovated by GrandMaster Helio Gracie who weighed no more than 145 lbs.  GrandMaster Gracie focused on using only techniques that involved the use of very little strength but emphasized leveraging and positioning the body to defend attacks and control a harmful situation.

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  If you are interested in a highly effective and comprehensive system of standing and ground defense techniques using the application of leverage to defeat larger, stronger opponents then Jiu-jitsu is the answer.
Ju-jitsu is a Japanese martial art consisting primarily of grappling techniques. Ju-jitsu evolved among the samurai of feudal Japan as a method for engaging an armed and armored opponent in situations where the use of weapons was impractical or forbidden. Due to the difficulty of dispatching an armored opponent with striking techniques, the most efficient methods for neutralizing an enemy took the form of throws, joint locks, and chokes. These techniques were developed around the principle of using an attacker's energy against him, rather than directly opposing it, and came to be known as ju-jitsu. The term "Ju-jitsu" was not coined until the 17th century, prior to which time it was referred to by many different names, and afterwards interchangably, with terms such as "short sword grappling"

Today, jujutsu is still practiced as it was hundreds of years ago, but also in modified forms for sport practice. The Olympic sport and martial art of judo was developed from several traditional styles of jujutsu by Kano Jigoro in the late 19th century.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ("Jiu-Jitsu" is a common informal romanization of "jujutsu") was developed after Mitsuyo Maeda taught jiujutsu in Brazil, but at that time was still referring to it as "Kano's jujutsu".  
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Jiu jitsu is world renown for it's effective ground fighting techiniques that negate a bigger, stronger opponent's size and power advantage.

Our program uniquely prepares you to defend yourself when a bigger, stronger opponent is on top of you on the ground and punching or choking you in a violent confrontation.

This self-defense system  employs practical techniques, and realistic training scenarios that do not rely on size or strength for effectiveness

Jiu-Jitsu is the only self-defense system in the world that effectively deals with self-defense on the ground.  Learn unbelievably simple but effective ways to completely disable any attacker using arm bars, leg locks, and chokes - You will learn the world famous mata leon choke (the lion killer), this technique is so effective it will allow you to put an attacker completely to sleep, ending an attempted assualt within seconds - Discover techniques that will insure that no matter what your size, weight or athletic ability -

YOU WILL NEVER BE A VICTIM.


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