Brazilian Jui Jitsu

Brazilian Jui Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the best and most intricate martial arts for self-defense situations. Many people deny this these days due to the rapid growth of competitive Jiu Jitsu, people training gi specific moves, and the sport aspect of the art. What people fail to understand is that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has one of the highest dropout rates in any martial art, the most intense learning curve, and when you go to a Jiu Jitsu class, no matter what experience you have in other martial arts or wrestling, when matched up against only a blue belt or purple (The second and third ranks in bjj), the average person will be annihilated in a grappling match because they are not familiar with the ground.
The basic argument people have when defeated in a bjj class goes something like this, “Well if I could punch and kick, it would be different,” or “Why can’t I knee and elbow you?” These are very comical arguments. The bottom line with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that the learning curve is so hard that just to start understanding the concepts, techniques, and movements; it could take up to a year. Just to reach your first belt promotion, (blue belt) on average takes 2 years. In many other martial arts including karate, Tae Kwon Do, and others you can receive a black belt in the same time frame that a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner would receive a Blue Belt. Many people fail to understand that in a traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy on average it takes longer to get a black belt than a PHD; it takes ten years, one decade.
Brown belt Jon Gale grew up in a part of the city with a lot of negative influences. He was on his way down a difficult path in life before he began training Jiu Jitsu. He said:
“BJJ was a breath of fresh air for me, putting me around amazing coaches, and great people who were overflowing with passion, self-confidence and determination. BJJ showed me that you do not need to have an ounce of natural talent to succeed in something, and that hard work and perseverance are the only qualities you need to climb your way to any goal you wish to accomplish. ”

Self Defense

The majority of the self-defense moves involving pain compliance function by crushing a muscle or extending a joint in an uncomfortable direction, John Machado says. “The biceps lock works by ‘cutting’ the muscle. Another technique might work by extending the elbow, knee or neck to cause pain. The side neck crank is a good example. You don’t want to break the neck; you want to cause pain by hurting the neck muscles.”
In schools that teach BJJ techniques such as leg locks, the calf crush is a popular pain-compliance technique. “You can do a foot lock on the ankle, or you can hold the calf and ‘cut’ it,” John Machado says. “A lot of people will tap right there. Just remember that for some, there’s no effect.”
He advises martial artists to avoid spending an undue amount of time trying to make a pain-compliance technique work when training in self-defense moves. “When you apply a hold, watch your opponent’s reaction,” he says. “If you see him lifting his hand to tap, it’s a sign the lock is working. Otherwise, quickly move to a different hold.”
During that short period in which you’re gauging the effectiveness of your self-defense moves, limit the amount of effort you exert. “You shouldn’t go 100 percent because you never know for sure that the lock is even going to work or whether he’ll counter it,” John Machado says. “You should apply the technique and use enough pressure to make it work. You know from practicing it in the dojo how much force that requires — how much effort it takes in a perfect situation. If it doesn’t have an effect, just move on.”
As a person who actually trains in a variety of self-defense systems I have always considered BJJ to be useful but only very small part of the equation of self-defense. In many ways I always said “BJJ is great in one on one fights” however just how rare are one on one situations?
The situations are actual a major part of violence. There seems to be a huge over estimation that every fight involves groups, when to be honest that is simply not the case.
The assumption that crime is a group situation needs to be addressed because the fact is simple. You are just as likely to be involved attacked by a single person as you are a group! You need to have the skills to deal with both situations.
Now BJJ many years ago was mostly wrestling take downs and groundwork but a new and fresher form of BJJ is starting to surface and this is due to the ever increasing mix of Judo players and other martial artists seeking out BJJ as an activity. This exciting cross training mentality has of course provided martial artists with the ability to cross train and people are seeing many BJJ clubs employing full time Judo coaches.
So we start to see the evolution of BJJ and for many this really started to happen in London at the Budokwai ( a top and prestigious club in London) when BJJ classes were held in the building and top Judoka trained with Roger Gracie (BJJ multi world champion) and in turn he went to Judo classes. This multi discipline approach has led to better grapplers, this fact cannot be denied.
Unlike a lot of martial artists my mind is not fixed, I can and often do change my opinions based on new and emerging data. To be honest and been against BJJ and Judo being a part of the same stable.
Any way I have gone off point, the issue here as I was saying is that BJJ is not the same as it was, we now see BJJ players possessing very high levels of standing grappling and with that comes the improvement of BJJ as a self-defense system.

Jui Jitsu

Wausau martial arts demonstration Logan armbaring Mr. Malone

Wausau martial arts demonstration Logan armbaring Mr. Malone

Students practice JuiJui Jitsu Jitsu because of the tremendous leverage advantage this style offers.  Practitioners work from standing or on the ground developing skills to submit their opponents with armbars, chokes or submission techniques.

When a person taps out or submits, then they have a victory.  Jui Jitsu training requires much repitition, conditioning and sportsmanship.  Unlike Karate, you need a training partner to work on your moves.  Safety is also and important element in most training.

If you train hard, you must be careful to prevent injuries.  One of the best training methods is to learn the moves well before actually applying the techniques.  When you understand how to do what needs to be done, then you go faster and more aggressively.  When attempting to go too fast too soon, people tend to make mistakes which could injure your partner.  So, by learning first you learn how to prevent injuries from happening.

One group of people really got Jui Jitsu recognized in the martial arts community.  Those guys were the Gracies.  They started a thing called the Ultimate Fighting Championships, to show case their style and teach the world the benefits of the art.  Since that time, Ju Jitsu has become a very well known name and most martial artists are now cross training in this grappling art.

I personally started training with Jui Jitsu starting in 1991 at Royce Gracie seminars held in the bigger cities like Detroit and Chicago.   Royce always told me to “slow down” because I was so used to the high speed of wrestling.  I thought I was going slow.  It took me a few years to think more and relax.  I had it so ingrained into my mind from wrestling that made it a difficult transition to relax and slow down.

Now after twenty plus years of training, it has sunk in.  I have had to continue my learning in Jui Jitsu almost every day.  That is one benefit of martial arts training.   You never know everything.  There is always someone stronger, tougher, smarter, younger or uglier than you.  So, you have to keep on top by learning each and every day.  You should never stop learning.

Sometimes I wonder why Jui Jitsu is called the gentle way.   Sometimes it isn’t so gentle.  Your training partner has a lot to do with that.   Jui Jitsu had some of it’s origins coming from Aikido.   Much had been introduced from Japan.




What Are The Benefits Of Jui Jitsu?

In the current martial art world it is hard to gain so much popularity due to the rigorous nature of the field. However, one art has been able to overcome all the odds and is now the world’s most popular martial art; this is none other than the great Jui Jitsu. It is made up of both self defensive and offensive skills and anyone can learn it since no pre-requisites are needed. It is solely based on leverage and timing as opposed to physical strength and gaining.

The process of learning Jui Jitsu involves lots of drilling and sparring, so there is no time that you have to learn alone. You have to work your way up against opponents, as advancing in Jui Jitsu is not about learning and being able to perform the most deadly techniques, but how effectively you can use the primary skills against a more experienced opponent.

Apart from the defensive and the offensive skills learnt from the training of this art, there are other benefits accrued to this art which benefit you both physically and emotionally. Some of the few benefits of jui jitsu to mention include:

Body fitness

In Jui Jitsu training, both the body and the mind are put into consideration. A body which is fit is perfect when it comes to fighting, also the mind being the CPU of the body has to be in a good condition too for the body to execute the techniques learnt. Training of this art also involves meditation which helps calm the mind, a factor that is necessary in execution of the techniques learnt. This makes you a perfect martial artist, and this are what makes Jui Jitsu stand out.

Self defense

It employs techniques which are realistic and practical when it comes to fighting, which is what makes it very effective when it comes to self defense. Many martial artists are now embracing this art more than before.

Emotional control

Training Jui Jitsu instills discipline to the trainee, which helps them respect themselves and other martial artists. Good discipline simply means overall ability to control your emotions too. This means that you are more stable and composed when it comes to dealing with situations. It means that you are able to perfectly deliver your learnt techniques when required.

So, with that knowledge about Jui Jitsu why wait any longer, go grab some training and if you are already training, put in mind that your effort is what counts at the end of the day.

2nd Degree Black Belt

2nd Degree Black Belt Requirements

Demonstrate all previous belt skills:


  • Meaning and # of moves
  • The form itself

Reactive Knife Defense

50 1- Step Sparring Moves:
10 each of the following,

A. Throws: (outer reaping, monkey, inner reaping, fireman, etc.)
B. Advanced Kicking: (double jumping side kick, double jumping roundhouse, spinning kicks, jumping kicks, tornado, etc.)
C. Arm Bars: (to submission)
D. Sweeps:
E. Wrist Locks: (to submission)

(Any combination, sweeps, take down, arm bars, to submission, may count as 2 or 3 moves, if done correctly)

15- Ground Fighting Techniques:

Show position of:

  • Guard
  • Mount & Side Mount
  • Choke side mount
  • Chokes from top mount
  • Escapes from mounted position
  • Escapes from the guard position
  • Escapes from headlock
  • All 2nd degree black belt requirements must be evaluated 2 weeks prior to testing

Brown Belt

Brown Belt test requirements:

Test Fee:  75.00

Demonstrate all previous skills:

The skill development from G-1 to Brown has to greatly improve with the use of advanced kicking techniques.  The Kata will be new.  But you must refine your moves to make them almost perfect.


High Red– Choong-Mo, was the name given to the Great Admiral Yi Soon-Sin of the Yi Dynasty.  He was reputed to have invented the first armored battleship (Kobukson) in 1592, which is said to be the precursor to the present day submarine.  The reason why this pattern ends with a left hand attack is to symbolize his regrettable death, having no chance to show his unrestrained potentiality check by the forced reservation of his loyalty to the king, 30 moves


Kicks: Development of flexibility is important at this level.   Measure the distance from foot to foot in the V-sit stretch.  You must stretch daily on you own!  10 minutes.  Increase in distance is critical to test. Always work on wall stretching before class

Crescent kick tornado crescent kick

270 crescent kick

Back fist, reverse punch, hook kick, jumping back kick

Turning hook kick, round house kick

Jumping reverse round house kick

(high red, head high)

Modifications will be made if you have an impairment that will not allow you to do flying kicking techniques.  You will be required to do advanced techniques without much jumping.  This will be for students with knee injuries, back issues etc…


Self Defense:   Ju Jitsu, Escape from mounted position: (from arms sprawled in a strong base and from a choke)

Escape from a head lock standing and two positions on the ground

Standing choke from behind (show two escapes)

Bear hug (show eight moves to escapes)

Grab around opponents body (waist) without their arms, show escape

Full nelson attack from behind (show two escapes)

Front choke hold (show six escapes)

Front wrist escapes (show ten escapes)

Arm held behind back at ninety degree angle (show one escape)

Grab to right and left shoulders (show take downs and escapes)

Wrist locks and take downs from chest grab (show two defenses)

Show ankle lock escape


Throws:    Straight arm throw

Head throw

Monkey throw

Fireman throw


One Steps: Punching combination, 4 punches to a throw

Elbow and knee to a shoulder lock take down

Guillotine to the ground choke

Leg sweep to a choke

Ankle lock


Ground Defense:  Spider-man 1,2,3 hook, swim, hang on back


Walking Drills:   Cat stance knife hand strike

360 knife hand block

High spear finger

Round house with ball of foot


Sparring:  Every other technique series, use a combo (keep your guard up – Hands up)



Drills:        Jumping side kick drill (show all four steps)

Stepping forward into a walking stance punching high, middle, low opponent shows high, middle, low blocks

Add a punch after the block to the previous drill

Than, add a high, middle, low kick to the previous two steps

Block, circle check drill

Coming Soon!!

High Blue Belt

Testing for High Blue Belt

Test Fee:  $40.00 Demonstrate all previous belt skills:



  • Round house lower leg sweep, sweeping with inner foot
  • Jumping reverse axe kick
  • Jumping round house off back leg
  • Jumping reverse side kick
  • **Recommend: Jumping back spinning crescent kick**

Self Defense:

  • Escape from head lock, get on your side, elbows in, create a bridge or hook the leg, following up to a controlling position
  • Chest lapel grab, wrist take downs


  • Straight arm throw
  • Gracie hip throw
  • The bump take down

One Steps:

  • Arm bar take down to a wrist lock
  • Arm bar take down to a shoulder lock
  • Front leg sweep to a key lock
  • Inside arm leg sweep take down to body slam

Ground Defense:

  •  Jui Jitsu escape from the head lock, showing at least two techniques

Walking Drills:

  • Low thrust
  • Double X-block
  • Double upset kidney punch
  • Double staff block


  • Judo, Jui Jitsu front leg sweeps
  • Use of hands
  • Use angular lateral movements, showing basic compass skills


Choke Holds:

  • California choke
  • Cross over two handed choke
  • Counter to choke