There are several martial outs out there, each having their own style of technique, training, and values. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling martial art based around self-defense, and it is widely claimed to be the most practical martial art when it comes to physical altercations. An estimated 85% of fights end up on the ground. Most if not all fights start on the feet and in our academy we teach you how to strike, defend against strikes and avoid or apply a takedown when it’s pertinent. Jiu-jitsu can be helpful in that we teach our students several ways to close the distance between you and another person and then how to get them to the ground and then control them. For both kids and adults, at Gracie Barra we strive to teach students the most safe and effective means of how to defend themselves including the fundamentals of striking, the importance of range, and the best way to take someone to the ground with the lowest risk of injury. We also teach students how to control an opponent on the ground and talk about timing and specific situations that may occur in a fight. Self-defense not only increases the ability to protect yourself, but also helps increase confidence on a daily basis! Once you can understand that you are capable of overcoming small challenges on the mats, you also begin to realize you are capable of much more than you thought you could be! If you or your child is interested in learning the best, most effective, and safest way to protect themselves and learn how to stand up for yourself and your friends, then jiu- jitsu is the way to go!