Jujitsu uses techniques based on leverage and body mechanics and eschews techniques based on brute strength

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a form of self-defense martial arts derived from the original Jiu-Jitsu, which came from Japan.

What is Brazilian jujitsu?

Brazilian Jujitsu or jiujitsu is a martial art style that employs close combat techniques. Bjj has its origin in traditional Japanese martial arts. The older and traditional version was developed by the Samurai in Japan and it is more adept at real life, street self defense situations.

Although there are still some schools that focus on the self defense aspect of the art, modern BJJ is a more sports-oriented version of the original combat form of Jujitsu. It was imported and developed in Brazil in the early years of the 20th century. Japanese migrants flowed into Brazil at that time and brought with them both their culture and their martial arts systems when they migrated.

One of these migrants was a  Japanese prizefighter and judoka named Mitsuyo Maeda. Maeda taught the Gracie family his version of Judo. Helio Gracie and other members of his family mastered this system of fighting and went on to make it famous by winning the first large scale mixed martial art tournament know as the ultimate fighting championships.

The evolution of BJJ continues to present day and new techniques and strategies are created with each new generation that learns this fantastic style of fighting. 

 process guide 

The 3 stages of a fight

1.

Initial clinch and takedown

2.

Gaining a superior position

3.

Submision

What makes Bjj different from other styles?

BJJ focuses a great deal of class time on ground fighting and take-downs and less time on how to throw punches and kicks. One of the first things you will learn in BJJ class is how to initiate a clinch and take your opponent to the ground. You will have a great advantage fighting on the ground being a BJJ student.

If you are unfamiliar with ground fighting, it essentially involves 3 distinct stages or phases. Stage 1 is getting the assailant to the ground where you will have the advantage. The second phase is to gain a superior position. There are intrinsically advantageous positions in fighting these are:

  • Back control
  • Mount
  • Side control
  • Closed guard
  • Scarf hold
  • Knee on the belly

The 3rd and final stage of a conflict is called a submission. Submission techniques include:

  • Armlocks
  • Chokeholds
  • Wristlocks
  • Kneebars
  • Footlocks

Bjj can be sport oriented or self defense oriented depending on the school

Many of the methods of BJJ cannot be applied to real-life combat situations. Examples of these techniques might be the berimbolo, inverted guard and single leg takedowns where your knee makes contact with cement.

While these moves may win you points and prizes in the BJJ competitions, there are far simpler techniques that are much more practical in a real life self defense situations.

The style of BJJ at our school is a combination of both sport BJJ and actual fighting techniques. 

What are the belt colors for BJJ?

BJJ has corresponding ranks for the players who gain expertise in the sport. The belt system for 99% of BJJ schools is the same. It takes many years of hard training to achieve the rank of black belt. It is almost unheard of for anyone to get their black belt in less than 8 years.

The six belts of listed below.

  1. 1
    WHITE BELT: beginner student with basic skills.
  2. 2
    BLUE BELT: a student that has good understanding of positional dominance and can escape most of the basic positions.
  3. 3
    PURPLE BELT: these students have developed a thorough understanding of BJJ and are now developing their own style and developing particular scpects of their game.
  4. 4
    BROWN BELT: these players are close to the Black Belt of BJJ and are considered to be the experts in the game.
  5. 5
    BLACK BELT: only masters of BBJ are awarded the black  belt.
  6. 6
    RED AND BLACK BELT: it is only awarded to the grandmasters of BJJ. The belt is also known as Coral Belt.

Bjj tournaments

BJJ can be  a more slightly sports-oriented version of the traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu. While both of these are martial arts still have self-defense techniques, BJJ offers students a way to practice fighting at near full speed and power with very little chance of injury. BJJ also offers students a chance to test our techniques in competitions or tournaments.

In BJJ tournaments you are awarded points for executing certain techniques. Here is a short list of the point system. 

  • You get 2 points for taking your opponent down with a throw or trip 
  • You get 3 points for sweeping your opponent
  • Of you pass your opponents guard you are awarded 3 points
  • The mount position counts for 4 points
  • Of you are ever able to get the back mount you will earn 4 points
  • The knee on belly position counts for 2 points

For most tournaments matches last between 4 and 10 minutest depending on your division and experience. The competitor with the most points at the end of the match wins.

Leverage and body mechanics

The key to making BJJ work against a larger opponent is using your body mechanics and leverage rather than strength. In this way BJJ uses science and  logic to overcome size and strength.

For example, arm-bars are one of the first techniques you will learn in BJJ, and you will use them through to black belt. This technique uses your hips to apply pressure to an opponents elbow joint to cause pain and make them tap out. The leverage you get from this technique is generated by lifting your hips up and using the large muscles of the human body. With enough lift you can actually break bones and dislocate their arm with this simple technique.

You might not know this but you can be unstable and lose your balance while ground fighting. In BJJ you mus maintain your stability and balance in order for you to gain a superior position.

A good BJJ player will be able to use body mechanics to cause you to lose your balance while rolling on the ground. Once you lose your balance they take advantage of this opportunity and change their position to gain and advantage. They might move into mount, side control or knee on belly after they sweep you.

Body mechanics in BJJ is sometimes know as framing. This along with the ability to play defensive and create space between you and them is the key to their ability avoid being smashed and crushed in rolling.

Sometimes this ability to frame, create space, close space and use leverage is known as invisible jujitsu. Have you ever noticed that when you watch 2 higher belts rolling with each other it doesn't look spectacular? Showtimes it can look downright boring.

However what the untrained eye cannot see is the details of the movements being executed. It is hard to see how such small details in technique can make such a huge difference in ability. Believe me, rolling with a high level black belt can feel like you are drowning. there is now way to create any space to breathe when they are on top of you. They know what you are going to do before you even do it. The reason they know what you are going to do is because through detailed technique they limit all of the things that beginners do. They limit their opponents options.

High level practitioners of BJJ know how to use their weight to crush and smother their opponents. They also know how to create small amounts of space between you and them, so as to be able to facilitate and escape.

Unless you have ever rolled with a high level black belt this feeling of helplessness is hard to explain. 

Come and try a class

The BJJ class at the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy is a separate program from our core martial arts program. It is run by Professor Lee Sakai and you can pay your dues or tuition directly to him. Cost for classes range from between $100 and $120 a month for BJJ classes.

Professor Lee Sakai

"My journey began 20 years ago when I first walked in to the Relson Gracie Academy in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2015 I decided to move to Las Vegas to open my own Relson Gracie Academy. Under the association of Grandmaster Relson Gracie, we teach Jiu Jitsu as it was meant to be. A formidable style of self defense for everyone to learn. "

Some of the things you will learn in our Las Vegas BJJ class are:

These are some of the concepts and drills you will learn

  • How to initiate the clinch and take the fight to the ground
  • How to control your opponent from every position
  • How to use body mechanics and leverage to give yourself an advantage
  • How to defend against the most common types of street attacks
  • Various armlocks and chokeholds
  • How to use timing and misdirection in your self defense strategy
  • Coordination drills designed to make your jujitsu fluid and natural

Interested in just BJJ?

We offer other syles as well

Here’s what people are saying about our Jujitsu class.

Coach Lee Sakai is a great coach and the best AND ONLY GRACIE COMBATIVE SCHOOL here in las vegas.

Aside from sport jiujitsu, Lee will teach you self defense on the streets.

Whether youre a beginner or advanced, Lee explains and teaches very well to all types of students of different ages. I met Lee 10 years ago in hawaii and he is a practioner of the sport and with abundant knowledge. This sport is about loyalty and LEE is a great example of that. I truly recommend this school!

Alvin A.
Student

This an excellent class with a strong emphasis on combatives.  

If you are looking for excellent self defense classes that address an attacker coming from various positions and situations, such as attack against the wall or from sitting, this is the school. The owner and teacher, Lee, is thorough with his instruction and the students there are very helpful with improving everyone's technique no matter of the skill level. I highly recommend this jiu jitsu school.

Mike M.
Student

Lee made me feel welcome from start to end. 

The students there also did that for me. They helped and coached me through the techniques we learned that day. They were all patient and willing to teach me. Thank u very much to Lee and his team at Relson Gracie Team HK Las Vegas in Henderson! I will definitely come back here when ever I'm in Vegas! I definitely recommend this school to Men, women, and Kids of all sizes and shapes. It's a great martial art and it's also not as violent Like a lot of other martial arts. As a beginner, you'll learn the Gracie Combative's which is for self defensive on the streets. You also learn the sport side of Ju-jitsu as well. I started training for self protection and I'm loving everything about ju-jitsu now. There's a free trial also, check that out and see if this is for you.

Daniel Q.
Student

Great place to train. Great environment. Great atmosphere.

 Everyone wants you to improve. Not only does Coach Lee cares about improving your Jiu Jitsu, he also cares about your self-defense. He teaches all of these in his curriculum and you will feel confident and secured even though you have only been taking BJJ classes for a few weeks. There is also especially an individualized attention for each student that attends his classes. Maybe there was a move that didn't work? He will tell you you're hips are too high (or low), or you forgot how to angle your body, etc. Coach Lee also teaches the fundamentals, theories, and concepts about Jiu Jitsu and fighting not just telling you how to perform certain moves in step by step for a deeper and better understanding of the art itself.

Ezekial M.
Student

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Our focus is the utilization of Jiu Jitsu to promote Health, Self Defense knowledge and an overall sense of self confidence. People from all walks of life are welcomed here.