Jiu Jitsu became popular in Brazil in 1990, but it has it's origin in Japan. It was practiced there from the early 20th century. The Samurais used all the basic techniques of the art along with their weapons. It is considered as the mother of most of the martial arts like judo, aikido, karate and many others. Judo came into existence in the year 1892. It became famous in Brazil due to a Japanese master Mitsuyo Maeda. His disciple Carlos Garcia taught it to his four brothers who opened schools to teach the art to others.
Jiu Jitsu was shaped up by the youngest of the Garcia brothers-Royce. He was a person who had short height and had less weight too. He found it difficult to combat a huge built person. He modulated the art form after a lot of research work. His technique involved the usage of leverage in place of strength. Through this method, one can combat a man who has huge size and body weight by using the least possible effort. The art involves a lot of discipline, and there is no violence and brutality involved in it. The main objective is to fully use your opponent's size, strength and momentum to defeat him.
Jiu Jitsu is cooked one on one and it is cooked on the ground. You have to take your opponent to the ground and over power him / her by using either choke or manipulation. You have to utilize your opponent's aggression and strength to defeat him. More than strength, it depends on technique as the opponents either use joint locks, chokes and throws to pin down each other. If you take regular training of the art, you learn how to manage your time and how to coordinate it. After each class, a live demonstration is conducted where the students have to participate. This prepares you to face life.
Taking regular training in Jiu Jitsu, helps you in many ways, especially training with the Jiu Jitsu Gi. It provides you with a fit body and mind. Alongside this, you get a well toned body, proper fitness, agility and strength. It helps in increasing your level of confidence. It teaches you self defense, which improves your strength and level of confidence. It helps in controlling health problems like heart ailments and diabetes. It teaches you good values and hits. The training helps in creating great bonds and trust, so making you a person with good character. It makes you ready to face life.
With the passage of time there has been change in techniques but the philosophy has remained the same. The art is divided into 5 categories and there is a colored belt for every category. On passing the first category you get the white belt after the passage of 2 years. This is a difficult one as you are not in control of your actions. The blue belt makes you more confident about your actions. The next category is that of the purple belt, it is now that you are capable of defeating your opponent without hurting yourself and your partner. It is now that you can develop a style of your own. You have to sharpen and develop your skills to get the brown belt. Finally you get the black belt which you get after 8-10 years, from here your journey in Jiu Jitsu begins. This is all done by training in your traditional Jiu Jitsu Gi.