Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a style of Martial Arts with special emphasis placed on ground fighting. It is highly effective as practitioners learn to fight off their feet and on their backs. It is also known as Gracie Jiu-jitsu, after one of its earliest founders – Carlos Gracie. The Gracies have long been synonymous with the sport of Jiu-Jitsu. At Yi's Martial Arts Fitness Academy, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is taught with the same principles and techniques instilled by its founders.
Since Jiu-jitsu focuses on ground fighting, it emphasizes takedowns, ground control, takedown defense, and submissions. At Yi's Martial Arts Fitness Academy, well-trained instructors teach students of all ages and skill levels the right and most effective ways to use the art of Jiu-jitsu when engaging in combat. The advantages of a strong opponent, who could deliver more powerful strikes with superior reach, are neutralized when he or she is on the ground, clenched in an unbreakable and often unbearably painful hold. The sport of jiu-Jitsu is built upon leveraging the strength of an adversary to his or her disadvantage, unlike traditional Judo which relies primarily on strength of the practitioner.
Martial Arts practitioners skilled in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu always aims to push their opponents to the ground. When on top of opponents, they usually strive to escape either to the side or to the mount position. If successful, they may then select to continuously strike the opponent or apply a submission hold, leading to a tap out. These lessons, as well as others are taught by an experienced team of instructors under the tutelage of Chris Lee. Visit us at our Wood River, IL location where we accept students of all ages and skills levels to learn the great art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.