When you have a career in law enforcement, your life is put on the line every day, and the possibility of a situation turning into the worst case scenario is always present. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that many men and women in uniform are swapping gun belts and bulletproof vests for gis and hitting the mat to train the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
While most martial arts make the claim of being the ultimate form of self-defense, BJJ is one of the lonely few that can actually prove itself.
Time and time again, it has saved lives and empowered individuals in bad situations, when things have gone from bad to worse. Arguably, Jiu Jitsu has had some of its greatest success in the realm of law enforcement.
It all starts with an idea. And the idea of Andrew Smith ( for the complete Q & A - click here) could revolutionize the world of sport BJJ. Smith, a black belt in Judo and BJJ, is co-owner and instructor at Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA. Like so many of us, Andrew claims to be completely obsessed with Jiu-Jitsu. He began wrestling in high school, then found Judo in college. His exposure to BJJ came through working with Jiu Jitsukas that passed through his academy throughout the week. The ground work fascinated him, and even though there were no Jiu-Jitsu schools nearby, he studied on his own until 2002, when a BJJ school in Richmond opened its doors.
Emily Kwok is a black belt and Mundials champion, a project manager for MGInAction.com, is putting together her own BJJ [social][/social][einset][/einset]program, and runs various grappling camps for women with other notable female BJJ practitioners.
She recently sat down and offered to shed some light for us about women in grappling.
BJJ Legends: Why is BJJ good for women? What can women gain from learning it? Emily Kwok: From a fitness standpoint, this sport has helped me integrate daily activity into a lifestyle. I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been (at 30) and it’s made me appreciate how much our bodies are capable of doing.[bjj][/bjj]
The world of mixed martial arts became abuzz the day the UFC announced the fight between boxing heavyweight champion James Toney and UFC Legend Randy Couture. The bout sparked debate across the internet.
Who would win between boxing and MMA?
James Toney felt confident that his hands would be enough to answer that question.
“I’m here to prove a point so people know that boxing is still running supreme over any discipline out there,” he said, prior to the bout.
On August 22, 2010, Chicago hosted its first-ever IBJJF Open Championship. This inaugural event, held in a muggy gymnasium at Evanston Township High School, marked Chicago as a growing spot on the map in the BJJ community. The competition attracted over 300 competitors and several teams, both from the area and out of state.
The tournament attracted over 20 teams, and the final top three overall winners were Gracie Barra in 3rd place, Carlson Gracie team in 2nd, and the infamous Team Lloyd Irvin claiming first.
Unfortunately, Jiu Jitsu finds itself on the opposite end of several of these criteria. Probably the biggest obstacle for BJJ’s Olympic bid is the section of Image and Environment, defined as the sport’s ultimate image of credibility and equality in the public eye.
Let’s take the area of gender equality. While there is a growing number of top-level female competitors, they are still vastly outnumbered by their male counterparts. The numbers would have to even out a bit more in order to qualify.
Earlier this year, Rio de Janeiro was named host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Being the capitol and birthplace of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the announcement has begged the question from grapplers around the globe:
Could BJJ be an Olympic Sport?
Several online petitions and campaigns have been started on behalf of the idea, and debate has lit up forums and message boards across the web.
During the 2004 Mundials, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza sustained a broken arm while trying to escape an armlock from Roger Gracie’s guard. Instead of ending the match, the referee re-started it, allowing the severely injured “Jacare” to continue, and he was eventually crowned champion over Gracie via point victory.