Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

What is BJJ?

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport. The martial art and sport focuses on grappling and ground fighting. Developed in the 1880s by Japanese immigrants to Brazil and further promoted by the Gracie family, Brazilian jiu-jitsu has become popular in recent years due to its usage in mixed martial arts, notably the UFC.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu, or “BJJ” for short, has a simple concept: you can overcome an opponent by using proper technique and leverage with takedowns and ground fighting. A strong and heavy opponent can be dominated by a smaller, weaker person that takes them to the ground and applies joint-locks and chokeholds. BJJ has evolved into a popular self-defense system.

Some Tiger-Rock Martial Arts instructors are skilled jiu-jitsu practitioners. Despite Brazilian jiu-jitsu being fundamentally different than taekwondo, both martial arts disciplines offer many common benefits, such as improved physical health and strong character building.


Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes normally feature various drills that help you hone your ground fighting, grappling, and submission techniques.

Ground fighting

Part of this martial art’s uniqueness among various martial arts disciplines is its greater emphasis on ground fighting over striking. Trainees spend a lot of time sharpening their ground fighting skills. It is one thing to take an opponent to the ground; it is more important that you learn what to do in the midst of ground fighting, and how to use leverage to defeat your opponent.


The practitioner aims to control his or her opponent through various grappling positions that will lead to submission. Some of these positions include side control, mount, back grab, closed guard, open guard, and half guard. Through your training, you will learn how to establish control over your opponent through proper application of these positions.


Joint locks and chokes are your two main categories of submissions. There are many submissions that are taught in jiu-jitsu. Submissions ultimately defeat your opponent.

Israel Martinez serves as the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor at Tiger-Rock Martial Arts in Portland TX. Click here to contact for pricing and schedule information!

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