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The “Gentle Art” as it is translates, is a famous form of martial art that relies on leverage and positioning to subdue your opponent. The art uses strikes, holds, locks and submissions to overcome your opponent even if he is much larger than you. Gracie Jiu Jitsu teaches self confidence, self esteem, focus, respect, and helps in many other aspects of life!
Jiu Jitsu is for EVERYONE! Helio Gracie developed Jiu Jitsu for the weaker frail person. Gracie Jiu Jitsu as a martial art is the most complete form for total self defense. Since everyone needs to understand how to take care of themselves Jiu Jitsu is for everyone.
Family environment is a important aspect of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. With this environment your training partners and team will help you achieve your goals. Training in Jiu Jitsu will help with weight management, stress control, or sharpening your mind and body, all while having a blast! Everyone has different goals in mind when they start. The great part is you will accomplish you goals and accomplish some mile stones you didn’t even know you wanted to achieve.
Gracie Jiu Jitsu is a complete form of Self-Defense, using positioning and leverage vs. strength and athleticism. While most self defense programs only address the fight while both parties are standing on their feet Jiu Jitsu is not so limiting. You may not always be in control of what position you end up in but with Jiu Jitsu you will always know how to defend yourself and get back to a good position.
At Gracie San Marcos we start kids at the age of 6. When it comes to being to old there is no such thing. At 95 years young Grandmaster Helio Gracie trained up to the week before he passed away. Every age group may have different goals or training styles but we are all learning to defend ourselves.
The Gi is an essential part of learning Gracie Jiu Jitsu. When it comes to self defense the attacker may have a jacket, pants, or a sweater, which the Gi simulates. Not only do people wear clothes that you can use as a weapon but you have clothes on that someone will eventually grab. Learning how to deal with someone else’s grips could be the difference between you being hurt or you keeping yourself safe. Gi Jiu Jitsu is a much larger game then No Gi. You will have the tools for more chokes and sweeps.
Physical attributes can play a large part of the No Gi training then it would in the Gi. Because of the lack of grips it becomes hard to hold someone down and control their body. During a No Gi class your timing and transitions between moves and positions will be tested.
We feel strongly that it’s through the combination of both Gi and No Gi that you will develop your Jiu Jitsu to its full potential. There are lessons to be learned in both that would be difficult to attain only limiting yourself to one or the other.
Classes at Gracie Jiu Jitsu San Marcos start with warm ups, which include calisthenics, body movement drills, and stretching. Next we begin drilling either a movement or position. Drilling will help the students build muscle memory to have proper body mechanics while moving. Next we then get into learning techniques or situations depending on the class you are involved in. After learning the techniques for the day we will begin to spar (or roll). Rolling is when students are able to put their techniques to the test with training partners who can resist and counter just as they would in an actual fight. This will provide valuable real-world experience and confidence should the techniques ever need to be applied in an actual fight. The live rolling is done in a controlled situation where the students have respect for each other and work together to get better. This controlled situation will help students avoid injuries and extreme soreness. Beginners will be placed with “veterans” who are more than happy to guide newer students and pass on their knowledge. All students will be worked with on an individual basis, therefore new students will always feel welcomed and never out of place.