February 14, 2012 Many are no doubt familiar with the Jiu Jitsu fighting style. However there are not many who are aware that the region of Brazil has its own style of Jiu Jitsu. For those who don’t know it is a ground or grappling style of combat. This style is famous because of a family by the name of Gracie in many no holds barred fights. These fights are the closest it gets to an actual street fight. But why should you seek training in the BJJ style of fighting? This style is most important when you find yourself on the ground, using this style you will know what to do in this event. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques are not so much about who has caused the take downs, but more focused on who will become the dominate fighter and who will eventually be crowned the victor. Traditionally in BJJ submission is done through techniques like strikes, joint-locks, or chokes. For the best outcome many fighters will work hard to tire out their opponent. This way you will be able to do the submission without any problems. It is for this reason that dominating your opponent is more effective when on the ground. The Mount is one of the most common positions that are used in BJJ. In this position the dominate fighter will sit upon the weaker one in such a way where the bottom fighter has means of escape. This position is devastating for anyone who is on bottom. It is for this reason that you also need to practice escapes that are both quick and effective because you will not have a lot of time to waste. The best part about this position is the different moves you can apply to your opponent. Moves like joint-locks and chokes become your greatest defence. One technique many will probably recognize is the Arm-Bar from the Mount. You have probably seen this move done on many UFC fights. For this technique you must start in the mounted position, where your opponent will make the mistake of raising his arms. Quickly place your right hand upon your opponent’s chest and move your left arm around the outside of their right arm. Next you will apply as much pressure as you can and rise to your feet. Finally you must swing your left foot around your opponent’s head, sit as close to their right shoulder as you can, and pull by positioning your hips. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the most effective fighting styles but also one of the most unknown. There are many factors that make this fighting style important. The main reason is perhaps it is the most effective ground fighting style around.