As Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expands and evolves, a large split is growing between those that intend to practice Gracie Jiu Jitsu, as a form of efficient and effective self defense, and those that practice sport jiu jitsu, a terrific and admirable sport, to be sure, but primarily intended for competition and its formal rules. This dichotomy grows ever larger as more people are realizing the advantage ofthis style of martial arts and are taking up its practice. Many want to have a new sport, while many others want to focus on self defense.

Brazilian Training vs. Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Gracie Colorado embodies the spirit and teachings of the original founder of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Helio Gracie, and ensures that its students are taught proven fighting methods- methods which work while under actual street fight conditions. Many of our top students are highly decorated sport practitioners, and they have the heavy medals to prove it; but first and foremost, Gracie Jiu Jitsu must be functional above all else. It must not put you in a greater risk. It does not rely on athleticism, size, speed or strength. In fact, its forms seem scientific in their ability to neutralize a bigger and stronger opponent than yourself. If you are interested in Jiu Jitsu, we recommend you give us a try. Learn the difference for yourself.

Adding Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to Your MMA in Denver

Those seeking to begin or enhance their MMA in Denver will need to decide how best to focus their time and energy. There is an array of choices, from differing styles of martial arts to differing schools within each style. In general, some combination of stand up skills, such as boxing or Maui Thai, combined with ground skills, like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or wrestling, is necessary. As most know that have looked into MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an excellent, and often the first, choice of most professionals. What’s more, some schools, such as the Katharo Training Center, regularly teach Judo skills in order to balance the stand up ability of students.