Guest writer and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt Instructor Carl Cline writes about his experience with the sport and what it means to him.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: My Crash Course
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu first began to gain popularity with the emergence of Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, owing to the original Ultimate Fighting Championship events launched in 1993. I, like many others, became interested in the sport after watching the frail-looking Royce Gracie effortlessly dispatch numerous opponents to become the original UFC champion. The event was designed to crown the ultimate style of Martial Art by pitting the various champions of different techniques, including karate, Muy Thai , wrestling, Boxing, and Sambo, against one another in brutal hand-to-hand combat. The sight of this smaller, seemingly weaker combatant dispatching his larger opponents with apparent ease was intriguing. Now, it’s easy to watch these events and think, “well he just got lucky” or “that would never happen to me.” But, as I have painstakingly learned, luck has little to do with the expertise which skilled enthusiasts acquire after years of training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I had my first education over a decade later as the young martial art really began to take off in America. …. Read the rest of the article by obtaining our next issue of Surpass Magazine.