Yamato Damashii

samThere was an interesting poll on the Fightworks Podcast a couple of weeks ago.  Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a sport, martial art, or both?    

Martial arts: Systems of codified practices and traditions of training for combat.

When you think of Jiu Jitsu you have to think of the Samurai.  Jiu-Jitsu was originally utilized, practiced and perfected on the battlefield.  The earliest recorded use of the word “Jiu-Jitsu” appears in 1532 when Hisamori Tenenuchi established the first school of Jiu-Jitsu in Japan.  Jiu Jitsu is a Martial Art.

Sport:  An activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.

Jiu Jitsu became popular in recent years due to its total domination in the early UFC and is a staple art for mma competitors.  Competitive Jiu Jitsu tournaments continue to grow in popularity worldwide and have given rise to no-gi submission grappling tournaments.  Jiu Jitsu is a Sport. 

Yamato Damashii:  Warrior or Samurai spirit (the soul of old Japan).

Bushido (way of the warrior) was the Samurai’s moral code.  Bushido stresses frugality, loyalty, martial arts mastery and honor unto death.  Jiu Jitsu practictioners must master these qualities if they hope to achieve the black belt.  Jiu Jitsu transcends the practice of chokes, joint locks, immobilizations, throws and strikes. It provides a path to a healthier life.  It provides a path to the most effective use of physical, mental and spiritual strength.  It provides a path to exhaust the body…proceed the mind…cultivate the spirit.  Jiu Jistu is both a martial art and sport but most importantly…Jiu Jitsu is a lifestyle.

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