July 7, 2011

Escapes and Counters: Keys to Survival

Survival is the foundation of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Accepting the very idea of survival being the most important aspect of jiu jitsu brings you one step closer to connecting withthe spirit of jiu jitsu. Remember, Helio Gracie, founder of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, due to his small size was forced to learn how to use leverage to survive then defeat much larger stronger opponents. Notice I said survive THEN defeat. Helio accepted early on that he would not be able to out muscle his opponents therefor he would need to outlast and out technique an opponent in order to win. Helio was aware it took much less energy to thwart an opponents’ attacks and advances via leverage based techniques than by forcing an escape through strength, aggression, and desperation. The idea was simple; “You will not beat me.”

The result of this mindset was astonishing and forever changed martial arts. Helio, by focusing on the use of leverage as a tool for conservation of energy and survival, evolved jiu jitsu into an art that could benefit the much smaller and less athletic person in a fight against a much larger, more aggressive opponent.

On Wednesday, May 23rd and Thursday, May 24th Royce Gracie will be visiting Scranton MMA teaching the techniques and tricks of Gracie Jiu Jitsu! Come learn the world’s most effective martial arts as taught  by legendary jiu jitsu master Royce Gracie. They just might save you from defeat. To register for the event contact Scranton MMA TODAY! See you on the mats!