Jiu-jitsu or "gentle art" is one of the oldest martial arts in the world characterized by the application of self defense techniques, recognized by the subtlety of using only the body as an instrument of defense and attack.

With techniques based on the levers, twists and pressures of the body and using the force of the opponent as strategy for the immobilization, this art of fight of the old warriors has become a sport widespread and practiced worldwide.

Jiu-jitsu, despite being a fighting sport with a lot of physical contact, has a strategic character which requires a lot of technique, concentration, determination, attention and mainly quick body responses. It is not an aggressive fight, on the contrary, it always values the physical integrity of its practitioners.

Even with a spirit of competitiveness among practitioners its teachings go far beyond the simple mastery of fighting techniques. The benefits are visible in physical, emotional, and social well-being.

The development of the physical part is a consequence of the intense training, but the mastery of the technique is fundamental to excel in this sport. During workouts, which are practiced most of the time on the ground, different movements are performed by exercising the most varied muscles.

It's a very tiring physical activity, and when you can not use physical strength anymore, that's where your jiu-jitsu develops most. To beat your opponent you need to stay focused, have a good breath, use mental strength and a good strategy.

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