Texarkana Martial Arts Styles and Training
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo are excellent compliments to one another which is why we train many Judo throws (as well as wrestling) at Texarkana Jiu Jitsu.
Jiu Jitsu is an open system of martial arts that continues to evolve over time. The art is ‘alive‘ in that it changes and adapts.
It has to work in a real life scenario.
We add things that work into the style and discard those that aren’t effective.
Nothing stays simply because of tradition in Jiu Jitsu.
Everything must work against a resisting opponent.
Jiu Jitsu also recognizes the fact that we’re not all the same and certain body types, physical attributes, as well as mental attributes dictate each individual’s style.
Other martial arts considered ‘traditional martial arts‘ like many styles of karate (etc) are closed systems that train the same way as people did maybe 1,000 years or more ago. These arts tend to emphasize kata and other long sequences of movements punching, kicking, and blocking the air.
The 2 different approaches are just that, different.
Some people may enjoy the tradition with a less physical style that doesn’t involve training against resistance. It does give them less ability to use the techniques in real life, but really what matters is that you find something you enjoy doing in the martial arts.
Other people enjoy pushing themselves both physically and mentally to improve and see what they can do over time against a resisting opponent in a safe manner like we do at Texarkana Jiu Jitsu.
The basic idea of training against a resisting opponent is what makes Jiu Jitsu a great art for use in the sports of BJJ and MMA, as well as, in self defense.
This is because in these ‘real life’ situations you will be forced to use the techniques under stress and by training for that… when the time comes, you’ll be ready whether you’re a 4 year old in pre-school or at a daycare or an adult at home alone.