Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, or BJJ, is a martial art & combat sport that focuses on using the principles of leverage to defeat your opponent by gaining a dominant position over them & applying a submission hold (usually chokes or joint locks). Modern Brazilian Jiu-jitsu traces its roots to the older Japanese art Jujitsu, which was later refined in Japan for more sporting purposes & renamed Judo. Judo & BJJ have many techniques in common; however, Judo emphasizes primarily throwing techniques, while BJJ focuses more on finishing the fight on the ground. Modern BJJ encompasses almost all grappling arts; including wrestling. “Jiu-jitsu” translates as “gentle art” and it focuses on using leverage and technique redirect your opponent’s strength and to maximize your own strength in the most efficient manner possible. For this reason, the techniques of BJJ have been proven to be very effective for smaller, weaker people, even against a much larger, more athletic opponent.
In BJJ, there are no static “forms” or moves that are “too lethal” to practice in any type of realistic context. Because it is a grappling art, practitioners can safely spar with at full speed with live resistance, while minimizing the chance for serious injury- making it the most effective, “battle-tested” art in the world. BJJ is one of the very few Martial Arts in the world that gives students the ability to test the effectiveness of their techniques in a live setting; which is a huge gift and an even bigger responsibility. Live sparring and drilling is an extremely important component of training in BJJ, and a student’s ability to apply their techniques in a realistic situation with a resisting opponent also plays a major role in rank advancement in the art. BJJ is traditionally practiced in the gi, or kimono, a uniform consisting of loose fitting pants and a jacket, which enables the practitioner to use the grips on the cloth to hold, throw, and submit their opponent. However, techniques for training without the kimono (or “no-gi”) are also taught. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu may be used for self-defense, sport-grappling tournaments, and mixed martial arts (MMA).
The effectiveness of BJJ is unquestionable, and has been proven over the years so much so that it is now a staple of virtually every professional fighter’s arsenal. Whether you are young or old, looking for a healthy hobby, a system of self-defense, or wanting to become a serious competitor or professional fighter, the practice of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu will give you a lifetime of benefits, if one is willing to put in the time & dedication to become a serious student.
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National Martial Arts is proud member of the Renato Tavares Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association. Master Tavares, a 5th Degree Black Belt and PanAm Gold Medalist, visits NMA several times a year and shares his knowledge with the students and staff.
Todd Lawrence – Head Instructor
Todd was born and raised in Mustang, Oklahoma and has been practicing he Art of BJJ since 1997. He received his Black Belt from Renato Tavares in 2010 and his 1st degree in 2013.
Michael South – Instructor, Kids Head Coach
Michael is the Owner of NMA and was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. He has been training in various Martial Arts since 2004 and BJJ since 2009. He received his Purple Belt from Todd Lawrence in October of 2014.
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“If my son could live here he would. He loves this school more than anything. He’s doing better in every aspect of life now. He respects people more, he’s doing amazing in school, and he try harder in everything that he does because he has been taught that that is what a great martial artist does. Most of all he adores his jujitsu coach Michael South. Every thing he does now is always “Mr. South said…..” your looking for a great school for your child to attend look no further because this is the place. They are so friendly here. I have 2 little girls that I have to take with me every where and they even treat them like they are apart of the team. They know everyone all the parents by name and invest time in their students inside the school and outside. Thanks guys for all that you do for everyone.” – Koesha H.
National Martial Arts let me drop in and train with them. They were very friendly and I liked their training criteria. They do not force their gym over others, and I would highly recommend them to everyone whoever is looking to get into jiu jitsu. – Steven N.
I recently had the opportunity to drop in and train with the crew at National Martial Arts. Everyone was friendly and made me feel very welcome. I have trained at a couple different schools that offered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and National Martial arts is definitely a place I will be going back to for some more training! Great people and a friendly atmosphere! Keep up the great works guys! – John J.
NMA has not only helped my son with skill, discipline and over all confidence, he has a BLAST while we are there. The instructors are fantastic and so great with all of the children. I would absolutely recommend this to any parent! – Malorie A.
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