Praxis Intro to Jiu Jitsu Handbook

This handbook will help you understand the moves of Jiu Jitsu, the strategies that tie those moves together, and the training methods we use to gain proficiency in the art. Gaining skill in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is something that is accessible to just about everyone regardless of background when it is presented and approached correctly.

Enthusiasts swear that Jiu Jitsu is incredibly fun and a great way to get in shape. However the path that allows you to progress from outside observer to skilled practitioner is not always clear. With a little framework and context we can outline that path a bit making progress more certain and avoid some of the classic obstacles to learning.

One of the first, and biggest, stumbling blocks that new students to Jiu JItsu face is recognizing the difference between how your Jiu Jitsu skills are tested versus how they are built. There is a lot of “soft” practice that goes into acquiring skill. What many students first exposure to jiu jitsu is though, often resembles a test of skill rather than a demonstration of how that skill is built. If you wanted to learn to drive a race car your first lesson wouldn’t be “let’s see how fast it goes”. Likewise, your introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu shouldn’t be “let’s see who can beat who”. While there is a lot of learning potential with sparring, it generally doesn’t help build skill at the outset.