Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that few know about and that anyone could practice regardless of gender. Its origins are ancient and descend from the mountains of India, 2,500 years ago. Knowledge and practice that some 400 years ago spread to China, later arriving in Japan, where it was accentuated and became a solid sport recognized by the Japanese inhabitants. It was thanks to the Gracie family that Jiu-Jitsu arrived in Brazil, together with the legacy of Mistuyo Maeda, also known as Count Kaoma.
Giuliana Brogi Sánchez
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In Jiu-Jitsu there are no punches, or kicks because the precision of combat adheres to the technical prowess of the two people involved in the fight. In the world of martial arts, Jiu-Jitsu is known as 'the soft art' for being the most technical. Taking into account the fact that the path of a fighter who practices Jiu-Jitsu is extensive since to be a black belt (faixa preta) you have to train for approximately ten consecutive years.
In Jiu-Jitsu there is always something new to learn, even when you are a black belt. In the adult category, the belt classification is: white, blue, purple, brown, and black. The training sessions are mostly mixed and varied. The purpose of the fight resides in submission, control, obtaining points, and the execution of keys. Various keys seek to beat the opponent. Despite the fact that the success of a fight, for me, is not defined by victory but by the learning that the loss or appreciation of personal strengths leaves.
The principle of the fight in Jiu-Jitsu is the contact, the encounter of the bodies, and the mutual knowledge of the corporality and the movement in the destruction. What turns the body itself into a universe of meaning that through perseverance, discipline, and continuous learning and practice, grows in self-knowledge and skill over time. Because for me, Jiu-Jitsu, beyond being a sports practice and a martial art, is also a therapeutic process and a spiritual rite.
Well, from my point of view, the spiritual cannot be something reduced to the level of religiosity or the belief in the existence of one or more gods. Spirituality is something more complex than that and it has to do with what nourishes our spirit, with our passions, desires, and desires of the soul.
For me, Jiu-Jitsu is a passion that gives life to my spirit through the understanding of the duality of what is inside and outside of me. In Jiu-Jitsu there is an encounter between the life and death drive, between Eros and Thanatos, and between Yin and Yang, which allows us to connect with our being to seek balance and give place to the spiritual.
In Jiu-Jitsu, the fight is not reduced to the fact of defeating the other, because the main objective resides in being able to acquire the ability to defeat one's own Ego. For me as a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, in this sport, the body is charged with mysticism and language. What allows us to recognize the body and the spirit as a Universe of meaning, a body poetry that transmutes and patiently articulates its wisdom over time.