Brazilian jiu-jitsu in Durban, South Africa

On 13 June 2015 I watched some really cool dudes from Lions Den South Africa take part in a Brazilian jiu-jitsu seminar presented by Marcus Soares Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Carlson Gracie Team Canada. Here are some of the 200 something photos.

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Mr Soares commanded and walked the floor like a general! This was great to watch.

Marcus Soares 8th Degree Black Belt. A direct student of Carlson Gracie Sr. and member since the first generation of the original Carlson Gracie Team (Brazil). Founder of the Canadian Carlson Gracie Team (1997) and Father of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Canada. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion from 1970 to 1981. Past senior and main instructor of the Carlson Gracie Academy (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). World class trainer of champions including Denis Kang, Ricardo de La Riva, Marcus “Conan” Silveira and many others. Promoted to 8th degree in Brazil Jan 2012″ ~ MS BJJ CGTC Facebook Page

“Brazilian jiu-jitsu (/dʒuːˈdʒɪtsuː/; Portuguese: [ˈʒiw ˈʒitsu], [ˈʒu ˈʒitsu], [dʒiˈu dʒiˈtsu]) (BJJ; Portuguese: jiu-jitsu brasileiro) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake. Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of the judo knowledge of Carlos and Hélio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge on to their extended family.

BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense.[2] Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.

Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of judo was separated from older systems of Japanese ju-jitsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian jiu-jitsu: it is not solely a martial art, it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way (Do) of life.[3][4]” ~ Wikipedia

David Verster Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation MMA, Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Boxing @ USCombatSports.com

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