The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is the martial art I love to practice. It is also known as the “gentle art”. The ground fighting, grappling, Judo and Japanese Jiu Jitsu are considered the base of this martial art.
It is not a martial art where you hit or punch your opponent, you control and neutralize him/her instead, until you are able to submit the opponent through chokes and locks. Techniques learned allow a smaller person to overcome a bigger opponent. That is why we learn "Technique over Strength"
Even though I like to compete sometimes, my goal is not to become a world champion. For me the most important thing is the feeling I have when I go to the academy to train. Once you are on the mats, you forget everything else outside of academy, you make friends, we are all equal. We train, we sweat, we fight, but most importantly... we are always learning.
I have to say that the most important thing BJJ have given to me, is that it made me more humble and confident.
I do consider it as a hobby, I try to train at least 4 times a week. I hope I will never stop doing it.
Our academy is under Master Champion Megaton Dias and my proffesor black belt and professional lawyer: Ray Quintana.
photo credit and permission to use by my friend and brother from hood Alex Alba Photo