Austin Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Mario Esfiha Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Brasa BJJ Austin

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Brasa Austin BJJ – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Headquarters

1921 Cedar Bend Dr.
Unit 146
Austin, TX 78758


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The Evolution of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Today’s Uses

In 1914 a Japanese Judo and Jiu-Jitsu master named Mitsuo Maeda traveled to Brazil. In return for help from a Brazilian politician, Maeda taught jiu-jitsu to one of his sons, Carlos Gracie, who then shared these techniques with his brother Helio. These brothers went on to further refine the art via constant no-rules competition and practice, developing what would come to be known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Subsequently all varieties of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu evolved from there. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) diverged from traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu because of its unique approach to applying the techniques. Instead of relying on elements like speed and strength, BJJ uses the principles of leverage and position in its application to overcome an opponent. Since the BJJ practitioner is not trying to match the speed or strength of his/her opponent, it is easier for a much smaller person who understands BJJ to control and defeat a larger or stronger opponent. BJJ teaches its practitioners a variety of chokes and joint locks that can be used to subdue an attacker. BJJ is different than other martial arts because the need for striking an opponent is minimized or often eliminated. The BJJ player aims to “close the distance” between him/herself and the opponent to get in close and bring the situation down to the ground, where grappling techniques can be employed most effectively using leverage. BJJ views this as practical theory, since most physical conflicts or attacks end up on the ground. We base and teach these same principals here in Austin available to you now.

Functional Training:

Most other Martial Arts teach destructive techniques such as striking or gouging opponents. It is therefore very difficult to functionally train for this without injury to oneself or ones training partners, so the result is that the student does not get the practice necessary to know whether or not the techniques being studied will work in a real life physical confrontation. BJJ is different, since during grappling practice the practitioners can choose the tempo that works best for them during the sparring session. BJJ players can therefore practice with more realistic intensity, applying their techniques right up to the point when their training partner taps. If a training partner feels discomfort from a joint lock or choke, he or she simply taps their hand and the action is stopped instantly. At Mario’s program, students are free to train at a pace of their own choosing, allowing the student to determine the level of physicality in their training. BJJ is the ultimate mind and body game of chess – a thinking person’s Art. The combinations and cycles of the techniques taught afford a BJJ practitioner the distinct advantage to the think sharper when it matters most. The mental and physical exercises that a BJJ player experiences in class provide focus and activity, both of which are excellent for promoting health while reducing stress.

Self Defense:

With Mario’s Program, real world self defense for the street is a primary objective. To meet this goal, Mario offers instruction in a variety of closely related styles including No-Gi Submission Grappling, Classic Wrestling, Japanese Judo, Boxing, Kick Boxing, Muay Thai and the US Army’s own Modern Army Combatives Program. The techniques that are taught in Mario’s academy can be easily learned and applied by women, children, or people in their later years. Along with the confidence and peace of mind that comes with practicing BJJ, practitioners enjoy a higher level of overall fitness, benefiting from the increased lean muscle mass and cardio vascular endurance that this hobby naturally helps to develop.


Metric Place Plaza  1921 Cedar Bend Dr. Unit 146 Austin TX 78758 Brasa Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Austin Headquarters
Classes in Self-Defense, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, No Gi BJJ and Muay Thai for everyone and all ages

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