Karate is undoubtedly one of the most popular sports in the world. With an average of 50 to 100 million practitioners worldwide, it’s the mainstream choice for those interested in beginning their path to learning a martial art. However in recent years, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) has edged forward as the “new kid on the block”, more recently popularized by the the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) and their legendary mixed martial arts fighters becoming household names. Compared to many of the fight techniques such as Taekwondo, Muay Thai, and Judo – whose roots traced back to the 17th and 18th century – BJJ is one of a handful of fight sports to have birthed in the 1900’s. Karate, in comparison, originates from the late 17th century and has evolved over the past few centuries, having reached a height in popularity in the 1960’s from mainstream cinema.
So, what’s the difference between Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
The two martial arts are very different in fighting style. Karate is focused on striking, while BJJ is focused on grappling. Karate involves stand-up fighting and distance stances, while BJJ includes advancing positions, ground fighting, and opponent submission. In the most simple sense: BJJ begins where Karate ends.
Both sports originate in Japan, although at different time periods. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu takes most of its roots from Judo or Kano Jujitsu when Judo master Mitsuyo Maeda travelled to Brazil to teach Carlos and Helio Gracie, who then went on to develop Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Karate, on the other hand was influenced by Chinese martial arts during the culture exchanges between China and Japan.
Mobility, body control, and physical fitness can be explored in both fields of practice. In Karate, you can expect to learn proper techniques to punches, kicks, knees, and elbow striking as you aim to put your opponent down on the mat. This is one of the key differences, as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu utilizes takedowns and submission tactics such as choke-holds, sweeps, and joint-locks to bring your opponent from their standing on their feet to “tapping out”.
Both sports are a popular choice for children and adults of all ages. Self-improvement can be found in many areas of BJJ: from self-esteem, discipline, confidence, respect, and body awareness. Karate offers a similar return on your investment. There is a tendency for women to join BJJ in part of learning self-defence, as the use of body control allows a typically smaller person to overtake a larger opponent through the use of leverage and body resistance. Karate offers a good opportunity to practice self-defence, although strength and power become more of a necessity.
Like most decisions in life, choosing the right martial art for yourself or your family requires proper research. Take the time to learn about the clubs in the area, and ensure you will be learning from an experienced, authentic, and educated master. It’s like bringing your child to the doctor: would you bring them to a poorly rated doctor that is 5 minutes away, or to a highly rated doctor that is 15 minutes away?
After you have decided on a reputable martial arts club, look for a trial offer so that you can decide if that BJJ or Karate is right for you or your children. Dedication is an important attribute for learning.
Your journey to self improvement begins today!
Art camps, dance programs, and sports activities all provide exceptional benefit to your child. However nothing provides the most amount of long-term investment like martial arts. Combining both mental and physical improvements to a child’s development, many parents in Spruce Grove turn to Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for its popularity and benefits.
Here are 7 reasons why martial art is your best choice for your child or children.
It’s a confidence builder
Nothing brings a strong level of confidence to a child like empowering them with the skills and knowledge of martial arts. It’s one of the best reasons to enroll – we’ve seen shy and quiet kids break out of their shell by learning and applying techniques. Conditioning allows your child to focus better and perform under pressure, giving them the necessary tools to improve themselves mentally. It’s more than just throws and sweeps.
It’s a positive experience
Choosing the right club is important; you’ll want them to grow in a safe and friendly environment. A positive lasting experience is important, so take advantage of tours and free trials to make sure it’s the right fit for your family. Fortunately, most martial arts gyms in Spruce Grove provide a positive environment – but we’re a bit partial to ours of course.
Martial arts IS teamwork
Contrary to popular belief, martial arts isn’t just a one-on-one sport. Learning techniques and practice requires exceptional teamwork and communication. Reaching the next belt class isn’t a race amongst your peers – everyone is looking to help each other succeed. Plus, there’s something powerful about having your club’s badge on your gi.
Community is everything
The Spruce Grove community is very active and fun, which is why martial arts programs extend beyond the gym. Park demonstrations for self-defense to summer kids camps provide excellent opportunities for your child to grow in all aspects. It’s a vibrant community to join!
Keeps your children active and fit
TV, iPads, PS4’s – everything is keeping your child physically inactive. It’s time to balance that out by letting them release their physical energy with a martial arts class. Keeping your kid healthy and active provides obvious long-term benefits, and martial arts is easily one of the best choices for keep them in shape. And just in case you’re wondering: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo are some of the most safest martial arts disciplines available. Let them learn with confidence.
Say goodbye to bullying
The best kind of self-defense is the prevention of conflict. Judo is known for its fantastic bully-proof techniques, allowing smaller individuals to not only understand how to avoid a fight, but will protect themselves against larger peers. No striking necessary. Besides, what bully would want to mess with your kid when they know they have their Judo belt!
The largest BJJ gym in Canada right in Spruce Grove
That’s right: the largest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym is right here in Spruce Grove. With over 2200 square feet of space, the Rodrigo Resende Academy is one of the most popular choices for residences. Programs include BJJ, Judo, Muay Thai, and Self Defense, as well as After School Programs and seasonal camps. Plus, the Rodrigo Resende Academy has one of the most skilled and authentic instructors in Alberta.
Thousands of kids suffer from being bullied every day.
Bullying is intimidation or domination toward someone perceived as weaker, a way to establish superiority through coercion or force. What defines bullying is that this intimidation is repeated and sustained over a period of time.
Fear is a sensible reaction to bullying, both the fear of being hurt and the fear of retaliating when you have no skills.
So the best way to prevent becoming the target of a bully in the first place is to strengthen body and mind, so that you are projecting confidence. When we are not feeling confident, we don’t look people in the eye, we may slump with shoulders forward, we aren’t firm in shaking hands, we might hold back in a group.
The format of jiu jitsu classes reinforces self-confident behaviors.
Giving a child or young adult training in jiu jitsu is a profound answer to the problem of bullying because it provides the physical and mental training necessary to shut it down fast.
Jiu jitsu techniques begin from a ground position, which is the most common defensive position in an attack. The training provides the skills needed to stop an attacker through technical moves that are based on leverage, rather than strength.
The most effective counter-attack against a bully will hit on two levels, mind and body, equipping a young person with the physical skills to disable the attacker, while building up his confidence and self-respect.
This is why jiu-jitsu is such a powerful weapon against bullying.
Read our student’s testimony:
“Jiu-jitsu has helped me not to be scared of bullies and make me feel stronger. It has taught me how to get away if someone is holding me down”. (Austin Williams)
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Learning Jiu-jitsu skills benefits women in ways that extend beyond discovering how to protect themselves. It also boosts their self- esteem and positively affects their personality. Jiu-jitsu is a great stress reliever.
Check out 4 reasons for you to practice:
Women gain more confidence in themselves and their ability and willingness to tackle their surroundings when they learn self-defense techniques in Jiu-jitsu classes.
Because self-defense training helps you prepare to face the unexpected.
If you know you could defend yourself against a threat you are able to take on new projects or explore new places.
The most important benefit from any self-defense class is to increase your overall safety in any situation.
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu will teach you how to be aware of the situation, the basic anatomy of an attack to women, the techniques to disable an attacker, helping you escape quickly.
Being able to face an attacker and disable him or escape, increases your safety in many situations from traveling to going out to working late at night.
An intense warmup to get your adrenaline pumping, followed by a variety of fitness techniques will improve your overall body condition while teaching you important Jiu-jitsu techniques.
- Social Benefits
Jiu-jitsu classes attract women of all ages and from all different backgrounds.
Martial arts teaches the importance of respecting differences and showing respect and tolerance for others. These things can help you to interact socially with people in a whole new way. You’ll also get to meet different kinds of people of all ages in a Jiu-jitsu class.
Interacting with a diverse group of people who have a shared common goal is a great way to make new friends.
Rodrigo Resende welcomes everyone of all ages and skill levels. If you’ve ever wanted to try Brazilian Jiu-jitsu classes, here is your chance!
All Judo lovers know that one of the greatest lessons of the sport is already in its own name. The “Gentle Way” transcends sports practice and becomes a way of life.
UNESCO, the United Nations arm for education, science and culture, also highlights judo as a sport that enables healthy relationships with others, using the game and fighting as a dynamic integrator.
In addition, according to the UNESCO study, judo is the best initial training sport for children and young people from four to twenty-one years old as it promotes a comprehensive physical education.
The sport allows, through regular knowledge and practice of the same, the improvement of all psychomotor possibilities: spatial location, perspective, ambidextrous, laterality, play, pull, push, crawl, jump, roll, fall, joint and independent coordination of both hands and feet, among others.
Check out some benefits of Judo:
– Develop the body;
– Improves health;
– It develops agility, balance, speed, coordination and flexibility;
– Develop discipline;
– Develops the ability to analyze the reality that surrounds you;
– Develop values such as honesty, humility, solidarity and respect;
– Develop self-confidence and self-defense;
– Develop self-esteem and avoid bullyng;
– Strengthens the spirit.
Bring your child to our academy for an introduction to our classes.
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Rodrigo Resende Academy
Phone #: (780) 960-1102
Rodrigo Resende Academy SPRUCE GROVE
469 South Ave
Alberta T7X 2E9
Rodrigo Resende Academy FORT SASKATCHEWAN
St. Fort Saskatchewan,
Alberta T8L 2C3