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Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Gracie (Brazilian) Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a highly effective self-defense system of ground fighting. It is designed to allow a smaller, weaker person to defend his or her self in a real world situation that goes to the ground. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu does this by the detailed study of correct body mechanics, timing and placement. This is good for you the student because the methods are not based one strength or speed so the skills will not fade as will strength and speed. This is also in line with the self-defense mindset of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu meaning you training should prepare you for a street encounter where you don’t get to choose what weight class you will be fighting in.

The self defense mind set is important because statistics say 90 to 95% of all violent attacks and street fights end up on the ground, where Gracie Jiu-Jitsu’s techniques are most effective. Unlike most sport biased Jiu-Jitsu GJJ not only studies grappling but also teaches the student how to deal with the opponent that tries to strike you in each position and how to effectively deal with it.

The physical benefits of training are incredible for the student. Most students experience a physical change in their bodies within 30 days of beginning their training. Students will lose weight and become more lean, gain useable strength, become more flexible and loosen the body. Many students experience lower levels of stress which leads to higher levels of day to day energy.

The focus on real-world self defense is what separates Gracie Jiu-Jitsu from other Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu systems that are more sport based. If personal protection and physical fitness is your goal, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has an effective answer that will work for you.

Founded by Grandmaster Helio Gracie, who at 135 pounds altered the techniques of traditional Jiu-Jitsu to depend more on leverage and mechanical advantage over strength and speed. AMAC’s Jiu-Jitsu program will teach you to use take downs, hold downs, joint locks, strikes and chokes, to control and submit your opponent.



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   The Jiu-Jitsu that I created was designed to give the weak ones a chance to face the heavy and strong. It was so successful that they decided to create a sportive version of it. I would like to make it clear that of course I am in favor of the sportive practice and -Jitsu, based on rules and time limits, which benefits the heavier, stronger, and more athletic individuals. The primary objective of Jiu-Jitsu is to empower the weak who, for not having the physical attributes, are often intimidated. My Jiu-Jitsu is an art of self-defense in which rules and time limits are unacceptable. These are the reasons for which I can’t support events that reflect an anti Jiu-Jitsu.

- Grandmaster Helio Gracie    

   


Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at AMAC


Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu also includes training in standing self defense against punching, kicking, grabs and holds as well as various weapons like the gun and knife. In addition to self-defense, it is an incredible physical workout that will increase your strength and flexibility as it gets you in great shape.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at AMAC is easy to learn and safe. We go out of our way to maintain a mature, safe training environment to avoid any injury. The classes are taught in an organized, professional manner by trained instructors. We are a School, NOT a gym! We have the best educational process in the area. Our curriculum is designed to educate you in Jiu-Jitsu, not just allow you access to the classes and have you figure it out on your own. We follow a very detailed and organized curriculum that has a clear path to your goal, We understand your time is very valuable and you want to get the most out of your training.

Jiu-Jitsu is also a fantastic method to improve your physical fitness as you learn an effective and proven self defense. The average student looses 10-15 pounds of body fat in the first 3 months of training. It improves your overall strength, endurance and flexibility. the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle will improve you on multiple levels and the benefits that you will gain will stay with you throughout the rest of your life.

   

Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Instruction


The Atlanta Martial Arts Center is a proud lineage affiliate of the Pedro Sauer Jiu-Jitsu Association We are the ONLY certified Pedro Sauer training center in the area (Woodstock, Acworth, Townelake, Canton). Affiliation means that the rank you receive is recognized and backed by Master Pedro Sauer which places you in the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu lineage.

The Pedro Sauer Jiu-Jitsu Association was founded by Master Pedro Sauer, 8th degree black belt under Grandmaster Helio Gracie and Rickson Gracie. He was the first black belt awarded from Grandmaster Helio who was not named Gracie. In the year of 2000, Pedro received the Abu Dahbi Combat Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor of the year. Professor Sauer is regarded by many to be one of the most technical Jiu-Jitsu instructors anywhere.

The Atlanta Martial Arts Center's founder Sifu Alan Baker is a Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 1st degree black belt under Master Pedro Sauer and is one of only five certified affiliate instructors in the state of Georgia. AMAC Is also the regional training center. Due to our convenient location AMAC has students from Woodstock, Townelake, Canton, Marietta, Roswell and Acworth GA.

   

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu History


Like most martial arts, Jiu-Jitsu roots trace back to ancient Japan where the Samurai developed the gentle art into a well-rounded self defense system. In 1914, a Japanese Jiu-Jitsu champion named Mitsuyo Maeda migrated to Brazil. There he shared his art with the Gracie Family who had themselves migrated from Scotland many years earlier.

In 1925, Carlos Gracie opened the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Brazil and the Gracie Dynasty was born. Carlos Gracie's younger brother, Helio Gracie, weighed only 135 pounds. He was so small and frail that doctors advised him not to participate in athletic activities. When young Helio began training, he found that he needed to adjust the techniques he had learned so that they would work for someone smaller or weaker than their opponent. As time went on, Helio became a national hero as he challenged and defeated many of the world's top fighters.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, several of Helio's sons migrated to the United States and introduced Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to any who wanted to learn. At the time, American's had quite an obsession with the flashy martial arts styles seen in Hollywood movies, each one claiming to be the most effective. Following in the steps of his father, Rorion Gracie issued the now famous Gracie Challenge: Rorion would fight any person, of any style, and any size. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu began to make its mark in America as stylists from all over the United States accepted the challenge and were defeated by the gentle, effective art.

In 1993, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu exploded onto the world scene as Rorion's 170 pound brother, Royce Gracie, entered the first Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). At the time there were no gloves, no time limits, and almost no rules. As the smallest fighter in the event, most gave young Royce no chance of defeating his much larger and more athletic opponents. As had happened so many times before, this small Gracie fighter defeated each and every opponent by submission. Almost overnight, a world-wide demand for instruction in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu emerged.

Master Pedro Sauer


In 1990, Pedro Sauer moved to California to help the Gracie family introduce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the United States. He had grown up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As a young man Pedro had trained in several martial arts, but when he was 15 years old, his good friend Rickson Gracie invited him to train at the Gracie Academy. His first encounter with Gracie Jiu-Jitsu convinced him that it was the most effective martial art ever created. Years later, in 1985, he was awarded a black belt under Master Rickson Gracie and Grandmaster Helio Gracie.

Shortly after moving to the United States, Master Pedro Sauer moved to Utah and began teaching as one of only two Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructors that were not part of the Gracie family. Master Pedro Sauer quickly became known for his kindness, meticulous approach, and eye for Technical detail in his Jiu-Jitsu.

Over the years his name has become synonymous with fluidity and technical precision. He is frequently mentioned on television and featured in martial arts magazines. On May 17, 2005, Pedro Sauer was voted "Best of the Best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor" in a worldwide poll.



He is currently an eighth degree black belt under Master RIckson Gracie and Grandmaster Helio Gracie. It is an honor for the Atlanta Martial Arts Center to be certified affiliated with Master Sauer.

AMAC’s Chief instructor Alan Baker is second generation instructor under Master Pedro Sauer.

Training In Jiu-Jitsu


Upholding the premise that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are mitigated when grappling on the ground, Brazilian jiu-jitsu emphasizes getting an opponent to the ground in order to utilize ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving Strikeing, joint-locks and chokeholds. A more precise way of describing this would be to say that on the ground, physical strength can be offset or enhanced by an experienced grappler who knows how to maximize force using mechanical strength instead of pure physical strength.

Once the opponent is on the ground, a number of maneuvers (and counter-maneuvers) are available to manipulate the opponent into a suitable position for the application of a submission technique or strikeing. Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of the style, and includes effective use of the guard (a signature position of BJJ) position to defend oneself from bottom (using both submissions and sweeps, with sweeps leading to the possibility of dominant position or an opportunity to pass the guard), and passing the guard to dominate from top position with side control, mount, and back mount positions.

This system of maneuvering and manipulation can be likened to a form of kinetic chess when utilized by two experienced practitioners. A submission hold is the equivalent of checkmate in the sport, reflecting a disadvantage which would be extremely difficult to overcome in a fight (such as a dislocated joint or unconsciousness).

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