We at Olson’s Martial Arts Academy see Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), not only as a complete self-defense system, but a complete martial art.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is known mainly for groundwork and submissions. The Gracie family single handedly changed martial arts as we know it. Interestingly enough, the Great shift in paradigm that helped them evolve was the same as other great martial artists such as Bruce Lee and Jigoro Kano. Simply put they refused to cling to the “old” way just because it was old and they allowed the arts the breathing room and freedom to evolve into the most effective art. This shift of vision allowed BJJ in just seventy years to surpass arts of as many as five thousand years in its pure functionality.
This evolution continues today on the mats as we follow in this tradition of evolution. We draw from the most effective arts known, and integrate them with the BJJ base to represent our “style”, a well rounded art/science that includes all fighting aspects from strikes to submissions. We strive to maintain the positive aspects borrowed from thousands of years of tradition while refusing to be bound and inhibited by them at the same time.