Of the many martial arts of Japanese origin that have been developed and practiced over the years, a few stand out in terms of their enduring appeal to people all over the world. While some few fans might appreciate the esoteric intricacies of the largely lost art of ninjitsu, that discipline is not especially influential. A much more important martial art to many today is the sword-oriented practice of kendo, although interest in even that form of fighting remains somewhat limited.
The martial art of jiu-jitsu, on the other hand, is one that has become known and appreciated by many people all over the world. It is almost unique among the world’s many martial arts in having spawned an entirely new one upon its introduction to Brazil in the early part of the twentieth century. It also remains, in the eyes of many experts, one of the most practical and fully developed means of unassisted self defense.
A Sophisticated Take on Unarmed Combat
That has helped make jiu-jitsu an especially popular sport in Australia, where a great many people today study, practice, and compete. For competitive practitioners like the well-known Nick Bova Jiu-Jitsu is not just a means of self defense but also a full fledged sport in its own right.
With an emphasize on throws, holds, and submission techniques instead of brutish strikes and kicks, jiu-jitsu is an some respects a subtler and more sophisticated type of martial art than many others that are similarly well known. That also makes it a more practical option for competition, in many cases, as athletes often find themselves able to train more intensely and realistically without needing to worry so much about becoming injured.
A Deep Interest in Jiu-Jitsu Down Under
All these factors have helped make jiu-jitsu an especially popular martial art and sport all throughout Australia and have given rise to an especially vital competitive scene. While Japan is the birthplace of the sport and its uncontested spiritual center, Australia has become an especially notable focus for the many all over the world who love jiu-jitsu, as well. With many years of history already behind it, jiu-jitsu is a martial art with an undeniably bright future ahead.