Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Not for the faint of heart. An intense combination of martial art, combat sport and self defense, Jui-Jitsu emphasizes high-intensity ground fighting techniques in order to subdue ones opponent. It teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a stronger assailant by utililizing leverage techniques such as chokeholds and joint-locks. Founded in the early 1920s by a family of Brazilllian brothers known as the Gracies, the sport is now a prominent style within the international martail arts community.Heres a look at a local Jiu-Jitsu training session at the Durango Martial Arts academy on College Driveand E. Second Avenue. The studio offers instruction six days a week. Check out www.durangomartialarts.com to know more.

An attacker struggles to subdue his opponent. Chris Jones, top, and Kevin Wirth partake an intense grapple
session. Kevin Jones leads warm-up exercises.

 

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