History of JiuJitsu
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a self-defense martial art and combat sport based on grappling, ground fighting and submission holds. It focuses on the skill of taking an opponent to the ground, controlling one's opponent, gaining a dominant position and using a number of techniques to force them into submission via joint locks or chokeholds
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was mainly developed around 1920 by Brazilian brothers Carlos, Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., George and Hélio Gracie, after Carlos Gracie was taught traditional Kodokan Judo by a traveling Japanese judoka, Mitsuyo Maeda, in 1917. Later they were going to develop their own self-defense system named Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
BJJ eventually came to be its own defined combat sport through the innovations, practices and adaptation of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Judo, becoming an essential martial art for MMA. Governing bodies such as the IBJJF work worldwide, and set the rules and standards to be held in official BJJ competitions.
BJJ revolves around the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent by using leverage and weight distribution, taking the fight to the ground and using a number of holds and submissions to defeat them. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling and in self-defense situations. Sparring, commonly referred to as "rolling" within the BJJ community, and live drilling plays a major role in training and the practitioner's development. BJJ can also be used as a method of promoting physical fitness and building character, and as a way of life.
Joe Bacani was born and raised in the Bay Area. He went to school in Vallejo, Ca and continued his education in the IT field. He currently resides in Benicia, Ca with his wife (Ruthie), 3 children (Jordan, Raegan and Jayce) and dog (Havi).
Joe has been training in Brazilian JiuJitsu since 2007 and was promoted to black belt in 2018 then received his first degree in April 2021. He is a great instructor who brings a lot of experience, technical abilities and skill to his classes. He also offers private lessons to all levels.
"I am truly passionate about JiuJitsu. It has helped me become a better husband, father and friend. It taught me how to be calm, respectful, honest, dependable and humble. I take all aspects of what I learned on the mat and apply them to real life situations. I look forward to the next step of this journey and sharing what I learned over the years".