modern SELF-DEFENSE. timeless principles.
No other school in the area can offer students a more complete and dynamic system of self-defense than Kanjizai. Each martial art studied at our gym offers students unique, practical options for dealing with life's toughest situations. When you or your family's safety is on the line, every decision you make can mean life or death. To navigate these murky waters requires specialized and diverse training. Kanjizai guides students through this training process by offering the best in modern and traditional self-defense. Kanjizai is a Certified Gracie Training Center as well as a traditional school of Japanese Jujutsu.
Created by the Samurai of feudal Japan, the traditional schools of Jiu-Jitsu (spelled "Jujutsu" in Japanese) evolved on the many battlefields of a warrior culture. The sole occupation of these legendary warriors was the cultivation and application of combative skill. Because of their practical usefulness in real-world combative scenarios, these techniques are still practiced today by police, military, and private security professionals around the world. Traditional Jiu-Jitsu uses joint locks, throws, strikes, chokes, and grappling techniques to subdue and control an attacker, achieving maximal results while expending minimal energy. Judo, Aikido, and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu all stem from the roots of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu. Other modern arts such as Krav Maga, Sambo, and many military hand-to-hand systems also borrow extensively from Jiu-Jitsu.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is arguably the most widely practiced martial art in the world today. Despite the popularity of competitive Jiu-Jitsu and MMA, the art was created for the purpose of self-defense. Grandmaster Helio Gracie was only 140 pounds when he created the modern art of Jiu-Jitsu. After training in traditional Ju-Jutsu and Judo with his stronger, more athletic brother, Carlos, he felt the techniques needed to be adapted to suit his weaker stature. This new evolution of Ju-Jutsu soon came to be known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Its focus was exhausting opponents while conserving the practitioner's energy, allowing him to easily escape an attack, or subdue an assailant with a choke or joint lock.
The Gracie Combatives program promises students street readiness in as few as 23 classes. In these classes, students will learn the 36 essential techniques of Gracie Self-Defense. For some, these classes will be the perfect supplement to their traditional training. For others, it will be the perfect stand-alone system of self-defense.