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BJJ DCE Presentation

An English 101 presentation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a Discourse Community.

Brian Rabahy

on 1 December 2010

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Three possible "definitions" for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu My own explanation of what Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is similar to wrestling. The only major difference between the two is that jiu-jitsu also incorporates submissions. Some practicioners of jiu-jitsu compete in it as a sport, and others just practice it as a hobby. A submission is yielding to an opponent, hence resulting in your immediate defeat. A submission is often reffered to as "tapping out". My interviewee’s explanation "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an art based off a form of Japanese martial art. A Brazilian family revolutionized the art into what it is today. It is submission grappling." What wikipedia says... Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. The art was derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan judo in the early 20th century. The founding of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu It teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was invented by a man who believed all current forms of martial arts were geared towards a big, strong, and athletic person. Being of small stature, he decided to develop a system that could be successfully applied by a smaller and less strong individual. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was developed in the early 19th Century in Rio de Janeiro by the Gracie family. The 6 Characteristics 1 2 3 4 5 6 Shared Goals
-The group's purpose is to allow those who wish to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the opportunity to do so.
-Everyone is striving to become better and excel as an individual practitioner.
-Everyone wants to help everyone around them also become better. Means of Participation
-The groups have set practices throughout the week.
-The groups have websites in which everyone is able to participate and learn.
-Groups have seminars which is a mandatory "mega" practice that is held every few months. Other gyms in the area are also invited to come train. Exchange of Information
-Website: to provide updates on the specific organization along with practice and seminar times/dates.
-Email: to provide any new information to members.
-Often time feedback is required to confirm that members recieved the sent out information.
-Books: Instructionals on specific techniques used within the martial art so one can learn own their own.
-Internet: Example=Youtube. Used similar to books. Genres of Communication
-Internet: One of the main ways this discourse community communicated is via jiu-jitsu videos on the web, forums, and help sites.
-Minutes from practice: Groups normally offer daily practice to its members; this is the main way of participation within this discourse community. This is the main way members learn about and participate in the group. Lexis
-Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu members have developed many types of slang and lexis specific to their group. This language is often easy ways of explaning certain techniques, motions, or positions within the sport.
-Many practioners would say Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has its own glossary.

BJJ=Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Roll=To compete
Tap=To tap out/give up
Sub=Submission/To force someone to tap out
Gi=The uniform worn by practitioners
No-Gi=Refers to training without the traditional uniform
Mount=Being on top of your opponent
Upa=Popping your hips High Level of Expertise
-Members are constantly able to train this martial art in order to improve and learn.
-Groups have instructors, who are long time practioners that have nearly perfected the art, who teach them and help them excel Levels within the Organization Result from Research...

...Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu IS a Discourse Community. It fulfills all six requirements. What actual group do you belong to?
-Walker MMA in Dayton, Ohio
How was the group founded?
-Founded by a long time practitioner who wanted to
open their own gym in order to share knowledge.
-How often does your group meet?
Practice is offered everyday
-Who runs these practices?
The head instructor, gym opener
-What takes place at these practices?
Learn and practice techniques, compete against eachother at the end
-How does one join?
Take part in a class, if you like it you can sign and waiver and pay monthly to be a member
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