If you love any sort of grappling, then this event must surely have caught your attention. The annual Sabah BJJ and Submission grappling tournament, “Headhunters Challenge” was back for its fourth installment last week at City Mall Kota Kinabalu. I was there to witness some of the best in this sport and several upcoming talents. It was quite entertaining and yet intense competition. I bet many were satisfied and looking forward to the next installment. If you wish to participate, do ensure that you are well prepared.
Those I saw were mostly really good and have good future in this sport.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ)
BJJ is an abbreviation for “Brazilian jiu-jitsu“. It is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. See the picture below:
Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie and Luiz França by Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake. Carlos Gracie is known as the Founder and Creator of Modern Jiu Jitsu (Gracie Jiu Jitsu/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu). [Source: Wiki].
What I love about this sport is BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant.
This is done by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. During the competition, I saw many smaller BJJ practitioners managed to outfox their bigger opponent by using the right technique. Nonetheless, you still need to be strong physically and be able to withstand the pain throughout the fight.
One look at BJJ and you will think that this martial art is harmless and not as extreme as karate, akido or tae-kwando. But, look carefully at the eyes of the participant especially when they were in locked. The pain seems unbearable. Many had to conceded the match after being locked to difficult position and there was one participant who was unconscious for a few seconds and seemed to have suffered short term memory loss when he woke up. Harmless, huh?
Those in Sabah can contact BJJ Kota Kinabalu & Team BJJ Borneo if you wish to take up the sport. I saw many youngsters during the tournament. Some as young as 8 years old, I think. I, too, am interested to join them as well. Hmm.. if only I was 20 years old again! 😀
– 2014 Sabah BJJ And Submission Grappling Open