Brazilian Jiujitsu

Ground-Fighting Combat

From the Series Martial Arts Sports Zone

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Did you know that Brazilian jiujitsu (BJJ) has its origins in Japanese judo? Samurai warriors used judo for self-defense. In the early 1900s, judo masters brought the martial art to Brazil. Over time, the sport evolved into Brazilian jiujitsu, where the weight and height of the players are not as important as technique and strategy. With the proper training, practice, and equipment, BJJ is a safe way to stay in shape.

Enter the Martial Arts Sports Zone to learn about the history, gear, moves, competitions, and top athletes connected to Brazilian jiujitsu. You’ll discover:
• Who the Gracie family is and how its members created BJJ.
• What some of the top BJJ moves are, including the armbar and the rear naked choke.
• How the U.S. Army uses BJJ in training for hand-to-hand combat.
• What role BJJ has in mixed martial arts competitions worldwide.

Are you into sports? Then get in the zone!

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Social Studies
Category Sports
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2012-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.2
BISACS JNF054080, JNF025060
Dewey 796.81520981
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.625 x 9.25
Lexile 860
ATOS Reading Level 5.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 149021
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Websites, and eSource

Author: Garrison Wells

Garrison Wells is a third-degree black belt in Nihon jujitsu, a first-degree black belt in judo, a third-degree black belt in Goju-ryu karate, and a first-degree black belt in kobudo. He is also an award-winning journalist and writer, and he lives in Colorado.

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Martial Arts Sports Zone

This action-packed, fun, fact-filled overview will take a high-interest approach to martial arts. Readers will get an introduction to famous martial artists, necessary equipment and gear, and various competitions within the genre. Famous movies and TV shows will also be highlighted where View available downloads →


Library Media Connection

“Martial arts is a popular topic with pre-teens, and this series will more than adequately fit the needs of both school and public libraries on the subject.” —Library Media Connection


“This compact volume, heavily illustrated with photographs of participants in many poses, also covers the history of the sport, its relationship to a peaceful and harmonious life, the founders of Brazilian jiujitsu, and the spread of its popularity.” —Booklist

School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“Students who are fascinated by martial arts will find much to enjoy in this series…. Action-packed photographs and interesting sidebars will keep readers engaged.” —School Library Journal, Series Made Simple