Looking At Basic Strikes In Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

There are many strikes in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and truly mastering this discipline means understanding some of the basics.

The Pisao and Offensive Pisao, for instance, are kicks to an opponent’s shin, with the foot lined up vertically with the shin to cause the most damage and pain when striking.

Some strikes don’t have fancy names, but are used for their practicality in self-defense. One example of a classic defensive strike used to escape a bear hug is the heel to the groin. After dodging an opponent’s strike in close quarters, the elbow to the face is another popular strike.

These are just a few of the basic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu strikes and whether you’re a fan of the knifehand strike or the palm heel strike, learning this martial art will give you plenty of self defense options.


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