Jiujitsu: When martial arts becomes a philosophy | Makram Barazi | TEDxNDULouaize


Translator: Andrew Carrico
Reviewer: Amanda Chu I want to talk about Rania. Rania is a 19-year-old colleague student who had to stay late in school at night. She parked her car off campus. As she was walking back to her car, she heard footsteps behind her. The faster she went,
the faster the footsteps started going. She was shaking, sweating, terrified. But finally she reached her car. As she was opening the door, a man grabbed her,
attacked her and raped her. When they ask me what I do for a living, I’m a Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor. That’s what I tell them. What I really like doing, why I teach Brazilian Jiujitsu
is because there’s nothing more satisfying than a woman telling me that
“I’m no longer afraid to walk to my car,” (Applause) or a kid telling me that “I’m no longer
afraid of getting bullied in school,” or even a grown man telling me that “Now can I control my anger,
and I have inner peace.” All thanks to martial arts in general and Brazilian jiu-jitsu in particular. What is Brazilian jiu-jitsu? To you who don’t know anything
about jiu-jitsu or martial arts, Brazilian Jiujitsu is a martial art, a combat sport, a self-defense system. It’s based in grappling. By grappling, I mean
that there’s no kicking or punching; it’s more chokes and joint locks. We can see it in modern-day
mixed martial arts competitions, like MMA, the one we see on TV like UFC. It helps a person, a smaller person, to prevail and defend himself
against a larger opponent, using leverage, proper technique
and biomechanics. Gracie family, they were the one
who created the Brazilian jiu-jitsu by mixing judo and
traditional Japanese jujutsu. The core principles of jiu-jitsu, they can also be used in life, based on principles. The core principles
are efficiency, patience, and control. When we talk about efficiency in life, it’s to achieve maximum output
with minimum input. How can we do that? Eating healthy, for example, being respectful to people and honest, being a hard-working businessperson. All that, we can achieve
maximal results with minimal effort. When it comes to patience, which is the second aspect –
it’s patience – when you’re fighting an opponent, especially a much larger opponent, you have to be patient. Take your time. Focus. Not act upon impulses or aggressivity, or you’ll waste your breath,
you’ll waste your energy, and you will lose. In life, you also have to be patient, patient with our friends, our loved ones, also our enemies. We have to be patient with our enemies
so we can be more and more focused. We have to breathe, take deep breaths so we can weigh our options
and alternatives. And also, we have to not act
upon our impulses. That will make us more focused. The third and last aspect is control. The final objective in any fight is to control and impose your will
over your opponent. You can do that – the faster way is by physical domination. And how can we do it in life? In life, we have to have control
over the struggle within every one of us. How do we do that? I’ll tell you examples. Refraining yourself
from using drugs or alcohol, eating healthy, nutritious food, not eating any junk food, and, of course, dedication
and hard work at the gym, and exercising. I want to show you now – I will introduce two of my students, Christopher Javier and Christian Chadd, please give them a warm welcome. (Applause) (Foreign language) Okay, I want to introduce to you
what’s the basics of jiu-jitsu. Please, Chris, down here. Christian, just sit on your knees. Okay. If someone is attacked on the ground, as in this “rape position,” if Christian here is punching him, strangling him with his hands, what he has to do, what Chris has to do is control his wrists
and close his legs around his back. This is called “the guard.” Now, he’s controlling his posture,
as you can see. For example – sit back, Christian, let go – if he sits back,
he can beat him, right? and he’s far away from Chris. Chris, try to reach – he can’t. See, he cannot. But now he can use his guard
to make him closer by bending his legs. So he’s protecting himself. So even if Christian wants to hit him,
he cannot block him out. It might turn him a little –
but it’s nothing. See? He’s controlling everything. But he’s on the bottom. Not only is he defending himself, he can actually apply physical beating
on him while he’s down. How can we do that? One of the most basic moves
are triangle chokes. It’s called the “triangle chokes.” Let’s see a triangle choke. What he is going to do here is he’s going to isolate
his arm to the back and put his leg over his shoulder. Once he does that, he’s going to take the other leg
on top of the other one and leave the arm, close the lock, elevate his hips, and he’s choking him. Get up. (Applause) The second move I want to teach you guys – free sessions, huh? – (Laughter) is armbar. So, Christian, please lay down. He also has wrist control,
closing the guard on his back. What Christian’s going to do is he’s going to let his leg
down behind his back and move to two o’clock, and then he’s going to
lift his leg on the other side, isolating his arm, and push forward. He can break his arm now. (Applause) Thank you, guys.
Don’t miss practice again. (Laughter) Okay. When they ask me, actually,
what do I do for a living, what I really do – I change lives. Thank you. (Applause)

25 thoughts on “Jiujitsu: When martial arts becomes a philosophy | Makram Barazi | TEDxNDULouaize

  1. That's the worse display of BJJ I've ever seen. And this guy who's crazy out of shape is lecturing people about their eating habits and going to the gym?

    No way this guy is a jiu jitsu instructor. His triangle technique and armbar are completely wrong. This man is an insult to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

  2. this guy is bad at teaching, at least on a stage like this. can't comment on what he's like on the mats

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