Three athletes heading to Johannesburg

Expectations are high for these athletes to perform well as they achieved a number of successful wins this year.

03 December 2018 | Sports

Three athletes from Sylvio Behring Namibia will attend the United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu National Pro Championships (UAEJJF) with Kimono in Johannesburg on 1 and 2 December.

Expectations are high for the athletes, Lesley !Hoaëb, Giano Alcock and Delano Müller. !Hoaëb and Müller competed internationally in June in Jiu-Jitsu in the USA and Brazil where they dominated and made history as they were the first students from Africa who won internationally. In the Azambuja International both students won first places while Müller won second and !Hoaëb won third place in the Gladiator International. In the Battle of Atlanta, USA, they both won first places in Jiu-Jitsu.

The South African National Pro Championship is part of the UAEJJF World Ranking and Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Qualifying series. The championship is open to all nationalities and belts, and caters for all age groups.

South Africa, Brazil, Angola, Namibia, Japan and the Democratic Republic of Congo were in attendance at the previous UAEJJF National Pro Championships that was held in February.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ is a martial art based on grappling and ground fighting, focusing on the skill of controlling one's opponent through techniques that force him or her to submit.

The Progressive Guard is what sets BJJ apart from other Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programmes. The system’s founder is Master Sylvio Behring. The Progressive Guard is a series of positions to protect yourself, and counter attack from the ground not only when you are grappling with an opponent, but potentially long before then. Such drills are a key part of martial arts training and Sport Jiu-Jitsu.

BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves or another against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant 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.

Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of judo was separated from older systems of Japanese jujutsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It is not solely a martial art, it is also a sport, a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people, and ultimately a way of life.

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