Jiu-Jitsu vs. the World

Jiu-Jitsu vs. the World

2015, Sports  -   8 Comments
Ratings: 6.57/10 from 46 users.

For the wildly devoted Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, the Brazilian martial art represents much more than simply a discipline of self-defense. It's a path to self-realization. Jiu-Jitsu vs. the World, an ambitious new documentary directed with passionate care by Dan Lewis, mines the sport for its deeper meaning by traveling from coast to coast and exploring the lives of those who have adopted it into their hearts.

From an outsider's perspective, Jiu-Jitsu appears to be a thinly veiled version of traditional wrestling. The art of the practice, however, relies more on a strength of awareness and personal character than physical brawn. Each of these athletes aspire to a place where their mind and body work in perfect synchronicity. Once they achieve this apex, they can exist fully within themselves and successfully read their opponent's every move and breath.

Throughout the course of the film, we hear from countless athletes who have experienced profound life changes and uncovered deeper layers of themselves through the martial art. It's their way of life, and they approach it with a sacred sense of near religious fervor. The intensity of discipline required to excel in Jiu-Jitsu has veered some of them away from drugs and despair, and infused them all with a sense of meaning and purpose that they carry over into their relationships and other crucial elements of their daily existence. The sport demands an all-encompassing devotion to many of life's most precious virtues, including patience, self-control, forethought, empathy and the ability to be completely present in the moment.

Many of them make it their mission to spread the teachings of Jiu-Jitsu to the young. In their view, Jiu-Jitsu should be implemented as an essential component of a child's educational curriculum. They believe that early exposure to the sport empowers children to more readily access their best instincts in overcoming adversity, transcending defeat, and realizing their full potential.

Whether you're a rabid enthusiast or completely uninitiated with the sport, Jiu-Jitsu vs. the World provides an enlightening and inspiring viewing experience.

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4 years ago

Don't forget about Eddie Bravo's rubber guard creation and 10thPJJ

5 years ago

Through the last fifty years, many Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools have opened and broken away from the original members of the Gracie family, making subtle differences in styles within Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Machado Jiu-Jitsu, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are all different schools of the same art. The Gracie family itself has hundreds of members who do not all associate with one another.

Gérard lales
5 years ago

Jigoro Kano must be laughing......up there...!!!!

6 years ago

This is a 90 minute jujitsu commercial.

6 years ago

Maybe the films is about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and not Japanese Jiu Jitsu.... Simple. To not watch something because of that is pretty pathetic...

Good watch... But yeah... Its longer than could be.

6 years ago

Good film, had some warm fuzzies for sure but holy cow, unnecessarily LONG. That whole thing could've been covered in 1/3 the time.

7 years ago

Japanese Jiu Jitsu is not Gracie/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu...thats very true. Modifying the original art gave way to something new. After all, is Japanese Jiu Jitsu just really Yoga from India?

Black Belt
7 years ago

Jiu Jitsu is not Brazilian!!! Dammit I'm so tired of this! It's Japanese! Just because of the first line on this description I'm not watching but I had to get this off my chest.