The History of BTT
Brazilian Top Team (BTT) is one of the leading Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA sports team in the world. The academy and team were established in early 2000 by founding members; Murilo Bustamante, Ricardo Liborio, Mario Sperry and Luis Roberto Duarte all of whom were former members of the renowned Carlson Gracie Academy. After its official inception in 2002, BTT quickly rose to the forefront of combat sports as it began to produce world champions in both BJJ and MMA. The team now boasts academies and affiliates throughout the world.
The History of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
The art of Jiu-Jitsu is often referred to as the gentle art because it uses the concept that through the use of leverage and technique a smaller competitor will be able to defeat a larger opponent. This concept coupled with the success of the art in the sport of MMA is what has attracted a countless number of individuals to experience the art and sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
BJJ itself has existed and flourished in Brazil for several decades but its effectiveness was displayed during early versions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The tournament style competition pinned a variety of martial arts and fighting styles against one another and thanks to Royce Gracie, the world was exposed to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and how a smaller competitor could defeat larger opponents through the use of technique and leverage. All modern day MMA fighters now incorporate BJJ into their training regimens.
There are two different ranking systems within Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The modified ranking system for children was developed because one cannot achieve a blue belt until they are considered able to train and compete with adults, so now children can progress throughout their time at the academy until they reach their teens.
Unlike most popular martial arts, there are large gaps in between belt rankings for BJJ practitioners. This has created a greater sense of pride for those who are able to eventually achieve the rank of black belt. Competitive tournaments are often categorized by weight and belt ranking, which signifies skill level.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can also be trained for self-defense, sport or hobby along with being a key component in the sport of MMA. Many practitioners of the sport participate in grappling tournaments, which may include Gi and No-Gi competition. Many others simply participate as form of exercise and hobby. Its wide array of uses is what has appealed to individuals of all ages, gender and size.