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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Jiu-Jitsu provides benefits beyond self-defense - it's good for your health


October 12, 2022

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Professor Alexandra Peterson, a first-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wraps her legs around student Hannah Baker and instructs students last Saturday in how to overcome their opponent.

Joint locks and compression locks might sound like the perils of getting old, but they are among hundreds of moves that are incorporated into Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighting.

Though the sport can seem intimidating to first-time students, a group in Wrangell is working to welcome newcomers and highlight the many benefits.

Jiu-jitsu was created over 100 years ago, originating from judo. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was created in the 1920s and has become one of, if not the fastest-growing martial arts in the United States. Meant for close combat, jiu-jitsu is a form of grappling, much like wrestling, th...

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