Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu focuses on grappling and ground-fighting. A smaller person can use it to defend against a larger attacker by using leverage, making it a great self-defense art for men, women, and children.
The art originated with Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese ambassador of Kano Jitsu, the predecessor to Judo. Maeda taught several Brazilians during his travels. The individuals who supposedly studied under him (Carlos Gracie, Luiz Franca) went on to pioneer their own version of the art, which became Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ as it is often called) gained popularity in the United States in the 1990s after the first UFC events took place. Royce Gracie used jiu-jitsu (Gracie Jiu-Jitsu) to defeat his opponents, despite being smaller than many of them. BJJ is now a staple in mixed martial arts (MMA) gyms and many other martial arts programs.
Not in Tifton? Here are a few friends of ours in South Ga who teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:
Sylvester, GA – https://sylvesterjiujitsu.com/
Americus, GA – http://americusmartialartsacademy.com/
Thomasville, GA – https://www.higherperformancejiujitsu.com/
Augusta, GA – https://www.facebook.com/WARRIORJiuJitsuMMAAcademy/