Since when humans learn to defend themselves (even before they discovered fire!), they have been continuously upgrading their fighting skills (with weapons or freehand) and working harder at attaining the perfect mode of fighting. Martial arts like kickboxing, karate, and kung-fu have become mainstream sports today and there have been exponents of the arts who have wrestled their way to the top (literally!). Brazilian Jiu Jitsu One such form of martial arts is the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or more commonly, BJJ. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has evolved from its original form practiced by Japan, known as Jujutsu. From Jujutsu came the new form Kodokan Judo and then Brazilian Jiu Jitsu followed. It basically deals with advanced grappling techniques and forms a major part of the Mixed Martial Arts or MMA. The sportsmen following this form of martial arts might not be as bulked up as a bodybuilder but they have some really cool ground-fighting skills with which they can literally floor the opponents. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu uses techniques of locking and grabbing the opponent and then twisting or choking him to defeat him. Dont be alarmed though choking does not refer to killing. MMA developed as a popular sport in the later half of the 20th century and was more commonly known as street fighting before it became a major sport. BJJ runs in families and is carried over as a mark of respect for tradition and culture. It is amazing to know that the Samba country does have something to do with culture, which many people might not know about and even more interesting fact is that their strongest tradition is not singing or dancing but practicing martial arts! From traditional arts to taking the world center stage in martial arts category, BJJ sure has travelled a lot; it was only in the beginning of the 1990s when a member of the Gracie family brought this sport into the limelight. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu GI Rules and history states that all kinds of martial art practitioners must have a uniform to differentiate themselves as practitioners of different arts; be it karate, judo, jujutsu or the BJJ. Even Shaolin practitioners have a uniform code. Similarly BJJ GI is a uniform for the sports with which a lot of regulations are related; even the tailor has to follow those regulations while making the dress which resembles a lot like the Kimono! When BJJ developed as a competitive sport, the International BJJ Federation made certain rules about the uniform. This set of rules included the type of cloth fiber to be used to the width and design of even the belt! It is highly detailed and rules out any possibility of ambiguity. IBJJF has many articles of which article 13 is the most interesting which specifies color codes for the belt and the GI and even the placement of patches. The patches are symbols for teams, though the article makes an exception for the teams where color coding might be followed. The patch placement can be made on 13 pre-defined locations on the BJJ GI. Those who want to take up the sport as a passion will certainly enjoy the rich heritage that the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu follows!