MOUNT VERNON — Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, like any other form of martial arts, requires more commitment than most any other type of sport if you want to be successful.
Arthur Ruff, who has won numerous Jiu-Jitsu championships in this country and in his native Brazil, came to Mount Vernon LJJA Martial Arts Academy at the Mount Vernon YMCA on Tuesday evening to give a seminar to the students. Ruff explained the differences between the more modern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the ancient form.
“It’s from the old Jiu-Jitsu from Japan,” said Ruff, who actually started in Judo at age 4 and, at 9, took up Jiu-Jitsu. “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has got better leverage and it’s a more effortless martial art. It’s a new twist to it — a big, big twist to it.”
Ruff is currently the head instructor at Arthur Ruff Ruffhouse Jiu-Jitsu in Columbus. For him, no matter what type of martial art you choose, the most important ingredient is dedication.
“The biggest thing is that you have to dedicate yourself,” said Ruff, who holds over 50 seminars per year around the country, where he introduces Americans to his type of Jiu-Jitsu. “You learn a lot about yourself — self-confidence. It’s a really humbling thing coming to a class, no matter who you are or what age you are, to learn here and know that you will be able to defend yourself in a situation, when you are outside on the street.”
Ruff, who trained with Jiu-Jitsu legend Luis Carlos (known in martial arts circles as “Manimal”), had a message for the youngest beginners.