Grappling in Islam
The final Messenger of God, Muhammad ﷺ was a man of great athleticism and a master grappler.
He victoriously grappled the greatest wrestler in Arabia, Rukana ibn Abi Yazid on multiple occasions and emphasised wrestling as a practice to all. In fact, in order to enlist themselves eligible to participate in military campaigns, candidates would be required pass a grappling test in front of the Prophet (al-Musara ila al-Musara, as-Suyuti).
There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of God a beautiful example for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.[Quran 33:21]
The men & women around the Messenger, his Companions, were equally people of the martial arts, who were versed in archery, sword & spear fighting, performed amazing feats of human strength and regularly grappled amongst themselves.
Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art developed over a number of centuries in Japan, more recently refined and popularised by the Gracie family in Brazil (from where it takes the prefix, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ). It is considered part of the grappling family of arts, and as such, shares technical qualities that constitute a fulfilling of the Prophetic art of Wrestling.
The practice of Jiu-jitsu is an art that profoundly influences both the physical and mental dimensions of its practitioners. While its well-established efficacy and widespread appeal are evident, the martial art’s distinctive quality lies in its transformative impact on internal facets, molding one’s character, conduct, and life perspective.
Green Meadows Jiu-jitsu aspires to guide practitioners toward self-transformation and refinement, drawing inspiration from the legacy of those who came before us. Our mission is to assist individuals in cultivating a polished character, nurturing a resilient fighting spirit, and attaining a conditioned physical form.
Lineage of Green Meadows Jui-Jitsu
Authenticity and authority are maintained through lineage and we are particularly honoured to preserve our chain of instruction back through the legendary Grand Master Carlson Gracie, a formidable champion who’s fighting philosophy and accomplishments are deeply admired by all.