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On the Radar: Tako Jiu Jitsu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

There are many forms of martial arts.

One is gaining in popularity....and it does not include punching or kicking.  

Jennifer Robbins checked out Jiu-Jitsu in Kakaako for this edition of On the Radar. 

Jiu-Jitsu is a combat sport, and an art that teaches you self-defense focusing on grappling and ground fighting

Sheldon Young teaches you to think on your feet.

"Being able to move constantly not getting a chance to get a position on you," said Young. "So you are constantly moving circle... constant."

That's why his class is named after a sea creature that is known to pin down its dinner quickly. 

"Everyday my experience is... kind of like a Tako... you know like an octopus... it just kinds of smothers you and doesn't let you go," said Randy Devol. 

The martial art is becoming more popular in Hawaii.

It started actually from Japan and it got brought over to Brazil where they modified the movements to be more practical for a smaller person to be able to defend themselves and subdue a larger opponent.

Jiu jitsu is considered the gentle martial art and it is all about strategy.

Classes are offered throughout the week at the Art of Fitness gym in Kakaako where beginners and advanced students can take on the mats. 

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