The First BJJ Black Belt in India – A Nation of 1.37 Billion People
India is well known for its freestyle grappling, also known as “Khusti” or “Phelwani,” and is also said to be the birthplace of one of the oldest forms of martial arts: “Jiu-Jitsu”, which is said to have originated more than 4000 ago years by Buddhist monks from India. And yet Jiu-jitsu is not widely known to this nation of 1.37 Billion people.
On June 20th, 2019, India received its very own homegrown Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Meet Arun Sharma, India’s first native BJJ Black Belt and founder of BJJ India. Arun started his martial arts journey at the age of 12, after witnessing a painful event in which two of his friends were stabbed to death in front of him. The trauma and shock of this event at such a young age motivated him to learn how to defend himself.