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Deddy Wigraha: bringing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to Indonesia’s martial arts scene

Budi Sutrisno

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Tue, November 26, 2019  /  04:29 pm
Deddy Wigraha: bringing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to Indonesia’s martial arts scene

Off-balance: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) black belt Deddy Wigraha shows a technique known as “the guard” during one of his classes at the Fit Force gym in Kemang, South Jakarta. (JP/Donny Fernando)

About 100 years ago, two Brazilian brothers – Carlos Gracie and Helio Gracie – developed a ground-based self-defense system called Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Today, it is one of the world’s fastest growing martial arts. In Indonesia, BJJ was introduced by Indonesian students in the United States and Australia and has gradually grown in popularity with the emergence of several institutions dedicated to teaching and developing the art. One of the early student adopters, I Made “Deddy” Hadi Wigraha, has made his name in the Indonesian BJJ community as one of only eight Indonesians who have a red-bar black belt in the martial art and the only one who holds a second-degree black belt. BJJ black belt Deddy Wigraha smiles. (JP/Donny Fernando) It took years for Deddy to get where he is now. From what was initially only a hobby, Deddy gradu...