Classes and the Art of Jiu Jitsu

Carlos Gracie BJJCarlos Gracie, the father of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Jiu Jitsu has a long history starting in Japan. Once their sword and mount were unusable, samurai needed a means to fight one on one.

Jigoro Kano practiced and refined jiu jitsu to his own style which evolved into Judo.  His student, Mitsuo Maeda, migrated to Brazil.  He had help from a local politician, George Gracie. As a thank you, Maeda taught Gracie’s son Carlos,  Jiu Jitsu. The first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy was opened in 1925.

“Over the years, the Gracies’ (notably Carlos and Helio) and their students refined their art through brutal no-rules fights, both in public challenge matches and on the street. They focused their attention on submission ground fighting, which allowed allowed a smaller man to defend against and ultimately defeat a larger attacker.” A brief history of Jiu Jitsu.

Today Jiu Jitsu is a critical part of the sport of cage fighting or mixed martial arts. Competitors use boxing, muay thai, judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It remains important for self defense and as a means of anti bullying.

Not a static sport, jiu jitsu evolves with new moves and techniques.

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