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Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Jiu-Jitsu means “gentle art.” Founded over 200 years ago in India, this ancient art spread to China and then Japan. The samurai utilized this art as their form of combat, without weapons. Mitsuyo Maedo, a master of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu moved to Brazil in the early 1900’s. Gastao Gracie befriended Maeda and in return Maeda passed on this ancient art to Gastao’s eldest son, Carlos.

Carlos taught the art to his brothers, including the youngest and weakest, Helio. Due to Helio’s size, he learned to compensate by modifying the techniques he learned, using skill and leverage, to defend and overtake larger and stronger opponents. Now known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, this new art form has changed the martial arts world. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is studied, taught, and appreciated throughout the world.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was popularized in the United States when it proved it’s effectiveness in Mixed Martial Arts competition, namely the Ultimate Fighting Championship. By utilizing superior technique and leverage, smaller competitors were able to beat opponents that were much bigger and stronger. Viewers quickly realized the importance of “ground fighting” when they saw that almost every fight ended up on the ground.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship allowed Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to come to the national forefront but Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is not only for competitive athletes. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is the ultimate martial art for self-defense. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu offers women, children, and the physically weak the opportunity to defend themselves. Whether you are an aspiring Mixed Martial Artist or an everyday person, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is for you!