What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art that emphasizes ground fighting, with free sparring being an important training method. The aim is generally to use a variety of joint locks and holds to advance position, and finally submit or render the opponent unconscious. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is usually practiced in a Gi which is very similar or identical to a Judo Gi (which is called kimono in Brazil), but no-gi training is also part of the training regimen in many BJJ schools, and is sometimes referred to as No-Gi Jiu Jitsu or Submission Grappling. It is well known for its effectiveness in mixed martial arts/no holds barred fighting. Brazilain Jiu Jitsu was made famous here in the US by the Gracie family, most notably Royce Gracie in the 1993 Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Jiu-Jitsu was originally created in Japan and made its way to Brazil in the early 1900’s, after Japanese Jiu Jitsu champion Mitsuyo Maeda immigrated there. Because of his Jiu-Jitsu exploits, he had been awarded a government position by Prince Hirohito to oversee Japanese immigration to Brazil. His efforts were largely aided by Gastão Gracie, a Brazilian politician and scholar of Scottish descent.

Maeda was so grateful that in return he decided to go against the Japanese tradition and, in 1918, began teaching Jiu-Jitsu to a non-Japanese, Gastão’s oldest son, Carlos Gracie. Carlos taught Maeda’s techniques to his four brothers: Oswaldo, Gastão, Jorge and Helio and in 1925 they opened the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu academy in Brazil.

Carlos and his brothers, particularly Helio, changed the original art by adapting the techniques of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu so that they depended mostly upon leverage, rather than strength. They experimented, modified and perfected simple techniques that would be effective regardless of stature. Consequently, they broke away from the traditional Japanese style and began the development of a more efficient and complete ground fighting system, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was passed on to later generations of the Gracie family, their martial art style became increasingly popular in Brazil. Today, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is widely practiced throughout the world.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art that emphasizes ground fighting, with free sparring being an important training method. The aim is generally to use a variety of joint locks and holds to advance position, and finally submit or render the opponent unconscious. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is usually practiced in a Gi which is very similar or identical to a Judo Gi (which is called kimono in Brazil), but no-gi training is also part of the training regimen in many BJJ schools, and is sometimes referred to as No-Gi Jiu Jitsu or Submission Grappling. It is well known for its effectiveness in mixed martial arts/no holds barred fighting. Brazilain Jiu Jitsu was made famous here in the US by the Gracie family, most notably Royce Gracie in the 1993 Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The original founder of BJJ, Helio Gracie, and his brothers changed the original art by adapting the techniques of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu so that they depended mostly upon leverage, rather than strength. They experimented, modified and perfected simple techniques that would be effective regardless of stature. Consequently, they broke away from the traditional Japanese style and began the development of a more efficient and complete ground fighting system, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was passed on to later generations of the Gracie family, their martial art style became increasingly popular in Brazil.

Today, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is widely practiced throughout the world.

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