Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
The History of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
In 1914, Kodokan Judo master Mitsuyo Maeda (1878-1941) came to stay at the household of Brazil’s Gastao Gracie. Gracie helped Maeda with business in the area and in appreciation of this, Maeda taught Gastao’s eldest son, Carlos, the art of judo. In turn, Carlos taught the other children in the family what he knew, including the smallest and youngest of his brothers, Helio.
Helio often felt at a disadvantage when practising with his brothers because many of the moves in judo favoured the stronger and larger fighter. Thus, he developed an offshoot of Maeda’s teachings that favoured leverage over brute strength and refined the formula for fighting from one’s back on the ground. Today the art that Helio refined is called Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a complete system of self defence that is 100% proven to be effective in all situations regardless of strength, size, age or gender. In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu we assume that our assailant is bigger, stronger and faster than we are, and therefore employ intelligence, leverage, timing and technique to overcome that and defend ourselves from an attack.
“A true Jujitsu fighter does not go around beating people down, our defence is to neutralize aggression”