The History of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Jiu-Jitsu which means "the gentle art" is the oldest form of martial art. It originated in India more than 2000 years B.C. It was practiced by Buddhist Monks who developed the method as a way of self-defense against barbarian attacks. These monks created techniques based upon principles of balance and leverage. Since then has been created a non violent fighting style named JIU-JITSU.
With the expansion of Buddhism, it spread to China, finally arriving in Japan where it developed and gained further popularity.
In 1915, Esai Maeda Koma, a Japanese Jiu Jitsu Champion," arrived in Brazil, where he taught Jiu Jitsu to Carlos Gracie.
Since then, Carlos started to share his knowledge with his younger brothers.
Carlos youngest brother, Helio, adapted the Jiu-Jitsu techniques making it easier for weaker people to fight against stonger people, creating the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu style and being considered the father of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has gained fame around the world due the great results of Jiu Jitsu fighters in the ADCC and MMA competitions.
In the early 90's was established the International Jiu Jitsu Federation and the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation contributing to the rapid growth of the sport by holding organized competitions.
Currently, we can find many official competitions being held in Brazil, the United States, Europe, and Asia, successfully spreading Jiu Jitsu throughout the world.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)
Well known as the most efficient grappling martial art and combat sport that focuses on ground fighting with the goal of gaining a dominant position and using joint-locks and chokeholds to force an opponent to submit.
It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant.
It is an ideal choice for you if you are interested in self defense, a safe one on one competitive grappling sport, a new and effective way to excercise your body - releasing stress, improving stamina & flexibility.
Do not be discouraged by your age, body condition, or sex. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu's biggest strength is its accessability to everyone.
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