What Is BJJ?
What is BJJ? A Short History
Teacher of Carlos Gracie
In the early 1900’s, the popularity of Judo had reached Brazil. Mitsuyo Maeda taught judo to Carlos Gracie during this time in Belem. Carlos had a high interest in the ground fighting aspect of Judo. This resulted in the foundations of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu being created.
The patriarch of the Gracie Family
Carlos is credited with being one of the primary developers of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As Carlos trained with Maeda in Belem, he taught the techniques he learned to his brothers George and Helio.
The Master of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Helio attended Judo classes with his brothers Carlos and George. When he was 16 he found the opportunity to teach a judo class and this experience eventually lead him to develop the family style of “Gracie Jiu Jitsu”. Helio began to adapt the techniques he knew theoretically for his smaller physique. From these experiments Gracie Jiu Jitsu was created.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World-Wide
A world wide form of self-defense and sport.
After Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s coming out party in the UFC in 1993, it’s popularity grew. After establishing a large practitioner group in Southern California with the Gracies move to the United States, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu soon spread across the United States. Today Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is practiced all over the world, and has regular Pan American and World Championships.