Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling art derived from Fusen Ryu, a classical form of Jiu Jitsu, which was integrated into Judo. Some of the benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are:

  1. Improved strength and endurance
  2. Be able to maintain calmness under pressure
  3. Agility
  4. Weight loss
  5. Gain confidence
  6. Humility
  7. Mental strength

A brief history of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

In the last days of the 19th century, some Jiu-Jitsu masters emigrated from Japan to other continents, teaching the martial arts as well as taking part in fights and competitions.

Esai Maeda Koma, also known as “Conde Koma,” was one such master. After traveling with a troupe which fought in various countries in Europe and the Americas, Koma arrived in Brazil in 1915, and settled in Belem do Para the next year, where he met a man named Gastao Gracie.

The father of eight children, among them five boys and three girls, Gastao became a Jiu-Jitsu enthusiast and brought his oldest son, Carlos, to learn from the Japanese master.

For a naturally frail fifteen-year old Carlos Gracie, Jiu-Jitsu became a method not simply for fighting, but for personal improvement. At nineteen, he moved to Rio de Janeiro with his family and began teaching and fighting. In his travels, Carlos would teach classes, and also proved the efficiency of the art by beating opponents who were physically stronger. In 1925, he returned to Rio and opened the first school, known as the “Academia Gracie de Jiu-Jitsu.”

Full article from the IBJJF